The Sourcerer's Apprentice

The adventures of David Heinemann in IT & software development

Scrivener for Windows

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A couple of days ago I found out that the popular OS X word processor, Scrivener, was now available for Windows (and Linux beta). I decided to take a look. It’s actually an impressive word processor. Very impressive in its simplicity and philosophy.

What Are the Best Productivity Tools for Programmers?

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I saw this question on Quora today; this is my answer.

The best productivity tool for a programmer is your own software toolkit.

Over the years, you will be using a lot of software, and a lot of it will suck. The secret to being productive is to build up a small collection of tools that you enjoy using, and master them. This is your “toolkit”, and it usually consists of things like a text editor, a diff/merge tool, and other miscellaneous utilities.

Leopold FC200R Review

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I’ve had my eye on the mechanical keyboards for a few years now, but hadn’t gotten around to ordering one before due to their lack of availability in Australia. Even now, some particularly popular boards are next to impossible to find here outside of eBay, but the situation has improved quite a bit.

A few days ago I bought a Leopold FC200R mechanical keyboard with cherry blue switches. This is my first mechanical board, and so far, I’m quite impressed. I thought I would write up a small review, since the Leopold boards don’t seem very widely used.

The review

The Leopold is very similar to the Filco Majestouch tenkeyless boards. They are both simple, no-nonsense keyboards, lacking a number pad and bells & whistles like multimedia keys. Both are available with different switches (cherry blue, brown & red), and both are available in standard US key layouts.

What the Hex? v1.04 Released

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Version 1.04 of What The Hex? has been released.

What The Hex? is a free and open-source colour picking tool, just like the eyedrop tool in image editors such as GIMP. But unlike those editors, What The Hex? is designed to provide you with the Hex or RGB information you’re looking for in the fastest way possible.

Recent changes:

  • Added zooming (use the mouse scroll wheel)
  • Removed tab stops from the copy-to-clipboard buttons

Mark My Words v1.01 Released

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I have just released v1.01 of Mark My Words, a tool for previewing Markdown markup as it is written. Unlike traditional Markdown editors, Mark My Words is designed to be used with an external text editor.

This version adds ‘Jekyll mode’, which automatically removes any Markdown content enclosed in --- marks and prevents it from being rendered. It’s useful for people who use Jekyll & friends as a blogging platform, such as myself:

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layout: post
title: "Mark My Words v1.01 Released"
date: 2012-01-12 01:45
comments: true
categories: Software MarkMyWords
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Further details, news, and download information are available in its project page and on GitHub.

Mark My Words v1.00 Released

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I have just released v1.00 of Mark My Words, a tool for previewing Markdown markup as it is written. Unlike traditional Markdown editors, Mark My Words is designed to be used with an external text editor.

To use Mark My Words, open it and browse to a target Markdown file. Mark My Words will poll the target file for changes every 0.5 seconds, and re-render it if changes are found.

Further details, news, and download information are available in its project page and on GitHub.

Mark My Words

What the Hex? v1.01a Released

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I have just released v1.01a of What The Hex?.

What The Hex? is a free and open-source colour picking tool, just like the eyedrop tool in image editors such as GIMP. But unlike those editors, What The Hex? is designed to provide you with the Hex or RGB information you’re looking for in the fastest way possible.

Changelog for this version:

  • Added copy-to-clipboard buttons to each text box
  • Added New Screenshot button, to take a new screenshot without restarting What The Hex?
  • Added Paste from Clipboard button, to paste any image from the clipboard
  • Added a slightly fancier icon
  • Removed the Close button.

New Years Resolutions

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Now that 2012 is here, it’s time to start making New Years resolutions - those things that you promise yourself you’re going to do, but never quite get around to.

If you’ve still got room for one more resolution, and are willing to commit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has made an excellent suggestion, one that everybody should aim for this year. That resolution is full-disk encryption on every computer.

Many of us now have private information on our computers: personal records, business data, e-mails, web history, or information we have about our friends, family, or colleagues. Encryption is a great way to ensure that your data will remain safe when you travel or if your laptop is lost or stolen. Best of all, it’s free. So don’t put off taking security steps that can help protect your private data. Join EFF in resolving to encrypt your disks 2012.

What the Hex? v1.00 Released

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I have just released v1.00 of What The Hex?, a small project I’ve been working on over the past few days.

What The Hex? is a free and open-source colour picking tool, just like the eyedrop tool in image editors such as GIMP. But unlike those editors, What The Hex? is designed to provide you with the Hex or RGB information you’re looking for in the fastest way possible.

Further details, news, and download information are available in its project page and on GitHub.

What The Hex?