Export Evernote Notes to Apple Notes

Larry Salibra has a post on how to move notes from Evernote to Apple iCloud Notes.

His Applescript does a fantastic job of this, the only issue I had was that my iCloud account was named differently to ‘iCloud’, all I did to resolve that was to rename my account in Apple Preferences > Accounts back to iCloud while I did the export.

Found this via ipadinsight.com.

Now I’m as happy as Larry :)

Get the Weather From the Command Line

On Mac OS X or Linux (in fact anywhere you get the finger command) you can quickly get the weather.
Jared, in our office here, just showed this to me, neato! :)

finger brisbane@graph.no

I particularly like the one line weather report

finger o:brisbane@graph.no

graph.no
To get more info on how to use this, run this from your command line:

finger @graph.no

Find Process to Kill Process

Need to find a process so you can kill it?

Find the process first, replace NAMEOFPROCESS with the name or part thereof of the process you’re trying to find:

ps -ax | grep NAMEOFPROCESS

The first column lists the process id.

Then kill the process, replacing PROCESSID with the actual number of the process:

kill PROCESSID

Find an IP address in files

Ever been looking for a config file that contains an incorrect IP address?

If the IP address you’re looking for is 8.8.8.8

Then this command is for you:

find . -type f -exec grep -l 8.8.8.8 {} \;

It’ll find all occurrences of 8.8.8.8 that appear in files in the current directory and folders below it. With that short list you should be able to find where you need to edit.

Allow a Checkbox to be Mass Update-able in SugarCRM

Here’s how to enable a checkbox to be updated enmasse.

First create a new extvardef.php file containing the following:

Then put that file into at the following location

/var/www/html/custom/Extension/modules/Module_Name/Ext/Vardefs/

Of course, you’d want to check any existing files in the folder to make sure none of them already deal with that field.

Numbering tasks in OmniFocus 2 for Mac OS X

I’m using OmniFocus 2 on my MacBook Pro and wanting to ‘number’ tasks because at the end of each week, I print a PDF of the tasks completed and outstanding for a particular client. Task numbers make it much easier for the client to reconcile the work I’ve done with the lists they use.

The problem is that OmniFocus doesn’t have a ‘task number’ function.

Keyboard Maestro and a shell script to the rescue. This allows me to get the next sequential task number. Now all I do is type

,,task

and it expands out to the next available task number.

In a nutshell I use the shell script to get a variable from a text file (which is the last task number I used), and increment it. Keyboard Maestro is wrapped around this to both trigger it and make it look pretty.

The shell script itself is quite basic, any improvements you can suggest, please do.

Here is a screenshot of the Keyboard Maestro recipe (edit: I’ve since modified this recipe to be a little faster)

Keyboard Maestro recipe to increment task number

Get last task number, increment it, save it.

This relies on you having a text file named

last_task_number.txt

in your home folder.

The format of this file is just a single line of text as follows:

TaskNumber=0

Short list of software I’m using

Just a quick post of some software that I use, that I’ve just discussed with Seth (he knows who he is).

All useful, but the starting point is better task management, so start with Nozbe. PS: also see remapping the CapsLock key.

Sugar Logic bug with a workaround for date fields

A client is recording the expiry dates of staff blue cards in their SugarCRM database.

So I used the following sugar logic to show if the blue card has expired or not:
ifElse(isBefore(today(),$bluecard_expiry_c),"Current","EXPIRED")

However, the problem here is that when a user of SugarCRM is editing the record, there is a known bug that means it will display “EXPIRED” regardless of if the date is in the past or future.

The workaround for this bug (thanks Anthony) is to wrap the date field in a date(toString($datefield)) bit of code, this transform the original sugar logic into this:

ifElse(isBefore(today(),date(toString($bluecard_expiry_c))),"Current","EXPIRED")

It is essentially force-casting the field to a date field for the javascript-side while passing the formula validator in Studio by first casting the date-type field to a string type.

Which works a treat.

Activate IFTTT SMS Channel on Optus in Australia

How to activate the SMS channel on IFTTT on the Optus network in Australia.

Assuming your mobile number was 0410 123 456.

Drop the leading zero = 410 123 456.
Add the Australian country code 61 to the front = 61 410 123 456.
Add 00 to the front of the number 00 61 410 123 456.
Remove all the spaces = 0061410123456.

Use this number (0061410123456) to active the SMS channel on IFTTT.

Hat tip to @Trail_929 for the pointer.

If this works for you on other networks in Australia, please let me know.

Update 2014-05-12 : I’ve had a few people on Optus Post Paid that haven’t been able to get this to work. It’s worth noting that IFTTT also now has both iOS and Android notification channels available, they may do the trick for you.

Update 2015-04-22 : Alex Townsend says he has it working on Vodafone.

Update 2015-11-02 : Marissa Roberts has confirmed it’s still working today.

Screenshot & screencasts on Mac OSX

Back when I worked exclusively on a Windows machine, I loved using Screenpresso for the ease with which it allowed me to do screenshots and screencasts (if you’re still stuck on Windows, go buy it, it’s worth it).

But now that I’m on a Mac, what to do?

So to start with just press SHIFTCMD4 and you can take a screen shot. It’s a native Mac thing.

If you have Dropbox installed go to Preferences | Import and tick the Share screenshots using Dropbox option.

If you want to do screencasts, then fire up QuickTime Player (CMDSPACE | Quicktime ↩) then press CTRLCMDN to start video recording.

That’s how easy it is on a Mac.

How to get Google Chrome to open your pages from your last session

I use Google Chrome as my primary browser on the MacBook.

Although I only restart the machine every few weeks I like it to re-open the same tabs that were open last.

To do this, in Google Chrome type chrome://settings/ into the address bar and press enter.

This loads the Settings page. Then check the Continue where I left off setting. Close the tab. You’re done. :)

Google Chrome On Startup Continue Where I Left Off