Apple

Setting Paste and Match Style as default

One of the most annoying things about Mail.app application in Leopard is its paste with formatting feature. Some might find this useful, but I ended up with emails that looked like this!

Sample Mail

That’s surely unprofessional by any standard.

There’s already a simple fix for this however. You can just press Command + Option + Shift + V. Try that. Seriously. Try and press all that 4 buttons together. I don’t think anyone would want to repeat that command stroke every single time.

In order to set “Paste and Match Sytle” as the default paste command, just complete the following instructions:

  1. Launch System Preferences.
  2. Select Keyboard & Mouse.
    System Preferences - Keyboard & Mouse
  3. Select the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. Scroll down and select All Applications.
    Keyboard Shortcuts Tab
  4. Click on the small + box at the bottom left of the window.
  5. Fill up the dialog with the following details:
    Application: All Applications (Or the name of the application)
    Menu Title: Paste and Match Style
    Keyboard Shortcut: ⌘V (Command + V)
    Paste and Match Style Dialog

There you have it. Perfectly formatted pasted information in your mail (or any other applications that comes with the feature) all the time.

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Apple, Design

Ever wanted to build your own Apple Store?

Now you can. Here’s how.

First, visit oobject to obtain all the items that you need to get the right look and feel. Here are some of the items that you will need:

oobject-applestore.png

One particular item that I’m really interested in would be Item 21, which is the Motorized Shades by Mechoshade. It completes the sterile and futuristic look that I’m so in love with. I just have to wonder when I will be able to install that in my place somewhere.

motorizedshadesshades_cover.jpg

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Apple, Fun

Why Prices End in 99s

I have always wondered why prices ends with 99s, but never really remembered the question long enough to search for the answer, until I read this article.

Why Prices End in 99s: Humans Are Mathematically Incompetent | Epicenter from Wired.com

Which is smaller: 298,548 or 298,000? If you picked 298,548, you’re not alone. That’s the ol’ precision heuristic in price magnitude judgments doing its thing.

I have always thought that they are just trying to make the price ‘sounds’ lower than it is by reducing it by 1. To say ‘300 something’ for a product priced at 399 surely sounds cheaper than ‘400 bucks’!

Need an example? Here’s a very good one:

Apple Store

99s.png

Here’s another theory to the same question.

It started at Bill’s Texaco in Waco, Texas during a price war. I say it’s a much older management technique to force employees to open cash register drawers for each transaction (making simply pocketing a bill more obvious).

You can read a couple more at The Sraight Dope if you’re interested. Unfortunately, trying to find out who invented it is like trying to find out who invented the hat.

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Apple, Mac

Vibrant Ink for Leopard Terminal

If you’re on Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6), follow the instructions on the following post: Vibrant Ink for Snow Leopard Terminal

Updated: TerminalColors ‘updated’ for 10.5.2 compatibility.

As mentioned on Ciarán Walsh’s Blog, the default blue background that’s being used for Leopard’s terminal is difficult to read on a black background. In order to customize the colors, you will need the SIMBL hack for Leopard’s Terminal.

Here’s a screenshot of how it would look like on your Mac.
Vibrant Ink for Leopard Terminal

1. Download and install the SIMBL plugin on the website. There’s instructions on how to install the SIBML plugin there.

2. Install the TerminalColors hack for Leopard. (Note: For Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users, download the file below)

3. Install the Vibrant Ink for Leopard Terminal Theme. Download link is in the box.net widget below.

4. Put this in your ~/.bashrc (or ~/.zshrc if you are using ZSH) :
export GREP_OPTIONS='--color=auto'
export CLICOLOR=1;

5. Voilà! You’re done! Your Terminal should look something like the screenshot above! I use Pragmata font in the screenshot above, so feel free to change the font to what you heart desire.

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