TheJoyOfHack

For people who like to make things



How to Make a Pinboard Search Engine Shortcut

Pinboard as a Search Engine
Pinboard as a Search Engine

Now that I’ve been using Pinboard for a while, I find myself having to search for one bookmark or another quite often. I grew weary of going to my Pinboard page, clicking on the search box and entering my query. Here’s how I streamlined it in Chrome.

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How to Customize your Octopress Theme

A Sample Octopress Site (click to enlarge)
A Sample Octopress Site (click to enlarge)

As you’ve probably noticed I’ve modified my Octopress installation so the color theme is light and minimalistic. Since some of you wanted to know, here’s how I did it.

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Emotional Changes To The User Interface

Scrabble for iPhone
Scrabble for iPhone

I love word games. I’ve played Scrabble on my iPhone more than 1200 times. Then, a couple of weeks ago they changed their user interface. Now I’m afraid I’ll never play it again. In this post I’ll tell you what I don’t like about the changes, and how I plan to avoid similarly alienating users of my own apps.

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Installing mod_perl 2.0

I recently needed to upgrade one of my machines to mod_perl 2.0. I encountered many problems on the way, and would like to share with you what I did to finally get it to work.

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Shell Tricks - Extracting A Column From A Text File

There have been times when I’ve had to extract a particular column from a tab-separated or comma-separated file. The best way to do this is to use the shell command cut. Let’s say I have a file named input.txt that looks like this:

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Excluding Yourself From Google Analytics

In my last post I wrote that I followed some instructions to exclude myself from Google Analytics’ reports on my Octopress blog. There was an error in the Javascript that was preventing the required cookie from being set. Here’s what I did that finally worked:

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