Showing posts from August, 2009

Reducing Mac screen brightness even further

While I generally love my iMac, one thing I always hated from the first day was the insufficient range within which you can regulate the screen brightness. Especially at night when the surroundings are dark, even the lowest setting is still too bright and both illuminates the whole room and also hurts the eyes after a while. Today I found a simple tool with the even simpler name Brightness Control that allows you to tune down the screen backlight brightness in a much wider range than the built-in Mac OS brightness control. Unfortunately you cannot have it disappear completely - its icon will stay in the dock while running - but this a small price for the added comfort.

Eclipse: ClassFile cannot be cast to ICompilationUnit

Today, checking out from the repository, I got this error message from Eclipse: org.eclipse.jdt.internal.core.ClassFile cannot be cast to org.eclipse.jdt.core.ICompilationUnit To save anybody getting the same message from wondering and poking around what it means, here is the simple reason. A colleague had accidentally checked in a .class file in a source folder, causing my Eclipse to try and process (compile) this presumed Java source file. Deleting it from disk made the problem go away. Thinking about installing a pre-commit hook on the repository server to prevent this from happening again.

myTexts with Keymote – a nice combo

Some time ago I wrote about Using Pages ‘09 in “WriteRoom” Mode , but since then I found myTexts from MOApp Software and bought it. I like the idea of having a document storage inside the application without having to worry about file handling – which is one of those things I do not want to think about while writing. However, the (intentionally) spartan design of pure writing applications like this has a slight drawback: In order to activate certain functions you either have to take your hands away from the keyboard to grab a mouse, or learn the keyboard shortcuts. Usually I am a very keyboard centric person, but just yesterday I found Keymote , a universal Mac remote for the iPhone/iPod Touch from icedcocoa which made my life even easier. It has got its fair share of (most favorable) coverage already, but I think this little program is still worth another positive mention. For me, this is what an iPhone application should be like. It offers clearly defined and useful functio

Bud Spencer Gedächtnislache

Just stumbled across an old Bud Spender movie snippet and got here per related links: This is the German dubbing voice of Bud Spencer (and a few others as well: John Rhys-Davies, Charles Bronson, Oliver Reed, etc.) and I just *love* the laughing right at the beginning... Just GREAT!