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Recently Used Files and Folders in Finder

Have you every heard of the Mac OS X feature called Smart Folder? That’s the feature we are going to use for creating a folder which displays the recently used files and folders in the Finder sidebar. All you need to do is the following:

  1. Make sure your are in the directory you want to create the Smart Folder for (the Smart Folder is applied to this and all subfolders)
  2. Go to Finder and click on File -> New Smart Folder
  3. Then click on the little plus (+) button on the top right
  4. In the first drop down box go to Other and checkmark Used dates, Click OK
  5. Select the something like: Used dates is within last X days (according to your favor)
  6. Now hold down the Alt key ⌥  (the +-button should become a …-button) and click it
  7. Now make sure that Any is selected in the new filter criteria (not All/None)
  8. And create two new sub criteria one for Kind is Document and one for Kind is Folder
  9. Click the Save button and name it as you wish, drag it at the desired place in the sidebar
  10. Enjoy!

Of course you can adjust this as you wish to only show PDFs which are greater than 12MB and are labeled yellow, contain the word “stupid” and are located in the Document directory. I think you get the drift. Also, you can always rearrange the filter criteria by right-clicking on the folder and selecting Show Search Criteria. The same goes for renaming the folder.

An example of a Recently Used Smart Folder

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Recover lost files on your mac … for free

I have recently been to the Zoo and took a lot of pictures. As lazy as I am, I didn’t immediatly copied the files to my laptop after getting home. As a friend of mine wanted to rent the SD-card after some time, I decided to take a _quick_ look on the pictures but I couldn’t find any picture not yet imported to the library. And so it happened, i formatted my SD-Card containing all my cute little animals. I tried some demo-commercial software to recover the files with success, but recovered pictures with the company logo was not what I was looking for. I finally stumble upon PhotoRec a free and open source tool for virtually any operation system. You can get a copy here. It’s a very simple command line tool with a step-by-step tutorial. It recovered all my files within minutes. So please give it a try!

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Turn your photos into miniature worlds

I recently discovered a very nice effect for my photos. It’s called tilt shift and basically turns your photo respectivally the people, buildings and cars or whatsoever in the picture into tiny little objects. I’ve collected some links for you, so, here’s a collection of some examples, a photoshop tutorial, a free webservice, a Mac OS X application and an iPhone app. Last but not least, here is an example from me:

Taken by Swen Gerber on Pylon Lookout™ at Sydney Harbour Brigde, Australia.

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Getting rid of var_dump()… Debugging in PHP!

Did you ever wanted to toggle breakpoints, view or even edit the variable’s content during execution of your php script? Sick and tired of „var_dump()“ and „echo“ scattered all around your code? Then you should keep reading…

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How to create Intros just like Star Wars

Some time has passed since I discovered this amazing piece of software, but I really want to show it to you. I stumbled over this program while preparing my parents silver wedding. At this time all I wanted to do, was to let some text fly in. Just like the intro in every Star Wars movie… But this program could do so much more! For a quick preview just have a look at  my page header…

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