Print to PDF, Revisited

My Print as PDF post still gets tons and tons and tons of views. Apple changed things up a tiny bit with Apple Mail in Mavericks so I thought I'd update it. This time I did the whole thing via screencast. Enjoy. 

Permalinking SquareSpace with TextExpander

I get a lot of requests about how I put permalinks at the bottom of link posts. People think I've done this with some clever bit of web programming but the answer is really just a TextExpander snippet.

Here is the snippet text:


You'll have to replace the "macsparky" bit with your own domain. The trick is to grab the name of a pending post and put it in your clipboard. You do this in the Options tab for a new SquareSpace post.

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As you can see I've highlighted the blog post name and the copied it (⌘+C). Then I flip back to my post text and put the cursor at the bottom and fire off the above snippet. (I uses "pperma" for my shortcut.)

That produces the following markdown.


This shows up as a permalink.

14 Days in Mountain Lion Calendar Week View

There used to be a really handy terminal command to open debug mode in iCal. One of my favorite settings was the ability to display two weeks in week view. Unfortunately, the command stopped working in Mountain Lion and it doesn't appear anyone has figured out how to resurrect it. (I tried for 30 minutes.)

In the meantime, there is a terminal command to set the number of days to display in week view. Mac OS X Hints shows the way but here it is.

defaults write CalUIDebugDefaultDaysInWeekView XX

Substitute the number of days for XX. If that blows your mind, run it again and change the number back to 7.

Maps at Night

I used the Maps app through much of the beta and never had any problems. I used it to drive from Orange County to San Diego and Los Angeles several times. It didn't route me any different than my prior driving app, Motion X.

In truth, I just don't think I'm much of a Maps power user. I put in an address and I go there. I don't do much more and, as a result, didn't bump into a lot of Maps' sins. I'm not denying that the app has troubles. It does.

My biggest gripe with the Maps app is driving at night. It displays the driving directions in the full screen with a brightly colored background. I use a window mount and the Maps app plays hell on my night vision. It feels like a safety hazard for me and I stopped using it when driving at night. I complained about this on a recent MPU episode and listener Mike wrote in with a great temporary fix.

Go in the Settings app and tap on the Accessibility screen. Then tap the Triple-click Home button and select Invert Colors. Now tripple tapping the home screen inverts your iPhone colors, which makes the maps nice and dark at night. I recognize this isn't a long term solution and Apple should fix this properly but for now, it works.


Hide Archive Items from Apple Mail's VIP Inbox

During a recent MPU episode, Katie lamented the fact her VIP inbox included previously archived items. I knew there was a way around that but couldn't puzzle it together during the show. Listener John wrote in with the solution.

  1. Select the VIP Inbox
  2. Select View/Sort By/Inbox Only

This isn't exactly intuitive but it works.


TextExpander Expense Snippet

I spent most of yesterday in court. As I fired off my TextExpander expense reporting snippet, it occurred to me, "people may like this." This snippet creates a fill-in form with all the relevant boxes. I can use it in any text application, I usually do it in a blank Byword or Pages documents and staple receipts and the other relevant pieces of paper. Download it here.