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Alias a.ka. Alias a.k.a BashAliases

I found a cool little tool today for building bash aliases.  

Being the lazy SOB that I am, I'm just going to quote the project page since it describes well why it exists:

This is all well and good but ... the time and forethought required to create these definitions [aliases] is often a significant barrier that is difficult to overcome. Even though the time it would take to create an alias would save much time in the long run (and much stress on hands and wrists and arms) the task at hand always seems to take priority. And so one rarely does.

- http://www.logicalpoetry.com/bashalias/

Here's a quite run down of a couple commands:

acd Alias Current Directory

Example:

$ cd ~/work/somewhere/deep/in/my/sourcecode/where/I/go/all/the/time
$ acd alias for /home/jacob/work/somewhere/deep/in/my/sourcecode/where/I/go/all/the/time?rsi
$ cd /
$ rsi
$ # Goes to the directory.

The alias is saved in ~/.bash/alias.

Also has alc

Alias Last Command

This one basically let's you choose from the last 9 entries in your history and make one an alias.

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Google Drawings is pretty cool, now what is it for?

Google released a new product in its app suite, Google Drawings.  It's kinda like Adobe Illustrator, Visio and Microsoft Paint decided to have a baby and it got the so called genetic short end of the stick.

I'm not saying it isn't impressive, it's massively impressive given that it provides real-time collaborative drawing in JavaScript.  I'm just not sure what it's good for yet.  

A couple things which really impressed me:

  • Nice collection of shapes and arrow heads
  • The integrated google image search is nice
  • Intuitive interface for adding text (double click)
  • You can copy drawings into docs

A couple things I noted which didn't impress me:

  • There is no "snapping" of arrows.  It looks like you can build flow chart style diagrams, but the arrows don't stay attached to shapes.  This basically makes it like Visio, without the part worth paying $200 for.
  • Adding shapes is a chore.  Compare to balsamiq which has a keyboard based interface for this, or visio with the stencils

Here's my take:

If your whole team has styluses (styli) and likes to use them, this might be a neat tool for collaborative white board experience for remote teams.

Another option: If you just want to quickly add some

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Review: Sequel Pro

I've been using PhpMyAdmin since I switched to a Linux desktop about 7 years ago.  Before that I was a big fan of Mascon for windows.

I'm not sure why I tolerated the lousy web interface of PhpMyAdmin for so long.  Fully aware there were more usable solutions out there.  I guess it's just a case of "whatever, I don't use it that much".  But I think a good DB browser can really improve workflow in some situations.  Now that I'm a sellout and use a mac, I was expecting to spend $30 for some silly GUI app, but was pleasantly surprised to find SequelPro.

 

Sequel Pro

 

Nice right?  And it is really easy to use.  I can edit data, it's got a SQL editor that is smooth to work with and a table designer with all the fixins.  Supports local and remote DBs as well.

While I still support phpMyAdmin (as a stalwart x-platform FOSS citizen) this one is just too easy to use and pretty (and also Free software).

Check it out!

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