Thunderbird 5 folder pane and Mac OS X 10.7 (aka Lion)

Due to the new window resizing feauture of Lion, there is as strong possibility that one can’t get the folder pane back in Thunderbird if it snaps shut (because you will resize the window, not reopen the pane at the left border). One can re-enable it by editing the file in session.json in the profile directory (~/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/*.default/session.json) and replacing “folderPaneVisible”:false with “folderPaneVisible”:true. This should probably be done with Thunderbird closed. Upon reopen, the folder pane should be back.

Hopefully this will be fixed in the next Thunderbird version…

Synced PDF-Viewer for Emacs TeXing on the Mac

As I was quite annoyed with Preview’s slow reload time, I found SyncTeX.
With it, one can sync CarbonEmacs and many other editors with the PDF-viewer Skim flagyl tablets online. Skim thus allows you to shift-command-click in the PDF and it will take you to that exact line in the .tex-file in your editor of choice. Nice! Just don’t forget to start the emacs server (M-x server-start) and ensure that the right emacsclient binary is in the $PATH or the Skim settings… and then: happy TeXing ๐Ÿ™‚

Cleaning up (I): PD Minesweeper

As part of a stupid bet, 2.5 years ago cappel:nord, a max user and me tried to clone minesweeper in our then-weapon of choice (supercollider, max and pd). cappel:nord/supercollider was fastest, but I managed to get a 10×10-version together… As I wasted some hours on this, I want to document it here to ensure, that if in the future someone claims to be the first to implement minesweeper in pd, I can point to this blog post ๐Ÿ˜€

There are still some bugs and the code could probably be better, but it was fun ๐Ÿ™‚

You need pd+zexy or pd-extended for it. Here is the code: pd-minesweeper.pd

Revisiting pd and…: something changed!

Never saw that one coming: pd 0.43 has support for gui plugins written in tcl. You can find them in an extra category on the homepage and can install them like normal externals and helpfiles!

A recent addition to this is an auto-complete plugin… this was done in DesireData, an alternative gui for pd, but the project somehow never went anywhere as far as I could tell.

I’m really happy that such additions are finally possible in the main distribution and hope that some exciting plugins will be created, perhaps making pd a more pleasant experience to use without so much mouse wiggling.

What I also found in my search for effective pd livecoding techniques (i found nothing…) was a performance by jeraman named “Ada 2.0”, which is visually really nice and sounds better than I imagined from the concept. He uses a library called pyata, which he wrote, to manipulate pd objects from within python. I haven’t tested it, but it sure looks interesting and it’s nice to know that something like this exists ๐Ÿ™‚

Using a Logitech QuickCam Deluxe for Notebooks with Processing on Windows

Today I wanted to write a Processing sketch to process the input of my webcam (model number V-UBV49). As it should run on a Mac and I didn’t have one at hand, I tried my luck with Windows, because at least it uses the same video-library.

To use it, one needs QuickTime for Windows and WinVDI, a quite dead project and closed-source on top of it. The latest version (1.05) is considered broken (so the wiki tells me), and the one before didn’t work either (1.04). A mailing list message mentioned 1.01, which then finally worked. I got it from this site because no official one was to be found.

The mac driver for the webcam is known as macam btw.