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Debug HTML code with iCab Apps
I've been building a website, and as part of my construction, I needed to look for HTML errors (missing end tags, etc.). I have found that iCab's error checking mechanism is wonderful for finding these problems with HTML. You can set it to your preference for which version of HTML specifications to use as a reference (from 2.0 to three varieties of 4.0).

Every page that you view gets either a red frowning 'smiley', a yellow 'unsure' face, or a green happy face. Clicking on the face (if it's red or yellow) brings up a window with error messages (red) and/or warnings (yellow). One nice feature is that iCab will open up the source code and highlight the offending code if you double-click on the error message.

Be sure to set the background color of the source code to white, though, or you won't be able to find the section of code that iCab highlights, as the highlight color is almost identical to the default gray background.

Using this feature, for example, I found that our favorite Mac OS X hints site has some missing quotation marks in its code for the alternate text of the logo:
<img src=http://www.macosxhints.com/images... ...alt=Mac OS X Hints>
I can't but imagine that properly formed code will render faster and/or more correctly in most browsers.

[Editor's note: Hmm, I don't see that those quotation marks are missing ... at least, they're not missing any more ;-)]
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Cycle AIM windows with an IE optical mouse Apps
In the latest version of AIM for X, you can use the left and right side buttons on Microsoft Explorer Optical mice to toggle between windows.
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Create colored pattern palettes for Cocoa apps Apps
I wrote a tiny application for making color palettes of pattern colors. This makes it possible to use pattern colors for drawing text and graphics in most Cocoa applications and possibly other too. You can download the program from this page. It's freeware, and the sources are available, too.

[Editor's note: I have not tried this program myself, but it sounds fairly interesting (and it's freeware!).]
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Copy VCDs to MPEG for portable viewing Apps
Nathan Sturtevant has written a nice program to rip MPEG files from VCD's. I found it much more practical than other tools. He has also written a freeware VCD player for OSX. You can find information on both programs on his VCD info page
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Speedy access to Google from IE Apps
I found a way to access google really quickly from IE.

If you add www.google.com to your favorites and change it's name to "..." (or something else easy to type). Now you can just type cmd-L to highlight the address bar, type "...", and hit return to go to google.

You can also use this for the google browser button search. I named it ",,,". Typing that in the address bar opens up the dialog to enter search text without even loading the google homepage.

[Editor's note: You can do a similar thing in Mozilla using keywords, as explained in this hint.]
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Duplicating songs in iTunes Apps
Just like in the Finder, if you click and drag a song in iTunes while holding down the option key, you will get a duplicate of that song. This is very useful when recording from iTunes to a cassette deck or minidisc player.
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Spam filtering in Mail.app for beginners Apps
I recently followed a hint here to enable some robust UNIX spam filtering options (spambouncer, etc.) and have been delighted with the results. Unfortunately, the instructions are a little complicated for novice users to employ. So I began looking at how people like my Mother can use the very basic filters in Mail.app to block spam.

Read the rest of the article for some ideas on how to use rules to help filter spam from your inbox...
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Attach open documents to Entourage emails Apps
I just discovered another quick way to add an attachment to an email in Entourage.

If you're working in a document like a text document that you want to email to someone, just click on the icon in the title window of the document, then press the control key. You can now drag the file onto the Entourage icon in the dock and Entourage will open a new email with the file attached. (Or if you have a new email window open already, the file will be attached to that email.)

This works with many apps I've tried including Graphic Converter, Preview, MS Word and I'm sure many others.

[Editor's note: I don't use Entourage, so I can't test this one out...]
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Automate Hotline news file rotations Apps
One of the most dreaded things when running a Hotline server is cleaning the news. I wrote the following script to automate that task. Most of it is set up as variables that can easily be changed for your set up. I have only tested it with the hxd server, however it should also work with a plain vanilla Hotline server. For adding it to cron, I suggest grabbing CronniX for easy editing.

Read the rest of the article for the script...
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Volume changing via keyboard in iTunes Apps
iTunes will shoot the volume all the way up when pressing shift-Up Arrow. Useful for those times when a good song is on, and you want everybody to know about it. Similarly, shift-down arrow shuts iTunes up.

Strangely, option+command+up arrow mutes the volume as well, although the command is mapped to option+command+down arrow in the "Controls" menu.
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