Mac Keyboard Hacks

Want to change your control key and caps lock key on your Mac (or just disable your caps lock key)? Use the built-in settings (System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Modifier Keys).

Want to change your fn key? Use DoubleCommand.

RSS Feed Translation

Got an interesting RSS feed you wan to follow, but it’s in a different language?

You can use the steps from this article by Rafe Needleman. The process includes using Yahoo Pipes to get the RSS feed, translate it, and then create new content output from that. Not horribly complicated, and quite a nice trick to know about.

Note that Yahoo’s Pipes has moved the Babelfish translation into the deprecated list… not sure how long the functionality will continue to be supported.

Seam + Google App Engine

I was looking around to see if anyone got Seam working on the Google App Engine for Java… and the short answer is both yes and no. Here are the 3 links that will tell you the state of the state as of this writing…

  • SeamFramework – The people who developed Seam lay down their perspective…
  • Get it Working – One developer got it working, with more than a few tweaks and hacks…
  • Overview from Michael Yuan – a quick list of what’s good, what won’t be supported, from a Seam expert…

Short answer, it’s not there yet, at least not with all the features and functionality you would be using Seam for in the first place…