QuickSilver Intro

And they asked him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. Blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

Matt 11:3-6

I'm a teacher by vocation and gifting; I love to teach. By corollary, I love to learn. I'm curious about everything and I have a blast learning about almost anything. Over the years, I've picked up quite a bit of information through the Internet. This website is my simple attempt to pay back; to contribute to the community and try to make the interwebs a better place.

As such, I don't require registration. I don't want your personal information. I don't set cookies. I won't put up advertisements. If I mention a product or service, it's because I use it, benefit from it, and I think others would too. I don't need, or want, your money. I simply want to offer some information to other curious characters.

I'm writing this site as an experiment. It's all written in a text editor. I make my own graphics, write my own JavaScript, CSS, PHP, and HTML from scratch because I'm trying to learn more about how all these pieces fit together. I use TextWrangler because I think it's a great text editor and it does everything I want in a very simple and efficient way.

If you want to contact me, try FaceBook or Twitter.

March 12, 2012

QuickSilver is to an application launcher, as a Leatherman is to a butter knife. In fact, if it were simply an application launcher, I would have no use for it. In addition to launching applications, I use QS to resize images, add events to my calendar, control iTunes, etc. It is a central component of my todo list. Still not impressed? Then consider that I do it all without leaving the application I'm working in. For example, between typing this sentence and the last, I thought of something I needed to add to my todo list. Rather than switch applications or even open a file--I simply pressed <cmd>+<space>, typed my task, and pressed <enter>. QuickSilver popped open a floating window, and gave me a place to type my todo item. When I pressed enter, it added the item to my todo list and then disappeared, leaving me right where I left off. If you are setting up my todo list, you will want to install QuickSilver.

The screen shot above shows QuickSilver in action. After taking the screen shot, I resized it, changed the format, renamed it and moved it to my website—all with QuickSilver—in less time than it would take me to open a graphics editor, and all without leaving my text editor. It's rare when I'm able to focus on one task at a time, and QuickSilver allows me to take care of those interruptions quickly, and with minimal hassel. Sorry Windows users, but this is another OS X only app, and I don't think there is anything like QuickSilver for Windows.

The program languished for a couple of years when the original developer lost interest, but it has been picked up by an open source team and is again being actively developed. There is a huge repository of plugins that one can use to customize and add functionality. To read more, and download the app and plugins, head over to QSapp.com.

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