Watermark images like a pro using Python + Wand + librsvg

This is a Python 2.7 code recipe for applying a semi-transparent vector (SVG) watermark with overlay blending like so:

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Using Python’s urllib2 or Requests with a SOCKS5 proxy

Just a Python 2.7 code sample showing how to make requests using Python’s urllib2 or Requests through a SOCKS proxy. Continue reading

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Resuming link between Apogee Duet and keyboard volume controls

Oftentimes when I wake up my MBP from sleep mode or reconnect the Thunderbolt hub, Apogee Duet stops responding to keyboard sound volume controls. When it happens, I can still change Duet’s volume from Maestro or Audio MIDI Setup.app, just not using the keyboard controls or OS X system volume slider.

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OS X pointer lag measured with a high-speed camera

Mac OS X mouse lag

So I took time to measure pointer lag under OS X Yosemite with my point-and-shoot camera Nikon J1, which captures 1193 frames per second in slow-motion mode.  Continue reading

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Update on SmoothMouse

I’m getting a lot of emails with similar questions.

Does the mouse still lag in Yosemite?
Yes, unfortunately.

Is SmoothMouse compatible with Yosemite?
Yes, fortunately.

Is SmoothMouse dead?
The development had been completely paused for several months. The good news is—today we resumed work on the next major version with lots of new and unique features. Stay tuned.

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By the way, we’re still looking for a C++ programmer who could help write mouse acceleration functions. Interested? Even if in doubt, please don’t hesitate to email me.

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Does Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI adapter introduce any lag?

Does Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI adapter introduce any lag? The answer is, probably not. At least I did not notice any difference when carrying out the experiment with my 1193 fps camera and Apple Cinema Display 30″.

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Add a printer via command-line in OS X

Goal: add a network printer via Remote Desktop’s command-line to numerous Macs. Continue reading

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Looking for an Objective C programmer with expertise in OS X development

The SmoothMouse dev team is looking for Objective C/Cocoa programmers with expertise in OS X app development and available for part-time remote work (from 10 hours per week).  Continue reading

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Относительная дата по-русски в Python и Django

Под “относительной датой” я подразумеваю вывод даты следующим образом: 5 минут назад, вчера, 7 дней назад, завтра и т.д. (Не уверен, что это правильный термин, но ничего лучше в голову не приходит). Continue reading

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Fix Color Picker in TextMate 2 under OS X Mavericks

To fix the Color Picker of TextMate 2 under OS X Mavericks (10.9), do the following: open ~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/Managed/Bundles/Bundle Support.tmbundle/Support/shared/lib/ui.rb, near lines 74-75 replace “AppleScript Runner” with “System Events”. That’s it. Continue reading

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