I’ve been disappointed that the Mac OS doesn’t provide a watch command. It’s a very useful command, so its absence from the operating system has always baffled me. Well, after using simple bash before, I finally implemented a better replacement in python.
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The Mac Terminal.app is one of the best Terminals I have used, but it has some annoying quirks like not supporting standard key definitions out of the box. The most frustrating ones are Home and End.
In nearly every OS, Home has meant “go to the beginning of the line” and End has meant “go to the end of the line,” but on the Mac, the default has always been for Home to scroll a document up to the top and for End to scroll the document down to the bottom.
However, since most Terminal applications aim for the Unixy world, they don’t care about scrolling through documents as much as dealing with the line you are on.
Luckily, the Mac Terminal has the ability to let the intrepid user customize it’s keybindings. If you want to make your Terminal operate like a standard Unix-like terminal, follow these simple steps:
- Open the Terminal app.
- Select Preferences from the Terminal Menu.
- Under Settings, select a Profile you want to change.
- In the right pane, select the Keyboard button to see keyboard settings.
- Select the line that has the word “home” in the “Key” column.
- Click the Edit Button at the bottom.
- Make it look like this:
- To enter the right key code, clear the box and type these keys in order: ESCAPE O H (that’s a capital letter o, not a zero)
- The right key code for “end” is exactly like “home” but you replace the “H” with an “F”.
Some Linux/Unix Friendly Keycodes (submit your own in the comments):
- home ::
- end ::
- F1 ::
- F2 ::
- F3 ::
- F4 ::
Other links that worked but had problems:
The main problem with each solution below is that they only work part of the time. My solution above is compatible with the latest version of Mac OS X (Mountain Lion), and is also the default key binding for xterm, remote shells (ssh), vi(m), and also GNU screen. Each of the solutions below only work in a few of the cases for me.
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I got a very interesting question on a Connect Card this past Sunday, and I’d like to interact with it here on my site. Here’s what it said:
With all of the prayers God hears every day – how does he hear yours? What makes me as important as everyone else in the world that I am heard?
Here is my response:
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In a recent conversation I had with a church planting friend of mine, the topic of the tithe came up, and I thought it might be interesting for me to put down in this forum what I am teaching my church regarding giving.
Having been heavily influenced by the likes of Andy Stanley, Randy Alcorn, and my own Dad, I have become convinced that teaching percentage-based giving is not only the number one kind of giving to encourage in our people, but I have also become convinced that the church organization should structure its budget based on the tithes of the people without regard to special offerings, designated funds, or anything above and beyond the tithe.
However, I know there are two major problems with my approach: » Click here to read the rest. «
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Occasionally, I get really deep questions turned in on our Sunday Connect Cards, and this past Sunday, I received this one:
I noticed that two of the songs played in service this morning mentioned justice as something God has and uses to demonstrate his goodness. If one of the classic arguments against belief in a personal God is perceived injustice in the Bible – God plays favorites, the wholesale slaughter of thousands of men, women, children by the Hebrews, the concept of Hell, etc. – how should we answer that change? On a less philosophical level, how should Christians demonstrate the ideal of God’s justice in our daily lives? How do we commit to something so ephemeral and confusing?
This is such a big question that I responded to the author by email but thought it might be worthwhile to post it here as well. What follows is my response. » Click here to read the rest. «
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