Hard Boiled Aesthetics

Categories: Food

Whenever I’ve made hard boiled eggs in the past, they are hard to peel and just plain ugly. Idle internetting has perhaps provided a solution that has been passed down since at least the time of the great Pepin. Claire Lower relates the problem and solution:

I poked the bottoms of my eggs with a thumbtack to create tiny holes, then lowered them straight into boiling water for nine minutes before rinsing them in cold water and peeling them. It worked, and it solved my cracking issue. Not only were my eggs much more rounded at the bottom, but none of them cracked. And they all peeled like a dream.

So, as Lifehacker points out above, just poke a little hole in it.

XMLRPC Endpoint Blocked?

Categories: Technology

Resolving the Connection Refused Error in Ulysses Preventing You from Publishing to WordPress

The main error is about the XMLRPC connection being blocked by WordPress. To overcome that, you need to install a plugin that would act as a proxy to the requests. Sounds too complicated? Don’t worry. 

https://ariel-lim.com/blog/ulysses-publish-to-wordpress/

(this resolved my problem – inMotion web hosting is great but blocks the xmlrpc … unless you rename it and use the Rename XMLRPC plugin)

Merging Folders in OSX is an Option

Categories: Technology

If you ever need to combine two identically-named folders together, but they contain a mix of old, new, and duplicate files, it’s likely you will want to be selective in how they are merged together. AppleInsider offers a basic guide to using the Merge option in Finder to keep only the files you want intact.

TLDR: Holding down the option key keeps the newest version of each file at the top level of a folder only. The terminal ‘ditto’ command additionally affects subfolders too.

Once in the Terminal Window, type the Ditto command followed by a space, the path of the source folder you want to merge files from, another space, then the path of the destination folder. Instead of typing the folder paths, they can also be entered by dragging and dropping each folder into the Terminal window.