Fynydd

19
OCT
2014

How to Make Bootable OS X Yosemite USB Flash Drives and Other Media

By Michael Argentini

How do you erase your Mac hard drive and install OS X Yosemite without a startup disk? Normally the answer would be to boot into recovery mode. But what if you need to partition the hard drive, wiping the recovery partition? You need a bootable OS X Yosemite installer. Here's how to make one.

10
OCT
2014

Tips for Building an iOS 8 Notification Center Today Extension

By Michael Argentini

The iOS 8 Notification Center is becoming the go-to dashboard for all important and time-sensitive information. Here are some learnings from a project I recently updated for iOS 8 and the new iPhones, which featured a new Today extension.

7
SEP
2014

Configure Espresso 2 to Syntax Highlight Sass Files

By Michael Argentini

Modifying the OS X app Espresso 2 to support syntax highlighting of Sass files is an easy chore. All you need to do is modify the existing CSS plugin to recognize the Sass file extensions ‘sass’ and ‘scss’.

15
AUG
2014

Our New Site for 2014

By Michael Argentini

As is always the case, building a website for your own company is inevitably more difficult and a more lengthy process than ones you build for others. It's personal, right? This was true for our new fynydd.com site as well, but we're really happy with the results.

20
MAY
2014

How to Charge and Care for Your Mobile Device Battery

By Michael Argentini

Contrary to popular belief, lithium-ion batteries, like the ones used in notebooks, tablets, and phones, don't require power cycling in order to retain their maximum capacity for storing energy and long life.

13
APR
2014

Working With Hidden Files in OS X

By Michael Argentini

If you've ever had to edit a hidden system file in OS X, like the hosts file (for adding custom domain names to your local machine), it's easy to find and open these files from any application.

24
JUL
2013

What is "Open Source"?

By Jonathan Falkner

"Open source community" is a term used to describe a group of people who believe that software should be written in a way that anyone can read the code, add to the code, alter the code, and redistribute the code in generally any manner without legal consequence.

13
SEP
2012

Monochrome Web Icon Sets; Free and Scalable

By Michael Argentini

Sometimes a designer just wants a simple monochrome icon that blends in well with their overall design, and isn't a distraction for the user.

28
AUG
2012

Testing a Mobile Website on Mac OS X

By Michael Argentini

One of the banes of a web developer's existence is browser testing. Mobile browser testing is not only tedious and awkward, it presents a unique problem: access. Even though there are currently two dominant mobile platforms (iOS and Android) whose web browsers are based on Webkit, it's still nearly impossible to have all of the mobile devices your audience may be using.

15
AUG
2012

Why Wireframe?

By Jonathan Falkner

Wireframes, wireframes, wireframes... they are the foundation on which traditional website development is built. We design the underlying data architectures, build an example of what a site will look like, and that document ends up being the foundation for the design team, the development team, and the data architecture team. Wireframes are essential, core aspects to the development cycle for a new website, or are they?

16
JUL
2012

Enumerating, Getting, and Setting the Timezone on a Linux System

By David Pipkin

If you ever find yourself looking for a way to enumerate, get, or set timezone information on a Linux installation, here is a quick rundown to get you started.

22
JUN
2012

Fynydd SemTech Conference Appearance a Big Hit

By Michael Argentini

In early June, Fynydd was invited to speak at the 2012 Semantic Tech & Business Conference in San Francisco, California. By all accounts, Fynydd’s message was unique, informative, and overall very well received by conference attendees.

20
JUN
2012

Fynydd to Present at the 2012 Semantic Tech and Business Conference in London

By Michael Argentini

Fynydd founder and Chief Innovation Officer Ron Michael Zettlemoyer will be speaking at the Semantic Tech & Business Conference in San Francisco this June.

18
MAY
2012

Fynydd to Present at 2012 Semantic Tech and Business Conference in San Francisco

By Michael Argentini

Fynydd founder Ron Michael Zettlemoyer will be speaking at the Semantic Tech & Business Conference in San Francisco this June.

22
APR
2012

Wi-Fi Signal Problems? This Might Help.

By Michael Argentini Sunday • April 22, 2012

I've been battling with intermittent signal problems in my house for some time. I have an Apple Time Capsule base station, which supports dual band 802.11 g/n on 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands. And my iPad and Macbook Air both support 802.11n on both bands. My iPhone only supports the 2.4Ghz band, as I recently discovered.

12
APR
2012

Get Visual Studio 2010 to Build Solutions On a Network Share In a VMware Fusion Virtual Machine

By Michael Argentini

When working with Visual Studio solutions located on a VMware network share (\vmware-host*), you'll likely run into various security issues. Here are some tips for the most common issue,"failed to start monitoring changes" build error.

31
MAR
2012

Use Gravatars to Enhance Your Online Social Presence

By Michael Argentini

What is an avatar? An avatar is the graphical representation of a user or a user's alter ego or character. It may take either a three-dimensional form, as in games or virtual worlds, or a two-dimensional form as an icon in Internet forums and other online communities.

21
MAR
2012

How to Properly Enjoy a Slurpee or Icee

By Michael Argentini

The classic 7-Eleven Slurpee has been a "comfort food" of mine since the late 1970′s. On hot summer days, my friends and I would scrape up whatever pocket (or couch) change we could, and walk to the 7-Eleven to buy candy and a Slurpee, then sit on the curb (mostly avoiding the dog feces), and goof around while we cooled off our internal organs.

1
MAR
2012

The Best File Compression App to Use in OS X

By Michael Argentini

There are a plethora of great file compression tools for OS X, including the built-in Archive Utility. These programs take one or more files or folders and compress them into a single (or segmented) archive that can more easily be transfered and expanded later. Many people will be familiar with the concept of a "Zip" file, which seems to be the lingua franca of the file compression world. But it doesn't always provide the needed functionality.

14
FEB
2012

How to Enable ReadyBoost in Windows 7 When Your System Disk is Too Fast

By Michael Argentini

I use VMWare virtual machines for Windows development. In doing so, I've found in the past that when running Windows 7 in a virtual machine it's beneficial to use ReadyBoost to increase performance.

29
OCT
2011

Set the Creation and Modification Date of a File in OS X Using the Terminal

By Michael Argentini

Sometimes you have to change the creation or modification date of a file, for example, when you edit old images in your personal photo library, the date will change to the current one. And that can cause the edited photos to show up in your photo library as newer items.

21
APR
2011

Updating TinyMCE in Umbraco

By David Pipkin

If you're having issues with the TinyMCE rich text editor in Umbraco, which is used by default for the richtext data type, then a simple update may resolve your problems. I was prompted to look into this due to an odd bug where users of Safari on Mac couldn't paste pictures using the "Paste from Word" dialog.

28
SEP
2009

How to Read a Binary File Over HTTP and Write to Disk Using ASP.NET and C#

By Michael Argentini

Have you ever had the need to grab a binary file from a remote server over HTTP, and save it to your server, using ASP.NET? It may not sound like a common request, or even a difficult one. But there are a few tricks to accomplishing your goal. One challenge I encountered was that using a BinaryReader required some buffering code. A blind call to read the stream would often only return a portion of the file.