OS X: Visually Compare Differences Between Two Files

Ever needed to compare two files to find the differences?  Maybe you need to do this at work.  Don’t spend any more time manually searching for these differences.  In this example, I show you how to compare two files, each with a list of characters.

This trick works best with simple text files or even XML files (like .plists). Continue reading “OS X: Visually Compare Differences Between Two Files”

Backup OpenEmu Save States to Dropbox

OpenEmu is one of the best ways to play your favorite retro games.  A long-time feature of emulators is the “save state,” which acts like a long-term Pause button.  It will save your game in the exact spot you decide (not just at a checkpoint in the game).  You could even save your game while you are in the middle of a jump and the next time you loaded the game up, it would start right there.

This trick uses a symbolic link, similar to how you can un-clutter your Dropbox.  In this case, you will put the save state folder into your Dropbox and then make a symlink in the original location. Continue reading “Backup OpenEmu Save States to Dropbox”

The Infamous OS X execution error: An error of type -10810 has occurred. (-10810)

This error seems to appear often when I am using  osascript  for automating things.  This error is a bit of a mystery as hundreds of users will say.  In addition, it is not even listed in the MacErrors.h  file found at:

/System/Library/Frameworks//CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/CarbonCore.framework/Versions/A/Headers/MacErrors.h

After a lot of searching, I found some possible reasons why this error occurs: Continue reading “The Infamous OS X execution error: An error of type -10810 has occurred. (-10810)”