What I find interesting.....
Change something using JQuery on dropdown menu select

How do you change something dynamically on your webpage whenever a user selects something from a dropdown menu select box?

Here’s how:

Use the “.change” function

$(#my_element).change(function() {

  alert("changed value to" + document.getElementById("my_element").value);

});

View On WordPress

Enable Chinese Characters in Kindle App For Android (Nexus 7 2013)

So I recently purchased a Chinese version of “The Country of the Blind“, created by the famous John Pasden (of Sinosplice fame) and Mandarin Companion.  I’m super excited to find this type of resource, as A) it is severely lacking, and B) it is exactly where I am in my current Chinese journey.

So I bought it through the Kindle app on my beloved Nexus 7 (2013).  Then I open it and all the Chinese…

View On WordPress

Remove red tint filter when importing screen recording to iMovie or Final Cut Pro X

Remove red tint filter

A very strange and annoying but happens when importing a screen recording into iMovie or Final Cut Pro X.  After taking a screen recording using QuickTime, when I try to import it into iMovie or Final Cut Pro X, the entire clip is covered with this red tint.

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 6.25.03 AM

There is an easy fix.  Before importing the video into iMovie or Final Cut Pro, right click on the file and select “Encode Selected Video…

View On WordPress

How to cut a video clip in Final Cut Pro 10

Very easy – simply press ‘B’ and the cursor will switch to a blade icon.  Click on the clip where you want to cut, and done!  Press ‘A’ to switch back to the normal cursor.

(credit here)

I couldn’t figure out how to get the blade cursor to show up in a screenshot – anyone know how to do that?

View On WordPress

Setting Up Email in a Rails 4 app with Action Mailer in development and SendGrid in production using Heroku

See the new post on my Rails blog!

View On WordPress

How to Synch Titanium Backup with Box account

If you’re like me, you use the Titanium Backup app (and here) to backup all your apps and data so that if you often switch phones or install now Android custom ROMs you can easily restore all your apps and their data and settings.

I’ve been using this app for years, and always just backed up to the SD card.  But if you’re phone doesn’t have an SD card, then it’s a pain to copy all the backup…

View On WordPress

Winter gives us hope

This winter in Austin has been much colder than any I can remember growing up in Texas.  I’m not a cold weather person.  I was just thinking the other day as I dream of the day when I can wear shorts again, that winter gives us hope.  Maybe the reason we…

View Post

How to link to a Google+ post

So this seems so basic, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it from the browser.  If anyone knows how to do it in the browser, please share!  So here is what I did.

In the Google+ app (for Android, I didn’t try for iOS)  if you click on the ‘card’ for a…

View Post

Add a background image to a Ruby on Rails app using Bootstrap CSS

Learn about this in a new post on my Ruby on Rails blog

View Post

Pass a value through a link in Rails