Mac OS X: forcing an application to use a specific language

I ran into the following problem: I switched the keyboard layout of my Mac running OS X 10.9 to use a different keyboard layout (French instead of Dutch). The result was that a number of applications also changed their interface language to French instead of English (!). Which is very annoying.

Removing the French keyboard layout did not solve the issue just like that. For some applications, deleting the preference file solved the issue, but for some it didn’t.

I finally resolved the issue by downloading App Language Chooser from the Mac App Store. This developer tool allows you to “hard code” the language of a specific application. Just drag the application icon into the application window, and specify the language of your choice.

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Microsoft OneNote available for iPad

Last week, Microsoft released the OneNote app for iPad in the app store. It is the first version of the app, and still lacks some functionality I would like to see added, but it is a great first step. These are the things you should know:

  • the app is free, but is limited to 500 notes; if you want more, you can unlock this limitation with an 11,99 EUR in-app purchase. I consider myself a heavy OneNote user, and I am currently at 320 pages. So with some management, you can stay under the limit.
  • Notes are synced with Windows Live Skydrive, so you will need a Windows Live ID to use the app. Advantage is that you have an online backup of your notes, and you can even edit them on Skydrive in the web app.
  • If you use formatting extensively in OneNote, you will be disapponted that a lot of these features are not supported in the iPad app. You get plain text. There is some room for improvement here.
  • Written notes (ink on a tablet pc) are not visible in the iPad app. Sometimes the app crashes on pages that contain a lot of written notes.

There is also an iPhone version of the application. And if you are thinking about converting your entire Evernote archive to OneNote, my colleague Frank pointed us to a conversion tool. Although you might want to wait with that until the 2.0 version of the OneNote app is released…

 

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Tax-on-web and Firefox 4

If you are trying to use the Belgian Tax-on-web application with Firefox 4, you might get an error message ssl_error_renegotiation_not_allowed when you try to log in with your Belgian eID.

This seems to be caused by a change in Firefox 4 regarding SSL authentication (more info on: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security:Renegotiation).

It can be fixed by changing a preference in Firefox. Follow these steps:

  • Open Firefox
  • In the address bar, type about:config and press Enter
  • Confirm the security warning
  • Scroll down until you see security.ssl.allow_unrestricted_renego_everywhere__temporarily_available_pref
  • Double-click this line to set the preference to TRUE

Watch a brief demonstration of this procedure.

This should solve your issue. Changing this preference is a security risk, so it is a good idea to repeat the procedure and set the preference to FALSE once you are done with Taxonweb. Or you can add the URL of the sites to the preference security.ssl.renego_unrestricted_hosts to set this option for a specific site.

 

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The value of a great idea

Leopard File Rename Sometimes you see a great function in a software that makes you think: “why didn’t I think of this”? Especially when it is very simple, but so effective.

I just noticed one in Leopard. When you need to rename a file, you often struggle to leave the file extension untouched, and just change the name. Not in Leopard: when you click on a filename to rename it, it does NOT select the extension, just the filename.

Why didn’t I think of this?

Watch it live on http://screencast.com/t/pLBDkLeMd

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