Collating after Zed (Mac OS X)
Posted in SinceWhen August 28th, 2008


Because the opposite affect of punctuation marks is useful too.


Keyboard Shortcuts

1) The Apple Symbol (Option-Shift -K) 

As far as I can tell, placing it before a file’s name will insure that item is last in its list.

2) Other

Mu (Option-M) µ
Pi (Option-P) π
Omega (Option-Z) Ω

Mu, Pi, and Omega fall after Zed but before the Apple symbol.


The Input Menu

The ‘Input Menu’ tab is found in System Preferences under International. In there lies the ability to change your keyboard layout to another language. This is useful because OS X appears to rank none Roman alphabets after Zed.

I did some limited testing of five alphabets, here is what I found. Hebrew and Arabic letters will fall after Zed. It appears however that because they are right to left writing systems. Adding a name to the file isn’t as straight forward as it should be.

Greek, Ukrainian, and Korean letters also fall after Zed, in that order. I had no issue hitting “Return” then the arrow key to add a name to files with a letter from these alphabets.

A few things I tried because it crossed my mind. I tested out Option-P, it appears to get the Pi symbol along with the other Greek symbols from the Greek alphabet. On the other hand this “B” is Roman and this “В” is Ukrainian. That means you can have two files that appear to be named “B” in the same directory.


Why Do I Care?

I maybe the only one, but I want any folder I name “Вack Up” to sit at the bottom of the directory it is in. I also don’t want to add a ‘z’ to accomplish that. Wanting to know exactly where something is in a folder. Doesn’t mean you want it to be the first thing you see when you open that folder.

The Pharcyde
Posted in SinceWhen August 22nd, 2007

I was riding the subway the other day and this lady pulls up where I was sitting with four kids. One of which looked about two and was in a baby carriage. The kid took what I thought was an interest in me and hit me on the leg. I waved “hi” to him, he did it again so I waved “hi” again. It was then he reach for, but had to settle for pointing at my earphones, so I handed it to him. I was listening to “Passing Me By” by The Pharcyde. One guess as to what happened next. That’s right, he pointed at the other earphone, so I handed it over too. What can I say the kid has taste, he looked like he was really digging it.

Chocolate Radiohead (Download)
Posted in SinceWhen August 5th, 2007

Jay Smooth of Ill Doctrine has made an absolutely great remix of “Chocolate Rain” by Tay Zonday. He combined it with Radiohead’s “Talk Show Host” creating something that should be heard. By approaching this with respect, instead of making fun of Tay, Jay Smooth has shown once again the value of the remix. It also makes me wonder where music would be today if so much of it wasn’t locked up behind copyright.

Chocolate Radiohead.m4a
Chocolate Radiohead.mp3

Mika Brzezinski
Posted in SinceWhen June 29th, 2007

I don’t care if she is grandstanding, anyone that calls them self a journalist should have done this.

Chris Benoit Tributes
Posted in SinceWhen June 26th, 2007

I’m not even going to try an imagine how betrayed some of these people are feeling right now.