Sleeping your Mac with a Microsoft Ergo 4000 Keyboard

One of my friends, who will remain nameless for the purpose of this discussion, convinced me start playing around with a Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000. I got one at work, then I bought one for the home and I’ve been pretty happy with it. There are just a couple of things missing from my standard mac keyboard.

Firstly, on my old computer, I used to be able to hit the a keyboard combination to get my machine to sleep. I believe it was something like Cmd – Shft – Eject. Well, the Microsoft keyboard doesn’t have Eject. So I’m out of luck there. It does, however, have a set of buttons reserved for favorites. So I decided to code up a little AppleScript and bind it to one of these keys. Here’s the script, and I just saved it as an editable application. Then you can go into the preference pane for the keyboard and assign the whichever key you want to this script. Good luck.

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tell application "finder"
   sleep
end tell

Halloween Stuff

I got up this morning and started looking through facebook. I got upset that so many people had carved pumpkins this past weekend, but I had not. For the record, I’m not a huge pumpkin guy. Carving one involves getting your hands dirty which has never been one of my strong suits. Anyway, so I decided to make on in Sketch. Here is draft one, and the source file for you to play with. It’s yours to do whatever with.

And here’s the source:
Pumpkin

OmniGraffle Calendar Template

I was searching the web and while I found many specific instances of calendars for various different programs, I didn’t really find a generic template that I could reuse again and again, so I made one. The colors are set up to be orange and white because that is the colors of team I coach, but it can easily be changed.

I choose OmniGraffle because it is probably my most favorite drawing program. If you own a Mac, you should get a copy of this program.

Calendar Template OmniGraffle

Since you might be on your mac right now, here is a PDF preview:
Calendar Template Preview