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Cheating Woopra to run on OS X/Intel 32bit

Woopra is a website analysis service that allows webmasters to monitor various statistics, and track and interact with individual users in real-time. This article covers how the Woopra client can be installed on some unsupported plattforms.

While installing the server side installation is easy as pie and done by inserting some lines of HTML in the site template, installing the Woopra client can be tricky. At least on Linux or OS X boxes.

Subscribe to TV Shows via BitTorrent

Every current television show is available on BitTorrent and most of the .torrent's are syndicated via RSS-feeds. TVShows was a great application that hid all the RSS stuff and allowed easy show subscription with some mouse clicks.

Regrettably it doesn't function any longer, as it is blocked by its feeder websitebut I don't know exactly why. For some people -- like me -- it stopped working, for others it's still working fine. .

dict.cc Dictionary Plugin: Stay informed

Several people have asked me if the dict.cc Dictionary.App Plugin will update itself and how often new releases will be published.

Answering the first question is easy: The plugin does not and probably will not contain an automatic update mechanism. In contrast to applications, that can actively look out for updates, this plugin is basically a bunch of static HTML files without any own intelligence. That's the downside of fitting perfectly into many OS X services (Have you tried Ctrl+Command+"D" on a selected word yet?) .

However, I've set up a newsletter that you can subscribe* to. I will sporadically update the plugin and post a quick note to all subscribers.

*I hate Spam as much as you do. Therefore I will not distribute your email addresses and I will not spam you. I promise.

dict.cc Plugin for OS X's Dictionary.App

I just wrote a little Python script that imports the vocabulary data from Paul Hemetsberger's dict.cc project into Leopard's Dictionary.app.
This is great if you need this fabulous online dictionary while on the move.

Update: A new and much easier installable version can be found here.

Screenshot of the <code>dict.cc</code> Plugin
Screenshot of the dict.cc Plugin

The code is quick 'n dirty and some strings aren't processed correctly. This is compensated by the links to OS X's build-in New Oxford American Dictionary.

Regrettably dict.cc's license prohibits redistributing the vocabulary database. So, if you want to use Dictionary.app to translate words from german to english you'll have to build it yourself:

  • get my script (just email me, about 50k download it below)
  • Join the Apple Developer Connection and get the OS X Developer Tools (approx. 1 Gig)
  • get dict.cc's Database
  • Type make and grab a cup of coffee :)

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