How to Restore Garageband Effects

I’ve had Garageband 11 installed since I got my MacBook, but have never had the default Effects (like Bass Amp, Overdrive, and Phaser). I re-installed the app from the App Store, but this was the only thing that fixed it for me. If this doesn’t work for you, I’m afraid I can’t be of much help, but I hope this fixes it for you.

For starters, this article pointed me in the right direction.

  1. First, check to see if you have folders in this directory: /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components I had many folders.
  2. Second, copy all of these folders to this directory (I overwrote the few that were in there, but you may want to back up what you have): ~/Library/Application Support/GarageBand/Instrument Library/Plug-In Settings

If you want to do all of this from the command line, this command should do the trick:
sudo cp -R /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/* ~/Library/Application\ Support/GarageBand/Instrument\ Library/Plug-In\ Settings

How to Install your Android APK with One Click

I’ve been learning Corona lately, a tool for building mobile apps. Overall there is a lot of good stuff, though rough around some of the edges especially if you are building “business apps” – you know, anything that isn’t a game. :) But one thing that I really miss from building Android in Eclipse is the auto-install to my Android phone. Here is a way to get 1-click install to your Android device, in Windows.

  1. You’ll need to have the Android SDK installed on your PC. More about that here.
  2. You’ll need to have your Android device plugged in.
  3. You’ll also need to install a freeware app called FileMenuTools – a fabulous tool that I’ve used for years.
  4. Open FileMenuTools and in the top left, click “Add Command”.
  5. In the Properties pane on the lower left, select “Run Program” for your action, for Menu Text I chose “Install on Android“, for icon browse to the SDK Manager.exe because it is an easy Android icon, for Element Types I chose “Only Files“, for Folders I chose “No“, for Files I chose Yes, and for Extensions I typed apk, then for Program you need to browse and find adb.exe in your SDK\program-tools\ directory, and for arguments enter install %FILENAMES%.

Now, if you right click on an APK file that the Corona SDK provides after a build, this should briefly pop up a command window while it copies and installs it to your device.

It will bypass the Install prompts and should show up directly in your Applications folder.

Android Lessons Learned

In the development justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the staffers who write Android code and the developers who convert this code into apps. These are their stories.

Here is a link to a Google Doc I’m keeping called “Things That Fixed Major Errors in Android“. Its my attempt to stay organized and not make the same mistake twice.


Faster than Bookmarks: Keywords

The time is coming when the only program you’ll use on your computer is your web browser, and all applications will be replaced by web pages. Here is a tip for getting to those pages faster and more efficiently.

Firefox has a feature built into each bookmark called a “keyword”. Think of this like a keyboard-shortcut for the web address. So instead of going to the address bar and typing: “” and hitting enter, you go to the address bar and just type “g” and hit enter.

Here are my most-used keywords:

  • g –
  • f –
  • gm –
  • v – (school)
  • e –

The nice thing is that you can create and change these to whatever you want, whenever you want. Here’s how you create a keyword for a bookmark:

  1. Right click on a bookmark anywhere in Firefox
  2. Select Properties at the bottom
  3. In the “Keywords” box, type the letters you’d like to use for the shortcut (like “f” or “gm”, without the quotes)
  4. Now go to the address bar (Alt-D on PC, Command-L on Mac), type your new keyword, and press enter.

This is a commonly overlooked feature of Firefox that has been around forever, but it makes browsing so much faster.