OSX: Shortcuts for Subnet Masks with TextExpander

I’m always looking for ways to improve my writing speed and accuracy. One way is to use specific keyboard shortcuts for tasks that are repetitive and prone to inaccuracy. So, using Cmd-C / Cmd-V for for Copy and Paste makes a whole load of good sense as it’s faster & more accurate than using the mouse to click through multiple menus, and put the cursor where it needs to be.

However, keyboard shortcuts are kind of limited. A more flexible approach is to use a program that can substitute short sets of text into much longer pieces. To do this, I use a program called TextExpander to keep a library of ‘snippets’ for expansion into a range of useful actions.

For example, I have a text snippet etmd and whenever I type these four letters, it is automatically expanded to EtherealMind.

The possibilities are endless, and I’m hoping to share a few different ideas and get feedback from you to help me build my collection of useful shortcuts.

Cisco IOS Emulator Petition – Reloaded

Due to popular demand I have restarted the IOS Petition. The last petition got to nearly 1200 signatures before something caused it to crash. Either way, it’s time to signal to Cisco that we remain serious and committed to getting proper access to testing and learning emulation software.

Remember, if you are using Dynamips you won’t be able to test IOS Version 15.0. What will you do when they come for you ?

After all, Cisco’s share price dropped 12% this week, maybe they will be listening a bit more closely to their customers instead of ignoring us.

Head over to the petition and sign up. The system has protection against blind and double voting – I’ve activated the email confirmation. I won’t abuse your email address but you will need to use a genuine email or your vote doesn’t count.

Cisco IOS Petition – Reloaded