Read out Canon EOS 7D shutter count on OS X

If you own a Digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera you might want to read out the shutter count. For my Canon EOS 7D this can be done very easily using gPhoto2. gPhoto2 is a free open-source tool which supports more than 1300 cameras. As it is written for Unix-like systems it can be compiled for OS X very easily. If you have Homebrew installed, you can install it easily via the terminal by running

brew install gphoto2

Homebrew will install some libraries and gphoto2. Now we can switch on the camera and connect it by USB. Continue reading

US International on OS X

Last year I promoted the US International keyboard layout as the ultimate solution for english keyboards. A weeks ago, I started using OS X on my MacBook (It had been running Gentoo Linux before) and so I wanted to use the US International keyboard layout within OS X. At first I was enthusiastic when I saw the "U.S. International - PC" layout in the Language & Text settings, but after a few seconds I realised that this wasn't the layout I was looking for.

After some googling I found Ukulele, a nice editor for creating custom keyboard layouts for OS X. So I created my own US International keyboard. I use the "USA International (ALtGr dead keys)" layout from GNOME as my draft, because I'm used to it. It has a very few differences to the US International layout described on WikipediaContinue reading