Making a simple Chrome Extension

Programming is scary and difficult. I don’t argue with that. But if you know what you want, and can boil it down to the bare minimum, you can sometimes create something that you and others may find useful. Today’s example is going to be a Google Chrome extension I created in a few lines of code.

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Scraping MAC Addresses from HP ProCurves

I’ve recently come off a long-term role of getting thousands of machines set up and imaged, all day, everyday, all untouched until they reach the facility. In fact, one of this blog’s first posts was about adding in a Synology to the environment. Today I’d like to discuss my last technological workflow┬áI deployed in this environment before deciding to go and start an IT business of my own.


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Deatomization: MacAddict Subscription Extras

We’ve covered a lot of ground in MacAddict. It’s time to pick up some of the remaining “non-magazine but totally magazine” parts of the MacAddict experience.

You know, the things that are really tied to that physical experience of the magazine, just more… deatomized!


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MacAddict 2005-2007 Special Releases

Hey everyone, long time no post.

I have a unique surprise today that falls both within and outside the Deatomization project.

Today, I have for everyone digital originals of MacAddict 105-107 and 109-110, and 113 to 125, being the tail end of 2005 to the very last MacAddict issue before the rebrand.

Read on to see what this entails!


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Deatomization: Behind the Scenes

It’s been a while since I’ve updated. I have tons of magazines and books that have been prepped but haven’t been uploaded, so don’t worry- more content is in the pipeline!

What brings me online today is that my workflow is being disrupted tomorrow, May 18th, 2015 when Dropbox drops support for Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 (and, by extension, PowerPC Macs).

It may come as only a minor surprise that someone who endeavours to digitize old Mac magazines would have an old machine as a workhorse. Indeed, many people both online and offline have inquired as to how the process I use works. So I figure I’d write up how the process has worked until now.


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Deatomization: MacAddict 2005

With 2015 fast approaching, let’s step back and get 2005 out of the way. It’s a crazy time, and the end of the line in so many ways. Mac OS X 10.4, Tiger, gets released. The last PowerMacs, PowerBooks, and iBooks are released. The first Mac Mini is unveiled – as is the first “iTunes Phone”. The Intel announcement hits us hard right where we knew it would- that PowerBook G5 was not coming “next Tuesday”, that the world had to prepare for another migration… to Intel, quite possibly the most evil of arch-enemies for a faithful fanboy.


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Deatomization: MacAddict 2003-2004

It’s time to make the push to 100 issues for MacAddict, and to do so it’s time to get 2003 and 2004 out of the way. December 2004 brought issue 100 of MacAddict- an outstanding achievement for the scrappy magazine. There’s a lot to cover in 24 issues, but as noted in previous years, MacAddict is starting to get more prosumer- expect to see a lot of digital camera, video camera, scanner, and even tax software comparisons as we march to 100.

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Deatomization: MacAddict 2002

2002. A dozen years ago. It was sea change time for Apple, MacAddict, and me.

In addition to new computers, servers, accessories, services, and software, Apple released the original iPod.

I got an iPod for graduation. Still have it. I think the spinning wheel was the coolest thing ever. How amazing it was to start school with a device everyone was jealous of- not because they couldn’t afford it (though, wow, it was expensive!) but because it was Mac-only!

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Deatomization: MacAddict 2001

2001 is the shifting point for early adopters – dual booting Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, upgrading peripherals from ADB/SCSI to USB/Firewire, programs dropping older OS support, etc. One thing I saw reading back, was the beginning of an outline of what technology would look like ten years on.

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