Name Mangler

I have been looking for something like Name Mangler for a while now, and as typical when you aren’t looking for something you find it. That was the case for me with Name Mangler.

Every now and then I have large numbers of files, that I need to rename to a sequential naming scheme, like 20080521_##.XXX, and I had some clunky scripts that worked, but were always a pain to deal with, so much so that I usually don’t even bother unless I’m dealing with more then 20 or so files. So I was actually looking for secure file deletion tool, and I googled File Mangler, not seeing what I want now, but I do see “Bulk Rename” in one of the titles, and knowing how annoyed I get going though the file rename drill I find myself in on a nearly weekly basis, I follow the link that eventually leads me to Many Tricks Name Mangler, and I am pleasantly surprised to find a great utility that does exactly what I want it to do.

The interface is simple utilizing simple drag and drop, or populate from the application, based on the current finder selection or path contents. You can also filter that down by folder or folder contents, as well a sort by various file attributes. There are 7 different methods for renaming your files:

  1. Find and Replace, which provide a simple character substitution rename, as well as a REGEX rename.
  2. Number Sequentially, providing exactly what I have been looking for, for a while sequentially rename a number files while applying a specific prefix or suffix to the file name, while not impacting the extension.
  3. Change Case, which does exactly as the name implies.
  4. Set ExtensionRenames just the extension
  5. Add Prefix/SuffixSimply add a prefix or suffix to the file with or without impacting the extension
  6. Remove/Insert CharactersThis is a great feature, as I used to have to make several passes with the script to accomplish this, say you have files named Picture-01 through Picture-20, and you need to make the files appear as Pict_img_01, you can do it. 
  7. Advanced Which is fairly robust scripting tool that can take care of anything that the previous 6 couldn’t handle.

Another cool thing is that all the above can be made into customized droplets that are totally fire and forget.

Name Mangler despite its name, is a great little app that id donationware, and is a valuable tool to have at your disposal…


Where Is The Value?

I have been reading quite a bit about the “Apple Alternative” Psystar’s Open Computing, and their “Mac Clone”, and I am not really seeing the value here. What is the value in something that is essentially not going to exist in the near future, or as soon as apple’s lawyers get their hands on them, which I am surprised they haven’t done already.

I still cannot understand this hang-up that everyone has with a company such as Apple making a profit. Everyone has this altruistic view that corporations are no longer allowed to make a profit, but I don’t see people out there giving away any extra money that they may have after they pay their bills each month. Even Psystar charges $155 for leopard, that only costs them $129, there’s that evil profit thing again.

You know I probably wouldn’t have such an issue with this, if it was a re-engineered clone of OS X, but it is not.

So if you have an extra $700 or so, and want something that will be a minor footnote in the history of Apple, go for it.


Adventures In Time (Machine), Fusion defused…

Well after deciding that it was a waste of time, trying to get VMWare fusion to properly talk to my Apple USB Modem, or any USB modem. I decided to bite the bullet, and throw a small Boot Camp partition on my drive for a while, and it really did and does feel so wrong, booting a MacBook Pro into Windows. 

The fun began when I initially tried to re-partition the drive, using Boot Camp Assistant, it said I had errors on my disk, and to repair them before preceding, so I break out the Leopard install disk, fix the errors, and try again… The message there are errors on your hard drive reappears, since I have been having just the most minor of problems with Leopard, more annoyances then anything else, I decide to just do a complete reload of my machine, kill 2 birds with one stone. Everything goes as advertised, system installs like a champ, I reload all my data from the Time Machine backup apparently without issue, except for one. 
I reboot the machine, and attempt to login, and no response to my old password, easy fix, reboot the Leopard disk, and use the Password reset utility, works like a champ, and I am back to operating just like I was before, and I am using a lot less hard disk space, a lot less (~50GB) then 5-10GB or so I expected to recover I took off all the languages which is 2GB right there. So I could not believe that I had that much lost space on the drive, were talking 25% of the total drive, and probably 35%+ of how much data I had prior to re formating. So I start to look around,and all my stuff appears to be fine, until I get to the VMWare Fusion Virtual Machines Folder, both of the Virtual devices are no longer there, I look at the backup drive, nope not there either, but it is not really that big of a deal, because I did a full retrospect backup at work earlier in the day, but I really want to know why. In my search of why, I come across this little gem “Enabling back time machine for vmware fusion images“. It would have been nice of VMWare to make that point a little clearer somewhere that the VM files are not backed up. I guess it is a good thing that I did that back up. I think that this is something that should be made a lot clearer, and yes I was stupid for trusting that those files were backed by Time Machine like Parallels does. 
The good thing is that my MacBook is apparently running faster, I did recover about 6Gig of space, Time Machine did exactly what it was supposed to, and the only failure here is VMWare Fusion, and the fact that it tells Time Machine to exclude it, but doesn’t tell the user, in the final docs, but there is mention of it in the beat release notes of course I like the reference that something that is a major feature of the OS is interfering with fusion, and we’ll just exclude ourselves from it. I intentionally exclude parallels from time machine, but I do include it anytime I do major updates, probably about once every 2 or 3 months, but that is my choice….