Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
In case anybody missed it, Mac OS X Tiger has been unveiled. Lots of appealling stuff, including:
- RSS in Safari (with autodiscovery)
- Spotlight searching -- as-you-type results similar to Launchbar or Quicksilver, but with the addition of filtering by metadata (modification date, file type, etc.).
- Dashboard, a reinvention of Desk Accessories for OS X (which seems to have greatly increased traffic to the Konfabulator site... I liked it better when Apple bought the technologies they found worth incorporating, e.g. Stickies)
- Automator -- "Like AppleScript, but usable!"
Friday, June 25, 2004
Thursday, June 24, 2004
So I've been testing the dreaded Gmail for a week or two now. It's pretty good -- especially if you use it in a browser like Firefox that works with Gmail's keyboard shortcuts. It's like a Unix mailer in your web browser, sorta. I use it for high-volume mailing lists. One of my frustrations with Mail.app, which I generally like, has been its lack of keyboard shortcuts for seemingly simple things like proceeding from an open message to the next message in the current mailbox. I am now using a webmail app with better keyboard control than the desktop app it is competing with. Sigh. P.S. I have a few Gmail invites if anybody wants to try it out. E-mail me there: paul.bissex at gmail.com. Update: All gone!
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Engadget.com has a tutorial on how to "Make your own Pirate Radio Station with an iPod." That's a bit of an overstatement; it's more like "how to broadcast to nearby radios using your iPod."
If you install Microsoft Office 2004 you should restart your machine, even though it doesn't say you have to. The fonts that were installed with Office did a number on Safari, especially with sites that used Verdana. Go figure. Uptime stats are for people who don't install security updates anyway ;-)
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Welcome back, Steve. Welcome back, blog. Question for readers: what is your favorite multiple-clipboard utility? I got addicted to this functionality when using KDE for a couple months last fall. I've looked at a number of the OS X options, and for some reason I've become very fussy. I like the implementation in YouControl, but it comes with a lot of other cruft I don't need. CopyPaste is, I'm sorry to say, ugly (is it my anti-Windows bias that makes me dislike those over-saturated reds and blues?), which I can overlook in free software but not in payware. Keyboard Maestro Lite is free (always nice), but it is not smoothly integrated enough -- you have to choose between either regular one-step copy/paste functionality or the enhanced type with its intervening dialog and uselessly named clipboards. What I want, most simply, is an invisible clipboard stack. When I copy or cut, the selection is pushed onto the stack. When I paste, the item at the top of the stack is pasted (and optionally removed from the stack). A simple selection window would allow for more involved tasks, like discarding items or pulling something from mid-stack. What's out there that I've missed? In what ways can the existing tools be adapted? Could this be hacked up somehow using e.g. Keyboard Maestro invoking shell scripts that use pbcopy and pbpaste?