Forwarding Address: OS X

Thursday, January 29, 2004 - Making the most out of a busy connection with throttled [via VarChars]

O'Reilly Network: XGrid or the future of computing [Jan. 28, 2004]. Next weekend, I'll give a status report after trying this out on a cluster *cough* of tibook/667, powermac/400, and ibook/700. [via rootprompt]

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Remember nntp? If you do you're probably using some variant of the NewsWatcher family (I always liked YA-NewsWatcher/Thoth until I stopped reading newsgroups a while ago). If you don't you're probably a post-web internet user and here's your chance to go old-skool: Panic has just released v1.0 of Unison, a drop-dead gorgeous newsreader with some very sweet looking threading and downloading features.


Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Much like in a relationship, a company rarely gets kudos for doing what it is supposed to do. Apple rolled out the 2004-01-26 Security Update for 10.3.2 client/server, 10.2.8 client/server and 10.1.5 client/server at the same time. Software Update 'em if ya got 'em.

Dear Apple,


Love, Pat

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Fun with Mail.appetizer, a cool little Mail pref that pops up a semi-transparent window informing you of any new mail that's arrived in your Inbox.

Three things I'd like to see added to this:
1. Let me resize the window. By default it's too large for my liking.
2. Let me define which properties of the email are displayed. I only need to see the From: and Subject: lines to know if it's worth reading or not.
3. Let me change the colour of th window. That white on black is a bit harsh. Very cyberpunk, but it doesn't fit with the rest of my OS.

Other than those minor quibbles, I like it alot.

Update: I'd like my preferences to be remembered as well.


Friday, January 16, 2004

Noah Kravitz at has posted what looks to be one in a series of pieces on Windows XP vs. MacOS in schools, from his perspective as Mac user and XP admin. Non-polemical cross-platform comparisons are surprisingly rare, so I'm looking forward to hearing more from Noah. The two bullet points from the first installment: "OS X Crashes, but Win XP Crashes More" and "Quirky Mac Innovations are Cool at Home, But Inexcuseable at Work." Link

Thursday, January 15, 2004

For those of you wondering about the speed of VirtualPC 6.1, I did a test. I got a copy of VirtualPC 6.1, I put FreeBSD (command-line only) on it, and used "openssl speed" to measure the CPU speed doing a reasonable mix of complex things that don't involve the disk. Virtual PC is almost exactly 20% as fast as the native CPU on my iBook G3 600 MHz. So, VirtualPC is probably reasonable for people who have to have one or two non-CPU-intensive Windows apps running sometimes, but not much more than that. They say there will be speed improvements in VirtualPC 7, but I'll believe that when I see it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Recently I wanted to set an environment variable so that a standard, double-clickable-from-the-Finder Cocoa app could see it. Apple Technical Q&A #1067 has the lowdown on how one does this, but basically you need to create a ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist file (you can use /Developer/Applications/ to create and edit this file).

Monday, January 12, 2004

I quote:
Most Mac OS X users prefer to use GUI tools to make Installations of software. By providing GNU software ported or built for the Apple Installer we are providing a needed service for the OS X community. Our Goal is to produce Tools for the OS X Package Installer/Maker and to port all Free/Open source software to the OS X Installer system as is possible. - THE GNU MAC OS X Public Archive
Maybe it's old gnus but it was gnu to me and came in especially handy when I needed to install useradd (why isn't that part of OS X?).

Thursday, January 08, 2004

Lead and they will follow: WinExpose.

Monday, January 05, 2004

I recently came across this page (it's a couple years old) detailing an uncommon but interesting migration, from BeOS to OS X.
Okay, so I indulged in a little Schadenfreude against the holy Mac universe from time to time, pissing off thousands. I'm not proud. But neither am I a bad person. I've just always wanted the most from my computer, and it always seemed like the Mac offered very little of the best, and a whole lot of the worst. But recently I've seen the light, and am here to make amends for my blasphemy. I hereby publicly apologize for my past life as a Mac-hater. Not only that, but thanks to OS X, I'm now a bona fide Mac OS lover.

Thursday, January 01, 2004

Charles Arthur at The Indepent weighs in with his predictions for 2004. Notable: the ubiquity of the iPod and a Mac resurgence. Ok, so it's not news and these sorts of predictions are generally meaningless, but it's been slow around here lately ;-)