May 22, 2004

DVD copy

While I still have to finish my HOW-TO on duplicating DVDs (hmm), this product struck my attention: Fast DVD Copy.

An all-in-one-one-click commercial app that duplicates your personal DVDs - and commercial ones for that matter - switched them to region free (and presumably disables Macrovision).

For USD 99, version 2 allows you to select the bonus you want - or don't want for that matter. The previous version duplicated the lot, limiting to a maximum of 97 minutes the movies it could copy. Apparently, this has been addressed in the latest version.

Beware of the licensing scheme - install it on the computer that will be used to duplicate:

Your license is valid for one computer only. If you want to install Fast DVD Copy on a second Mac, you need to buy a second license.In addition, your Fast DVD Copy license is computer-specific. Your serial number will only work on the Mac that you licensed it for.

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HFS+ Fragmentation

Remember the days when we use to defrag our disks with Norton SpeedDisk? When was the last time you defragged under Mac OS X? No need to thanks to Mac OS X built-in measures against fragmentation?

Learn more about the topic by reading Amit Singh's "Fragmentation on HFS+ Volumes" on kernelthread.com.

Defragmentation on HFS+ volumes should not be necessary at all, or worthwhile, in most cases because the system seems to do a very good job of avoiding/countering fragmentation.

It is risky to defragment anyway: What if there's a power glitch? What if the system crashes? What if the defragmenting tool has a bug? What if you inadvertently reboot? In some cases, you could make the situation worse by defragmenting.

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Mail.app Junk Mail Filter

O'Reilly's part two gives interesting information on what Junk Mail Filter is, and isn't. A good read for anyone using Mail.app

The Fight Against Spam, Part 2

Interestingly enough, the technology that underlies the Junk Mail filter began its life as an information retrieval system, developed in the Apple labs to help users who managed thousands or millions of large documents find the one they were looking for easily. In order to do that, this technology had to allow users to perform a search by topic.

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iChat TV

Simon Thornton presents an interesting idea on his weblog ("a mutual misunderstanding"): connect a DV input device to your Mac and make iChat believe it's a firewire cam ..

Sending Live Television Via iChat

In other, shorter, easier, words: you can use your converter box to stream live video from something - oooh, let's just say your Sky Digibox for example - to someone else using iChat anywhere else in the world. If you happened to have one of the outputs of your Sky box (it has two) connected up to the inputs of your converter box, you might see how this could work.

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May 12, 2004

iSight power drain

There really is a power drain problem with Apple's superb iSight camera.

I switched to a larger external firewire drive earlier this year, and after my loyal 6Gb VST (SmartDisk now), 20Gb iPod (G2), 20Gb LaCie 'DataBank', I'm walking around with a 40Gb LaCie 'by F.A. Porsche' .

I use it mainly for synchronising my e-mail, bookmarks, preferences, and current work between my desktop and PowerBook, so the amount of data that is transferred each time is now tremendous as I sync twice a day. Nevertheless, I've been copying large files (7Gb+) recently which all caused my desktop Mac to lockup. It wasn't a crash per se, but a number of warnings and errors started to appear in the system logs which lead to the freeze of the GUI with a kernel load of 99.9%. This situation occurred each time I tried to copy those large files, or loads of small ones (20'000+).

My first thought was to incriminate the system, as the external drive worked fine on my other desktop Mac and PowerBook. I explored all sorts of solutions, ending up by a complete OS reinstall. But to no avail - the problem didn't disappear - until I realised that my iSight and the LaCie drive were both plugged into the motherboard Firewire connectors - which was the only difference between that Mac and the two others.

Unplugging the drive during a freeze resolved the problem. The load drops, the system generates an error, but you regain control of your Mac. Apparently, the iSight drains power on both ports, leaving the second one underpowered.

At least for the 'F.A. Porsche' LaCie. I never had that problem with the 'DataBank' (which only offers one firewire connector, against two for the 'F.A. Porsche' - which was what decided me for the model over the 40Gb 'DataBank'.

This problem is evoked on Apple Discussions in various threads. I should have known.

So, I sorted that mess out by adding a Belkin Firewire PCI card to my desktop Mac. Everyone is happy. Everyone is powered.

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April 22, 2004

Downgrading to Airport 3.3.1

If you're experiencing problems after upgrading to Airport 3.4, typically loss of signal strength and disconnection, you'll find instructions on how to downgrade at,

http://homepage.mac.com/fishsun/articles/uninstall_airport34.htm

More info and discussions on,

I didn't manage to upgrade to Airport 3.3.1 after reinstalling 3.1. xlr8yourmac has several workarounds. The first one worked for me.

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April 08, 2004

MP3Concept (MP3Virus.Gen)

Well, believe it or not, this afternoon at 16:15 CET Intego publishes a press release announcing the launch of a Mac OS X Trojan Horse, just after my copy of VirusBarrier popped up with this alert around 15:50 CET:

VirusBarrier_Alert_MP3Virus-tm

My definitions were updated this morning by NetUpdate adding the ability to detect MP3 Concept.

I immediately checked the net for more in fo, but was unable to find anything before this evening. But when I write these lines, the CIAC, McAfee, Sophos or Symantec don't mention it. Even Google didn't turn up anything..

MacNN and Slashdot have a post, but the info remains sparse and unconfirmed.

The alert was triggered when I launched BBEdit, and was reproducable once eventhough I clicked 'Repair' on the VirusBarrier alert dialog box. No MP3 files in my case..

Here's a copy of the e-mail alert:

Date: 04/08/2004 15:50:35 Europe/Zurich +0200
File: /.vol/234881033/2656577
Virus: MP3Virus.Gen

Date: 04/08/2004 15:50:52 Europe/Zurich +0200
File: /.vol/234881033/930750
Virus: MP3Virus.Gen

It's actually the first time I've seen it work
:/

April 9 update:

MacNN has an full update on the matter, and a Usenet thread sheds more light on this matter.

0x2a posted an interesting comment which I fully share.

April 11 update:

More info and comments from MacFixIt, Wired, and a clarification from Intego.

Likewise, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Sequeira said the company was investigating. "We are aware of the potential issue identified by Intego and are working proactively to investigate it," she said.

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April 07, 2004

Boost Mail.app's junk mail filtering

junkmatcher

The other discovery of the day: JunkMatcher

A set of scripts that can be added to Mail.app rules. It uses various effective techniques such as IP-based filtering, and flexible regular expressions to identify junk mails, and comes with a GUI front end which enables you to analyse what's going on and tweak it efficency. You can even report spam to SpamCop.net directly from the log window.

There's a clip on the product's website that shows it in action.

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Horizontal scroll built in Mac OS X

Have you tried the latest Microsoft Wireless Optical mouse ? What interested me to try was the new scroll wheel, which gives you the smoothest scroll I have ever experienced, and the possibility to scroll horizontally by tilting the scroll wheel to the left or right.

The scroll experience is awesome, unfortunately the ergonomic design of the mouse gaves me cramps in the wrist, and the horizontal scroll required the Microsoft driver to be installed.
:(

But I discovered quite by accident this morning that horizontal scrolling is built in Mac OS X. (for as long as you own a scroll wheel mouse)

Hold the shift key down while using your scroll wheel, and the content scrolls horizontally.

This is not new. MacOSXHints published this hint back in October 2003 - but I was quite pleased to stumble upon it by accident!

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April 04, 2004

Safari not supported by GMail

Google's new free e-mail service, GMail, doesn't support Safari (yet). You get 1Gb free storage with Google's search engine (Don't sort, search).

Among the notable features, you'll find,

  • Select a message and all relate message are highlighted (threads, replies)
  • Customisable spam filter
  • No popups, no ads - but relevant text-ads à la Google ..

The service is still in beta, and widely available, and English is the only language available at the time of writing.

What should we think about this new service? After indexing the web, usenet, weblogs (Blogger), Google will track our e-mail content..
:/

PS: noticed today's cool date? 04-04-04

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April 01, 2004

Lol

Can't stop laughing..

I won’t spare the niceties: what Doug Bowman and Stopdesign have done is disgraceful and unprofessional.

For a so-called “Design Consultancy” to rip off the work of another for its own site shows a total lack of regard for others in the profession, and undermines — no, cheapens — the industry as a whole.

What makes this particularly heinous is that not two weeks ago, Mr. Bowman had the audacity to talk about CSS Theft in front of a packed conference room at SXSW2004. In one ear, out the other…?

A sad day for those of us working on the web. Please feel free to go over to Stopdesign and make some noise in protest.

Mezzoblue or Stop Design or Mezzoblue or ..

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March 31, 2004

ADC Reference Library

[ ADC Reference Library ]

Apple has reorganised their developer's documentation and technotes into a new ADC Reference Library.

I like the way the information is organised. It reminds me a little of the support forum. The hierarchy feels logic (well, it suits my logic anyway). The topics are clearly outlined, with informative sidebar links to relevant internal or external resources. The search engine is a powerful way of finding what you're looking for. This reference will stand in good place in my reference bookmarks.

A comprehensive collection of Apple technical resources, including Documentation, Technical Notes, Sample Code, Technical Q&As, and Release Notes. Each of the links below leads to the resources for a specific topic. Key resources also include Getting Started documents, API references, and cross-references for related topics.

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March 25, 2004

iPhoto Printing

Photo and Album Printing have been activated in iPhoto for (most) European users.

These features allows you to print your pictures and photo albums. I'll let you know how good they are as soon as I received my prints and albums.

The price in Switzerland is quite competitive (CHF 0.55 for a 10x15cm) - let's wait to evaluate the delivery times and quality.

iTMS where are you ..?

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March 24, 2004

3 candles for Mac OS X

Mac OS 10.0 turns 3 today. It was launched on March, 24 2001, remember ? Seems ages ago, no?

After four major releases, Mac OS X has become as part of my every day life as Mac OS 9 was (and 8, and 7, and 6, ..). Moreover, this month sees the back of the last Classic application I couldn't do without (MacPay). Its final Cocoa version is due out on March 26. I must admit that my 9 icon has been bouncing less and less in my Dock for the last 18 months now.

Wink: Emma turned 3 too in March ;)

040326 update; ArsTechnica has a nice post on this event capturing the essentials of the last 3 years.

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March 05, 2004

Asynchronous cron jobs

You are probably all aware that your Mac runs daily, weekly and monthly maintenance scripts to check the integrity of your system and clean it up.

The Unix subsystems on Mac OS X were originally written for machines that were typically never shut off. Mac OS X inherits this assumption in version 1.x, and has many system maintenance tasks that are scheduled to run between 3 am and 5 am. In addition, there are scripts designed to run weekly on weekends, and once a month in the middle of the night.
Orig. MacJanitor

Utilities such as MacJanitor or Cocktail solved this problem by allowing you to run them manually. But you still had to think of doing it. Another solution is to change the time and day at which they are supposed to run, hoping that your computer would powered on then. Utilities such as CronniX help you do right that and more -- you can also edit the cron table by hand.

Downloading the latest version of DéjàVu, I fell on a reference to Anacron:

Anacron is a periodic command scheduler. It executes commands at intervals specified in days. Unlike cron, it does not assume that the system is running continuously. It can therefore be used to control the execution of daily, weekly and monthly jobs (or anything with a period of n days), on systems that don't run 24 hours a day. When installed and configured properly, Anacron will make sure that the commands are run at the specified intervals as closely as machine-uptime permits.
[snip]
It isn't a full-time daemon. It has to be executed from boot scripts, from cron-jobs, or explicitly.

Now this is just what I've been looking for for my AlPB which is seldom powered on at 3:00a. I changed the execution time of the maintenance scripts, but that doesn't help if the Mac is sleeping or off.. I'l give it a try and let you know.

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March 04, 2004

Address Book Map function in Europe

The default map function of the Address Book is a cool trick, but isn't very useful to users living out of the USA. But there's a new plugin on the block: Mappy Address Book

A neat Address Book plugin which enables the Address Book to hook into the online Mappy services. You can map an address or route it. Works like a charm.

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February 28, 2004

48 points 48 hours later

Matthew Thomas posted an article on his first 48h hours enduring Mac OS X

"The quality of Apple’s human interface has declined and continues to decline. That other current platforms, both Free and non-Free, continue to be even worse does not make this situation any more satisfying."

Matthew Thomas is a usability critic and former Mac OS 9 user. Recommended reading - BTW, I agree with most of his points.

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February 07, 2004

Software Update Glitch

I got bitten by a strange bug yesterday while running Software Update on my Server: a bunch of updates where available, so I accepted to install them and went back to my desktop. After a while, I was ready to click the "restart" button when I noticed that a red exclamation mark was next to all the updates instead of the green checkmark, and a dialog box was displaying the following

"None of the checked updates could be installed. Make sure you have permission to write to /tmp/501/TemporaryItems/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate, then try again."

Hmm. I was running as administrator. Anyway, it was a while since I'd repaired the permissions on this machine, so I launched Disk Utility, repaired and rebooted, just to be on the safe side. But to no avail, the same symptom occurred again. I used Fast Switching to login as root and tried again - no luck. I checked the permissions and they where fine 700 and 755. I decided to 777 the whole tree just to see if that changed anything - nope.

It seemed time to check the net for similar problems. In case like this, I usually start with Apple's Discussions. Checking the Server forum didn't help. Searching the 10.3 one yielded several pertinent threads.

First, I wasn't the only one with this problem. Many had tried what I did, and were just as unsuccessful as me.

But a thread attracted my attention more than the others because it mentionned that Apple Remote Desktop was installed on those computers displaying the problem. I had installed ARD earlier in January to test how well I could drive my server from home (not very well actually, but that is another topic). I had never uninstalled it.

One of the fixes suggested was related to XCode, or rather uninstalling XCode than removed essential apps from the system (tar, zip, unzip, etc.) and prevents many operation from completing successfully - including Software Update.

I had never installed nor uninstalled XCode from my server, so I decided to install them to give it a try. My server runs on a B&W G3 with a 8Gb primary partition. Just over 2Gb were free, so I had to be cautious in my installation. The fulls XCode package installs over 1.9Gb of software .. I didn't want to replace one problem by another. Using custom install, I avoided the installation of documentation, various SDK, etc. - and Bob's my uncle! It solved the problem!

Now what was wrong, I don't know. I shall uninstall ARD and other unused software to save space, and check those threads to see if someone puts his finger on the problem. A worrying one if you ask me.

PS: funnily enough, just after that episode, I received the new version of XCode in the ADC February mailing.

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February 01, 2004

Font management doc

I don't know about you, but fonts problems or font related problems have caused havoc more than once since I permanently switched to Mac OS X back in the 1.1 days.

A MacOSXHint thread points on a very informative document that explains - and clarifies - a lot of potential font issues and how to solve them, where to store them, what format to use, etc. The document is Jaguar (10.2) centered, but a lot of the info still applies to Panther.

The Apple article is located at,

<http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=75494> (direct link to PDF document)

Unfortunately, FontBook still remains poorly documented ..

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iBook logic board problem recognised

Apple has finally recognised the problem with the iBook's logic board by publishing an extended exchange program and offering to reimburse previous costs of repair to eligible customers (iBook purchased in the last 3 years). Reuters comments the problem an article "Failing Apple Hardware".

I fell on this piece of information while reading an interesting commentary "Having Bitten the Forbidden Fruit, it Bit Me Back. Six Times" on OSDir.com on a Linux user feeling guilty of using Mac OS X instead of Linux, and all the trouble he had with his iBook logic board.

Check it out if you are an iBook user - or not - you might be entitle to the logic board exchange.

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January 31, 2004

ecto 1 point oh!

The best blogging tool on the block has just final: ecto has reached 1.0.

Previous donors have been granted a generous discount on the public price which remains very reasonable. So, if you need a client application to talk to MovableType, TypePad, Blogger or whatever, give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

French localisation available, Window version in the pipe.

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January 26, 2004

Threaded Trash

[ Threaded Trash ]

Who would have guessed that the "Empty Trash..." task was threaded ?

Yes, I ctrl-clicked the Trash while it was emptying .. and don't ask me why. I guess that the number of items was so large, and having issued the command earlier on - like 15" - I forgot until the window pop-up from under another.

Just a Monday curiosity.

 

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January 24, 2004

The Mac turns 20

apple_mac128.jpg

Happy Birthday Macintosh!

A few links picked up on the net (orig. MacMinute)

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January 22, 2004

iTMS RSS Feed Generator

[ iTMS RSS Feed Generator ]Apple is offering a cool service to generate your own RSS feed based on their new releases. Select your favourite type of music among the 25 genre proposed. The page generates an URL that can be copy & pasted into your favourite news aggregator (such as NetNewsWire e.g.).
Cool.

Orig. MacDailyNews

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January 19, 2004

1Tb for 5Kg

[ LaCie The Bigger Disk ]There we are.

You can actually have 1 terabyte (1000 Gb) on your desktop.

LaCie has just released the Bigger Disk. It offers Firewire 400 (6 or 4 pins a.k.a. iLink), Firewire 800 and USB 1.1/2.0 interface.

 

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January 16, 2004

European ITMS Q2 2004

Jobs announced that iPhoto's print services will be available in Europe sometime in March 2004, but he didn't mentionned anything regarding iTunes Music Store.

According to an article in MacWorld UK,

Music industry insiders expect Apple, Napster and other major digital music services to launch in Europe as soon as the second quarter 2004.

While Apple remains tight-lipped about plans to introduce its service in Europe, Universal Music's eLabs president Larry Kenswil told Macworld: "By the second or third quarter there will be a number of major services in Europe, and I expect one of these will be Apple's iTunes Music Store."

Sounds cool, no ?

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January 12, 2004

Stream video from your Mac to your TV via WiFi

Anyone using one of these? Ultimate Wireless.

Sounds cool. You can stream video and stereo audio from your Mac (or PC) to your TV wirelessly. Just need a CRT port (VGA) and a composite input on your TV.

But the design isn't as cool as my favourite MP3 streamer: Squeezebox of Slim Devices.

USD 179 / user manual / info

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January 10, 2004

What is Mac OS X ?

Amit Singh's kernelthread.com publishes a milestone article on "What is Mac OS X" targeted at those members of the technical community who are not familiar with it, notably the Linux User's Group at his work.

A low level article - quite technical by moments, which complements all the higher level ones you can find on the net. A milestone.

There's a thread on Slashdot on this article.

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Your 20 Macs

Wired has a paper on the 20 Macs that mattered most. Time to reflect. One generation melting into the next, you quickly forget the fun and frustrations of one generation over the next.

I've managed to keep the most significant Macs I was lucky to work on (with?), with in mind to reinstall a System 6 (or 5, or 1?) one of these days. What is your Mac ? The one which enlightened you - or infuriated you ? I believe it was the Mac II for me. It felt like a giant leap at the time. I never did had the cash to buy a Mac mid-eighties, buy my lab owned a Mac II, IIx, then a Mac IIfx.

That was the time when I really dived into the Mac, experienced frame grabbing (GENLock remember?), Object Oriented programming, ResEdit and MacBugs. Magical times, when I had the time to explore, discover and experiment - night after day after night.

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January 09, 2004

ecto public beta

ectoThe new desktop blogging client ecto was released for public beta testing (expire end of January, 2004).

The current version is very stable, and offers all of Kung-Log's features and more. It is setup in a matter of seconds, and the new user interface is strait-forward for anyone who's used Kung Log or MovableType's post form.

I'm using it with MovableType and TypePad without any problem.

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January 07, 2004

iLife 04 translations

You probably watched yesterday's Keynote, so I won't comment on it or the new products/ services that were announced until I start to use them. Nevertheless, I was amused to discover how badly some product tag lines can be translated into French. The PowerBook 12"/17" «Small is Big..» one was terrible in French - meaningless actually. The iLife 04 is worse: it vehicles the wrong message:

[ iLife 04 English tag line ]
[ iLife 04 French tag line ]

The French translation found on Apple Switzerland's website was removed and replaced by the English text earlier this morning. They must have warned that computer translated texts should be reviewed by a human being..

The translation roughly goes like «As from now on, it's for life between Microsoft Office and you»

14:46 CET Update: here's the new version that has appeared on Apple France.

[ iLife 04 French new tag line ]

«The Microsoft Office for your creative .. life»

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January 02, 2004

Will 2004 be like 1984 ?

[ Big Brother ]It's 20 years since the original Mac was first presented to the public (I bet you remember the commercial during the Super Bowl broadcast).

How do you think is MWSF going to celebrate that ?

Check the Apple Computer History Weblog for more information or a previous Macinlog post.

Moreover, the Mac OS epoch hit a 100 years yesterday.. (Slashdot)

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December 31, 2003

Best wishes for '04

With 2004 only 121 minutes away, it's time for me to wish you all a very very very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Thanks for reading and reacting, and see you the other side.

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Macinblog's best of 03

Just in time for my list of favourite software of the year:

  1. Mac OS 10.3: the latest version of the Macintosh operating system
  2. Kung-Log: post and manage your weblog entries
  3. BBEdit (*): high-performance text and HTML editor
  4. iViewMedia Pro: media management software
  5. OmniGraffle Professional (*): lets you create your best graphs, diagrams, flow charts, etc.
  6. NetNewsWire Lite: RSS news reader for web sites
  7. Safari: Apple's web browser
  8. DiskWarrior: repair Mac OS X native directory and save your day
  9. xScope: powerful set of tools for measuring, aligning and inspecting online graphics
  10. Movable Type: weblog (or website) publishing software
  11. Interarchy: my SFTP alter ego

(*) present in last year's favs

Hmm, but why these ? What are my criterias ? Completely emotional - and practical. Basically, most of them are applications I use on a daily basis, which I've used and abused, most of them since their early versions (some beta), applications I couldn't do without, and finally, most of which live in my Dock. Some are not new, some have just been released, some I have just discovered. Oh, and most of the download links point to MacUpdate. I still can't make my mind up between VersionTracker and MacUpdate (which service do you favour ?)

[ my december 2003 dock ]
  1. Mac OS 10.3: okay, this one isn't really an application per se (that's why there's 11 favs this year), but it had to figure in this list as Mac OS X gets better and better at each release. I'm not going to into details on this one, others have done it much better - but applications like Mail, iSync, FontBook or Address Book are part of my daily grind - and new features such as Expose is really tooooo cool..
  2. Kung-Log: I discovered this little jem about a year ago (it was still an AppleScript Studio app back then). This product has since evolved into a Cocoa application full of features and has become an indispensable tool to anybody who hosts a weblog. You can manage your entries, post, draft, edit, delete, upload images or files, preview your post (uses Safari's WebKit), send notifications by e-mail, etc.

    And what's more, the next version is on it's way! It's called ecto and is currently undergoing private beta testing. Don't miss the public beta when it's released - it really rocks! (this post was edited using ecto beta release 1).
  3. BBEdit (*): no need to present BBEdit anymore. This application loads early in one of my typical day's work. The latest release offers WebKit Preview. That means that while you're tweaking css code (or xhtml), you can preview in realtime how it renders with Safari's engine (Kung-Log/ecto offer the same functionality). This is invaluable to test layouts and html code in general. I still haven't tested the CVS feature since it's release last year, but intend to get my teeth into it this year.
  4. iViewMedia Pro: I've tried several media management software these last few years for managing my images, starting with Canto Cumulus, but gave it up when the Mac OS X standalone version never showed up, Extensis PortFolio, but never got used to it's interface, Apple's iPhoto until it choked on my 3'000+ photos and really got too slow (not to mention its file management limitations), until I discovered iViewMedia Pro. The latest release really suits me down to the ground. You can manage large libraries of images, it's fast, offers numerous way of assigning categories, keywords, and other attributes to sort your media files just the way you want. It is user-friendly and it use very intuitive, yet its features remain powerful. The file management is a breeze. It reads and downloads your images directly from your digital camera, imports files from your HD at lightening speed. I haven't explored in details its export options or slideshow features, but they seem quite satisfying. Hopefully, I won't have to change in the near future.
  5. OmniGraffle Professional (*): a gem you don't get tired of. I'm been using OmniGraffle more and more frequently these last 12 months, and keep discovering new ways of getting my work done more efficiently. Clean and neat.
  6. NetNewsWire Lite: what better way to get abreast with your favourite weblogs ? It's simple, sports a clean interface and it's free. I never really gave it's big brother a try being a fan of Kung-Log, but I'm sure it is a brilliant application too.
  7. Safari: Apple's web browser and my favourite browser. I was running Chimera last year, and slowly switched to Safari. Fast, clean, does the job just right. Gets better at each release. but you know all that already, no ?
  8. DiskWarrior: since the release of version 3, it's saved my day at least two times, resurrecting drive catalogs that other apps declared good as dead. What more to say ? If you job relies on using a Mac - or taking care of Macs - on a daily basis, buy it.
  9. xScope: I only recently discovered this little application. Like all others from IconFactory/Panic Software, it is very well polished. It proved itself invaluable during the tweaking of the css style sheet I was working on, while trying to address the different inconsistencies of IE. Only took two hours before I purchased it.
  10. Movable Type: Okay. It's not a application as such, well not a user app anyway. But it's a wonderful server application to publish websites in general and weblogs in particular. Throughout this last year, I haven't ceased to discover it's power and flexibility (and extensibility). It's amazing what you can achieve with it. Until recently Macinblog was hosted run by MT. I must admit that Movable Type is my discovery of the year.
  11. Interarchy: another old friend. I been using this application so long that I only realize how much I depend on it when I'm on a Mac without it. I guess Interarchy is what one could call "an acquired taste". I rely quite a bit on SFTP in my daily tasks, and sometime on several different severs at the same time. Interarchy makes file transfer as simple as using another window in the Finder. It's full of other interesting features, but I must admit that I've never really taken the time to evaluate them properly. I just thought this one would round up my list nicely.

There, that's done. Time to go and see what the rest of my little family are up to .. Happy New Year to you all ;)

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December 28, 2003

Macinblog moved to TypePad

Some of you might have noticed that Macinblog has moved from MT to TypePad.

This is not a move away from MT, but rather an opportunity to test TP in a production environment. Macinblog might move back to MT in a near future - who knows.

The move was smooth. I exported all records from MT, edited the file with BBEdit to correct the image paths and imported it into TP directly. All records were correctly imported, categories and comments included. After all, TP does run on MT.

The only glitch was the images. I had to upload them one by one .. Then I wondered if I could have uploaded an archive file of all images in the same manner you can do with a TP photo album (?) Thinking of it, I don't know if there's a way of dowloading all images if ever I move back to MT in a few months..
:/

Macinblog doesn't rely on a specific plugin, it had a little php here and there, but it can live without it. The plugin I will miss is MTBlackList - but it might appear in a future release of TP.

Currently, it's running with standard templates, and styles. I'll convert them to advanced template next week, and see how far you can go that way.

Anyone know if php is supported ? Guess not.

The next step is to support all the old URLs as TP uses a different archiving scheme than Macinblog did. I have a few leads, and will let you know how I worked that one out.

Redirecting your MT permalinks to TP
Good idea, but it from what I understand, the redirection code would need to be inserted in an alternative individual archive. Unfortunately, I haven't found the way to create additional individual archives. Advanced templates lets you create index pages and modules, but not archive templates.. This solution is fine as long as (1) you don't use TP domain mapping, and (2) you haven't closed down your previous account.

I guess I could upload individual .html files with the redirect code in them. I'll try to generate them from my MT system.

16:42: it seems to work fine. The only drag is that you have to upload every file manually through TP file upload dlog box. I tried to archive all files and upload it, but now I have an 'archive.zip' sitting on my server and found no way to delete it. Is there some way to perform basic file management tasks on TP?
Unofficial TypePad Resources
News and tips from TP users for TP users
Official TypePad Resources Weblog
The official Six Apart weblog is a place for development news, tips and tricks, links to TypePad-related and weblogging resources and general information for the TypePad user
Use .htaccess to domain map TP
This is the way to go to rewrite an URL to another, with a fixed path+filename. But this isn't my case. I need to regenerate the filename based on the MTEntryID. I guess I could specify individual rules for each file, but that defeats the whole principle, doesn't it!?

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December 23, 2003

Favicons appear in NetNewsWire{Lite}

After Safari, here come the favicons in NetNewsWire. The application searches for the favicon file (favicon.ico) in the same directory than the RSS feed. It doesn't read the x-icon meta tag (yet).

So if you want your icon to show up, make sure it's located at the root of the feed, or add it to your ~/Application Support/NetNewsWire/Favicons/ folder (name it: site_domain_tld.ico as in www_macinblog_com.ico).

NetNewsWire: More news, less junk. Faster

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December 22, 2003

Display of title attribute fixed in 10.3.2

Anyone noticed that Safari correctly displays the title attribute in little 'tool tips' text boxes ? (like all the other browsers).

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December 20, 2003

Video iPod

Remember the job opening on Apple's website for engineer to develop iTunes for Windows ? Well, here's one that is looking for,

&quote;Title: Playback Firmware Engineer
Req. ID: 2075781
Location: Santa Clara Valley, California
Country: United States

Seeking a highly motivated engineer to develop next generation iPod product. Must have experience in overall system design of audio and video products.
&quote;

Courtesy MacMinute.

The next generation is on its way..

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iFlex

MacMice have done it again. When I received my iSight back in July, I ordered a SightClip for my Studio Display (who actually stuck Apple's stand on their monitor?). Months later, they released the SightFlex, a cool flexible stand for your favourite cam, enabling you to position it exactly where you want, including next to your iChat window!

Now they've announced iFlex, the same model, but for iBook/PowerBook owners. Scheduled for release on Jan 8th, just in time for MWSF.

Enrique, if you're reading this, I wouldn't mind one of these..
;)

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Hibernation

Dear Macinblog reader,

You might have noticed that this weblog has been rather quiet lately. I've been rather busy with the launch of two major projects late November and early December. But most of all, I've been thinkg about the reorganisation (reunification?) of my different weblogs under a common structure.

Macinblog turned 1 on Dec 3rd, and attracts a fair amount of regular followers which entices me to continue this low bandwidth newsletter. 2004 will see a new Macinblog integrated under my corporate website. My personal weblogs need to be unified too. I currently run www.davo39.org, and the former www.checkbox.org (MT) and wild.blogs.com (TypePad - check the mobile pix section), and have photo galleries on .Mac (www.roessli.net).

TypePad is a wonderful tool, and I recommended to anyone who doesn't want to be bothered with the installation of MovableType. MT on the other hand is my favourite weblog management system (WMS ?). It's extensibility is unique. I'll talk more about MT's uses on my new weblog next year.

All this to let you know that I haven't given up on you, but just stepped back to give all this a think, in order to address the future more efficently.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and send you all my best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Thanks for reading.

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November 21, 2003

Keynote's XML

An interesting introduction to Apple XML syntax (APXL) and its possibilities. Something to dive into on a rainy afternoon.

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Too cool ? Not really..

A G5 Cube ? That would be almost too sweet ..

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xScope: measure, align and inspect

A little gem from our friends of the Iconfactory: xScope

I've been spending the last few days tweaking CSS, trying to overcome the current browser's discrepancies in order to follow the W3C recommendations as closely as possible. But as you know, it's not a piece of cake..

I used Snapz Pro to capture screen areas, and Photoshop to measure the pixels separating one rendering from another. Until I discovered xScope (thanks Enrique). I wasn't using for an hour, that I logged onto their site to purchase it. It's not only a set of rulers, you can place guides, frames, change your cursor into a crosshair, magnify selected areas of your screen or easily see the usable real estate for any screen size, browser, for Mac or Windows - a dream.

If you design, need to measure, align and inspect on-screen graphics and layouts, xScope is today's answer.

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November 12, 2003

Panther: archiving in ZIP format

Anybody noticed this one ? I usually use StuffIt's CM to archive (stuff or zip) a file/folder, but I gave the Finder's CM "Create an Archive of [name]" a try and discovered that it was in ZIP format.

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John Siracusa reviews Panther

There's a nice in depth (as always) review of Panther by John Siracusa of Ars Technica,

&quote; Starting with Developer Preview 2, Ars Technica's Apple Technology Specialist John Siracusa has been following the steady progress of OS X from beta through Jaguar. Now Panther has hit the street, and John has undertaken his now-annual exercise of taking Apple's latest OS out for a long test drive. &quote;

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November 05, 2003

Panther: Mail.app add-ons

MailEnhancer: extends the functionality of mail with several cool features:

  • Show activity viewer when doing a manual mail check
  • Display a status dialog after doing a manual mail check
  • Dock icon count shows all unread instead of just inbox unread
  • Automatically update signature to match sending address

The last one is by far the coolest. Invaluable if you have several e-mail accounts

MailPriority: provides a simple interface to set priorities for outgoing messages and request read receipts (when available on the receipient's server).

MailPicture: allows you to have your image show up in your mail message when you send it to a user that has MailPictures installed.

They are all freeware and Panther compatible and come as Bundles that install in your~/Library/Mail/Bundles directory.

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November 04, 2003

Xbox switches to PowerPC

Guess what: Microsoft is switching to IBM's PowerPC chip (yes, the same you find in Apple's Macs) to power its playstation, the Xbox. (source WIRED).

&quote; There's quite a bit of irony here, he [Richard Doherty of IBM] added, referring to the fact that it has always been assumed that Apple would move to Intel, rather than Microsoft moving to the PowerPC, a chip technology co-developed by Apple, IBM and Motorola. &quote;

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November 01, 2003

Panther: FireWire data corruption resolved

Apparently, Apple has narrowed the problem with Firewire 800 corruption down to an Oxford 922 chipset used by some external firewire enclosures (source EETimes, and Apple's official press release).

Other World Computing is offering a FireWire 800 firmware update for their Mercury Elite FW800 external drives.

&quote; While Oxford Semiconductor and Apple Computer disagree over what has led to this issue (there is absolutely no issue under any circumstance with OS 10.2.8 and earlier), Apple has confirmed that the issue is limited to firmware v1.02 and prior. &quote;

The patch is also available through VersionTracker.

LaCie has also published a announcement on their website regarding their FW800 external drives.

WiebeTech follows suit for their Fire800 and MicroGB+800 products with an announcement on their tech support page, and offers an firmware updater.

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Doug Bowman is back on Mac

In a post call "SwitchBack", Douglas Bowman, the well-known designer of Stopdesign, explains how he has come back to using a Mac after a having given it up in favour of Windows (see "Confessions of a Designer" for the whole story).

Welcome back Doug.

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October 15, 2003

MT-Blacklist is installed

I've just installed Jay's mt-blacklist module, and it works like a charm! Thanks a million Jay!

To you MT administrators out there: don't forget to donate something via PayPal - this by far the easiest and most useful plug-in I now of (link from MT-Blacklist home page).

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October 10, 2003

Remote Tunes - a followup

I posted an entry on Ovolab's RemoteTunes the other day. Since, I've purchased a license as it fullfills exactly my needs.

The only aspect I found annoying was the time it takes to update the playlist and track info at each connection. That's when I noticed there was another way of building RemoteTune's database file: "Asking for a RemoteTunes database file".

I didn't figure out what that meant immediately for two reasons: first, the RemoteTunes mislead me in thinking instinctively that it was a remote iTune library as that found in ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes 4 Music Library. In fact it's what it name implies: a RemoteTunes (the application) database (aka file). I'd tried connecting to a remote iTune Library without success, and made a mental note to try it again later. It's only 5 minutes ago that I actually read the dialog box correctly, and checked to see if there was a "Save" item in the File menu. There is. Save the playlist and track info, and point your connection settings towards that file - not some other remote file that has nothing to do with it.

That leads me to the second reason: not managing to make the option work, I quite naturally turned to Ovolab's website which is well designed, but lacks documentation. A small Read Me First or something equivalent online would help getting you started.

Now, this wouldn't have happened if I would have read the box correctly, and took the time to figure it out the first time around. But someone else might give up, and rely solely on the first methos, which can take time depending on the size of the remote iTunes Library (mine exceeds 35Gb).

That excepted, it's a fabulous little application if you have the need of it.

Thought I'd let you know.

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October 08, 2003

Roar on Oct 24

Here we are,

&quote; Place your order for Mac OS X version 10.3 “Panther” today and be among the first to receive your copy the evening of October 24, 2003. Building on the rock-solid foundation of Mac OS X, Panther delivers over 150 features and innovations. Exposé gives you instant direct access to any open window or file on your desktop. The brand-new Finder gets you to your favorite files and folders in one click. iChat AV puts built-in personal audio and video conferencing at your fingertips.* Enhanced Mail and Windows compatibility improve communication with the world. And the list goes on. It’s like having an all-new Mac.

A single copy of Panther costs only $129, and the five-license Family Pack costs only $199. Place your order today and leave the rest of the world even further behind. &quote;

orig News@InsideApple.apple.com

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Search your (Safari) bookmarks

I found a link to a cool Safari hack on Kirk Samuelson's blog: HetimaSafariHackEX

It enables you to search your bookmarks and history in Apple searching manner: type a few letters and the list hrinks to those relevant. Basically, it was developed to enable japanese users to switching between the four common Japanese charsets: Shift JIS, euc-jp, iso-2022-jp, and utf-8. It adds a beginning of syntax coloring for those interested.

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October 06, 2003

YAiTR

Yet another iTunes Remote, but this one really rocks: Ovolab RemoteTunes.

A cocoa application that will let you play, pause, skip, create playlists, edit tags, as if you were in front of iTunes. What more, you can also activate iTunes visual effects, create or change playlists, change the equalisation settings or rate your songs!

Ovolab RemoteTunes can access the remote iTunes Library directly to speed up performances (via filesharing), or loads the playlists and tracks info during connect. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to make the former option work, and the latter can take a while depending on the size of your library (it took 3 minutes for RemoteTunes to import the info from my Cube/400 in the background - I have over 5'500 songs).

Whatever the downside, this application beats hollow the ones I tested until now (iHam on iRye, Earphoria e.g.)

The remote Mac needs to have Remote Apple Events turned on (Sharing System Preferences).

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September 27, 2003

.Mac freebees

Your .Mac membership now provides you with a free VersionTracker Plus membership (or a discount of half the Pro version), iBlog and USD 30 off a SmatDisk FireWire drive.

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September 19, 2003

The dotmac.info giveaway birthday

dotmac.info offers a special giveaway for its 1st birthday:

&quote;
dotmac.info is pleased to announce our first birthday!

On September 17th, 2002, dotmac.info was launched with the goal of building a community of .Mac users and helping them "Share their Cool .Mac Stuff!" with the rest of the world. Since then, we've grown far beyond our wildest expectations. To celebrate our first year, we're giving away a slew of prizes, including full-year .Mac memberships and copies of

Synergy from wincent.com
FootTrack from T-Squared Software
Slick Transitions and Effects from GeeThree
iBlog from Lifli Software
TextWrangler and Mailsmith from Bare Bones Software

Entries will be accepted until September 30th, and winners will be announced the first week of October.

http://dotmac.info/index.html/birthday/
&quote;

Why don't you put your name in the hat by completing the registration form ?

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September 15, 2003

OS half life

My operating system is playing up on me today. They are days like that, when little things go wrong, apps quit, settings disappear - one feels a little out-of-sync, ones OS a little unreliable, unstable - and one doesn't really know why.

It reminds me of a paper I read on Dr Dobbs last year entitled "What scruft is". Unfortunately, I can't find it anymore .. Basically, scruft is what accumulates over time in your computer, slowing it down, making it less reliable and unstable, until you break down and perform a complete OS reinstall.

Mark from diveintomark.org experienced just that this summer, and posted a paper on "How to reinstall XP in 5 hours or less".

Instructive.

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September 13, 2003

G5 skin deep

Still waiting for your desktop new Macintosh ? Or, can't decide if you really want/need one ? Take a look at Bill Noll's G5 blow-up.
[ picked up from kung-foo.tv ]

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September 09, 2003

Apple's Free Online Digital Photography Seminar

Apple is offering a free online seminar on digital photography ("Break through the barrier to digital photography success").

The targeted audience is professional photographers. Topics covered will include:

&quote; how adopting a digital workflow using Apple technologies can increase your revenues and marketability; how to avoid potential pitfalls when you're first starting out; how to work productively in the field; techniques for increasing color quality; how to acquire, organize, and share images more effectively; and how Mac OS X can improve your workflow. &quote;

Safari 1.0 and QuickTime 6 required.

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Apple's new web pages

Not only did Apple launch new iPods and iMacs yesterday, but appear to be coded in XHTML.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
        "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

Eventhough they don't validate, it's still good news. Lets wait to see if that trend spreads to the rest of the site. I wonder if that has anything to do with the Douglas Bowman/Jeffrey Zeldman buzz ?

thanks enrique ;)

A New Arrivals section that sports information about products that have been released for Mac OS X updated twice a week. The products cover not only Apple software and hardware, but keyboards, cameras, telephony products and much more.

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August 28, 2003

A new Google feature

What's nice about coming back from a vacation is to discover all the new features and software releases that appeared while one was unplugged.

Google offers a cool one: a calculator. Just type an arithmetic expression in the search box and hit return. It can handle unit transformation (16.67 kilometers in yards), use universal constants (pi * mass of earth), or mix the lot (170 centimeters * pi in Calories).

Handy as a binary to hexadecimal converter .. especially from Safari's built-in Google search box:

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Macintosh Browser Comparaison

There's an interesting article on ArsTechnica ("Macintosh Browser Smackdown") by Eric Bangeman that compares the 9 browsers available to Mac OS X users.

It begins with a presentation of the two main rendering engines used by today's mainstream browsers (namely Gecko and WebCore) and then proceeds to test their load and rendering times for various sites and test suites, as well as their CSS1/2 compliance. Follows a qualitative evaluation with lists of pros and cons for each of the 9 browsers.

The final word is a matter of what suits you best. I personally switched from Camino to Safari early this year, and haven't switched back. The development of the former has significantly slowed down since Safari was launched. I keep IE handy for those few sites on which Safai chokes, or which require IE. Camino comes in handy for the sites that require a Gecko based rendering engine.

A PDF version of the article is available.

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July 29, 2003

polytrope blog

I discovered this weblog earlier this afternoon whilst revamping my company website.

I must say it still amazes my how one can completely loose track of time surfing from one weblog to another. Checking its contents, its layout, its links .. jumping to another, etc. and suddenly it's 3 hours later, and you have drifted from your initial quest, to another subject, to another site, to another problem ..

Anyway, there's a nice post by William Porter on the vision PC users have of Apple and Macs: Dead Again.

&quote; Why can’t we just be regarded as funny and creative, better cooks and better decorators, and let it go at that? &quote;

I couldn't agree more. Another on ergonomics: Cogito ergo nomics

&quote; When something is unnatural and unhealthy, you should view with skepticism the advice of people who would tell you how to do it right &quote;

I'm adding polytrope blog to my regular reading list. I stumbled on it in a post by Kirk Samuelson on Dev Notes :: Web.

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iDVD 3.0.1 without a SuperDrive

I quite accidentally fell on this piece of valuable news this weekend while building a iDVD project: you can run iDVD on a G4 without a SuperDrive installed.

iDVD 3.0.1 KB article says just that

&quote; Starting with version 3.0.1, iDVD can be used on any Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G4 or G5 processor to create DVD content. However, the option to burn the finished DVD is only available on computers with a built-in SuperDrive. iDVD 3 may be included with your computer, even if it does not have a SuperDrive. &quote;

Cool, no ?

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July 25, 2003

iTrip Station Finder

Got an iTrip ? Well, gibe iTrip Station Finder a try.

&quote; iTrip Station Finder helps you find a spot on the dial where you won't receive any interference from other stations. The application keeps a city-based list of frequencies that are not only clear, but that have clear adjacent channels, as well, minimizing the chance you'll hear crossover from other stations. &quote;

iTrip Station Finder is a free download - but works only in the US.

[ Macinblog's previous posts on iTrip ]

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July 24, 2003

Keyspan USB Cell Phone Charge Cable

This might come in handy depending where you're stranded: a USB Cell Phone Charge Cable charges your phone from your PC or Mac's USB port. Includes 6V booster. Use this cable with our wall adapter or cigarette lighter adapter for additional charging options.

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RendezVous between networks

MacOSXHints has a interesting tip to route RendezVous between networks.

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Update Notice

Macinblog's domain name settings are currently being updated. Sorry for any inconviences that might occur.

Update 23:37: okay, everything seems okay. All the links are valid, and the images show up where they should. The update involved a path change, in the URL and in the filesystem.

http://macinblog.com/mac/
to
http://macinblog.com/

That trailing /mac/ was an installation error that occured when I setup MT and mapped the Macinblog domain on it. My worry was to have to update all the local links and img tags, so I kept postponing the update.

The links were easily updated through MT's admin script, but all the embedded images paths were incorrect. The trick I used was to create a symlink of the current directory in itself. That way, http://www.macinblog.com/mac/img/points correcty to http://www.macinblog.com/img/ without having to correct a single line of code. Nifty.

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July 22, 2003

Google's News Search

Google has introduced a new Usenet search engine called Advanced News Search. You can search headlines by < strong >date, location, exact phrases or publication. People can use it retrieve articles from more than 4,500 news outlets publishing on the Web (dating from June 2003).

I guess it is trying to compete with news services such as News Now.

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July 20, 2003

OIDS.X

Guess what? OIDS for Mac OS X is available!

I spent a lot of time rescuing those OIDS from the Fiendish Biocretes and designing new planetoids back in .. 1992, on my Mac IIsi ;)

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Enable sendmail in one click

Enable your built-in sendmail, and make sure it won't serve as an open relay to spammers.

&quote; The latest version of Sendmail Enabler provides users with a much-requested feature : the ability to tighten the security of the mail server to deny spammers an Open Relay.

There is a new "Options" button, which allows you to set "Restricted SMTP Relay". With this set, the server will only relay mail for users on the local network, which is what many people have asked for. &quote;

The other fonctions include a DNS activator (needed if you run a mailserver from behind an Airport Base Station, and a PHP activator.

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July 19, 2003

Netscape R.I.P.

Found a post on MozillaZine that announces that AOL has officially killed Netscape.

&quote; It has been learned through public and private sources that AOL has cut or will cut the remaining team working on Mozilla in a mass firing and are dismantling what was left of Netscape (they've even pulled the logos off the buildings). Some will remain working on Mozilla during the transition, and will move to other jobs within AOL. &quote;

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Click to copy

Here it is: the latest version of Default Folder (1.8b3) implements the last Classic feature that wasn't available to Mac OS X users, namely that of click to copy a filename in Save dialog!

Perfect way to start the weekend ;)

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July 14, 2003

Organise your icons with Pixadex

After CandyBar, Panic and Iconfactory have produced another cool application named Pixadex:

&quote; Pixadex is to icons, what Apple's iPhoto is to images. Brought to you by Panic and The Iconfactory, the team who created CandyBar, Pixadex lets you import, organize and search huge numbers of icons quickly & easily. Pixadex lets you store all of your icons in a single place, organized into collections that you create. This is the program icon lovers everywhere have been waiting for. &quote;

Pixadex is importing my icon collection (over 1500 icons) while I write these lines. It's fast and really looks and feels like iPhoto, and (Oops) unexpectedly quits too (hmm).

Let try again .. well it quit when it reaches 900 or so icons. Lets try little by little, that should do the trick. A bit fastidious.

Misc thoughts:

  • The QuickDrop window is really cool: just drop an app or a folder on it and it acquires the selected icon :)
  • Don't forget to check the "include subfolders" when importing folders of icons (it doesn't stick)
  • I would have liked the Inspector window to show up as a drawer
  • It's not always clear what pane is active. The collection or the icons. Cmd-A often selects all the collections instead of all the icons
  • I like the icon's contextual menu "Copy icon and mask"
  • Nice integration with CandyBar
  • Wouldn't mind a trick to get rid of all the generic folder icons..

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July 13, 2003

Use your USB cam with iChatAV

iChatAV beta doesn't offer support for USB cams (yet - although in some conditions, they seem to function). iChatUSBCam fills in this gap by activating any cam that uses IOXpert's USB webcam driver.

iChatUSBCam is an Application Enhancer module that requires Unsanity's Application Enhancer to be installed beforehand.

I'll be giving this app a try later this week and will update this post accordingly - but don't expect anything in depth as I received my iSight on Friday ;).

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July 04, 2003

Send SMS messages from iChatAV

This MacOSXHint explains how to send SMS messages to mobile phones from the latest version of iChat AV:

&quote; To utilize this cool feature in iChat, simply type Shift-Command-N for a "New Chat with Person," and enter the phone number in the above [+16175551212] format. When you send the message, you'll receive confirmation from AOL that it was sent. &quote;

Update: only works in the USA :(

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June 16, 2003

My 2 weekend tips (nothing really new)

Fonts organisation
Did you know that you could organise your font in subfolders now ? While testing Font Agent Pro vs Font Reserve this weekend, I accidentally dropped a folder of fonts in the ~/Library/Fonts/ and to my big surprise, their appeared in the available font list.

I checked MacOSXHints.com, and the hint was posted last August (hum, better late than never I guess).

Anyway, I thought I'd let you know, might come in useful to those of you who don't use a font management system.

Hide (or display) certain root folders
The other thing I discovered was how to hide certain directories you'd rather not see in you root directory. There's a hidden file called .hidden at the root of your disk. If you open it, you'll notice a list of directory names. Simply add those you'd rather not see listed (such as Temporary Items or sw e.g.), and they'll be hidden at the next Finder launch.

This hint was also available on MacOSXHints.

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June 11, 2003

Edit your Preferences

Defaults Manager enables you to view and edit the preferences of almost any application that are stored in your User Defaults database.

The info is presented in a standard 3 pane window [pix]. I haven't tried the demo, but it looks strait forward to me. Guess it could come in handy eventually.

Price is USD 35, with a 10% off if you use coupon "KNDM100BETA" when purchasing while still in beta.

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June 06, 2003

Back in Sync

Back to reality. It's been a while since my last post. For those who may be interested, our May break was real smooth.. there's nothing like a real holiday when you just follow your feelings, desires and envies. Basically, we gravitated around the beach, the villages' restaurants and the pool .. But while time stood still for us on our Greek island, life went on back here in Geneva and on the net.

It took me the best of two week to touch base with the bulk of e-mails, on going projects, updated software, etc. and consequently, Macinblog ran late , not being high on the list of priorities. Sorry about that.

I'll skip all the updates and announcements that came out these last weeks to concentrate on a product I wishfully added to « Macinblog's Best of 02 », namely iSync.

isync.jpg

I gave it a serious try early this year, but never really managed to get it to work with all of my devices. The latest version (1.1) changed all that. I spent last night backing up my data and using iSync to update my cell phone and Palm PDA with the contents of my Address Book and iCal Calendar. The results are encouraging.

First, a word on backups. working at several different locations, I have two desktop Macs and on portable at home. Backup and synching have always been a priority for me. Over the years, I developed my own strategy for maintaining my different workstations documents and settings in sync. Basically, I use a portable drive and a software called Folders Synchronizer. I've been using that program since version 1.0, and it's ben a life saver over the years. I have a different set of settings for each workstation, and run a synchronization every time I change location. The external drive carries my e-mail, internet bookmarks, Palm backup, and settings of my main communication and internet apps (Proteus, NetNewsWire, etc.) It works fine.

Nevertheless, iSync offers an elegant and versatile solution, as long as you own a .Mac account. So, after backing up the contents of my cell phone and Palm PDA, making copies of my Address Book and Calendars, I launched iSync and reset all my devices before running the first sync. Well, believe it or not, it worked first go.

All the contacts in the Cell category were uploaded to my phone, all my contacts and calendars to my Palm and iPod, without a glitch. This morning, I ran iSync on one of my Desktop Macs, and the Address Book and Calendars were successfully updated. I guess I'll have to carry on testing this new way of updating my data before I really recommend this application, but if you're willing to live with the few drawbacks linked essentially to the bad (inexistent) category management, give iSync a try.

I've always used my Palm as my main address and datebook, but things might change now. I'm willing to manually assign a category to new events entered on the Palm and viewed in iCal, or the opposite. It shouldn't be too much of a draw back.

Funnily, I happened to forget my Palm on my bedside table this morning .. and was quite relieved to be able to access my calendars via the .Mac backup. Kudo on that one.

My word of advice: stick to the recommended hardware. I personally use a Sony Ericsson T68i and a Palm Tungsten, both recommended by Apple. The latest version of iSync offers a much wider cell phone and PDA compatibility than its previous version. A sync can take a long time. Make sure to have enough time to let the sync process run through completely. The Palm is accessed through Hot Sync, not the fastest of applications, especially if like me you have years of appointments on your Palm. Don't sync in a hurry. Beware of levels of battery charge. Provide enough power for the process to run through. All my devices were running on battery last night, and I had to plug the PowerBook in to let it complete its sync. My experience is that BlueTooth drains the batteries, whatever the device (phone, PDA or notebook). Backup all your data before synching. GSM Remote, and Palm Desktop can backup your phone and PDA. Finally, if you're serious about iSync, you'll need to subscribe a .Mac account.

I'll update this post in a month time to let you know how well iSync stood up the trial of time.

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May 09, 2003

Time off

Macinblog will be in relax mode for the next two weeks. We're taking a break, and flying off to Greece on Sunday. Time to pack our swim suits, sun tan lotion and to bid you farewell.

Thank you for your time, and for reading Macinblog. Take care, and store those tips and hints for when we return.

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May 07, 2003

New releases

Just picked up a couple of new releases on VersionTracker

  • DiskWarrior 3
    A killer app. The previous version saved my day on numerous occasion. Can't wait to get the upgrade. Fully Mac OS X compatible. Full versions can be downloaded, upgrades are shipped on CD (3 to 4 weeks backordered).
    22:16 CET: their secure server is currently overloaded - can't place my upgrade order, or download a full version. Victim of their popularity ?
  • Eudora 6
    This is also a longtime favourite of mine. I uses almost every version since 1.0. I finally gave it up when I switched to Mac OS X fulltime (10.1), and favoured Entourage until the Jaguar version of Mail - which I still use. Nevertheless, I still feel emotionally tied to Eudora which is a great product. This release might prove to be more Mac OS X mature, and certainly full of interesting features. such as spam fighting tools (opened to third party plug-ins), content concentrator, which gives you streamlined view of your email by sorting out the threads of replies, and mailbox drawers that are accessible from any mailbox window.
Enjoy..

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May 06, 2003

Mac OS 10.2.6 is available

We didn't have to wait long for this update (well done Apple!).

&quote; Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.2.6 update
  • Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.2.5 in which a kernel panic message may appear if certain USB hubs or devices are connected.
  • Improves printing compatibility for PostScript OpenType fonts.
  • Improves compatibility for Maya Auto Paint and Paint Effects features.
  • Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.2.5 in which English is the default language and Asian language scripts are not be available in the International preference pane, if a script's font is not available.
  • Improves compatibility for MacSoft Unreal Tournament 2003 on computers with GeForce 2MX and GeForce4MX graphic accelerator chipsets.
  • Address Book now supports the Sony Ericsson T610 phone.
&quote;
Use your Software Update to download and install the 6.1Mb update.

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May 04, 2003

End the 10.2.5 kernel panics

Posted on MacOSXHints on Friday, this tip help us out too. You can address the kernel panic problem that appeared for a lot of us by downgrading the USB drivers (kernel extension).

&quote; The USB kernel panic in 10.2.5 seems to be a pretty universal problem. No word from Apple yet that I can discern, except the instruction to disconnect the offending hub. However, hope is at hand. Buried in the iMac (Flat Panel) discussion group at apple.com is a comment by A. Brody that the USB kernel panic issue in 10.2.5 can be fixed by retrograding the IOUSBFamily kernel extension. You can download the IOUSBFamily installation software to install an older version of the driver. &quote;

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May 01, 2003

iTunes 4 streaming protocol and more

You can access your shared iTunes playlists through a protocol named "daap" (Digital Audio Access Protocol) on port 3689/tcp.

Type daap://host.domain.name and hit return, and iTunes 4 will launch and attempt to connect to the remote server. A nice way to bookmark your music servers.

Another interesting protocol is itms that links directly to Apple's iTunes Music Store search function.

itms://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/
advancedSearchResults?artistTerm=U2&albumTerm=All that
Where search term can be any term below in any order:
songTerm - song title
artistTerm - artist name
albumTerm - album name
composerTerm - composer name

(orig. MacOSXHints)

An Apple KnowledgeBase Article confirms that you need to save your purchased tracks to an external media (sic).

&quote; Be sure to make regular backups of your music files (in your iTunes Music folder) by copying them to an external hard disk or other media. If your hard disk becomes damaged, or you lose any of the music you've purchased, you'll have to reimport all your songs and buy any purchased music again to rebuild your library. You can also make an audio CD of the songs you purchase so you can listen to them in a consumer CD player. &quote;
The copyright notice at the end of the article is well worth a smile,
&quote; If you are uncertain about your right to copy any material, you should contact your legal advisor. &quote;

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April 30, 2003

VersionTracker's new UI

VersionTracker sports a revamped user interface, with the detailed page completely reorganised.

You can access previous versions of the software through a pop-up menu. The main content is organised in two tabbed layers: info and feedback (unavailable). The download link is clearly visible at the top of the section, under a global navigation bar. The overall rating can be decomposed in sub-categories (Ease of Use, Support, Features, Quality / Stability, Price). is The left hand sidebar lists a jump pad, a list of recently viewed pages (à la Amazon), your current installed version (if you use VT Desktop I guess) and a list of MacFixIt late-breakers.

The overall impression is that of a neater product, with more space to breathe. I could do without the ads on the right side, but at least they are all gathered there (except the banner at the top of the page). The line spacing could be tweaked a little, it feels a bit cramped to me.

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iTunes for Windows

It's coming. After announcing that the iTunes Music Store shall be available to Windows users by the end of the year, I fell on the following via Slashdot. Apple posted a job opening for a senior software engineer with the following description:

&quote; Title: Sr. Software Engineer
Req. ID :1949938
Location: Santa Clara Valley, California
Country: United States

Looking for a Senior Software Engineer to desing and build Apple's newest Consumer Application, iTunes for Windows. [snip] &quote;

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April 29, 2003

Add Cover Art to iTunes 4

MacOSXHints posted cool hints to add cover art to your existing iTunes tracks:

&quote; If you want to fill out your iTunes4 library with cover art, the easy way, just do this ... go to allmusic.com (or Amazon NdL) and find the album. Just use the Search feature there to find and navigate to your album. Then just drag the image of the cover art directly into itunes4. Be sure to pop open your cover art 'pane' first (the fourth button at the lower left of the window). Voila! Cover art is imported. &quote;
&quote; Another easy way would be to use the small app named Clutter by Sprote Research at Clutter. As iTunes plays the music, Clutter looks automatically for the cover on amazon.com and saves it on your HD ~home/Library/Images/com.sprote/clutter/. After that, all you have to do is click'n drag in iTunes 4. &quote;

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April 28, 2003

iTunes Music Store

Steve Jobs launched Apple's new music service the "iTunes Music Store" which will allow you to download music for USD 0.99 a song (128Kbps AAC format). The store is accessed through iTunes 4 in the same way you browse your own Library. 30 seconds free preview, cover art are among the features. The store holds some 200K songs, with unlimited CD burning for personal use.

As an effort to prevent piracy, you must change your playlist every 10 burns (?) and you may share your music with a maximum of 3 other Macs (at one time). Not a word on the software used to monitor all this.

Share your playlists, stream your music from one Mac to another (remember iCommune ?), although copying is not supported.

This service not available if your billing address is non-US

Jobs also introduced a bunch of new cool iPods (10 to 30Gb, revamped UI, FW port underneath, cradle and direct access buttons) - available as from Friday.

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Apple's Hot News RSS feed

While debugging a font problem and looking at Apple's Hot News source code, I discovered the link to two RSS feeds: Hot News an Press Release.

http://www.apple.com/main/rss/hotnews/hotnews.rss
http://www.apple.com/main/rss/hotnews/pr.rss

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April 26, 2003

Watson 1.7 released

Remember the days before Sherlock 3? There was this little app called Watson (Karelia Software) that offered a desktop interface to web in a single window.

The release of Sherlock 3 overshadowed Watson by providing most of its functionalities. Now, Watson is back with version 1.7 adding Sherlock's 2 search functionality in the name of "SiteSearch". It also knows how to use the old Sherlock 2 plugins.

I must admit that I never really gave it fair trial - by lack of time I guess. This time, I intend to use it on a daily basis, it will complements nicely my RSS tool (NetNewsWire Lite). The Karelia weblog RSS feed is available for those who wish to follow Watson's development.

Beyond the Browser Bundle offers Watson, Spring and NetNewsWire for USD 68 (25% off).

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iTrip is shipping!

Griffin Technology has started to ship the iTrip announced at the January MWSF.

From: Doug
Date: Thu Apr 24, 2003 5:55:56 PM Europe/Zurich
Subject: Re: Griffin Technology Order Problem

David,

Thank you for your email. After a slight delay, the iTrip is finally coming!! Look for the iTrip to hit the street on or around April 25th. The units are in production as we speak and between the manufacturing process, batch testing, and shipment receipt, we are establishing a two week lead time for completion. According to the production schedule, product should be shipping in every day. As fast as they can make them, they are supposed to ship them. that should mean a minimal inconvenience to tackling latter pre-orders. We apologize for the delay and look forward to bringing you the iTrip.

Doug Sadtler
Griffin Technology
This was confirmed by MacNN.

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Apple Music Service details

MacNN reports that Billboard has published details on Apple's Music Service to be anounced on Monday April 28th(live broadcast details).

&quote; Label sources tell Bulletin that the service is an a la carte download store -- not unlike that of rival Liquid Audio -- that is built into Apple's iTunes player. No subscription is required for the service, and tracks are expected to retail for an average of 99 cents. Once purchased, tracks are transferred to the consumer's iTunes music library and are automatically synched to the user's iPod portable player.

Content can also be burned to CD. Credit-card information is stored on file in the store's shopping-cart system so the consumer does not have to re-enter the information for each purchase. The offering is expected to be made available initially only to users of Apple computers. &quote;

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April 24, 2003

AppleWorks update

AppleWorks 6.2.7 for Mac OS X is available for download from Apple.

&quote; This free update to AppleWorks for Mac OS X provides improvements to the presentation module, AppleScript, web content searching, printing, label printing, table support, and spell checking with user added words. The update provides better recognition and handling of Office 97 and Office 2000 files, improved support for multimedia files in database documents, improved web template downloading over slow internet connections, improved spreadsheet module--including Auto-Calculation, as well as enhanced support for documents which contain links. This version also supports web based templates and clipart on networks using proxy servers. &quote;
But beware, this update requires the US version of AppleWorks (eh .. reminds me of Mac OS 7, 8, 9 days ..)

Guess we'll still have to wait a little for iWorks ;)

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April 22, 2003

Mosaic turns 10

Mosaic was released by a small group of students 10 years ago on April 22, 1993.

C|net News is running a four part article to celebrate the anniversary. Slashdot marked the occasion last Friday.

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April 18, 2003

Easter Egg (head)

Make your own EggHeads! Put Jobs, Woz, Gates or Linus head on your Easter eggs! Nitrozac and Snaggy have posted an Easter egg tutorial (each tutorial includes a downloadable graphic you can print out to transfer on your eggs.
Easter will never be the same again ..

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Mac OS 10.2.5 USB bug confirmed

Apple has confirmed the USB bug that causes a kernel panic on some systems a few minutes after startup.

&quote; A kernel panic occurs a few minutes after starting up and you are prompted to restart.
[..]
Disconnect any USB hub, if one is connected. If disconnecting the USB hub resolves the issue, leave the hub disconnected as a temporary workaround. Note : Not all USB hubs are affected by this issue. If disconnecting the USB Hub does not resolve the issue, or if there is no USB hub, remove other USB devices, including Apple displays and keyboards. If the issue is resolved, use isolation troubleshooting to determine which device seems to contribute to the issue. &quote;

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April 17, 2003

Apple posts Q2 earnings and denies Universal bid

Steve Jobs denies Vivendi's rumours according to which Apple placed a bid to acquire Universal Music, and posts USD 14 million net profit Q2 2003 earnings.

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Virex 7.2.1 released

This new version of Virex apparently corrects the Fink installation related bug.
Free download for all .Mac members.

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Photoshop 8, Illustrator 11 and InDesign 3

An article in eWeek presents Adobe's road map of it's core products, namely Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. All three are scheduled to be updated before the end of the year.

Photoshop 8 will offer non-destructive filtering, layer palette presets that will enable multiple palette sets, multiple layer selection, and will let you apply a single change to several layers. JPEG 2000 support and various UI enhancements.

Illustrator 11 will offer amongst other things significantly improved performance, a PDF export system and support the PDF 1.5 standard.

InDesign 3 will include performance boost and numerous bug fixes and interface tweaks, a new PDF workflow derived from Acrobat 6, including embedded video and audio in a PDF file. A story editor for text frames, javascript and XML support for export to the web.

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April 15, 2003

iCommune 2 is on its way

The current development code of iCommune 2 is available at SourceForge (CVS). It's a complete rewrite of the previous version that was pull off the net by Apple mid January.

iCommune is now a standalone application that communicates with iTunes via open interfaces, and is free of any Apple licensing restrictions.

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April 13, 2003

Microsoft to buy Universal Music

Apparently Apple's got some competition in its move to acquire Universal Music: Microsoft.

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April 11, 2003

Accessible Biometric ID for Mac OS X

Sony offers a USB fingerprint identification unit for Mac OS X based on Sony's imaging technology.

&quote; Puppy Suite for Mac OS X (FIK-600) Fingerprint Identification Unit (FIU-600) and authentication software (FIS-600) bundle replaces a password with something so unique it can't be duplicated, lost, or forgotten - a fingerprint. Lightweight and small in size, the Puppy unit offers the ultimate in convenience with a new level of safekeeping. This ID unit is equipped with the intelligence to recognize and store your fingerprints on-board the device, for the utmost security and privacy. &quote;
Thanks enrique.

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Apple to buy Universal Music ?

Whoosh. Ars Technica reports an article in the LA Times in which Apple would be in talks to buy Universal Music from Vivendi for up to USD 6 billion.

&quote; People close to Jobs say he is convinced that the music industry is about to turn a corner in the copyright war. With the government shutting down pirate Web sites and the record industry now going after individuals for alleged piracy, the Apple chief believes digital theft will become increasingly more complicated, prompting fans to migrate to legitimate services, sources said.

Analysts believe that the 48-year-old Jobs will have to do more than make legal downloading easy. They say he also will have to slash prices, possibly to as little as 10 cents per song, to persuade consumers, many of whom have grown accustomed to free downloads, to buy music from Apple.

The launch version of Jobs' new service was developed by Apple specifically for users of its computers and iPod MP3 device. Given its minuscule market share, Apple is likely to develop a version of the service to run on computers using Microsoft Corp.'s dominant Windows software.

Jobs already has secured deals with four of the world's five largest music corporations to allow their catalogs to appear on the service, sources said. &quote;
How about that ? Go ahead Steve!

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April 10, 2003

Bag of updates

It's another one of these days when VersionTracker came up with a bag of interesting updates

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April 09, 2003

Assign new shortcut keys

Unsanity have come out with a new haxie: MenuMaster.

It allows you to redefine any menu shortcut key or set new ones.

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April 02, 2003

About the Finder

Ars Technica has an interesting and thorough article on the state of the Finder by John Siracusa.

"Okay Mister Smartypants, how should the Mac OS X Finder work?"

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March 31, 2003

Cross-platform publishing with Soybo

Found this on MacMegasite

&quote; Soybo is a cross-platform and device independent technology that allows applications to publish their functionality as web services, accessible by any Internet-enabled device. &quote;
Check out the screenshots, it looks quite impressive. I'll give it a go as soon as I get a chance.

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March 28, 2003

Clipboard sharing

ClipboardSharing lets you share anything you copy to the clipboard (text, formatted or not, images, sound, etc.) between RendezVous enabled Macs.

You can manage clipboards, restore a previous clipboard, and choose which to share. Recent clipboards remain available after restarts.
Orig. MacMerc

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Battery calibration

An Apple KnowledgeBase article discusses battery calibration for PowerBooks and iBooks.

&quote; The battery of an iBook or PowerBook G4 computer has an internal microprocessor that provides an estimate of the amount of energy in the battery during charging and discharging. The battery needs to be recalibrated from time to time to keep the onscreen battery time and percent display accurate. You should perform this procedure when you first use your computer and then every couple of months thereafter. &quote;

Previous posts on battery usage

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Apple Computer Public Auction

Apparently, Apple has opened an public auction with 377 items starting on Friday 28th at 3:00 PM US Central.

Items include PowerMac G4 Dual 1.25GHz 512/120, 1GHz/512/60, PowerBook 800/512/40, iMac 700/256/40, 600/256/40, iBook 800/128/30, Apple Studio 15"/20" Display, Airport Cards and Base Stations 2 and Extreme.

Apple Store's refurbished section is almost empty.

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March 26, 2003

The MHz Myth is back

An OSCast broadcast (MPEG4) points out that Adobe's pcprefered page is authored by a longtime anti-Mac apologist.

MacCentral has released Apple's response to Adobe's page. (Thanks Maali)

But what's the point of all this? What is Adobe expecting to get out by flaming up the old MHz myth? Why do people buy a Mac? IMHO, it's all a question of usability, working experience, integration, cross application compatibility, etc. I prefer Mac OS over Windows because I can get my job done quicker and in better conditions - and with added personal satisfaction.
Now, let's not forget that a computer is nothing else than a tool - eventhough you might get a different idea by reading this weblog. Basically, it's there to help you create and produce. Sure, some run "faster" than others, but do you actually type or write faster? Edit and create faster? Err..

The Mac experience goes a little further. A Mac tends to be more than just a computer for many people - me included. At the end of the day, I do get the impression that using a Mac adds to my personal work satisfaction. What's your opinion?

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March 25, 2003

Adobe promotes PC .. over Macs

Hmm. Apparently Adobe is recommending PCs overs Macs to their customers ..
The page reports the comparaison of a Dell 2.53GHz P4 and a PowerMac Dual 1GHz in several rendering tasks in which the PC outperforms the Mac at an impressive rate.

What's motivating Adobe to publish such a report and to openly recommend PCs over Macs for running Adobe products? And how will Apple react to Adobe? What's the point?

Spotted on OS News.

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March 24, 2003

Happy Birthday Mac OS X


 
Mac OS X is two today .. remember running the beta with the little apple in the middle of the menu bar ?

;)

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March 20, 2003

DiskWarrior 3 for X

AltSoft DiskWarrior has been one of my essential applications these last few years, and has saved my day (and that of my friends) on more than one occasion.

I was pleased to read the pre-order announcement of DiskWarrior 3 which offers significant improvements on its predecessor:

  • Mac OS X native directory repair
  • dramatic speed improvements
  • supports file journaling
  • Mac OS X RAIDs
  • full Unicode support
  • conforms to Apple's security standardsv
  • uses Mac OS X's native memory model
  • rebuilds directories on disks as large as 2,000 gigabytes (2 terabytes)
The $40 upgrade is available only on a Mac OS X bootable CD. (No information is available for full version pricing or the ship date.)

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B&O goes Mac

Bang & Olufsen have made their BeoSound 2 MP3 player compatible with iTunes after they realized that a "(..) large number of Macintosh users wished to buy the BeoSound 2".

The first Macintosh compatible BeoSound 2 will be available (only) in December., but current owners can make their player Macintosh compatible by downloading the appropriate update.

"All in all, this has been a very positive experience. We cannot say much more than that Macintosh users have good taste. So now we are hoping for a flood of communications from Mac users who are satisfied with us," says Jens Victor Fischer with a smile.

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March 19, 2003

YA iTunes remote control

[ iHam on iRye download page ]I recently fell on a post announcing the close down of Stimpsoft, owners of cool Mac freeware such as SnapperHead or Son of Weather Grok, as well as iHam on iRye which is a really cool iTunes remote control.

There's been a lot of talk around iTunes since the iCommune project was closed down, and Earphoria appeared. Well, I must admit that I overlooked iHam which is a great little app to control your iTunes jukebox. The application has been salvaged by SearchWare Solutions which now offers a Windows version in beta.

I must admit that it works like a charm. I prefer it to the other remote control solutions currently available. Give it a try.

2003-03-21 update: version 2 has just been released

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March 17, 2003

Safe Boot / Safe Mode

Looking for something completely different, I fell on the following Knowledge Base article which explains what Safe Boot and Safe Mode are.

Basically, Safe Boot is a special way to startup your Mac and repair your HD, and Safe Mode is the state in which your computer is right after that.

Unfortunately, Safe Boot doesn't give any feedback of what it's up to, or if something has been fixed or not. Booting in Single User Mode and running fsck is much more informative.

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March 10, 2003

Blue light on steroids

IceMate MacMice has just released a companion for Griffin Technology's PowerMate; the IceMate. A translucide stand that enhances the blue light generated by the PowerMate. "Blue light on steroids".

I must admit it looks cool. I'm not sure the ergonomics are right. The knob looks just a little too high to be used comfortably, but then I might be wrong.

Let me know if you happen to lay your fingers on one.

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March 09, 2003

Tabbed Browsing

Interesting comments and point of views on tabbed browsing by Dave Hyatt (Surfin Safari)

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March 07, 2003

Sony Ericsson Clicker photos online

WIRED has published an article on Jonas' Sony Ericsson Clicker, with photos from your Macinblog author.
:)

Previous Macinblog entries (1) (2)

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Here comes Camino

Camino 0.7 (ex Chimera) is available for download, with numerous new features:

  • New Download Manager, with auto-download and auto-dispatch
  • Compatible with URL Manager Pro
  • Page Text Encodings menu
  • Global History in the sidebar
  • Send Link menu item, and other new toolbar buttons
  • Dragging of images and links to the desktop, and other applications
  • Support for Shockwave Directory content
  • Uses Rendezvous to show local FTP and web servers
  • Supports Proxy Auto-config
Breakfast impressions:
  • feels like there's a notable performance increase (not that much over the nightly builds though
  • cosmetic glitch with VersionTracker, the right column doesn't display correctly
    [ VT screenshot ]
    10h50 update: apparently this doesn't occur on every Mac. My QuickSilver displays VT correctly (same OS version)
  • more comments later on today.. Emma is waking up
    ;)

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March 05, 2003

New Bluetooth scripts from Apple

Apple has posted a whole new bunch of applescripts to use with Sony Ericsson Clicker.

You'll find new scripts for iTunes (prev/next playlists, rewind, track rating, toggle visual display, random, etc.), Keynote, iPhoto (slideshow, prev/next album, etc.), DVD Player, System (toggle scrensaver, system status, etc.), and Sound Studio.

Previous entry (1)

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March 04, 2003

Date/Time bug: another workaround

I picked this one on Macintouch:

&quote; Tekserve's Aaron Freimark sent us [Macintouch] a tip that may help with Mac OS X 10.2.4's date/time bug:
People who have lost the time after updating to 10.2.4 may find that many files in the /usr/share/zoneinfo directory are corrupt (zero length). Replace them with copies from a Mac that isn't having the problem, and everything gets fixed.
An easy way to check to see if you have this problem is to look in your Date & Time Preference Pane, in the Time Zone tab. If it claims you are in GMT, and you're really not, you have corrupt zoneinfo files. I've tried this on a couple of Macs, and it works.
This command should work to copy the files (type it on the Mac with the busted time):
sudo scp -r username@11.22.33.44:/usr/share/zoneinfo /usr/share/
Substitute "11.22.33.44" with the IP address of a Mac with good files on your network (Remote Login must be on) and "username" means a user on that Mac. Note that there are only four spaces in the above command -- type carefully! &quote;

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March 01, 2003

Apple acknowledges Date/Time bug

Ahhh .. there we are. This date bug was puzzling me as several of my friends suffered from the symptom, but I didn't. A Knowledge Base article offers a workaround that assumes the availability of a network time server, with a promise of more information later.. Hm.

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February 27, 2003

eFax gets better

Version 1.1 of Cocoa eFax gets better and better. I discovered this little application last year when my fax machine broke down and I was scheduled to receive an important fax ..

Well, it wasn't long before I paid the registration fee and eFax added to the login items of my B&W Mac OS X Server. This application is a model of its kind. Simple yet powerful. Makes (good) use of the operating system's features, and works like a charm.

The latest version adds print-to-fax in Mac OS X 10.2.4, a spam blocker, an option to email a received fax, and other changes and bug fixes. Cocoa eFax is $10 for Mac OS X 10.1 and up.

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February 25, 2003

Bunch of new releases

Well, a whole bunch of new releases of my favourite applications appeared throught my VersionTracker myRSS feed:

More on them after lunch..

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February 24, 2003

Sony Ericsson Clicker

Okay, this is a really geeky one to start the week with.. but I love it (you know me). Imagine using your Sony Ericssoncell phone to drive a Keynote presentation, remote control iTunes, DVD Player or any scriptable application on your Mac via Bluetooth..

sony Ericsson Clicker

Maybe the coolest touch is the ability to setup the proximity sensor: choose an action to execute when you leave or reenter the Bluetooth radius. iTunes or DVD Player pauses, your Mac welcomes you back, locks your screen, etc.

Beta version functional until March 1st. Available through VersionTracker (it wasn't available from the developer's website as yet).

2003-02-25 update: here's the Slashdot thread and a soon to come AppleScript section on the product's website.

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February 23, 2003

Kung-Log adds a service

I just noticed that the latest release of Kung-Log (1.3.5) adds the service "New entry with selection" in the Services menu,

[screenshot]
Pretty cool. A Keywords input field is also available now. Kung-Log really rocks.

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February 21, 2003

Perversion Tracker

You're going to love this one. Perversion Tracker is a weblog that locates the very worst of Mac software. "We search the web for 15 minutes a day — so you don’t have to!"

Now we won't only know what software is new, but newly bad!

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Power Supply Exchange for Mirrored Drive Doors Power Macs

Apple (finally) posted a power supply exchange program for owners of mirrored drive doors Power Macs. The new ones are apparently much much more quieter.. This should bring to an end the numerous threads on Apple Discussions and on other forums.

Offer start tomorrow, and end on June 30, 2003. The shipping and handling fees is USD 19.95, or equivalent local currency.

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February 19, 2003

Microsoft acquires Virtual PC

Microsoft is now responsible for Connectix's Virtual PC line of products. According to an interview accorded to MacCentral, Microsoft is now "responsible for supporting and shipping all current versions of Virtual PC and development for all future versions of the product".

Hum. Microsoft will now support the Virtual PC application, the operating system that runs in Virtual PC and any Windows-based Microsoft applications that run in Virtual PC.

"We think this is a great thing for the future of Virtual PC," said McDonough. There is probably nobody better than the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft to bring Windows onto the Mac."

Q: What has Connectix left now it has sold Virtual Game Station and Virtual PC ?

2003-02-20 update: HP and Dell seem satisfied too .. [ full press release ]

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February 18, 2003

BBEdit 7.0.2 released

BareBones have released an update to my favourite text editor BBEdit. This version sports a bunch of new features and bug fixes (12.6 Mb download).

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Access .Mac from your cell phone

Wap Mac offer a wap based solution to access your Mac.com e-mail:

wapmac.com

Simply point your wap capable browser to http://wapmac.com/mac/ and login with your .Mac e-mail address/password.

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February 17, 2003

Mail.app group filtering

This is an interesting tip for those of us using Mail.app: use Address Book groups to filter your incoming mail. When you add someone to your Address Book and make them a member of a group, suddenly they have been added to a rule that sorts your email in real time!

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Chimera to be Camino ?

Looks like Chimera is getting a new name: Camino 0.7 will be released later this week.

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Mail.app HotMail plugin

This might be useful for those of you out there using Hotmail: HttpMail Pluginby Daniel Parnell is a Mail.app plugin to retrieve your e-mail from your HotMail account (InBox only). Requires Mac OS 10.2.3.

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February 15, 2003

Konfabulator

You're not going to believe this. While checking my main RSS feeds to get updated on the worldwide rallies against the war in Irak, I stumbled on an incredible little gem called Konfabulator,

&quote; Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine for Mac OS X that lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to.
&quote;

Give it a try. The application was launched on Monday with a dozen widgets. Six days later, the Gallery offers about 50 different widgets that check your network bandwidth usage, display the latest VersionTracker headline, pings your website or watch your auctions on eBay.

The graphics are amazing as they take full advantage or Quartz. The widgets blend fluidly into your desktop with sliding and fading effects - stunning.

Next step: brush my JavaScript up and start writing my own..

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February 14, 2003

PDF Workflow

Mac OS 10.2.4 introduces the notion of PDF workflow accessible through the print dialog. You now have the option to process the saved PDF file with AppleScript scripts that can perform a variety of tasks such as adding the saved file to a compressed archive, or including the PDF in an outgoing email message.

More info on <http://www.apple.com/applescript/print/> and on developer.apple.com

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Access advanced Unix features

I happened to fall on this nifty little utility this morning while roaming through Apple's Mac OS X downloads: Cocktail 1.0b3

It enables you to do all sorts of interesting things like

  • update prebinding information
  • run cron scripts
  • repair permissions
  • delete locked or unaccessible items
  • enable and disable journaling
  • delete archived log files
  • create symbolic links
  • view log files
  • change network card setting
  • request new lease from DHCP server
  • force empty trash
  • recreate alias to Mac OS 9 desktop
  • remove cache files
  • customize look and features of Finder and Dock
  • easily opitimize your system using Auto Pilot

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Mac OS 10.2.4, Movable Type 2.6 and Kung-Log 1.3

Happy Valentine's! Woke up to discover that SW offered Mac OS 10.2.4 update, and that Movable Type 2.6 had been released together with Kung-Log 1.3 (requires MT 2.6).

15h20 CET update: well, all went smoothly. I was actually updating MT while the SW Update was downloading and optimising 10.2.4 in the background.
I haven't dived into all the new features of MT 2.6 yet, because Kung-Log 1.3 withheld all my attention. This program is really a gem. I believe I can do over 95% of my weblogging directly from Mac OS X now.

The image upload function and the ping box are really cool.

The e-mail notification puzzled me for a while as the outgoing mail was sent through .Mac's smtp server, but not with my .Mac address - so it failed each time. Adriaan shed some light on the outgoing server setting: it is simply taken from the Internet -> e-mail pane (mine was still set to my .Mac account). Nevertheless, the From address is the first account setup in Mail.app. If you take a look at Kung-Log's preferences (~/Library/Preferences/kungfoo.tv.kung-log.plist) you'll notice that the first section "Mail Account" contains all the mail accounts you've setup. Apparently, the OS inserts that info. IMHO. the glitch is that (1) you can't choose you outgoing personnality (my weblogs have different ones), (2) the SMTP server global setting is taken into account, but not the e-mail address.
Nothing to really worry about.

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February 13, 2003

After iCommune, here's Earphoria

Here's another iTunes remote controller, Earphoria

&quote; Using rendezvous hocus-pocus, Earphoria automagically locates all Earphoria enabled Macs on your network. The instant you connect to one, Earphoria is beamed the available music library. You can now play, pause, skip and search your music in one unobtrusive interface. With a single keystroke you can pop open your music anytime, anywhere on your network!
&quote;

Apparently, there's 2 applications: One on the server side, and one for the client. Looks cool, but I haven't tried it for real..

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Mighty Mouse

The guys over at Unsanity have just released Mighty Mouse, a new haxie to customize your cursor with style.

I'm not a great fan of custom cursors, but I am a great fan of Unsanity, so I thought I'd let you know..

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Safari 1.0b60

A new beta was released yesterday (1.0 v60), available both online and through SW Update.

Apparently, there are bug fixes, XML support and more speed.

&quote; Safari Update 2-12-03 improves compatibility with popular web sites, displays web pages and Flash content more quickly, adds XML support, increases standards conformance and improves stability. The update also works with self-signed security certificates.
&quote;

My first impressions are,
  • You can run the w3c.org CSS1 tests now. Try running Meyer's css/edge, it almost passes!
  • Cmd-right arrow and cmd-left arrow are mapped to forward and back now
  • Drag&Drop text works for me now
  • Ctrl-click text and you have the option to copy or Google search
  • Site icons (FAVICON.ICO) added to the back button drop-down menu

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February 12, 2003

Reuters forgets Apple

You won't believe this, or they know something we don't: according to an article in Reuters,

&quote; Microsoft [..] is the biggest seller of software for the Macintosh with its Office for "Mac OS X", Apple's operating system for the Macintosh.
&quote;

Err.. Remember Microsoft complaining at the last MWNY about the few copies of Office X sold ? Well unless Microsoft sold bags of copies of Office since, I can't see they could be bigger than .. Apple itself!?!

Jobs reported at MWSF that 5M Mac OS X users existed, and remember those 100'000 copies of Jaguar alone were sold in the first weekend of sales?

Why did Reuters forget Apple ?

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Google voted "Brand of the Year"

.. beating Apple to the post. According to a Reuters report published on CNN.com, Google was voted "Brand of the Year" in an online survey conducted by Interbrand. Individuals from 72 countries were asked which brand had made the most impact on their lives in 2002. Google received 15% of the 1,315 votes. Apple finished in second place with 14% of the vote, followed by Coca-Cola, Starbucks and Ikea.

[quote] Perhaps the fact that Interbrand's survey was hosted on the Internet had something to do with the results. Certainly, Apple Computer Inc (AAPL :Research ,Estimates )., whose brand placed second, has more than its fair share of avid surfers.

Apple has a global market share in PCs, and consequently in operating systems, of less than 3 percent worldwide, but it remains a strong player in the creative industries as well as advertising and media.

"[Apple's] steady array of new product releases and cheeky David-to-Goliath positioning makes it hard not to notice and perhaps explains why our readers tend to favor it," Rusch said.

Apple polled 14 percent of the vote and, surprisingly perhaps, beat what is unquestionably the world's biggest and most successful brand -- the mighty Coca-Cola (KO :Research ,Estimates ) -- into third place at 12 percent. Ubiquitous coffee shop chain Starbucks (SBUX :Research ,Estimates ) and Swedish furnishings store Ikea came in at fourth and fifth place respectively.
[/quote]


This reminds me of a serie of interesting article on Apple branding by Simon Spence published in TidBITS last year:

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Mac OS X maintenance

The latest relase of MacJanitor gave me the incentive to write this entry.

Many people don't, won't or can't, leave their Mac turned on all the time, simply because they own a portable or a laptop, or because they have the habit of turning it off after they've finished using it.

All this was okay before Mac OS X arrived. Unix subsystems were originally designed to never be turned off. Hence, a number of system related maintenance tasks take place in the middle of the night between 3 and 5am when the workload is supposed to be minimal. These tasks are are scheduled to run on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

Chances are that a majority of users have never let these tasks complete simply because they were unaware of them. Macjanitor addresses this problem be letting you launch the maintenance task when it suits you.

Let's take a closer look at what they involve.

Daily tasks
  • Clear out old files and directories
  • Remove system messages older than 21 days
  • If system accounting is on, process the accounting files and gather daily statistics
  • Backup the NetInfo database
  • Output the disk capacities and storage available
  • Show which filesystems haven't had 'dump' performed on them in a while (archaic)
  • Show accumulated network statistics and network uptime (ruptime)
  • Rotate the system.log file and restart the syslog process
  • Clear out the webserver log files older than a week
  • Run a /etc/security check script if it exists
Weekly tasks
  • If the /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb database exists, update the 'locate' database
  • If the /usr/libexec/makewhatis.local file exists, rebuilt the 'whatis' database
  • Rotate the following log files: ftp.log, lookupd.log, lpr.log, mail.log, netinfo.log
  • Restart the syslog process
Monthly tasks
  • Run the login accounting process
  • Rotate the wtmp log files
  • Restart the syslog daemon
If these maintenance tasks are never run (such as on a laptop that is always shut off at night), many log files and system databases will grow extremely large or fail to get backed up. The NetInfo database contains critical user information, and should be backed up now and then.

A solution would be to change the hours at which these tasks are scheduled to run to more civilized timeframe, say 11:00 or 12:00am. This involves launching the Terminal.app and editing the system crontab located in /etc/crontab
[jaya:/etc] root# more crontab 
# /etc/crontab
SHELL=/bin/sh
PATH=/etc:/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin
HOME=/var/log
#
#minute hour    mday    month   wday    who     command
#
#*/5    *       *       *       *       root    /usr/libexec/atrun
#
# Run daily/weekly/monthly jobs.
15      3       *       *       *       root    periodic daily
30      4       *       *       6       root    periodic weekly
30      5       1       *       *       root    periodic monthly
[jaya:/etc] root# 
Here you see that the daily tasks are set to run at 3:15am. Change it to
15     11       *       *       *       root    periodic daily
and they'll run at 11:15am. Or just use MacJanitor to launch them when you think of it. Note that running the scripts too often won't hurt your system, and running it for the forst time might take some time..

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February 07, 2003

Post your Safari GUI wishes

Dave Hyatt, co-author of Safari and author of the weblog Surfin' Safari, has launched a thread "Your Thoughts Go Here" on what you'd like to see implemented in Safari's next graphic user interface (GUI).

Go ahead, and just let him know. There were 220+ comments when I posted mine..

Update 030208: I removed the direct link to Dave's weblog entry which was closed down due to bandwidth limitations. You can't post comments directly on his weblog anymore, but he'll carry on reading the various trackbacks.

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Virex 7.2 available

antivirus_logo.gifI just happenend to notice that Virex 7.2 is available to .Mac members. Virex automatically checks for the most recent updates now (eUpdate), but still doesn't offer any active protection..

Funnily enough, Virex 7.2 comes bundled with November 13th, 2002 DAT files, eventhough I had the latest weekly definitions installed for Virex 7.1. At first launch, it prompts you for your admin password and downloads the latest definitions (Jan 29, 2003).

It doesn't seem to take into account your previous settings. "Automatically scan at login" was checked. The eUpdate function is set to launch when you open Virex 7.2. I don't believe that checks for definitions on a regular basis (cron job) or at login.

So I guess that those of us who installed Bruno Courbage's Virex 7 shell scripts or Beri Rinaldo's Get DAT Updates can keep using them.

A word on Virex's active protection
I found the following posts on Virex's .Mac Forum

Topic: Is Virex always active?
<http://discuss.mac.com/webx?14@254.432iaZebbPe.20@.3bb98fbf/0>

Topic: Does Virex Have AutoProtect Feature?
<http://discuss.mac.com/webx?128@254.432iaZebbPe.26@.3bb96876>

In both thread, the answer is,

Virex does not have any automatic scanning capabilities. You have to launch it for it to run, and you have to pre-select whatever you want it to scan.

Hope this answers your question.

Thank you,
Sahana
.Mac Support

(note: the links might work)

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February 06, 2003

Apple Stores coming to Europe

According to MacWorld UK report, Apple is planning to open retail stores in Europe 'in 6 to 18 months'.

Apple plans to develop a retail chain in western European cities including London and Paris.

Note: apparently the iPod has a 40% marketshare in Europe..

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February 03, 2003

iPods around the world

iPodLounge has an incredible collection of iPod photos around the world!

Check these out:

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February 01, 2003

iBook case mod

Found this thread on iBook case mod on apple.slashdot.org this eve,

;)

2003-02-25 update: found this nice HOW-TO on TheMacMind if you wish to redecorate your iBook yourself

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Bigger is better uglier

If you thought Apple's 23" was big .. checkout this one.
;)

Between you and me, I can't really imagine what you can do with such a ugly monster, except play games and waste space.. Moreover, 2 million pixels is ridiculous for such a size (Apple's 23" displays 2.3 million pixels!).

.. and the beast costs USD 20K++

(orig. zérotom.net

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January 31, 2003

iCommune to released mid Feb

According to an article in wired.com, Speth, author of the original iCommune plug-in, hopes to release the new version around mid February.

For its defense, Speth describes the software "as the digital equivalent of letting friends or family borrow a CD [..] more like a small community of people who want to share things with each other. Making a copy of a CD that I own and giving it to you is not illegal. Sharing with friends is legal, as far as I know." A line of defense that hasn't been successful in court as yet.

Wired note also that "At Macworld in July 2002, Apple showed off something very similar to iCommune: a Rendezvous-enabled version of iTunes that shared play lists between computers connected wirelessly. However, the company has yet to release the software. Whether it was killed by Apple's legal counsel, or is still being developed, the company isn't saying. The company didn't respond to requests for comment."

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's, senior staff attorney Fred von Lohmann also notes that "iCommune may also have a strategic advantage. The way iCommune works resembles the file trading on instant messaging channels, which are the only file-sharing medium not to have been targeted by the entertainment industry. He added it's probably because IM doesn't have a global search utility, like Napster or Kazaa. The only way to download Eminem's latest single is by finding and setting up a connection with someone who has the file."

Let's wait and see ..

Previous Macinblog posts on iCommune.

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Keep your "i" open

Hey, I just received an .Mac mailing announcing that iPhoto 2 and iMovie 3 will be available for download no later than today:

[quote]
"On Jan. 31, iPhoto 2 and iMovie 3 will join iTunes 3 as free downloads available at www.apple.com. iDVD 3 will also be released, and all four applications—bundled under the name iLife—can now be ordered on CD and DVD for $49.00. iLife is also included on new Mac computers."
[/quote]
Happy downloading
The software is also available through the Software Update channel

swupdate3.jpg
(added direct download links and filesizes at 21:30 CET)

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January 30, 2003

20" tentation

Ough. Talk of a tentation .. I'll give this 20" baby a home any time ..

[quote]
"The new 20-inch Cinema Display, with its 1680-by-1050 resolution, offers more pixels than our previous 22-inch product," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Hardware Product Marketing. "We've priced it very aggressively at $1,299 (US) so that almost everyone can now afford a stunning, widescreen Cinema Display."
[/quote]
But beware, eventhough you might be running a Mac that can boot in Mac OS 9, this monitor can't: "The Apple Cinema Display requires Mac OS X v10.2 or later" (data sheet). Classic works though. (Read the thread on Macintouch).

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January 29, 2003

YourSQL, a Mac OS X MySQL client

If you're looking for a simple client to manage your online MySQL database, give YourSQL a try.

Personally, I'm still a great fan of myPHPAdmin, but this MySQL client looks quite promising (and it's GPL).


(click to zoom)

It is certainly handy to create a database, edit a table's structure, etc. It's a little less practical when you wish to edit a table's data. It's done inline, a bit like a spreadsheet. I would have preferred a separate window, with one field per line e.g. But let's give it a try..

Need more info on how to install MySQL on your mac ? Go to Marc Liyanage's excellent www.entropy.ch MySQL section for tips, tricks, HOW-TOs and installable software. We've previously mentionned Marc's pages on Macinblog.

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The end of Opera ?

According to an article in C|net, Opera Software may go silent on the Macintosh.

European based Opera (Oslo, NO) released Opera 7 for Windows on Tuesday, but didn't set a date for a Macintosh release. Apple's recently released Safari browser seems to be the reason.

"The mac plateform may not be viable for us any longer" says Jon von Tetzchner, chief exec at Opera Soft.

This looks like another company throwing in the towel on its mac product after Apple introduces its own free version. MusicMatch did the same after the release of iTunes, and Chimera seems doomed too..

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January 24, 2003

Happy Birthday Macintosh

Remember January 24th, 1984 ?

Hmm ? Well, Apple introduced the first Macintosh (watch the original ad).

apple_logo.gif

apple_mac128.jpg

"And you'll see why 1984, won't be like 1984" ..

;)

More info on that historical ad:

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Subscribe to Apple Support Updates

This is one I stumbled on this morning: subscribe to Apple Support Updates, and receive daily or weekly newsletters on the latest information available in

  • Knowledge Base: Recent Changes
  • Recent Software Downloads
  • Apple Manuals

Unsubscribe links are available on that same page too. Might come in handy to you Mac OS IT managers out there..

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iCommune's new future

Hey, iCommune is back. Well,at least that's what its author states on http://icommune.net:


[quote]
I've decided to give iCommune a new future.

Here's what the next version will be:

  • a stand-alone application that manages network accessible music libraries
  • able to generate and manage playlists for your favorite mp3 player
  • able to communicate with and control your mp3 player using AppleEvents
  • Rendezvous-enabled
  • built with a robust indexer and XML format that properly handles non-ASCII characters
  • completely free of any Apple proprietary code or interface use
  • completely open source under the GPL
[/quote]

Sounds good enough to me..
:)

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January 22, 2003

Kung-Log metallified

Hey, look how cool Kung-Log looks metallified with Unsanity's Metallifizer,

(click to zoom)

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January 21, 2003

Welcome to Safari User

Visit Apple's website with Safari, and you'll be welcomed by ..

welcome_safari.jpg

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The end of Chimera ?

Have you taken a look at the Chimera/Safari thread on apple.slashdot.org recently ? Whoosh .. it sure does drain comments.

The overwhelming reaction to Safari (1 million downloads today!) has made Chimera's developers throw the sponge in another slashdot article (original weblog entry).

[quote]
I'm torn about what to do with Chimera. It's obvious it will only ever be a marginal product on a even more marginal platform. AOL and Netscape have no interest in supporting it. Who aspires to be number two in an already over-commoditized space? Working my ass off for 3% just isn't any fun any more. Safari has already won, the rest is just to see by how much.

On a long enough timeline, the survival rate drops to zero.

Perhaps what is more disappointing is that my fifteen minutes of fame are just about up and I've really got nothing to show for it.
[/quote]

MacSlash has an thread on the demise of Chimera ("Is Chimera dead?"). I certainly hope that the Chimera team somehow withstand the shock, as they are Safari's best competitor. Chimera has become my main browser since version 0.6, and I've been using the nightly builds ever since. They have added stablilty and new features continuously to a great-to-be product.

Tab browsing is the main festure requested by the users - and the main thread of discussion in most forums and weblogs. My opinion is that I've grown into using tabs while coding and developing websites. They enable me as a developer to have at the tip of my mouse several versions of my product, access to online databases and other sources of references without cluttering my desktop with windows.

Talking about tabs in Safari, I fell on an original proposal while reading Mengjuei :: Blog : cocoa tabbed browsing as shown in JY's weblog (view an image).

Anyhow, I'm happy with Chimera for the time being.

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January 18, 2003

Kung-Log : new cocoa version

Kung-Log is a weblog editor for Mac OS X written in pure Cocoa by Adriaan Tijsseling who runs kung-foo.tv. I discovered Kung-Log when I started to get serious about webloging, and converted several personal sites to weblog format. The first version was written in AppleScript, and caught my attention immediately, by its crystal clear user interface, simplicity and the features it offered over other weblog editors.

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Kung-Log is designed to work with MovableType, a very popular weblog solution. It so happened that a friend of mine pointed it out to me a few weeks earlier, and that I had decided to give it a try. A real try. Kung-Log did the job right out of the box. What more to ask? [ read on ]

Well, the new cocoa version sports a similar interface, but adds numerous new and revised features such as,

  • configure multiple weblogs (personalities) on different servers
  • retrieve a list of recent posts in a side drawer (cool)
  • edit or delete older posts
  • save drafts to file
  • editable menu for html tag templates, complete with shortcuts
  • post with extended entry and excerpt (cool)
  • preview current post
  • set multiple categories for posts
  • choose to publish post or keep it as draft
  • syntax-coloring
  • KeyChain support
  • customizable toolbar
  • spellcheck plus find/replace
  • insert your current iTunes track, complete with name, artist, etc. and Google search url
Unfortunately, a bug in Apple's WebServices may prevent certain functions from working properly if you write you weblogs in a language that uses extended characters such as accents, etc. (French, German, etc.). The retrieve recent posts may generate an error (or may not). Apparently, a workaround is to code your blog in HTML entities (I still have to try that out).

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But don't let that detail turn you off. Kung-Log is a wonderful application, that is a life saver if you blog to MovableType. Moreover, this is the first beta publicly released, and its author is very talented and motivated. The futur is bright.

[ If you're into Mac, coding, blogging or reading, don't forget to read kung-foo.tv ]

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January 14, 2003

iCommune: a followup

I told you I would give iCommune a try no later than today.


Well, the bottom line is quite impressive. Basically, it enables you to stream your iTunes library anywhere on the net, or browse (and copy) MP3 tracks from another iCommune-enabled user.

The setup is trait forward. Drop iCommune in iTunes plug-in folder, launch iTune and configure iCommune by clicking the new button on the bottom.
Sharing note: you must specify the real path of iTunes Library, it doesn't seem to work through symlinks, or aliases, and web sharing must be turned on.

I tested the streaming locally on a 100Mb network and through my home DSL connection. I noticed no slowdown or any sign of network activity on my local network. The DSL connection worked seemlessly too, except for a single rebuffering event. If you add several servers, they show up as separate 'Network' icons in the left pane, followed by the name you gave them : Network (lab) e.g.

For more info, check out QuickTopic's online discussions on iTunes playlist sharing.

I'm streaming while I write this blog .. real cool.

[ Stormy Monday from the album "Live at the Blues Alley" by Eva Cassidy ]

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January 13, 2003

New tools for your iMusic

Discoveries of the day: two new hot accessories for your iPod:

Hardware
iTrip, from Griffin Technology is a FM transmitter to listen to your MP3s on your FM receiver. Apparently, you can choose the wavelength among the entire FM spectrum (a plus on former products). Its look is too cool ..

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Software
iCommune, an iTune plug in to stream your music to other iTune users on the net - and not only to your local network (goes further than RendezVous discovery). I'll try that one no later than tomorrow morning!

iCommune is a plug-in which extends Apple's iTunes software to share music over the network. Your friends' music libraries appear in the iTunes source list. You can browse their collections, and choose to download or stream their music. It also allows you to make your own music library available to others.

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January 09, 2003

Surfin' Safari

Dave Hyatt's weblog on Safari. Dave Hyatt is a member of the Safari team at Apple. He works primarily on the WebCore, the open source portion of Safari that contains KHTML (as well as the implementation of the Qt subset required to support KHTML).

Lots of very interesting info for anyone interested in Safari.

<http://www.mozillazine.org/weblogs/hyatt/2003_01_05_mozillian_archive.html>

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MWSF +2

Well, 2 days after Jobs' keynote, we got a chance to test the new software, and dwell on Apple's new directions.

The new hardware is good looking, especially the 12" PB. The 17" PB looks a little oversized at first - as on hormones - eventhough the screen looks terrific. Need to see the real thing. Did you notice that it is only 160 x 124 pixels short of Apple's 22" Display ?

The new software, well .. I just love the iLife integration - can't wait to integrate stills into my movies, and apply the "Ken Burns" effect. direct access to your iTunes and iPhoto library is a dream. Not to mention direct access iDVD to burn your slideshows or movies directly from iPhoto or iMovie ..

The app I downloaded immediately was Apple's new web browser: Safari. Apparently, Apple said that Safari downloads accounted for 20% of all apple.com downloads on Tuesday .. over 300'000 downloads. Whoosh.

Safari is based on Konqueror, and uses its rendering engine, namely KHTML (Ouch! Gecko was my favourite, and many pages are optimised for it..).

After two days of use, I must say that

  • it is fast. I wouldn't say it is faster that Chimera (latest build), but it's a match.
  • The UI is sleek, inspired from iTunes. No wasted space with useless button or function, or deco. A border free browser. Sleek is the word.
  • Most of the sites I managed and visited showed up correctly. Even thoses using CSS2. This is not the case for everyone. Checkout Dive Into Mark's report
  • SnapBack technology needs to get use to, but I think it can serve its purpose when navigating in directory sites or online shops. A nice feature (still missing from Chimera) is the back button drop down menu (à la IE).
  • The bookmark management is out of this world. I've never seen anything like it. That feature alone is almost worth safari's adoption. You have a direct access to your Address Book websites, and to the RendezVous websites near you (the latest Chimera seems to sport that feature too) - but I didn't manage to make it work yet ..
  • The history management works extremely well too - much better that Chimera for the time being (it's global here).
  • It includes a keyboard shortcut for pop-up blocking - Chimera misses that .. I love it.
  • Another great feature is the activity window that displays how much data was downloaded from where. Too cool.

On the downside,

  • I'm missing tab browsing .. Gee, you get addicted to having mutiple sites in a single window.
  • The view source is also still very basic. It appears that there is an issue with the screen resolution adopted by Safari, which defaults to 72dpi, instead of the 96dpi of all other modern browsers (that brings us back to Netscape 4). hence, all text seem smaller on a Mac viewed with Safari. According to Todd Fahrner, the problems in the fact that Apple considers that 1point = 1 pixel, and Safari bases its default screen res on the default user font size.
  • Doesn't display the content of the TITLE parameter (anchor). I haven't found a way to know where a link will lead you since there's no status bar Use 'view status bar' under the view menu - you can actually turn on of off any button in the button bar like that .. Holding option down when the mouse is over a link downloads the link, and command opens the link in a new window.
  • No keychain support ?

But overall, I'm quite impressed. I'm sure the next released will fill up the gaps, and address the bugs. Implement tab browsing, and it'll become my main browser ..

External resources:

Safari Review [ dive into mark ]

Safari: first look [ code poetry ]

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January 04, 2003

Image preview

I stumbled on a nice little contextual menu application called PicturePop which enables you to quickly display any image, or group of images, that QuickTime supports through a ctrl-click.

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Version 0.4 (2002-12-04). Freeware.

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January 01, 2003

Happy New Year

[ happy new year 2003 ]

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Happy New Year

[ happy new year 2003 ]

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December 28, 2002

Macinblog's best of 02

Well, they all do it .. so here's my list of best software the year:
  1. Chimera: the best browser for Mac OS X
  2. Proteus: instant messenger client for major IM services
  3. BBEdit: text editor and much more
  4. Folder Synchronizer: keep your data in sync
  5. OmniGraffle: efficient diagrams, charts and graphics
  6. OmniOutliner: intelligent todo lists
  7. WeatherPop: menubar weather report
  8. Desktop Console: display your logs on the desktop
  9. Mail: Apple's build in e-mail client
  10. iSync: Apple's solution for keeping your address book in sync
Here's more information on my choices (actually, most of these applications are always loaded on my Mac):
  1. Chimera: my best browser for Mac OS X Eventhough it's still in beta, you can't beat its page rendering and tab browsing. At last a small and fast browser without all the bells and whistles of a NS or an IE. it is surprising how stable it is for a 0.6. It became my main browser after 20 minutes use.. try it and adopt it. (Use ChimeraKnight to download the latest build). Cocoa / Freeware.

  2. Proteus: instant messenger client for major IM services
    Well, if you are into IM, Proteus is for you. It can speak with the major IM services (ICQ, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL/AIM, Jabber,..), it sports a nice UI, entirely built in cocoa, it offers lots of options (personalized away messages, SMS relays, themes, etc.) File exchange is still missing, but this software is still in alpha (!). Cocoa / Shareware.

  3. BBEdit: text editor and much more
    I don't think I could manage without BBEdit. I have been using it since version 1.0. The current version (7) offers numerous new features, such as CVS control, vertical text selection (a blessing if you work with fixed width matrices), syntax coloring, and much much more. Carbon / Commercial.

  4. Folder Synchronizer: keep your data in sync
    If you happen to work on different computers as I do, this little application will save your life. I use it to sync my e-mail, bookmarks, current projects and downloads between my two workstations and my TiPB via my iPod. Not only does your data stay in sync, but it offers a backup option which saved my ass more than once. Carbon / Shareware.

  5. OmniGraffle: efficient diagrams, charts and graphics
    Need to draw diagrams ? Charts ? Try OmniGraffle. A beautiful UI, with many intelligent tools will lead you to produce stuning graphics and diagrams. You can create your own sets of reusable objects, or download them from the net. Very intuitive, simple, and efficient. A real Mac app. Cocoa / Commercial.

  6. OmniOutliner: intelligent todo lists
    Another OmniGroup app. The ideal application to maintain to-do lists, project ticklers, or any hierarchical data. Print nicely too. Cocoa / Commercial.

  7. WeatherPop: menubar weather report
    I wiouldn't I couldn't live without this one, but I do like to have the weather forcast of my favourite locations handy up in the menu bar. There's nothing like dreaming of Kerala's 27 C when you are deep under the grey Geneva winter. % days forecast, current temperature, humidity, wind, visibility, sunrise & set, etc. Cocoa / Freeware (advanced version is shareware).

  8. Desktop Console: display your logs on the desktop
    I know many of you consider this as geekware, but it it damn handy to have the content of a log file display on your desktop. Especially the FTP or web server one. Defaults to system log. Saves a window, nicely customizable. Cocoa / Shareware.

  9. Mail: Apple's build in e-mail client
    Why mention Mail.app ? Well, I was an eternal Eudora user, used it from version 1.3 through 5.x, switched to Entourage when Mac OS X became my main OS (May 02), and chose to give Mail.app a chance after Jaguar was released. Eventhough it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of an Eudora or an Entourage, it is beautifully integrated in Mac OS X, and uses the system's Address Book. It is a small app, which works very nicely. It imported my 20K+ messages without a problem. It's junk mail filter (baysiean like Spamsieve) gives good results. It catches 90% of my junk, with no false positives. This app will be beefed up in the following releases. In the meantime, you can add plug-ins which enable PGP, priorities, inserts the user's picture from Address Book, and more. It deals properly with IMAP accounts too. There's a lot of talk around this app in Usenet and Apple groups, but it suit my needs. Give it a try. Cocoa / Built in Mac OS X.

  10. iSync: Apple's solution for keeping your address book in sync
    Okay, this my hopeful-new-year-resolution-wish-in-the-sky. Still in beta, not doing a very good job, restricted and slow, but the idea is fantastic. Imagine keeping in sync your Mac(s), cell phone and PDA address books .. through the touch of one button. Wishful thinking ? Maybe, but a nice try either way. Let's wait the end of the beta testing period, or maybe MWSF, to know more about the future of this concepts (support for new phones ? PDA ?) Cocoa / Freeware.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU

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Manage your Library Folders

Diablotin (1.2.6) allows you to manage items added to Mac OS X Library folders, like contextual menu items, fonts, internet plug-ins or screensavers ..

<http://s.sudre.free.fr/Software/Diablotin.html>

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MailPictures: add your face to your mail

Pick this one up on freshmeat. A bit useless, but fun ..

<http://www.nikwest.de/Software/>

<http://osx.freshmeat.net/releases/107418/>

MailPictures is a plug in for the Mail application shipping with Mac OS X. MailPictures allows you to have your image show up in your mail message when you send it to a user who has the MailPictures installed. It works completely transparent to the user, no further intervention is required. It also uses the build in mechanism provided by Mac OS X and (optionally .Mac) for storage and display of the images (see AddressBook application for more details). Personally this is not only a very geeky feature of Mac OS X, but an invaluable tool to recognize people who you only know by email.

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freshmeat launches Mac OS X section

freshmeat launched their Mac OS X section! This is real good new for OS X geeks ..
<http://osx.freshmeat.net/>
Don't hesitate to submit your favourite applications and tools through freshmeat's submit link.
Connect, register and submit .. (FYI, my userid is davo39)

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December 20, 2002

Kung-Log: manage your blogs

This week's discovery: a Mac OS X application to manage your Movable Type weblog. Edit, preview, publish. A real treat.

[ preview ]

I need to keep the editing up know (if my cholecystitis permits it..)

Kung-foo.tv {chaotic intransient prose bursts} is well worth a visit too ..

NetNewsWire Pro currently in beta, does a good job to, eventhough I prefer Kung-Log's strait forward approach (eventhough I can't edit a recent post). NetNewsWire doubles as a RSS feed reader and NotePad. The good side is that it isn't limited to MT weblogs, it supports Blogger, Radio and others.

NetNewsWire Lite is a sole RSS reader, and does a good job of it adopting OutLooks's familiar 3 pane interface:

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December 12, 2002

After iDress, here comes iSparx..

iSparx

iDress enabled label printing from the Address Book, iSparx enables shared contacts!


It makes use of RendezVous technology to share all contacts part of the 'isparx' group. A nice implementation of an LDAP server..

The Address Book is really becoming a hot app..

:)

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December 10, 2002

New software releases

  • Proteus 2.2a15
    Gets better all the time (added a cool SMS relay function)
  • WeatherPop Advance 1.6.3
    Another favourite .. one of those menubar widgets I kept
  • Extensis PhotoFrame 2.5
    Mac OS X compatible. Over 2000 frames available (when the CD ships on Dec 21th). Upgrade paths from versions 1.0 and 2.0
  • Now Contact 4.2.6
    New release for Mac OS X
  • Adobe InDesign 2.0.2
    Apparently, it's been pulled of VersionTracker ? I have the installer if anyone needs it.

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December 06, 2002

Printing labels from Address Book

Incarna: Software & Services for Mac OS X

iDress offers to print labels from Address Book in all sorts of pre-formatted outputs (Avery, Dymo, envelopes, etc.)

We'll have to give this one a try ..

iDress

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December 04, 2002

Secure web browser for internet in public spaces

www.appmac.com - AppMac software

wKiosk is a Mac OS 10 application for public internet access. Full screen mode, no access to the Finder or to the Dock, disable force quit, and more.

Looks like the ideal app for Macs in museums or other public places.

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December 03, 2002

Entropy.ch

Marc Liyanage - Software - Mac OS X Packages

Two nice tutorials on how to install MySQL and the latest PHP module on your Mac.

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New software releases

  • Default Folder 1.6.4
    What more can you say on this utility?

  • PGP 8.0
    The final version. Another essential tool for anyone concerned with his privacy (USD 35)

  • Cocoa eFax 1.0.2
    Need a new fax machine? Try out this neat little cocoa application. It took me 10 minutes to pay the USD 10 :)

  • Virex defs 021127
    When will McAfee implement an automatic update of these defs ?

  • Analog 5.30a
    Another essential tool to process your web logs. Nice integration with Report Magic.

  • Nikon Scan 3.1.4
    Nikon has AT LAST released a version of their software that is Mac OS 10 compatible .. but doesn't support the LS-2000. We couldn't wait and went with SilverFast.

  • phpMyAdmin 2.3.3
    The essential tool for all MySQL managers

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December 01, 2002

iPulse

Woaw. Ils l'ont encore fait. Iconfactory nous rserve toujours de belles surprises. Ils sont surtout connu pour leurs icnes, leur plug-in Photoshop pour les gnrer, et voil qu'ils nous proposent un voile graphique des battements de coeurs de notre Mac: iPulse. Sa forme circulaire et ces multifonctions ne sont pas sans rappeler les radars de divers jeux vidos, ou les sries de Star Trek qui ont occups nos nuits.. A essayer absolument.

http://www.iconfactory.com/ip_home.asp

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