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Archive for November, 2007

ShareThis 2.0

ShareThis 2.0 is now available. I did a trial run, but the current version is a big step backwards in my book. It ignores several of the top-ranked items in the "optimizing website performance" video I watched a few days ago1 and it's far less customizable than 1.4 - simply unacceptable for an upgrade. 1.4 […]

HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray

Recently - and I'm rather ticked I missed out on it - both Wal-Mart and Best Buy offered a Toshiba (the HD-A2 I believe) HD-DVD player for $99. It came with a few free movies, too. I'd have bought one to replace my one-year-old upconverting DVD player. After all, the Toshiba did up-converting, had HDMI […]

In (recently) replacing the 15-year-old refrigerator recently, Carey and I looked for a fridge1 on the upper-end of those available at Lowe's. No stainless or anything - just one ranked highly by Consumer Reports, in black, with a freezer on the top (CR says they're more reliable). Almost every2 mid- to top-end model had built-in […]

Guitar Hero III for the Wii

I bought it and am working my way through on "Easy." 🙂 I'll move up to Medium eventually, but for now, easy is just fine. I spent 5-10 minutes today watching some YouTube videos of people playing some songs on Expert - even some getting 100% on expert - and wow. Those people have some […]

Has anyone used a Cocoa graphics framework that's capable of drawing things like line, pie, and bar graphs?

Holes in Spaces

I agree with these, from an article named "Holes in Spaces": You explicitely ask for a different desktop: using one of the keyboard shortcuts or using the F8 Exposé-like mode. You switch to an application that you have chosen to attach to a specific desktop (e.g. you might want all you Mail stuff to stay […]

First Hockey Game

Due to a variety of things - a semi-bum shoulder I didn't want to risk hurting further prior to a golf trip, the golf trip, etc. - tonight was my first hockey game. It's incredibly obvious that I've got a long way to go before I get to even a "good" level, but fortunately, that's […]

I Despise Leaves

Trees sure do look nice, oh, five or six months out of the year. But they look like crap all winter, are dangerous in ice storms and high winds, and sure do drop a heck of a lot of leaves on the ground in the fall. Our 10:1 chipper/blower has already produced about 25 bags […]

Leopard’s Unliked Features

I'll likely have a "most liked" feature poll in a week or so, but for now, you get to bag on Leopard a little: Which new Leopard feature do you dislike the most? Stacks Folder Dock Icons appearing as their contents Translucent Menu iTunes-ification of Finder windows The Dock's appearance Folder Icons (the "recycled blue" […]

Spaces/Sheet Bug in Leopard

In using MarsEdit, I noticed what I at first thought was a bug in MarsEdit, but which turns out to be a bug or a usability flaw in Mac OS X 10.5 regarding Spaces. I contacted Daniel Jalkut, and he put together a test application (TestSpaces) that displays the behavior simply: Open a TextEdit window […]

/Library/InputManagers

I hadn't noticed this subtle shift in the way Leopard "wishes" people to handle Input Managers until I noticed Speed Download's "For Leopard 10.5 ONLY" folder. It contains a readme telling people to run a script that does in part: sudo cp -pR "$BASE_PATH" /Library/InputManagers sudo cp -pR "$BASE_PLUGIN_PATH" /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins sudo chown -R root:admin […]

YazSoft’s Speed Download

Two nights ago I read someone's suggestion to use Speed Download to pull down the 6.7 GB Leopard disk image from ADC. I'd previously used a few other download managers/accelerators, but Speed Download seems to have separated itself lately, and I figured I'd give it a shot. It turned out to be a worthy investment: […]