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Archive for the 'Apple' Category

“Insanely Great” Book

Is this worth buying? Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything eBook: Steven Levy: Kindle Store Edit: Never mind. The Kindle version was only $4.99. Duh.

Creating Animated GIFs for Documentation - David Smith Step 1: Record using QuickTime Player Step 2: Convert using GIF Brewery Step 3: Profit!

30 Years of Mac

Michael Tsai - Blog - 30 Years of Mac is well worth a read, if for no other reason than it links to the mac-icon-standard.ttf font first reported by Greg Barbosa (from Apple) (more here). Many of the links are worth following as well, including this one. And duh, the Apple page is here. P.S. […]

Review & Outlook: Apple's Star Chamber - Which gets to the heart of this bizarre case: The numbers show that, far from hurting the market, the publishers' and Apple's agency model actually helped it. They allowed Barnes & Noble to gain a foothold in the e-book market, provided relief to the independent brick-and-mortar stores, […]

GenieGo Volume Adjustment

The GenieGo application for Mac OS X is reasonably good, but adjusting its volume adjusts your system volume… which makes working while you're trying to watch a show quietly in the background rather annoying, since ALL of your system sounds are now quieter. 😛

When I last blogged about this, back in 2006 (!!), we were only on round 12. TextExpander was only at version 1.3 (!!). Today I got an email announcing TextExpander 4.2.1, so I checked it out. I'm trying it, and thus far, I'm liking it. It expands every time so far, and the only missing […]

Your Verse

The site: Apple - iPad - What will your verse be The video ad:

John Siracusa graded Apple's year based on his list from February 2. You'll have to click through to read his thoughts, but his grades and any short comments I have are below:


Every now and then I feel like I "miss" MacsBug, but really I am just remembering an earlier OS. In no way do I actually miss MacsBug.

Review & Outlook: Apple's Star Chamber: Judge Cote's injunction gave Apple until January 14, 2014 to overhaul its antitrust compliance and training procedures, a process that is underway. But in late October Mr. Bromwich began an open-ended, roving investigation of Apple. He demanded immediate interviews starting in November with every top Apple executive and board […]

A 27-year-old Mac Plus Surfs the Web

How I introduced a 27-year-old computer to the Web.

Drobo Labels on Mavericks

It looks like nobody at Drobo anticipated (or cares about) the change to labels in Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). This is the installer disk image for Drobo Dashboard. 😛

Lost Internet Connection

12/14/13 1:47:37.026 PM mDNSResponder[38]: mDNSPlatformTCPSocket: socket error 0 errno 49 (Can't assign requested address)12/14/13 1:47:37.026 PM mDNSResponder[38]: MakeTCPConn: unable to create TCP socket And in CURL: curl: (7) Failed to connect to Can't assign requested address Essentially all HTTP requests fail (pings still work). The solution seems to be a variant of: sudo ifconfig […]

TouchID Accuracy Decay

Touch ID: I've been using Touch ID since I got an iPhone 5s in mid-October. Generally speaking, I like it, and I find it faster than the old swipe-and-passcode method, but I've felt compelled to reteach it my fingerprints twice already. I know this sounds impossible, but its recognition of my prints seems to decay […]

Behind Apple's mutiny against its court-ordered ebooks monitor - Fortune Features Not in the way that you might think, either: The more eye-catching of Apple's claims were its accusations that Bromwich was already insisting on meeting every member of Apple's executive team and board, including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Jr., and the company's […]