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Making Alcohol Bottle Rockets

Definitely going to have to try this out.

John C. Dvorak is Still Around

And guess what kinds of headlines he's writing.

The Apple iTime Is Destined to Fail

Some things never change.

P.S. I didn't click it. That won't ever change either. 🙂

New MacBook Pros

Apple - Press Info - Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

I'm gonna get one. I'm going to replace my 13" MacBook Air. Probably a 13" MacBook Pro Retina.

Raising Prices of Apps, Selling More

A Candid Look at the Financial Side of Building Mac Apps on Your Own

In 2007, I priced the app at $7. Over time I raised the price to $9, $12, $14, $19, $24, $29, $34, $39, and, now, $49. With each price increase my total sales and revenue have only gone up. And, as an extra bonus, the quality of my customers has increased as well. I never received as many angry emails from customers as I did when the app was priced cheaply. Now that VirtualHostX costs “real money”, I weed out those users who aren’t willing to make a financial commitment to the app and my company.

iTunes 12 Ditches the Sidebar?

What the hell? iTunes 12 and the Case of the Missing Sidebar

iTunes 12 and the Case of the Missing Sidebar:

I’ll miss the sidebar, and I wonder why Apple is removing it. For those who use it, it’s a convenient way to access much of your iTunes library. According to screenshots published on a variety of websites, there is no longer even a drop-down menu at the top-left of the iTunes window when the sidebar is hidden; you access the various libraries and devices by clicking icons in the navigation bar.

Sidebars in Yosemite

We're probably going to have to update Analyzr.

Edit: There's some discussion here.

Halt and Catch Fire, The Mac

Halt and Catch Fire Gets the ’80s PC Revolution Perfectly Right. Here’s How.

Great show.

Mac in HCF

What stood out to me the most was how, for seven or eight episodes, Cameron was trying to beg, borrow, and steal (384 K extra!!!) to create a very, very basic "interaction" model OS, and… in one of the last episodes, they show the Mac.

It, as much as anything I'd previously seen or experienced, drove home the point about just how far the Mac advanced the world of personal computing.


Paul Bissonnette’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Uhm… Good on ya, dude.

Making a Bootable Yosemite Drive

How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive.

Creating a bootable OS X installer in OS X Mavericks

DiskMaker X

Looking for a Golf Forum?

The Sand Trap .com has been online for over ten years now. Still the best golf forum out there.

Digital Tattoos

This is NOT satire. It's real.


Some Brief Thoughts About Apple's MacBook Air ‘Stickers'

Bangs and dents mean these things get used. It emphasizes the reliability of the MacBook Air by showing that some of them have scuffs and scrapes. It's rare in that it shows Apple products in a non-retail-box condition. The only recent personalization example I can find is iPhones in cases, which are shown in its ‘Powerful' ads — but those don't show any actual ‘damage'. The way Apple products look after customization and ‘real world' use isn't often represented in Apple ads. As Jeff Carlson points out, these are likely someone's real machines.

The Dictionary!

You're probably using the wrong dictionary

I do not have this first kind of dictionary. In fact I would have never thought to use a dictionary the way McPhee uses his, and the simple reason is that I've never had a dictionary worth using that way. If you were to look up the word "intention" in my dictionary here's all you would see: "a thing intended; an aim or plan." No, I don't think I'll be punching up my prose with that.

But somehow for McPhee, the dictionary — the dictionary! — was the fount of fine prose, the first place he'd go to filch a phrase, to steal fire from the gods.

Then do this:

  • Download this archive from S3.
  • Unzip it and launch the DictUnifier app.
  • Drag the stardict-dictd-web1913-2.4.2.tar.bz2 file, still compressed, onto that app’s little drag-and-drop area. It might take a few seconds before the conversion process starts. Once it does, it’ll take about 30 minutes to finish.
  • The dictionary will now be available in your Dictionary app. (If not, you may need to enable it in the app’s Preferences pane, as here.) But its formatting may look a little off. If the lines are squished together, open ~/Library/Dictionaries/dictd_www.dict.org_web1913.dictionary/Contents/DefaultStyle.css in a text editor and add the following directive…

Count to Ten When a Plane Goes Down

Count to ten when a plane goes down…

Just a little under 31 years ago, I played a key role in a conspiracy theory that grew up around a passenger plane downed by a Russian missile. Trust me, I did not mean to be involved.

That’s a Wrap!

Whew! Done (for now)!

The weather cooperated, at least.

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