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Moblogging Mena

Part of the reason I got my HipTop… err… SideKick was to blog "on the go." Unfortunately, MovableType isn't really that great at handling this sort of thing. But, now that Mena's got a HipTop… err… SideKick, I expect that to change in the next release (or shortly thereafter). Yay!


sherfari.gifJason Kottke has one of the best ideas ever. And one of the worst. It's the same idea! It's even better - and worse - than chocolate covered cherries (ooh, that reminds me, I still have two left!): integrate Sherlock and Safari or don't integrate Sherlock and Safari! It may not sound like much, but have a look at what he - and his naysayer - have to say.

In the meantime, feel free to make fun of the icon I've put up here. (Update: there are now no longer any chocolate covered cherries in my apartment.)

Apple Embraces the Open Format Movement

On a scale of "Evil Behavior" from 1 to 100, Microsoft may sit at about an 85. One of Microsoft's many flaws is in integrating "core" applications so tightly that it's tough for a competitor to sneak in. Their browser is so closely tied to the OS that they (wrongly) lied and said that it could not be removed (it can be removed… but not easily). They use secret APIs to give their own applications a boost over the competition, and they have actually intentionally "broken" third-party software in the past for their own advantage.

Condoms And

I was shopping with Annie the other day (seemingly the only thing we really "do" together besides eat and, occasionally, work) and I noticed that in Wal-Mart, the headache medicine is right across the aisle from the condoms. Seems convenient, I guess… guy stops in, picks up his jimmy hats and the female favorite excuse-alleviating medication all without having to move! Just sticks out his arms, grabs one box of each, and off he goes!

In Albertson's (grocery store in Florida), Annie pointed out that the wine section also sells condoms, again making it easier for the (apparently unmarried and still wooing) male to shop quickly.

Cuz, y'know, when you're horny you don't want to have to try to find two items in a store. Hell, if it weren't for the condoms, you probably wouldn't be in the store to begin with.

Drag a Text Link in Safari

safari_link_drag.jpgLook at what happens when you drag a link (text link, anyway) in Safari!

Woooooooooo. This, just after I post a link about how Apple "gets it." Yes, they do. They get the fact that a nice little touch like this can make me like a browser a little bit more. It adds to my experience. It makes me happier. Sometimes, they may go too far with this graphical candy… but this one is just nice.

P.S. Note that dragging the transparent apple GIF below also works nicely: the transparent parts are still transparent. Go ahead, drag it around.

Apple “Gets It”

apple.gifFrom an article titled Apple Gets It (yes, I filched it!), comes some common sense commentary about how Apple simply "understands" good design, good software, and good computing.

A couple of engineers at work today dismissed the new releases, saying, "a web browser and a presentation tool? So what? I have those already." Well, I have those already, too, and I waste a considerable amount of time every day dealing with their limitations and quirks and poor design or unfinished state.

Sunken Metal Widgets Bug

sunk_widgets.jpgJust uncovered a "problem" with those metal widgets that are "sunk" into the metal. Closing a window in the background with those metal widgets causes that app to become the frontmost application.

Try it in Safari. Try it in iCal. Try it in calculator (but note that Calculator quits when you close its window, but briefly, it comes to the front - same with iSync). Thanks to Andy for helping find this one.

That's not how it should work. 🙁

Find in Safari

You can find (cmd-F) in your Safari bookmarks, and it searches your history and all sorts of other places. It seems to search the titles of the bookmarks (and your history), but that's okay.

Wow. I hadn't noticed that until I read this. Thanks Scot!

An American Crotch Rocket

tron.jpgWhy? you might ask, well apparently jumping out of planes at high altitudes, with only an umbrella for a parachute wasn't quite dangerous enough. Which is why Dodge has built the Tomahawk. A machine made of nothing more than four wheels, handle bar, gas tank, and a 8.3 liter V-10 engine capable of 500 horsepower. It does 0-60 in two point five seconds.

Anyone want to wager a bet on the price of this thing?

Apple’s Unique Position

Here is more crap about Apple and Mac OS X on Intel chips. I say "more crap" because I've yet to come across a really good reason why Apple should move to Intel chips (this article provides nothing new, either).

But one thing did occur to me: Apple is in a pretty unique position. How quickly could Windows be ported to another chip? Heck, even the Palm OS might take more effort to be ported to another architecture than Mac OS X. It puts Apple in a pretty unique position in the industry.

One Ring to Rule the USA

Frodo has FailedFrodo has failed to keep the ring away from Dubya. As can be seen in this inconceivably crisp picture, none other than George W. wearing the Ring! Eeek! (No, I still have not seen LoTR 2. I did see LoTR 2 times, though).

I seriously think I'm the anti-nerd geek. I don't really care for Star Wars (the action is fine, the effects are cool, but the dialog is shit). I've never seen a Star Trek movie (or even a whole episode). I don't care so much about LoTR and quit reading The Hobbit about 40 pages into the thing. And - gasp - I date women! Something no self-respecting "nerd" would ever do. So I'm a geek, not a nerd, and as we all know, geek is chic these days! B-)

YA Safari Post

Here's my "yet another Safari post" post. First, some interesting links.

This link shows an email sent by Don Melton, the engineering manager of Safari, to the KDE KHTML team (the rendering engine on which Safari is built). In it, he introduces his team, including David Hyatt, formerly of Netscape and Chimera but now of Apple (and, apparently, Safari).

MSN on the New PowerBooks

Leave it to MSN to say something as stupid as this:

Side by side, the two computers bear an uncanny resemblance to this year's hot cars, the Hummer 2 and the Mini.

Read the full article here.

TiVo to Use Rendezvous

TiVo talking to your Mac? Sure is... Chuq has snipped a part of a press release from TiVo or Apple or somebody (I forget, and can't be bothered to look). As an owner of a TiVo, I'm happy. As an owner of a TiVo 1, well, I guess this may affect my next TiVo, but not the current one. Oh well… 😛

Miscellaneous Pre-Macworld

I'm sitting here waiting for the keynote to begin, and I have some URL clippings on my desktop that I really need to get rid of. Hence, this:

  • This /. article asks a very good question: What is the origin of the cost of bandwidth?
  • The Lindows CEO is apparently funding an effort to hack the XBox so that Linux could be run on the console. Hey, fine by me... but what about running Linux on my iPod or eMate 300? 🙂
  • Microsoft acting up again? Yeah, you'd better believe it. This time they seem to have shrifted a UK mobile phone carrier.
  • There seems to be an (annoying) trend lately to label everything :adjective:web. The LazyWeb. The Semantic Web. The Disruptive Web.
  • eBay may not be listing guns, body parts, or children for sale anymore, but they are listing virtual products. Need some simoleons or spell points? Check out eBay. Need a new liver? Sorry, you'll have to wait (or visit China or something).