I moved to MacOS X because it offers both a unix command line and graphical interfaces, and I almost exclusively use the command line as I switch between tasks. If you use a terminal and aren’t familiar with the open command, I urge you to take a look. I tend to open documents with open…Read More Mac Command Line: Turning Apps into Commands
So it’s cool that this “S.M.A.R.T” stuff tells the computer when the hard drive is failing. The next step in user interface is to take the message out of /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility and into an interruptive UI, so that I don’t discover this problem when I happen to get an extra drive for backup. I know…Read More When an interrupt is important
(I saw this here, would appreciate the right attribution.)Read More Nothing to add
Dear Apple, In the software update, you tell us that we should see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for the security content of this update: However, on visiting http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222, and searching for “10.3”, the phrase doesn’t appear. Does that imply that there’s no security content? Does it mean there is security content but you’re not telling us about it?…Read More Is iTunes 10.3.1 a security update?
Okay, this is a rant. Cut and paste is broken in most apps today. More specifically, it is paste that is broken. There are two choices in just about every application: “Paste” and “Paste correctly.” Sometimes the latter one is labeled “Paste and Match Style” (Apple) and sometimes “Paste Special” (Microsoft). However, they have it…Read More Let’s Fix Paste!
I was on a business commuter flight the other day, which was also the maiden voyage of my MacBook Air. I had it out before takeoff. This was an international flight and I was in bulkhead. On international flights, they’re not as strict about not having your laptop on your lap during takeoff. This flight…Read More Jonathan Ive's Sharia Style
Or something like that. You have to know how to use a Mac and be British. Her Majesty needs you.Read More Make Good Money Making Fake IDs
Emacs users get addicted to the standard key bindings (which are also available in Cocoa apps). Microsoft Word doesn’t support these by default, but you can add them through customization. Here are the ones I find most useful: StartOfLine: Control-A EndOfLine: Control-E To set these up in Word… …you’ll have to read “Add emacs key…Read More If It feels so wrong, how can it be so right?
Michael Giest is covering Canadian Parliamentary hearings over that country’s privacy law in “PIPEDA Hearings – Day 01 (Industry Canada)” “PIPEDA Hearings – Day 02 (B.C. Privacy Experts)” Bakelblog vents about the petty tyranny of immigration bureaucrats in “Welcome to America, Fuckwads!” Alec Muffet has interesting and detailed comments about the broken security of the…Read More Small Bits of Chaos
“Decaf” over on DeadBeefCafe, relates the story of a colleague whose response to yet another virus outbreak is to convince management to purchase Macintoshes, with the following justification: We’re going to buy Mac Minis and run Windows on them because Macs aren’t affected by these security problems. Decaf breaks down the several fallacies of this…Read More Use The Logo Luke