Archive for the 'Mac Stuff' Category


June 1, 2006
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I’ll reluctantly admit to using the built in editor in WordPress, which isn’t so good. Especially as my ISP can’t guarantee the availability of my webspace.

Neat Terminal Trick

May 26, 2006

Just discovered this by accident. If you press “Command-.” in the terminal it does a “control-c”. Neat.

Apple MacBook First Thoughts Review (pics, specs)

May 22, 2006

Apple MacBook First Thoughts Review (pics, specs)

Entirely sensible first look at the MacBook from a non-Mac user. Looks like heat is still an issue…

…which really isn’t on, this has been going on for years! My theory is that Mr Jobs has somehow lost the heat perception in his hands and doesn’t consider it an “issue”. 😉 Rather more cynically, is all this heat stuff a deliberate policy of form over function, designed to make people buy new boxes every couple of years?

A Tour of Microsoft’s Mac Lab

April 20, 2006

David Weiss: A Tour of Microsoft’s Mac Lab”>David Weiss shows around Microsoft’s Mac Lab.

Looks like an interesting place. And clearly lacking in evil. 😉

Mac Book Pro: Vauge Impressions from Apple Web Site

January 10, 2006

Yeah, fine. (& why not just call it the “Mac Laptop” if you want a new bloody name?)


Where is the estimated battery life? Even a ball park figure would do. It’s an 85W power supply (sheesh, that’s nearly a whole lightbulb!) and a 60 watt-hour battery. But it doesn’t say how much juice the ‘Book sucks! I suspect battery life may be a littly sucky.

I have to say I find the glib copy on the apple website this close to unreadable.

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MacBook Pro

January 10, 2006

…may or may not be a sweet machine, but gawd, what an awful name.

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Neat iPhoto Tricks

January 3, 2006
  • You can edit the data on multiple sections! All those photos the camera didn’t date properly you can fix with a single bound! If you’re not too sure of the time you took them, you can just put in the date! Assign labels easily and intuitively!
  • You can make a selection in an image and the contextual menu gives you options relevant to editing a selection, like “New from Selection…” or whatever!
  • It doesn’t slow down with lots of of pictures, thanks to the wonders of caching!
  • A judicious combination of palettes, floating windows and Cocoa drawers lets you optimise the interface to your liking, and maximise the area of the screen devoted to your pictures!
  • You can put little coloured tags on your pictures to remind you to do something to them later!
  • When you export to a CD, you get a CD with pictures in, not some dreadful hierarchical mess of an iPhoto library that takes ages to generate and just confuses the person in the photo shop, or the relative with the PC!
  • You can do worthwhile colour corrections!
  • You can… oh wait a minute, that’s my review of iPhoto, from another dimension! Admittedly I’m still using iPhoto 4, but…

In my opinion, while apple continue to produce lame, limited consumer software that doesn’t work properly and isn’t particularly easy to use, but very effectively kills the competition, there is verra little future for us. Saying it’s better than Windows just doesn’t cut it if it still isn’t very good…

Christmas Wish List

December 23, 2005
  1. A ScotRail franchise that doesn’t charge you £13.20 to travel for nearly two hours on a two car DMU with a engine so noisy that it sets off my tinnitus and leaves me unable to speak clearly for an hour or two. (And is very slow.) And for that matter, a way to Dumfries by public transport that doesn’t pass through Kilmarnock.
  2. Mac OS X apps that gracefully handle being off-line. So the “mail” app queues messages waiting to be sent like Eudora did, ten years ago, ahem. And the “web” app opens new tabs for pages you want to open quickly when you do connect. And doesn’t bleat about not being able to find a server when the real problem is that there’s no network connection. Doh!
  3. A version of 10.4 that, you know, works properly. So I can upgrade to it.
  4. That when emptying the Trash one is rewarded with an increase in free disk space, not a decrease.
  5. A mobile phone that is honest about the strength of the signal it is getting, and (this is the important bit) is also honest about how it rates its chances of actually contacting the base station across 15 kilometres of bleak, wind-swept Solway Firth. Going “bing” and complaining about a “network error” when it’s really a “I can’t contact the network” error will result in a short career.
  6. Peace and goodwill between, well, everybody. Obviously.

Out of Curiousity, Download the MarsEdit beta

December 19, 2005

On first sight, it appears to be exactly the same as Marsedit 1, but faster. That can’t be it, can it?

help, does it work now?

October 7, 2005

trying to update to 1.5.2, what a disaster.