Mac OS X interface flaws

Here are a few things I’ve noticed that just don’t make sense in Mac OS X v10.5. Desktop & Screen Saver rolled into a single preference pane. Why? Are we that convinced that one day we’re going to have a screen saver running in the background as our desktop, and the only way to configure […]

Microsoft doesn’t get it

The new Microsoft commercial starts with a John Hodgman dressalike (You can’t really call him a lookalike, but at the distance the camera is at it doesn’t matter) saying “I’m a PC and I’ve been stereotyped.” It then goes to various people asserting they’re a PC. It’s interesting at first, but after a few seconds […]

The sad case of Palm

I first started developing an application for Palm in 2000 with the Palm IIIc. I was amazed at how well-thought out the API was. A few things were missing, such as POSIX-compatible routines. ((Expecting full POSIX support on a Palm back then was maybe a little unrealistic, but expecting the available routines to match POSIX […]

LaCie Quadra d2

It’s way too early to tell if LaCie is still the “all that and a bag of chips” hard drive company, but I can tell you this right away: The case is the best external case I’ve ever personally bought, and probably better than the stackable system Discovery bought from LaCie over a decade ago. […]

Hot hardware

I’ve been using this iMac for a few weeks, and I’ve noticed an odd melty-plastic smell from time to time. I didn’t associate it with the iMac, though; the top of the iMac was hot, but not unbearably so.

Props to Simply Computing

I picked up a nice, shiny 24” iMac on Friday from Simply Computing in Langley for my employer to replace my elderly Core Solo mini. Monday, Apple refreshed the model. I realized I didn’t actually mind at all, but it seemed it might be worth a quick email:

One App At a Time… Always?

Gruber at Daring Fireball writes about the restriction of one application at a time on the iPhone. Read it before you go on. Writing a background task for Touch OS X would be very, very hard. Well, actually, not so much hard as taking a lot of skill, time and effort. I can really understand […]

.Mac thoughts

So I’m about five days into my free .Mac trial, and I thought I’d write up some thoughts. I pay about $60 per year for 500 GB of storage and 5 TB of bandwidth from DreamHost. .Mac costs $100 per year. For that much, it should be really, really special. On a strictly numerical level, […]