MacHeist 3 Apps

5 April, 2009

I decided to buy the MacHeist 3 bundle this year, and here’s a list of the apps I got, with their respective ratings (out of 5):

  1. Scribbles *****
  2. iStock ***
  3. MiniOne Racing ***
  4. BabelBloX *****
  5. Typinator ***
  6. DEVONthink ****
  7. Hyperspaces **
  8. Overflow *****
  9. Fresh ****
  10. Webbla *
  11. iSale ** (registering this one is a pain)
  12. Picturesque *****
  13. SousChef *****
  14. World of Goo ***
  15. PhoneView (I don’t have an iPhone)
  16. LittleSnapper ***
  17. Acorn *****
  18. Kinemac ****
  19. WireTap Studio *****
  20. BoinxTV *****
  21. The Hit List **** (still waiting for license)
  22. Espresso ***** (still waiting for license)
  23. Cro-Mag Rally ***
  24. Times ***** (awesome user interface, kudos to the developer)
  25. EventBox ***
  26. Big Bang Board Games *****
For only $39, this was a really good deal – all of the apps bought separately would have cost me well over $1000, and I like the “Buy 12, Take 26” plan!
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Firefox on iPhone is a Bad Idea

22 March, 2009

I was on Digg this morning when I came across this article (here’s the Digg link). Matt Asay, author of CNET’s “The Open Road” does have some pretty good points on why Firefox should be on the iPhone, and I completely agree with him on how throwing Firefox onto an N810 isn’t really going to bring about wondrous numbers of community supporters, but it is simply not a good idea to let Firefox become an iPhone application.

To set the scene, everyone knows about the iPhone. Everyone’s super-excited about the App Stores – users and developers alike – and all its possibilities. Apple’s competitors have taken a lot of ideas from the iPhone, and mobile operating systems are all the hype these days (that includes netbooks). As far as I’m aware, the N810 runs Android, for which applications are written in Java.

When I first saw the title of Matt’s article (“Why no iPhone support for Firefox mobile beta?”), I thought, Why is this question even being asked? First off, it’s obviously going to be a competitor for Mobile Safari (which Apple won’t even allow in the app store ), and Firefox’s not that fast of a browser, either, in my opinion, compared to Safari. Besides, all iPhone applications are written in Cocoa. Let’s see Mozilla trying to rewrite all of Firefox, its plug-in architecture, its support for themes, etc, all in Cocoa Touch. Furthormore, quoting directly from the article, one of the many other reasons that Firefox won’t be available for the iPhone any time in the near future is because “it [has] to do with restrictions on run non-SDK code[.]”

Not only that, but it would also provide two completely different SDKs for software developers to chose from: the iPhone SDK and whatever Firefox plug-in developers use. This is really dangerous for Apple. Apple wants in no way for there to be an alternative development SDK if not that of the iPhone – that’s why Flash isn’t on iPhone, and won’t be, either. If a developer prefers Mozilla’s way of doing things and wants to target iPhone owners as potential users, there would be a visible drop in terms of iPhone SDK developers and, hence, Mac users (and possibly the number of new Mac developers too).

All in all, Firefox on the iPhone is a really bad idea. Although, idealistically, it sounds nice, Firefox won’t be able to live up to its “I’m a fast and customizable browser” promise.

Spotlight and the Finder

22 March, 2009

There are two things that bother me about Spotlight in the Finder (I’ve already submitted these to Apple as feedback):

  1. If I’m in my Documents folder and I start typing in the Spotlight toolbar item, I’ll want Spotlight to start searching within my Documents folder, not throughout my whole Mac. If I want to do that, I’ll either go into the root directory or search from the menu bar.
  2. Also, when dragging multiple files in a spotlight results window, it is not clear that all the files are being dragged. It looks like only one file is being dragged.

Snow Leopard Obviously will be Darker

7 March, 2009

Honestly, how many times must I say it? Snow Leopard will be darker. After a lot of research, it seems I was the one of the first ones (if not the first one) to suggest that Snow Leopard’s interface will be darker:

The Original “Pre-WWDC Secrets” Post
A Confirmation when Apple Introduced MobileMe’s interface
Another Hint when iTunes 8 was introduced
and now, QuickTime X (image from AppleInsider):
The image may be an artist’s rendition, but it’s based on reported facts, and what should stand out the most is the black title bar. Besides that, there’s also the new iMovie and GarageBand 09 interface elements other people have pointed out.

More Feedback to Apple

7 March, 2009

Simply put: the Go menu should display what’s in the Finder’s sidebar, be it along with what’s already in the menu or not.

You too can send Apple feedback at Apple’s Feedback page.


Networking Ubuntu and OS X with Samba

11 February, 2009

Let’s assume you have both Macs and Ubuntu PCs in your network. How can you set them up so you’re able to access Ubuntu from a Mac and vice-versa? It’s pretty simple via Samba.

Setting up Ubuntu

  1. Right-click the folder you want to share and select Sharing Options.
  2. Unless you already have Samba installed, you may be asked to install it now.
  3. Set all the options you want – select the name of the share (this will appear in the Finder’s sidebar), if you want to allow other people to be able to write in the folder or not, and if you want guests to be able to access this folder.
  4. After saving the modifications, a link to the Ubuntu computer should appear automatically in the Finder, with the iconic BSOD icon

Setting up Mac OS X

  1. Open System Preferences > Sharing. Select the file sharing checkbox.
  2. Select the “Options…” button.
  3. In the pop-up menu, add the names of the users whose Public folders will be shared and select “Share Files using SMB.”
  4. In Ubuntu, select Places > Connect to Server… and select Windows Share.
  5. Type in your computer’s network address (usually smb://***.***. … where the asterisks represent your IP address). You can access your computer either from the Places menu, the desktop, or in network:/// in Nautilus (or your file manager of choice).



Dictionary Print Panel

21 January, 2009

Has anyone else noticed that Dictionary.app’s print panel doesn’t include a print preview?