Sunday, April 24, 2005

Paul Thurrott's Internet Nexus

Paul Thurrott's Internet Nexus

"Sorry, Apple fanatics. If Apple came up with the phrase 'it just works' for the Switch ad campain, then they copied it from Microsoft. The software giant has been using the phrase for at least a decade, which of course is widely documented in many places."

Ok. Here's the thing. In Apple's case—it's true...

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

XShelf 1.1.2 for MacOS X

XShelf

An awesome helper app; drag a file or a clip to the edge of the screen and then drop it on the shelf. Rummage for a destination and then pluck the file from the shelf and drop it there.

I love this kind of stuff! (Especially in brushed metal).

Friday, April 15, 2005

Omni This and Omni That

A few weeks ago I mentioned an app called OmniGraffle, a gorgeous looking and quite complicated piece of software for creating flowcharts. As I said at the time: the full blown version is quite expensive but you can download a fully functional version for free that's only limited in that you can't have more than 20 things in any single chart.

Last night I went back to the Omni Group site and tried some of their other software. The first I tried was Omni Outliner Pro; it's the same deal—a fully functional download limited to 20 entries, only this time we're talking about a list maker; make entries and then slide them up or down to re-arrange them, or left and right to make them children or parents.

I have another app called DeepNotes that does just this, but with Omni Outliner Pro you can also drop images, links, movies and other objects as embedded new entries right in the list. You can also format the list's appearance in a million different ways. Personally I prefer the clean approach, but lots of folks like to assemble scrapbooks full of clippings (I'm talking real scrapbooks and real clippings) when they're pondering or researching something, so here's the ultimate digital scrpbook for those people.

I'm probably missing something; there's probably some very compelling other use for this thing. Either way—it's great fun to play with and looks fantastic, but for arranging ideas I'll stick to DeepNotes for now.

The next thing I tried from Omni Group was OmniDictionary which is a window that pops up, either independently or via the services menu, by which you can look up the definition of a word. It does this by searching various online dictionaries, but by navigating to the Mac OS X DICT page at ropersonline.com you can download a complete package of dictionaries for use offline.

The package was pretty huge at 36 megs, but it's oh-so great having a dictionary literally built in to the OS. All in all, a pretty productive night...

Thursday, April 14, 2005

I-Mate Jam

Stupid name but great device. It's a Pocket PC with phone and we've seen lots of those, but it really is tiny—about the size of the screenshot.

Best of all, it just feels great in the hand—very solid; great finish. Just a pity about the ugly OS.

JetClock 1.0

My Newtons all shared a really nicely implemented widget called Time-zone; it was a map of the world showing your current location. If you tapped on any other location it would show that location's current time. It also had a really subtle band across the top that showed which part of the world was in darkness or daylight. As and added gimmick, it also told you the exact distance between cities. I seem to recall that you could also call up extra information about any city, such as its coordinates; dialing codes etc.

Cut to the chase Andrew!

Anyways... When I switched to Mac I was more than a little disappointed that there wasn't a similar gadget in OSX. Sure, there's a clock in the menu-bar, and you can configure its appearance in various ways—but that's about it. No time-zones.

Now I've found a freeware app called JetClock. After de-activating the built in clock display I set JetClock to run on startup. It looks exactly the same as the standard clock, but I can click on it and a menu drops down showing the current time in four other cities.

In the preferences pane there's even a map of the world with little pushpins in it.

It's half way to the widget in Newton, works flawlessly and looks like part of the OS—just the kind of program I like...

Saturday, April 09, 2005

That's 9413 Nautical Miles to You and Me...

Friday, April 08, 2005

Bored on those Long Flights? Get Lower!

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Sidenote...

The screenshot tells most of the story. Touch the left side of the screen for the drawer to slide out and then write a quick note which is auto-saved. You can also drag text and images there.

As well as being a cool gadget—it just looks great, which is always a plus.

You can find it by searching on versiontracker...

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Prepare To Get Dizzy...

Looks Like Pop Up Headlights Are Finally Dead

New MX-5 (or Miata). The big question is: Will the flares make it to production?

Monday, April 04, 2005

iLife 05

Today I installed the new iLife 05 suite. So far I have only seriously checked out iPhoto, which is a great improvement; I can now do most of the kinds of things that I like to do to tweak photos, without having to install Photoshop or one of its derivatives. Naturally, Photoshop does a whole lot more: artistic filters, layers, better selection capabilities and so on—but iPhoto will certainly suffice for now.

Here's the feature I most wanted and it works a treat. When you slide the temperature control the separate colors of the histogram move about. When they're more or less merged then the white balance is corrected; sort of like setting the midtone gray point in Photoshop, only you don't need something gray to get a sample off. As a matter of fact, everything that you adjust changes the shape of the histograms in real time — very educational...

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Styley Stuff Weblog...