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December 25, 2005

well done software sales

I recently ditched my palm tungsten e2 for a new treo 650. I was using the palm, but tiring of hooking up the usb cable to my little samsung phone to get net access that i could only really use on my laptop. Anyway, i bought a treo. It is a happy-making device.

Since palm support on the mac is a bit sketchy, i did some research and read some really positive review of the new Mark/Space Missing Sync for OS X. I used their software a couple of years ago with my first palm phone. It was pretty nice then, and the only option for syncing that phone with my mac.

I was happy to see that they offered me upgrade pricing even though i haven't purchased anything from them in over 2 years. They have a nice little form on their site that asks for your email address. If they have it, they send you a link for the discounted purchase price on their newest software. Super simple and super nice. If only more companies would make things that simple.

March 2, 2004

Basecamp Initial Impressions & Extended Review

I have started to use the new project management system Basecamp from the fine folks at 37signals. I am very much impressed with the system, but I do have a couple of complaints. While usability may be their forte security certainly is not. I have a couple of suggestions for the developers, and a whole heap o' praise.

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February 27, 2004

cool fire(bird|fox) extension

well, since i have a list of to-dos about 93,000,000 miles long, I never got around to fixing a problem that i find frustrating. Namely, I find it frustrating when people or websites don't put anchor tags around a URL. This means that you have to copy and paste the URL into the address bar to go there. Kinda defeats the purpose.

Anyway, some kind sould make the Select Search browser extension for firefox and firebird. This does exactly what i want. I can highlight a URL and right click to point my web browser to that URL. Nice. It even defaults to opening the URL in a new tab that does not have the focus. Very sweet.

January 26, 2004

iLife 04

I just installed iLife 04 from apple and here are my initial thoughts:
iPhoto
The import process from my iPhoto3 library somehow found 56 "recovered" files. Huh? 34 of them were apparently completely transparent and had no relation to files on disc. Odd. Performance was kinda spotty. I was expecting speed, but it was kinda choppy. Will be giving it another spin tomorrow. It did let me browse all 25000 songs from my iTunes collection in no time at all. First time I tried loading that bad boy up in iPhoto3 i thought my machine had crashed. I will post more about iTunes stupid XML format later.

iTunes
Ok. Nothing changed. See above comment on stupid XML format.

iMovie
Again, same zippiness with the iTunes library, plus the extra basic features are nice. I often use iMovie to capture troublesome miniDV tapes that final cut balks at, and the extra trimming features are a welcome addition.

iDVD
This program is sooooooooooooooo wonderful. The included themes are superb, but I could do without the apple logo on them. (that is a preference, and a dumb one at that. I did see an artist at last year's Art Chicago that forgot to turn it off. He/she was selling DVDs for lots of money with the little logo on them. ;) ). The DVD map feature looks neat, but I haven't tried it. I should learn how to make templates for iDVD.

GarageBand (iRawk?!?!)
GarageBand is very, very nice. A friend of mine has already laid down 11 tracks in it! I just dabbled and recorded some "twinkle, twinkle little star" on the keyboard. The sound synthesis is excellent and it is very easy to use. And ya gotta love the wood borders. ;)

Ok. Enough apple praise. Look for a rant tomorrow.

January 9, 2004

simply stunning

Now, I love Apple. I have been happily using their Keynote software and am very happy that they are supporting open standards and XML throught OS X.
I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the Keynote speech this year by Steve Jobs. After watching a presentation that was simply stunning in its robotic dullness by Roz Ho from Microsoft, a slide came up that took my breath away.
Simply Stunning
Umm. Yeah. Come on. I think he did this last year, too. This slide introduced the video about the massive new supercomputer at Virginia Tech. This could have simply been skipped. Fade into the video and be done with it. That is not the most impressive way to demonstrate your great presentation software. ;)
Update: here is another winner.
Just as good.

February 18, 2003

i love portfolio

well, I finally got around to re-indexing my image cds. I am done with 13 of 50+ and I have already found images for new pieces and old images that simply need to be printed.
Too bad Canto has been so damn slow with the OS X conversion. Oh well. Screw em.
Now if only portfolio had more keyboard shortcuts.
I still need to start on my own app to index video files and generate batch capture lists. The stuff I have seen for this focuses solely on logging and then capturing. I want to be able to search for subclips in my archived, off-line tape captures and generate FCP projects for those files.
Hmmm. This post is not particularly all together. Kinda scattered today.....

February 10, 2003

digging into movable type

aside from being a great way to keep a notebook/journal of my current state of mind, movable type is a great little perl application.

I am starting to break it down and see what makes it tick.

From a web design perspective, they have done everything right. XHTML compliance, stylesheets for the design, etc. I haven't looked far enough to see if the actual application is as flexible.

What I like the most about MT is that it is built around a set of custom modules. This is the model I want to look into more deeply. A mod_perl approach would be great, but obviously require more configuration when the application is deployed.

I will update as I dig into it.