As you might already know, Apple Computer turns 30 tomorrow. While I doubt Apple will be doing anything to celebrate, you can bet we will at least be gazing at our Needmore Navels in reflection.
If you’re looking for something festive to do, you might enjoy news.com’s retrospective – especially the photo galleries with the interface evolution and that crazy picture of the Apple I. Did it really look like that?!?
Hey Portland! Team Noboto (that’s us) is mixing music and video at Ingredients – a night full of music, free stuff and 16 original music videos created in the previous 24 hrs by local artist teams using only audio and video samples. The free event is at Holocene – April 15th, 9 pm. Hope to see you there!
Check out the Ingredients website (our donation to the event) – more information will be posted over the next weeks!
You should never really trust a company whose primary business is registering domain names. Companies like Network Solutions, Register.com, and GoDaddy come to mind. Avoid them. We use Joker or 1&1, although I would never ever recommend the latter for hosting or anything like that.
Thing is, we have a client who has set up an extra domain that isn’t going to be working for a few weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to just point the new name to the old host, or something like that. Register.com will do this, but they force a banner ad to show up for the rest of the site visit! If you want the ad to go away, they charge an extra $50. This, on top of their already high prices.
Maybe that’s what you have to do to stay in business as a Domain Registrar. If so, that’s not a business I would want to be in. I’m not used to such dealings, I’m used to paying a flat rate and being able to do what I want with my domain names.
We didn’t really see something like this coming, but Kat Ortland of SEOmoz has done a great job putting together the self-proclaimed Web 2.0 Awards. While opinions of these sites will certainly differ, as will the exact definition of the term “Web 2.0,” it’s a great collection of well-presented links and information.
I have a 23 inch Apple Cinema HD Display, and love it. It makes work fun. This is the only thing of mine you will hear me brag about. The only display that could be better would be the 230 inch Apple Cinema HD Display, but they do not make those yet.
Well, I do have one little complaint. One teeny tiny little complaint. There are three touch sensitive areas on the right that go brighter, dimmer, and one that is supposed to turn off your computer. Why, when I press this button, does it give me a menu of choices on-screen? Sure, I can hit Return to select Shut Down, the default. Presumably the purpose of this is to save you from accidentally touching your display and turning your computer off. But it seems more logical to have that button put your computer to sleep. No need to ask questions, really, people will figure it out. But to have it pop up a question on my screen, imploring me to go grab my mouse to make a selection, seems utterly silly.
This reminds me a lot of the vestigial help key on my keyboard. What does it do, exactly? Did it ever really do anything? Why don’t they make it do something?
The San Francisco Chronicle has posted six MP3 interviews with various Apple luminaries in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the company, this coming April 1st. Fun listening if you’re an Apple geek like we are!
The ongoing (3+ years now!) delays of Windows Vista have become rather comic. In this time period, Apple has released at least three solid OS upgrades, and Microsoft is unable to get a single one out the door. The latest round is particularly upsetting to PC retailers, as it means they will be unable to get the new Windows on their computers before Christmas. Which is going to seriously hurt.
Thing is, the reaction is dramatic, not just because of Microsoft’s broken promises to PC makers and customers alike, but because they seem to be making bigger mistakes in response to their problems. They have gone so far as to pull programmers from the Xbox and other projects to put them on Windows Vista. Sorry, but that sounds like something right out of The Mythical Man-Month – throw more programmers at a project that has fallen behind schedule. Know what that does? Historically, it delays the project even further.
So it looks as though Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” is even going to ship before Vista, much to Apple’s glee, and will even run on Intel processors out of the box. How long before Microsoft abandons Vista and just buys the rights to Mac OS X?!?
More and more often you run across sites that just blatantly steal the designs of other sites. In the case of the redesign of SimpleBits, the website of Dan Cederholm, it took about eight days.
The Internet is too small a place to get away with that.
It becomes really easy to get to the top of a Google keyword search when you spell something wrong. Take Gullery by Geoffrey Grosenbach. Or Noboto. Or Flickr or even Google itself. If you type in one of these words, your first search result is almost guaranteed to be the website itself.
You could save yourself a lot of marketing dollars by misspelling the name of your business or product!
The term man page probably sounds strange to many, so this bears a bit of explanation. When one has their Terminal open and is hacking around a bit, one needs to know how to use the commands. There are literally thousands of commands available on your Mac, very powerful commands, all with a very obscure syntax. Generally, you can get information about a command by typing in
man commandname. This is really helpful, but it interrupts your workflow, and the Terminal is admittedly not the best place to view documentation.
But Safari is! Just grab Bwana and install it in your
/Applications/Utilities folder. Now, instead of typing in
man command at the command line, type in
man:command in Safari. Just like that, a beautiful man page you can keep open while you work.