Archive for August, 2009

Safari on SL is snappy, snaps your fingers like 3GS

August 31, 2009

Safari is snappy, real snappy. I like it. Tab switching, navigation, launching of RSS feeds all happen as soon as I execute the command to, just like how it is on the 3GS. A pretty good speed bump I must say.

And best of all, it has nothing to do with 64-bit. I’m running my Safari at 32-bit for all my 3rd party plugins to work.

Must be GDC, OpenCL and the other what-nots at work.

WiFi icon on Snow Leopard setup

August 31, 2009

I’ve just noticed that the Snow Leopard setup shows the WiFi icon on the menu bar. Then I thought, since I can have WiFi, why not just include Safari in the setup? Maybe even Mail, and iTunes, so at least I can entertain myself while waiting for the damned thing to finish.

What the flip, white cat

August 30, 2009

Seriously, what the flip. Being the first Mac OS to be “fully 64-bit”, and the best feature should be its 64-bit support. However, 64-bit has been a disappointment so far, for me at least.

It is confusing. At one look, I have no idea whether a program is running at 32-bit or 64-bit, and if I should even bother. 32-bit apps work, but 32-bit addons don’t run on 64-bit apps. My add-ons for Safari stopped working, and the only way to get them to work again is to run Safari in 32-bit. Simple things like 32-bit screen savers totally stop working. The kernel has to run at 32-bit for legacy 32-bit drivers or every damn peripheral made by someone other than Apple will stop working.

This makes Snow Leopard not any more 64-bit than Leopard was. The only difference is that the system apps are 64-bit. Not even the iLife apps are 64-bit. And yet, there are much more compatibility issues compared to the transistions of PPC to Intel, or Tiger to Leopard.

I am only falling in love with Snow Leopard for the new Dock Expose, the more responsive Finder, and its more finished look. Other than that, the so-called underlying improvements have been a bag of hurt so far.

Oh no.

August 28, 2009

I was categorising my posts just now, and I realised most of my posts fall under geek. This is bad.

I need to talk about more human things..

Or I can just port all the Geek posts over to the new tech blog! Oh well win-win.

Mac OS X Throughout the Years

August 27, 2009

Gosh this is so cute. With the impending drop of 10.6 any time now, TwistedMac did an article walking through OS X throughout the years, from Public Beta to 10.0 through 10.5. Almost a decade of OS Xs.

Read it here.

I wonder what happens at 10.10..

I am going to start a tech blog!

August 27, 2009

And I need names. Geoff please help!

Basically it will be a blog that talks about tech stuff, anything that requires elbow grease, and basically fun stuff. Expect much ranting and sarcasm.

And probably, lots of Apple stuff as well.

Something like lifehacker meets gizmodo meets god knows what else..

I will be starting this with Jem, and so far we are going to have topics ranging from Apple (duh), to making schnapps, to basic electronics (V=IR), to cars, to DIY..

The main difference is that this blog will be more SG centric, so instead of radioshack we will have sim lim tower, instead of wallmart we will have carrefour, instead of apple NYC we will have singtel commcentre.

I’m also hoping that geoff can be part of this as well. As a guest contributor, why not man.

We can leverage wordpress for blog hosting, YouTube for video hosting, and maybe dropbox for file hosting..

And totally leverage our iPhones (Jem excluded) to do this at anytime, anywhere, whenever we are free or feel like it.

All we need now is a name. Exciting!

OMG THIS IS SO FUCKING COOL

August 27, 2009

I CAN IMPORT MY OLD BLOG INTO THIS ONE. :O :O :O

Testing comments display

August 27, 2009

If you look on the right I have 2 different ways to display comments: one is WP’s built in comments, the other is via an RSS feed.

The built in one is not customisable, it does not show the contents of the comments, but it doesn’t take up much space.

The RSS feed is more customisable, it is able to show the contents of the comments, but it takes up quite a bit of space, especially if the comments are long.

Which do you think is better?

D<

August 26, 2009

I have totally no idea what to write about

August 24, 2009

Yes. There I’ve said it. I have a new blog (whoopee) and I have nothing to write about. It’s either I’m not well trained (unlike our dear Geoff) or the interface just totally isn’t conducive.

I do tho, have random things in my head that don’t deserve to have a post on it’s own. So I guess I’ll just clusterfuck everything together now.

Beejive
Most awesome IM client EVER on any mobile device. If Messaging.app (previously SMS.app) is the best SMS program on any mobile device, Beejive would be so for IM.

Why? Maybe because the interface is totally like SMS.app. Maybe because it supports Meta contacts like Adium, so people on my IM show up as real people with real names. Maybe because it just works.

9.99USD putting you off? Why pay for an IM app when there are free ones? Well, why pay for an iPhone when you can get $0 phones? You pay peanuts and you get monkeys. Beejive is worth every dollar. In fact its push service is so stable I actually feel bad that I’m only paying them 10 bucks for life.

Wanna get it via appulous? Well go ahead, try the app for 2 weeks before they lock you out. Then you have to buy it, AND email them with your UUID, AND wait for them to pat you on the head for not stealing. 15SGD isn’t a lot of money. A beer costs $15.

Chrome
It’s pretty damn good you know? Not on the Mac, I would (obviously) stick to Safari, but on the pc it lets me feel sorta 1/2 way home. Since most of my life is synced with Google anyway, running Google Calendar and Gmail off Gears as web-apps seemed like the most natural thing to do. It’s nowhere near iCal and Mail.app, but 1/2 way is pretty damn good for me in this ugly world filled with start buttons. Anyway, for webkit based browsers in winblows, Gears only works on Chrome.

It is also light and fast enough to run off my thumbdrive, not like Firefox. Firefox takes like a year to start of my thumbdrive. Chrome is snappy. Bloody snappy. Just like Safari.

Google Calendars
It has  caldav support if you don’t know, so syncing events over the air on the iPhone is totally possible. And it follows your calendar colour unlike the Exchange method, which is totally good for me. I hate UI discrepancies. Why do I need this? It’s just easier to create/edit events on iCal and Google Cal than on the phone, and when I open the calendar app on the iPhone, everything will be there.

Twitterrific
Awesome app on the Mac, even more awesome on the iPhone. For once I actually wished the Mac version had the features of the iPhone version. Yes the iPhone version has more features. Don’t believe? Go try it out. Its ads are not intrusive as well.

Cbox
I can’t bloody put a chatbox on WP. WHY WHY WHY D: