Thursday Mar 20, 2008

Moving on

As of March 14th, I am no longer with Sun.   Please visit my new blog for all updates.

Thursday Jan 24, 2008

mail.app, offline, BAD, mmkay?

A warning and complaint to all:


Offline support in Mail.app in 10.5.1 (and 10.5.0) is a DISASTER!
Actions performed offline (filing) DO NOT get synced when you connect
back up. Further, every time you send a message it warns you that
you're not connected! I lost 2 hours of email work on the plane.
Apparently only 50% of the 40 emails I sent actually found their way
out, I can't tell what is what, and who has seen whom. It's a disaster.
DO NOT USE mail.app for offline.


darn it.

Monday Jan 21, 2008

Mac Software Bundle

Yes, it appears to be a bad deal for the developer. It's a great deal for the user though.

The MacHeist software bundle takes 14 apps and sells them for 90% off - $49 total. And that's a real discount - not some ginzu knife discount. I personally had purchased 1passwd in the past for the indicated price. I've already received my money's worth - Snapz Pro X is a great way to do screencasts, and costs $69 alone.

Ensuring they are buzzword compliant, they also have a viral marketing aspect - refer people to recieve additional software. Clearly they're roped me in to it. Finally, it's marketing genius that they give 25% of the order to charity - help you assuge your guilt somehow? Turn buying into a community action? Either way, it's really worth checking out, and taking advantage of. The deal ends Wednesday.

Referral link - MacHeist
Direct link - MacHeist

Saturday Oct 27, 2007

Spotlight, now with usefulness added in too!

Upgraded to Leopard last night. (BTW, drove by the Palo Alto Apple store on the way home, where there was a ~100 person line @ 6 waiting for the store to reopen. For an OS. Apple, please rub some juju on me too). As you can imagine, there are thousands of people pontificating all over the web. I haven't seen anyone cover the one change that means the world to me: Spotlight and mail.

Previously, searching for mail was tedious. My standard M.O. involves remembering that Steve sent me an email with a presentation in it, but not really remembering anything else. It used to be, I created a "smart folder" for email from steve, then searched that folder for emails to me or that contained a presentation. Not exactly useful.Now, just type: "from:steve to:oren odp" (yeah, I use neooffice/staroffice) and I've got my results. This is the way google desktop, MSN desktop, and even ancient Lookout search all worked. It's been the ONE thing I've really missed in my switch to a mac, and now it's here! I'm such a loser - but this made the $120 upgrade totally worth it. Doesn't hurt that spotlight is now blazing fast too.

Tuesday Oct 16, 2007

Macgyver your way out of darkness

I totally need to break down at night and try this. Not that I ever carry a pencil. Or would want to rip out the speaker wire from my car. Maybe I'll just make sure to carry a flashlight with me instead.

Wednesday Aug 22, 2007

Managed EC2

I'm fairly obsessed with Amazon EC2. Some of the coolest stuff I've seen people doing:

Wednesday Apr 18, 2007

Manage those contacts

It turns out there are a lot of people in the world.

Duh. Anyway, it also turns out that info about those people is important, and being able to share it with coworkers even more so. Web 2.0 gods 37signals put out an amazing contact manager a month ago. Highrise is really the perfect solution for some of the things one of the small teams I'm working in tries to do - share some contacts, info on who they are, where we met them, and how we might engage in the future.

I love the fact that it isn't the ultimate solution - no outlook plugins, no "live in your contact manager" philosophy like ACT, just a nice and focused approach to contacts.

Happy now Ken?

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