Archive for the ‘Mac’ Category

Me and My iPad

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

I’ve got a bunch of posts queued up that are almost ready for publishing, but I thought I’d toss this out there, since I’m using it now to type this post.

I preordered an iPad, with the excuse of needing it for work, but we all know I would have gotten it anyway. I’m already impressed just by the apps people developed without even having access to the device. I’ve been watching movies on Netflix, sketching with Adobe Ideas, and now writing this. Typing is nice, even if there’s no Dvorak layout on the thing.

I’m surprised that there still seems the be no keychain syncing — I’m still typing in passwords to everything I’ve already got stored on my Macs and iPhone. And the lack of third-party multitasking is more frustrating here than on the iPhone, but still not that bad — and thankfully it’s training developers to write applications that don’t lose data when they crash, and that can remember what you were doing when you quit.

With any luck, this will cut down on me dragging my laptop around everywhere. There are no dev tools on here (of course), but a decent VNC client might make that moot. Maybe I’ll even manage to post here a bit more often …

What the iPhone earbuds don\’t do

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

when plugged into my MacBook:

  • pause/play iTunes,
  • accept/close voice chats, and
  • work as a microphone at all.

Also the A/V 1/8\”->RCA cable that I got for my old iPod and iBook doesn\’t transmit video when plugged into the MacBook. It also doesn\’t even plug into the iPhone. It was one of my favorite accessories, but now the yellow plug just dangles uselessly as a reminder of what once was.

Apple\’s overall impressive level of integration and convergence just makes their misses all the more glaring.

Big Pretty and the Weapon of Math Instructions

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Last Wednesday, my 30\” Cinema Display showed up. Yeah, that\’s big. On Thursday, my dual 2.7 GHz G5 PowerMac arrived, too. I\’m like a kid in a friggin\’ candy store. Basically, I just want to start compiling code, while running 5 Emacs frames side-by-side. Yeah, 5 frames, 80 columns, 10 pt. I\’m a text-editing powerhouse now. Power. House. I don\’t know what I\’ll do with five frames there (which will probably also be split into multiple buffers. Maybe I\’ll work on getting SLIME to open its debugger next to the REPL, instead of below it. Here\’s how I see it happening:


You think I\’m kidding, don\’t you? Well, I\’m not! Ok, maybe I won\’t have one big lump of 15 windows, but I definitely will have some preconfigured groups of four and five for various purposes. But what else will I do with all this CPU and soooooooo many pixels? Why, make techno, of course.


Oh man, oh man, oh man. Time to play.

?ber-Universal Remote

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

In his Airport Express Review, Todd Dominey pines for a remote: \”I\’m imagining a simple remote with an iPod-like LCD that can display all the general iTunes track info and interface controls.\”

A much better solution already exists.