Archive for the 'Apple' Category

Take flight with your iPhone

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

My good friend, top code monkey and bloody nice bloke Bobbin Threadbare of Hidden Games has just released his first game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Air Cadets is a fun little 3D arcade style flying game, designed from the outset to be quick and easy to learn and play. The 3D graphics push [...]

Attention to detail

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Apple’s attention to detail is one of the things that separates OS X from Windows. Tiny touches that take time and thought to implement, are almost never seen, but make the whole Apple experience a little more user friendly. One such example that I encountered recently was while applying system updates on my Macbook. I [...]

Aikido calendar

Friday, October 7th, 2005

If you use the OS X calendar application iCal, and are a member of the Phoenix Aikido Club, I have transferred the Phoenix event calendar to iCal. You can view the published calendar, or if you are on OS X you can subscribe directly. If you subscribe to the calendar, you can set the refresh [...]

Taking my tablet

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Somehow, I managed to overlook the fact that Wacom have released a new driver for older Intuos tablets like mine. I’m pleased to see that they have finally ditched the clunky old OS 9 style control panel for a swanky Aqua Preference Pane (about time too). The release notes (PDF) list several other changes to [...]

Breaking Windows

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

Apparently, if you are using Windows and you visit this page, it will crash your computer. Not just the browser. All of it. That’s right, a single web page can bring down the whole Operating System. It seems that even the robust Firefox browser is not immune (which leads me to conclude the flaw is [...]

Quicksilver gets bigger claws

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

I have yet another reason to be excited about the arrival of Tiger (fingers crossed it gets here tomorrow). As well as all the goodies in the new version of OS X, a new beta of the indispensable Quicksilver should be available shortly after Tiger (officially) hits the shelves. The developer of Quicksilver (who goes [...]

Something stripy this way comes

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Woot! I’ve had my dispatch notification from Apple. Tiger is on it’s way! With a major OS release like this, I have a tried and tested strategy for upgrading: I maintain two partitions on my “main” hard-drive (I have another physical hard-drive that I use for all my work files). One partition (called “Boot”) holds [...]

Au Revoir Rendezvous

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

MacMinute reports that Apple have renamed their Rendezvous network technology to Bonjour, after a trademark dispute with TIBCO Software. I’m sure someone at Apple thought that maintaining the French language connection was a good idea, but Bonjour really is a crap name.

Software update frenzy

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

Blimey! I ran Software Update from my admin account this morning and found 5 updates waiting for my attention: iDVD 5.0.1 Update (2.6MB) iMovie HD 5.0.2 Update (2.7MB) iPhoto 5.0.2 Update (5.5MB) iSight Update 1.0.3 (980 KB) Mac OS X 10.3.9 Update (51.3MB) All these have installed without any problems. I did have to run [...]

The wonderful thing about Tiger

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Apple have announced the release of OS X 10.4, known as Tiger. This is a much anticipated update to the already excellent OS X, and has some really exciting new features like Spotlight, Core Image, and much improved .Mac synching. So exciting are these new features, I’ve already pre-ordered my copy, and will soon start [...]