Mac OS X


January 12, 2006

I’ve been a BBEdit user for more than a decade, and consider it one of the finest pieces of software I’ve ever used. But a new text editing application, TextMate, has me re-evaluating my loyalty. I hope to make 2006 the year I achieve “text editing zen,” and I think TextMate is the application to help me do it.

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iPod 101

December 28, 2005

There’s not much about audiobooks (except how to buy them in the iTMS), but Apple’s new iPod 101 is likely to be an extremely useful resource to all the many visitors who are coming here after getting an iPod for Xmas.

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For SaleSold!: PowerMac G4 dual-800MHz

September 19, 2005

Just a quick note in case anyone is interested, I am selling off my old Mac (a PowerMac G4 with 1 gig of RAM and a large, fast SCSI disk; more details in the listing) on

All things considered, I’d rather sell to someone I know, so if you’re interested, let me know. (Quickly, it’ll surely sell this week.)

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Medicine (the restaurant)

August 31, 2005

Rochelle and I ate lunch today at a new restaurant called Medicine. The food is Japanese Zen monk vegan, called “new-shojin”. The flavors are delicate, subtle, and quite good once your brain and palate adjust. And I thought I was at the Apple Store.

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Importing MP3 audiobooks into iTunes

August 29, 2005

Our preferred method for obtaining audiobooks is from Second is from the public library. Third is buying them on MP3 CDs.

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PGP Desktop manual proxy configuration for Mac OS X

August 11, 2005

I upgraded to PGP Desktop 9 because the new version would finally work with Eudora on Mac OS X. All I had to do was install the new version, reboot, and the new automatic mode began immediately discovering and auto-enabling my email accounts as I used them.

Unfortunately, the automatic mode doesn’t work so well if you are also using some kind of network tunnel, such as a VPN or ssh port forwarding, which is increasingly common for me as I take the laptop to clients or on the road. I thought I would document the configuration of manual proxy mode for Mac OS X users, since I found the documentation light in this area.

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Subscribing to Podcasts in iTunes

July 12, 2005

Phillip Torrone’s Audible does Podcasts – the complete guide is a nice write-up of a new feature at that supports the automatic download of periodic audible content. Although his article uses the very nice iPodder application to demonstrate the features, there’s no reason why you can’t use the built-in podcasting features of iTunes 4.9. Here are instructions and a couple of screenshots.

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The inevitable Apple on Intel post

June 10, 2005

Since I write about Mac OS X so often, it seems mandatory to post something about Apple’s announcement this week that they would be moving the Macintosh platform to use Intel microprocessors. Most of the insights and big ideas about this have already been written, so my thoughts are mostly about, well, me.

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Dell 20″ Flat Panel under $500 $400

May 24, 2005

A while back I took advantage of a special running at Dell, to get one of these 20.1” flat panel LCD displays. It arrived a week later, and I’ve been using it as a second monitor off my laptop since then. The quality of the display is terrific. I dunno about doing color-calibrated print work, but as just extra screen space (which I’ve found I absolutely need to do web development productively), it’s spectacular, and makes the built-in screen on my laptop seem dingy by comparison.

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Importing audio book CDs into iTunes

May 8, 2005

Rochelle and I have fallen in love with listening to books on our iPods. We’ve signed up for two books a month through, and for me, that pace is actually pretty good. Rochelle goes through them faster, though, and recently started going to the SF Public Library to get more books to listen to. Importing them onto an iPod is not terribly intuitive. This post describes what I think is a fairly optimal process, using only iTunes to do the importing.

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Cocoa Eudora?

May 2, 2005

Michael Tsai brought to my attention that QUALCOMM is rewriting Eudora to update it to the latest Mac OS X technologies, etc. While it is exciting to know that Eudora for Mac OS is still supported by QUALCOMM, and even being modernized, I hope that QUALCOMM is appropriately cautious about making gratuitous UI changes. It may not be pretty, but the interface is highly usable.

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The definitive Tiger review

April 28, 2005

John Siracusa has written his usual tour de force review of a major Mac OS X release, this time for Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger”. For the technical Mac OS X user, and OS geeks in general, it does not get any better than Siracusa’s reviews.

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