Favorite Mac freeware

A last minute entry into freemacware.com’s contest, listing your 5 most favored freeware apps. Their list is quite extensive, and I’ve found several apps I didn’t know about, but for the most part, these are the ones I use day in and day out. (I can’t say these are in any particular order)

  1. Cyberduck – a super great FTP client, that works hand in hand with several text editors and CSS Edit to allow editing files directly on the server
  2. Smultron – my text editor of choice. As noted, it works flawlessly with Cyberduck
  3. Growl – A sytem wide notification app, that works with numerous apps, including cyberduck to notify you when a file’s been up/down loaded, in itunes when a new song plays, can set up a gmail or mail notifier, and numerous other apps all with an unobtrusive faded in box in the upper right corner
  4. Adium – my IM app of choice. I don’t do IM with a lot of different people, however, I do a lot of work with people all of the world, so having AOL, yahoo and gtalk all in the same app makes it quite easy to connect with a client in their IM of choice
  5. VooDoo Pad lite – A fantastic note app, that works like a little wiki right on your desktop. I really love how I can make a table of contents type page, and then create “links” to new pages. I can really simply, and quickly organize a project this way. Also supports drag and drop functionality too, so I can drag an image to a page, a link generally anything. I’ve seriously thought about purchasing the “pro” version, or what ever they call it, simply because I use the app so much.

Some other apps I use/recommend are obviously firefox, as well as vienna and flickr export an iphoto plugin that allows quick and easy sharing of your photos via flickr.

If I’ve missed a great app, I’d love to know about it.

Letter to Apple Support (kottke.org)

Letter to Apple Support (kottke.org)
How often did I hear this lament during the short time I worked at Apple. “I just bought my iPod 5 weeks ago…Why didn’t you tell me that a new powerbook would be out 2 weeks after Christmas..” All of which you couldn’t tell customers, even though you were reading the rumor sites, and knew an update of some kind would be forthcoming, but company rules forbade you from discussing that with customers, because, after all, “they’re just rumors”. Occassionally, Apple will allow for a return if it’s within a time frame, and the customer can then pay the difference of the new product and the old.
But regarding Kottke’s dilemma, the macbook pro is taking orders starting today, but the question is when will it ship. He, like many others who found a powerbook on the shelf, or got one shipped, probably knew the intel laptops were on the horizon, whether or not they were going to be a “pro” level release first may not have been leaked, but by summer, most thought. Which is when I’m guessing most who don’t order this week will get their hands on the new machine anyway. So as I said, the question is, did they need the machine before, say, April? Or could they have squeaked out 6 more months to see what happens. And though I’m a firm believer in Apple’s products, I’m not unfamiliar with the chances that a bad egg can come down the pipe at anytime, and those who purchase the the macbook pro will be bitching they wished they had bought a G4 powerbook. So it’s a gamble, and Apple’s been fairly straightfoward with running out new machines or updates every 6 months. So chances are, by June there will be a macbook home with similar specs as today’s announcement, for $600 less. And on a side note, I’m guessing someone of Jason Kottke’s stature just might get their exchange.

And if not, Jason, we can talk when you’re ready to sell that g4 used….

When Things Are Going Good…

When things are going good, they are really good. I can’t say a bad thing about my life right now, looking forward to my classes, have a great paying job lined up that starts in a month, doing some cool stuff on the web, just over all good. So my printer went out. An Epson 5400 all-in-one. Bought it about 16 months ago for $130 after rebates. But we bought the 2 year warranty. So, I go to trade it in today, and obviously the 5400 is an older model. They’ve got the 6600. Ok, they credit me the $150, the 6600 is $189 after instant rebate. Eh, $39 isn’t bad. But wait. There are some mail in rebates. How much you ask. $110 worth!!! So, I pay $80 out of my pocket today, will get $110 back within 6 weeks, have a brand new printer, and a 2 year no questions asked warranty. Sweet!
Even without the trade in deal, you can get that printer for $79 through the 26th of August at CompUSA. Still not a bad deal.

“Blank” WordPress Theme

I’m offering up an updated, beta version here.

So, as I’ve begun designing WordPress themes, I found the tutorial over at Urban Giraffe invaluable. They walk you through the dissection of the default Kubrick theme, how to strip it down to bare bones, and start with a blank style sheet. Now that I’ve done that a couple of times, I decided it would be nice to have all the work done, and be able to have all the template files cleaned, as well as a style sheet with all the divs and classes there, simply without the style.
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