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October 22, 2008

OS9. WTF? VNC. FTW!

No, you’re not seeing things … that’s a small sliver of 4D’s WebStar 4.4 running under OS 9 (9.1 to be exact, not Classic). This post could be simple documentation of my attempt to unify the administration of the servers residing in my basement. That would be absolutely true. But in all honesty, I’m just … Read the rest of this item

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December 29, 2006

Several years late and a dollar short.

MacNN reports that Big Blue has finally released an OS X-savvy version of its venerable Lotus Notes collaboration suite. The press release states: “ … with IBM Lotus Notes 7.0.2 for OS X, Mac users have the collaboration power they’ve been waiting for … ” Mac users? As in multiple? Shouldn’t that read “ … … Read the rest of this item

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November 21, 2006

Final eviction notice.

Early adoption is for masochists. Cohesive workflow and performance comes from being stubborn, sticking with what you know, and not drifting away from your comfort zone. Those who blindly accept and implement change are weak and tend to bend to peer pressure. Yeah, ok. Whatever. Six months ago I was done rationalizing. Enough dragging of … Read the rest of this item

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October 3, 2006

That showroom shine.

Well, adjust my tracking and call me Caslon. Adobe finally freshens up their languishing type products page, renaming it the Adobe Type Showroom. However, once again they’ve neglected to add any new typefaces in the process. The pimped-out, pop-up type browser interface is kinda nice, as is the Flash®-based OpenType tour, but where’s the stuff … Read the rest of this item

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November 28, 2005

More fog, less flab.

As promised, the mighty folks at Fontlab shipped Fontographer for Mac OS X. I will sound like an incurably desperate type geek when I say this, but… I can’t even begin to express my pleasure surrounding this event. I really can’t. There’s a discussion to peruse over at Typophile and a demo version to download … Read the rest of this item

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October 28, 2005

Finder poppin’ good.

Sweet mother of crap. After several years in software stasis (and quite frankly stating that he wasn’t even working on Macs anymore…) the indubitably talented Turly has resurfaced with an OS X savvy version of FinderPop. This contextual menu extension still makes my life more pleasant during those regressions back to OS 9 and Classic … Read the rest of this item

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May 9, 2005

The Fontographer’s new clothes.

In a surprising bit of news, Fontlab Ltd. announced that as of today the veritable type design tool Fontographer has a new place to call home. Not only do the makers of the coincidentally named Fontlab software intend to support existing Fontographer users, they also plan on continuing development — at least to the point … Read the rest of this item

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March 16, 2005

Dion gone wrong.

Oh no! What has Celine done with the rest of the Belmonts? That’s no teenager in love by any stretch of the imagination. This afternoon, my iTunes playlist appeared to have been infiltrated by some unwanted Francophone audio dreckage. Fortunately, it wasn’t a terminal affliction. I grabbed this screen capture of Synergy displaying the wrong … Read the rest of this item

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March 14, 2005

Random submenuism.

I’m sure that I’m not the only person who has noticed the wonderfully random (if not playful) way in which applications are sorted in the Open With… contextual menu found in Apple Mail. The image below only hints at the mad scramble of menu items that appear when I control click on an image file … Read the rest of this item

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March 8, 2005

Today’s menu.

For future reference, here’s an impressive (but not necessarily complete) list of OS X menubar items with the requisite descriptions and links. I’m rather sobered by how many of these handy little doodads I actually use right now. Three third-party extras that I could not possibly live without are Synergy for iTunes control, ASM for … Read the rest of this item

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