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October 20, 2004

All fired up.

Taking a few random kicks at uniplatform, hegemonic muck is a worthwhile cause anytime of the year, but helping promote the launch of an browsing alternative designed to knock Internet Explorer’s teeth out to the curb… well, that’s even better. If you’d like to add a bit of your own grease to the wheel, head … Read the rest of this item

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.

November 14, 2003

The short answer.

There’s plenty to be said for being succinct when it comes to providing technical information for a software product. Some people get overwhelmed when confronted with too much detail and jargon. Personally, I prefer the verbose release notes from folks like Bare Bones to the ultraminimalist documentation of other (nameless) software companies. For example, examine … Read the rest of this item

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.

January 31, 2003

Roadside assistance.

Steve Comrie, of pseudodictionary fame, kindly emailed me a hint regarding yesterday’s CPAN installation issue. Based on the error message I posted, he suggested that I install the File::Spec module, seeing that it’s a prerequisite module to have in place prior to CPAN attempting to update itself. It was apparent, at least to Steve, that … Read the rest of this item

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.

January 16, 2003

Mo’ hack? Mottek.

The indubitable Eckhart Koppen, developer of impossible software wonders, has started a new weblog dedicated to hacking the Newton. Mottek means “hammer” in a certain German dialect and loosely refers to the Hammer debugger used in developing for the ARM processor found in Newton devices. So what’s Eckhart got up his sleeve? I don’t know, … Read the rest of this item

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.

November 19, 2002

FinderPop go boom.

Before I commit to making the jump over to OS X, I’ve been on this sporadic quest to locate those little software nuggets that will afford me the same level of utility and convenience as I’m used to under OS 9. One of those nuggets is FinderPop. As contextual menu enhancements go, it’s usefulness teeters … Read the rest of this item

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October 15, 2002

The department of redundancy department.

Ah, what wondrously cryptic dispatches lie just beneath the surface of modern software. Not only is the phrase “Portable Document Format File Format” a fine example of descriptive over-exuberance (not unlike the Beach Boys tune which waxes lyrical on the populous fashion of wearing huarache sandals), but I find the whole idea of having an … Read the rest of this item

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.

June 18, 2002

MailSmithery

What am I getting myself into? I wasn’t looking to change over to a new email client. Really, I wasn’t. But the consumer in me was enticed enough by the offer of the O’Reilly AppleScript in a Nutshell book being bundled with the current version of Mailsmith to actually crack open the wallet and place … Read the rest of this item

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.

February 14, 2002

Turned on. Tuned in.

Don’t you just love it when someone proves a point through sheer pluck and attitude? More specifically, someone demonstrates that a seemingly dead and abandoned technology can be dragged kicking and screaming into the present. What the heck am I yammering on about? Please direct your attention to the inaugural release of Eric Schneck’s iTunes … Read the rest of this item

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.

January 31, 2001

MacHTTP lives!

Somewhere around four years ago, before I moved this site onto the Quadra 950 that’s running the show right now, I used MacHTTP on a cute little IIcx with an infinitesimal 8MB of memory. MacHTTP was the original web server software for the Mac and after a six year hiatus, it seems to have resurfaced … Read the rest of this item

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.

August 31, 2000

A wrench in the works.

Another hopeful new media project bites the dust. Over a year ago, I purchased a charter subscription to the SprocketWorks product because it looked like an innovatively designed and highly visual, interactive tool that my kids could get into. These guys used Shockwave in very clean, efficient, and effective way that grabbed my attention. Today, … Read the rest of this item

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.

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