A nice read about facebook's release engineering approach. This should all sound very familiar to Flickr alumni.
A nice read about facebook's release engineering approach. This should all sound very familiar to Flickr alumni.
the macpaint and quickdraw source is available on the computer history museum site
bookmarking for the future: echoprint is a free open-source music fingerprinting system
after effects can be a little unstable
postbox seems interesting. a thunderbird fork with some gmail-like features. anyone using it? [update] it insists on downloading my entire (IMAP) inbox before it lets me look at any mail. my inbox is huge. not going to wait. fail
a little project from last week - iTunesRemote. control iTunes over the web
trying out plex in place of boxee for managing media on my tv-mac-mini. looks pretty nice, especially the media server bridge for itunes (no need to reindex 25k mp3s this time). just wish the media server would allow your indexed catalog to be a source for another machine, so that my media server can index everything and my tv-box and laptops just act as thin clients
the new propellerheads software, record, looks really nicely done. reason plus multi-tracking equals win. but i'd rather they just upgraded reason of course...
birdhouse is a little bit whatever but the intro video is pretty awesome. serious business
aviary is very very well done. the demo videos are pretty well put together. barrier to doing something slick on the web has gone up a lot lately.
has anyone played with stainless as a browser for osx?
songbird finally goes 1.0. congrats guys!
the sysinternals page at microsoft is full of useful utilities for various windows things
JkDefragGUI is a nice front-end to an awesome defragging app for windows. much much better than the built in defragger
diskview is a neat windows app that visualizes folder usage. helped me find the 8GB of useless test video files hanging around
i'm trying out busymac to sync my google calendar to ical so that it gets into mobileme and hence onto my iphone. first few steps seem to have worked - now have to wait for mobileme to sync to the phone to see if it all works. that would be nice [update: it works! at least from gcal to iphone]
wakoopa seems kinda cool. does anyone know if it supports multiple machine profiles?
does anyone know of any good software for creating graphs like this? pc, mac or web based - whatever
dockdrop looks kinda cool. anyone using it?
piracy is bad. don't copy that floppy. keep watching - it gets worse
this apple technote contains a bunch of interesting information about the threading models used by OSX
last.fm proxy lets you listen to last.fm streams in regular audio players - nice
putty is lacking tabs, but wintabber looks promising.
joel's latest article on management abstraction in software companies deserves a read
this guy has written some really nice looking osx software [via messina]
salt pointed out onlife, a freeware pseudoclone of devonthink. it's on the border line between awesome and frighteding. i'm not sure i want to know how much time i spend in notepad. osx only, though
saft looks like a nice set of safari extensions. why hadn't i seen that before?
flock is really doing the rounds at the moment. here's a nice bbc piece by paul mason.
forget flock - get flocq
gobby is a free, cross platform subetha-edit-alike.
you might not be able to get a good one for windows yet, but at least the psp has an svg viewer. thanks aaron
the ie developer toolbar, out 3 days ago, is really really good
salty points out a good apple history articles site.
aha - some instructions for upgrading the psp firmware.
yadis is live journal's new distributed authentication procotol. we're talking about redoing the flickr auth api internally to gel with the yahoo SSO stuff and to allow non-web apps to authenticate, but are still talking design.
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the microsoft msi building faq seems pretty useful - i need to download the sdk and get to grips with it.
coates is a mad unstoppable genius.someone needs to give him a bunch of money and a room without windows to make this stuff.
ourtunes is excellent - it allows you to easily browse and download itunes tracks on your local network. works on windows too.
nick clark really does hate software.
nyu has a nice win95 download page including the now-old but still useful cosmo vrml plugin.
i'm not sure how i ended up downloading the 60 day trial of microsofts's new one note, but it was a good download test (nice to get over 2 megabits at home). it didn't take long to get totally disillusioned - microsoft have lost the ability to create compelling UIs. i just didn't get it. what's it for?
sergeui found ie http headers - an ie plugin which acts as a proxy to display http request and response headers. very very useful. much easier than fireing up ethereal so often.
tom points out blue coconut on osx (10.3 only) which allows you to copy shared itunes tracks to your local machine. somebody needs to write this for windows very soon.
"caution: it is recommended to use this directive effectively". the squid documentation is lacking a certain something. oh yes, actual documentation.
a new release of lib_filter lets you choose whether or not to strip html comments, and ensures that their contents are escaped to avoid data being mangled.
the VPM looks very cool - a completely portable os and apps which you can stick on your usb drive and carry around with you.
visitors looks pretty good - fast web stats analysis in c, with a single no-images html output. and a streaming text mode for cli junkies. excellent. combine with slurm to watch realtime bandwidth and hits.
yellowtab are picking up where beos left off with zeta. looks very snazzy, and is running firefox (no more crappy be-browser)
leonard pointed out slurm for all good unicies (including os x), which is a neat real-time bandwidth monitor which graphs io on an interface using ncurses. ncurses!
unununium looks like a nice os project. one of the authors is working on adding parrot support. a parrot os would be cool.
laszlo have open sourced their product. will this hurt flex? or dojo? hmm
and it seems ian wrote to me because anil blogged my plugin on the six apart pronet blog and it's been talked about on the pronet mailing list. (a sort of) fame at last! maybe ;)
sam ruby points to a nice metaclasses primer on p6i
bookmarked for alter - the sun java coding standard guidelines.
paparazzi is a nice logical extension of hammond's webkit2png (which i could never get working). i should really get it together and try some cocoa objective-c apps.
tortoise merge (part of the tortoise svn distribution) is a really good gui merger.
and talking of weblog software - wordpress is shit. i entered two patches into their tracker 4 days ago, and not a single developer has seen them. and this is supposedly during their push to get v1.3 out. a sorry state of affairs.
spoke to anil about the mt installer today. looks like there's a good chance we'll be able to roll it into v3.2. that would be nice.
xpad 1.1 is now out. the site is a beautiful osx-style work. the software itself is beautifully simple. lovely.
osx desktopers take note: xpad 1.0.1 is slated for release this week.
what's up with ie lately? it's clutterbar has always been picky about showing favicons, but now it's showing no fav icons and a mix of the ie5 and 6 logos for each favourite. why is the ie5 version even still in the resources for it?
pulp fiction looks like a good osx newsreader, but i've been advised to wait a couple of days for the 1.0.1 release.
lunch today with robert scoble (microsoft), tim bray (w3c/xml) and some other geeks in vancouver. after scoble mentioned that he'd given bill a demo of flickr (woo!), he spoke about how he searches weblogs (via technorati) for microsoft product mentions, then in the case of somebody complaining about a feature, forwards a link to the person in charge of the product. i mean, wow. if you post on your weblog about some missing feature in outlook, the outlook project manager might well end up reading that. who would have thought that ms was such a responsive company?
salling clicking. best. software. ever.
you know what's really dumb? livejournal's atom implementation. rather than use easy auth (http basic) or the atom spec'd auth that's annoying but possible (wsse) they use fucking http digest auth - the least documented thing on the web. does anyone know any decent explanation of how to implement http digest auth on the client side? the rfc is a maze of tiny rooms, all alike.
finally got atom wsse auth working. turns out i was doing everything right, except i was using an sha1 hex string output instead of the raw binary output. it would have been nice to actually specify this in the fucking spec, since most sha1 libraries output the hex string version. urgh.
i'm not sure if there's anything that makes me madder than xml-rpc (maybe atom's wsse auth, but i'll get to that). the idea is sound, but it's very badly designed. very badly. to return a single hash of data, you end up with a tree six elements deep. why have <value><string>bob</string></value> when you could just do <value type="string">bob</value> ? It's almost as if the designer didn't want to use a full xml parser, so avoided anything that couldn't be parsed with a regexp. yuck.
possible missing feature in typepad - the ability to easily delete 500 identical posts you accidentally made while playing around with the atom api. oops.
i wish trillian knew how to merge the logs for a meta contact. say, for instance, i was talking to some hot chick on icq about the finer points of xml-rpc. now icq goes down so i switch over to talking to them on aim. trillian lets me group contacts into "meta contacts", so hot chick is a meta contact with her icq, aim, msn, yahoo and jabber profiles (or possibly more than one of each) bundled into one. the only problem is that now when i go back to look up that conversation in my logs, it's split across the two log files. urgh. fix this please.
codeville sounds interesting (and will be demoed at codecon if you want to know more). the only trick they seem to have missed is making a cvs compatibility layer - i'd love to just drop the server inplace of cvs and give it a whirl, but learning a new client syntax (and thus building new client side tools) is too much effort for a non-proven system.
the atom feed validator is borked, which has made me loath atom before i've even created a single feed. luckily (for me or for atom?) the alternative at feedvalidator.org (which appears to be the same validator, in style at least) works fine. the scripting news validator does atom validation too.
my initial atom thoughts: too many required attributes. entries wont necessarily have titles (these don't). annoying date format - it might be a standard, but it doesn't mean i have to like it. really just like rss with the tag names changed. again.
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