It’s been a hectic few days, mostly involving packing Gran’s things and getting them to appropriate places – my parent’s house, charity shops, and so on. The funeral is on Friday, and meanwhile I’m back at home, and work Monday.
I’m going to be offline – even more offline than I have been – for a while. My Gran died last night, aged 93. It wasn’t totally unexpected, as she’d been in hospital for a week, but still it’s a big thing as we were very close.
From the delightful Church of Ed Wood.
My current favourite piece of software (holed up as I am indoors with the biggest raging head cold in existence) is Aquaminds NoteTaker 2003. I’ve got to admit it has taken me a little while to get into this application, but now that I have I think it’s pretty great.
Essentially, it’s a notepad application – and the comparisons with Microsoft’s forthcoming OneNote are going to be inevitable – but there are two features that really make it stand out.
The first is the integration with Mac OS X’s Services, which mean that you can clip items from any application and have NoteTake insert them into a new page for you. For Web pages, this is incredibly cool. The second, and for big note takers this is going to be the killer, is the ability to search through a notebook and create a summary of all the notes that refer to what you’re searching for. This feature is perhaps a little difficult to get your head round at first, but once you do, there’s a huge amount of power there.
Stuart Hughes is a BBC News producer injured in the war in Iraq, in a landmine incident that claimed the life of cameraman Kaveh Golestan. Stuart has been blogging what he’s seen in Iraq – and he’s now blogging his post-war experience of losing his foot.
If you’re not using NetNewsWire, you’re probably not using a Mac. And if you’re not using a Mac, you should get yourself an RSS aggregator now. But which one? Worth a look is SharpReader, written using the Microsoft .NET frameworks – and to good effect. It’s a sweet little application, which has some nice features – notably a way of threading posts that lets you expand them – and is super-fast. Download it from here.
I pretty astonishing report from the BBC’s John Simpson, who was in the column of Kurdish and US forces hit by a US bomb. Video also.
A very funny piece from (of all places) the Aurora Sentinel on how the French are Americans, and vice versa.