Just when I thought it was safe to go back to the Mac, I’ve found a tool that I actually like a whole lot more on Windows. FeedDemon is a beta RSS reader that makes NetNewsWire look like something out of the ark. It integrates with w.bloggar too, which makes posting easy. This is one that I’ll be looking to buy when it makes the final release.
As I predicted in the feature that I wrote for MacUser (online on the site, but I can’t get to it thanks to a bug) Apple has released some updates to its PowerBook range. As I also said in the feature, my bet is that these will be interim updates: expect the G5 to make it into the PowerBook range in the first half of next year, much sooner than most people are expecting.
Did I mention that everyone now gets all the featurs of Blogger Pro for free? That can only be a good thing. Also, the Google toolbar now includes a “Blog this” button by default – again, a nice little feature.
And excellent comment on the Denver Post about how the movie industry has got things right with its approach to DVDs (cheap, lots of extras), while the recording industry has got things completely wrong with CDs (expensive, cheap). This should be required reading for anyone in the music biz. The days when you could flee customers are over: wake up and smell the burning CDs.
Everything is now all up and running on the PC. I have the big monitor here. I have the trackball attached (why won’t Windows let me have more than one mouse at once? That’s silly!). And the Sony is running at some ludicrously high resolution. Eeek!
Despite the fact that I now have to use Windows again – even though it’s only until Apple releases Panther – one consolation is that I’ve found w.bloggar. This ia a little blog posting application that supports Movable Type, Blogger, and others, and that is actually rather good. In fact, if anything, it’s even better than Kung-Log, which I use on the Mac.
There’s something ironic going on. A few days after I abandon my attempt to use a Windows machine full-time, the hard drive on my Mac takes something of a turn for the worse. Very much worse, in fact. So much worse that it won’t boot, or do anything other than make a little pathetic beep sound.
The worst thing is that I know how to fix it. Panther, Apple’s next major revision of Mac OS X, includes an improved disk first aid application that can recover my disk from this particular problem – I know this because I’ve done it before. But can I find my bootable Panther disk? Not a chance.
Oh yes, that’s right – this drive has done this before. In fact, more than once. But did I accept the inevitable and buy a new hard drive? No? Of course not. And now, I’m really going to have to.
So this afternoon, I’ll have to reverse the process of a couple of days ago, and move everything back on to the PC – most especially the huge, fat, gorgeous Sony GDM-F520 monitor, which counts as the best thing ever. The worst thing is that I’ve got Mac work to write, for tomorrow, which means that I’ll have to take Panther off the iBook (which has served as a test-bed machine) and reinstall 10.2.5. Which, of course, means that I’ve actually got to find my 10.2.5 disks… which are probably wherever the Panther ones are. If I start weeping at any point, please hit me.
Spymac and Wired point towards an excellent entry at The Apple Computer History Weblog from Michael Mace, a former worker at Apple. He delivers a scathing attack on Apple during the late 80′s and early 90′s – and he’s completely right. As he puts it, “We told ourselves that our core competency was designing user interfaces, but actually we were better at designing t-shirts and org charts. In ten years at Apple I worked in basically three roles, but reported into 12 different VPs.” [via Spymac]
Yoz has all the tips. Fortunately, so far (touch wood) I’ve been free of comment spam (unless you count people telling me when Friendster is down). But others have not been so lucky.