Category Archives: Apple

Delocalize today

Highly recommended: Bombich Software’s DeLocalizer. This little piece of software will strip out all the localization files that Mac OS X leaves lying around on your disk (even if you ask it not to when installing OS X). In my case, that came to over 500Mb – which on an iBook with a 10Gb hard drive is a very welcome addition.

Tasty Safari shortcut

Completely by accident, I just found out that hitting the command key and numbers opens up bookmarks from your Bookmarks bar in Safari. Pop-up menus such as Address Book and Rendezvous are ignored, and after that you count from left to right to get the number you hit. If that makes any sense. Try it!

Reminding me why I use a Mac

In addition to three Macs, our house has one solitary, lonely little Windows PC. And, as you might expect, it’s used for one thing – games.
Today, I had one of those experiences that remind me why my day to day work machine is a Mac, and why it’s going to stay that way. First of all, Internet Explorer stopped working. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, as I’d switch to Mozilla or another alternate Windows browser – but all of them stopped too, leading me to think it was a deeper problem.
So I thought that this was a good opportunity to do the annual wipe-and-reinstall that I like to do on most of my machines to freshen them up. And, naturally, I thought I’d move back from Windows XP to Windows 2000, which I’ve found to be more stable. An hour and a wiped drive later, Win2K was installed and working fine.
Except, of course, that it utterly failed to run any of the games I was installing on it, despite most of them being fairly recent. It appears that Win2K is not a games OS, not matter how similar it is to WinXP – which is a games OS, apparently.
So next came another wipe and reinstall of WinXP – and that’s where I am now, reinstalling the approximately 100Mb of patches to bring WinXP up to date and make it less than insecure. Next will come the apps, which will be another few hours.
Remind me to use my Mac more.

More OS X email

Following on from my earlier posting about Mac email clients, there’s, there’s a useful listing of every Mac email client (including a few I hadn’t heard of here.
It’s of particular interest to me because I’m hitting the limits of Mail – once you get past 1000 messages in a mail box, you tend to find it gets rather sluggish…