Archive for May, 2010

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-30

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

One of Android's best features is that it's going to keep Apple on their toes. This competition is good for everyone. # @gruber "It’s not like Apple is saying that iAds is the only allowable way to show ads in apps." Yet. # Now here's a phone worthy of being called HD: The HTC Evo […]

My Idea for Stopping the Oil Leak

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

I’m a software engineer so I’m clearly qualified to comment on an oil leak at the bottom of the ocean. So here’s my idea. The problem with trying to cap the well is that the stuff is coming out at such high pressure that you can’t just plug it. And as the methane expands it […]

PeakSaver Trouble

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Here’s what the website says: By having a free peaksaver® programmable thermostat or switch installed, your central air conditioning (CAC) system can be automatically adjusted when demand for electricity is highest. This may happen occasionally in summer, but only on weekdays during the middle of the day. You likely won’t notice a difference in the […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-23

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

The Mac needs UNC support. Even if it's just /UNC/ServerName/ShareName/FileName. As long as it caches credentials somehow. # \\Server\Share\ paths in config files and whatnot are very handy. /Volumes/Foo doesn't work if I forget to mount. # Dio :( # 3 cubic yard of dirt in fancy green bags, $450. same amount of dirt delivered […]

Does my Mac have Spyware?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Check this out: That’s the result of checking my plist files (basically preferences files – basically where Mac apps store things that would go into the registry on Windows) using a tool called OnyX, and finding a number of files that appear to be invalid. But it’s not the format of these files that worries […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-16

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Well, that took some digging. "Failed to prepare partial IU" error installing an Eclipse plugin? Look in artifacts.xml for old entries. # Also hunt down references in configuration/org.eclipse.osgi/bundles – there will be a numbered folder that references the relevant plugin # "To celebrate the arrival of Steam on the Mac .. Portal is free for […]

HTML Script Element

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

I’m working on a little cookbook of useful HTML scripts, and all of them obviously include <script> tags. Typically this looks like this: 123<script lang="text/javascript"> document.write("script here"); </script> There was a time when you needed to hide the script from browsers that didn’t understand the script tag, and would therefore ignore it and show the […]

iPhone and HTML5 Applications

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The iPhone supports offline HTML5 based applications. This is interesting, because it enables what Apple seems to be trying to prevent: applications that you can write once and run anywhere. And download and install, for free. With no review process. Check this out: http://sixrevisions.com/web-development/html5-iphone-app/ Now, I don’t know what the logistics would be of trying […]

Website Circle of Life

Monday, May 10th, 2010

It seems to go like this: An Individual is motivated to make a website. Individual builds something simple and useful. Traffic starts to show up. Site grows; develops a following. Individual puts some ads on the site. Site continues to grow; ads make some money. Individual puts some more ads on the site to see […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-09

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

So are we going to get a new Mac Pro sometime soon? Or is Apple giving up on that market? # Gulf of Mexico has leaked enough oil to have made about 500 million plastic shopping bags. # HTML5 has a datagrid element. Cool. No browser supports it yet. Less cool. # http://bradabrams.com/2010/05/going-google/ – More […]