new software in the mix

i have an sickness. it’s called LGS or in technical terms: “latest greatest syndrome.” i’ll admit it. because of this ailment of LGS, i’m always on the lookout for little apps that can make my computing life better, more efficient, more productive, prettier, et al.

i recently did a clean wipe and rebuild of my mac. in doing so i always wipe away all the apps i’ve installed, tried, never used again. and i also try to migrate to the apps that i’ve been meaning to but was trepidacious for some reason or another. so here’s the rundown of what’s changed and what i like about said changes.

ok, the rundown.

delicious monster

delicious monster is sweet. everything i expected it to be. they updated, almost right away, to 1.0.5. just bug fixes. but important ones.
Delicious Monster Icon

subethaedit udpated

subethaedit was awesome to begin with. the collaboration mechanism is awesome. local network. over internet. whatever. solo mode [ non collaborating ] is awesome, too. syntax coloring is generally pretty good. it flakes out on closing
sometimes. i think its pretty fast. some people complain about its speed in rendering text as compared to, say, bbedit or something. because subetha uses NSTextView. i’ve tried bbedit, smultron, textmate and others. but none of them really do anything for me. and it plays well with others.



i blogged about this earlier. and then again.

ecto icon


candybar is made by panic software, the same folks that make the best ftp client ever. basically, candybar allows you to easily customize icons systemwide. meaning you don’t have to do a Get Info (CMD - I) on every icon you wanna change. plus, it will cascade down to new instances of the same kind, eg, dvds, new folder, textclippings, etc. in early version you HAD to drag in each icon into its spot in candybar. now you can import one file: a candybar iContainer. and the iconfactory has bunch of iContainers already to go.

candybar icon

quicksilver in, launcbar out

i have been using launchbar for quite awhile. i really like it. i rarely used my dock or applications folder or recent items menu to launch apps anymore. it was all CMD - SPACE, launchbar would pop down then i’d hit a couple letter abbreviation and off it went.
lauchBar 4

i kept hearing about quicksilver. i knew i’d prolly like it based on what i had heard and from whom i heard it. but still, i had vested a lot of time and energy and emotion in launchbar and didn’t wanna jump ship. and why break what isn’t broken, right? well, i finally gave it the ol’ 1-2 try [i’m not real sure what i mean by that]. immediately, i was blown away by how much faster it was than launchbar. so much more responsive. and honestly, it’s a LOT prettier.

QS launcher

i liked the preference options. everything’s really customizable. good stuff. right now it’s primarily a launcher [above], but they seem to have plans to make it much much more than that, noting that they don’t call it a ‘launcher’ on their website. they call it this : “An evolving framework for accessing and manipulating many forms of personal data.” it offers learning training to you.

QS learning

it does a little ‘what this new song playing in iTunes is’ kind of stuff.

QS now playing in iTunes

but one of the coolest, most exciting and interesting things for me is the commands you can do in it. like this example: grab this file (preview.jpg), perform this action (open with), this app (preview). there’s a lot of power here to be harnessed. this is but a very simple example. more info at the blacktree site.

QS commands

process in, omnioutliner out

omniOutliner was good. and still is. it just hasn’t bee updated in a long time. and process is a lot better. in a lot of ways. just look at the screenshots of each. most notably, its a lot better for serving my podcasting needs. i talk about that a bit in my upcoming podcast so i’m not gonna blog about it here.

omniOutliner Screenshot

process Icon

process Screenshot

finally, the safari extenstions[?] i’m using

safariSource colors the source of a page when doing a ‘view source.’ helpful for debugging.
PithHelmet blocks ads (and other media, if you want it to) which is so fucking sweet.


sogudi allows for faster and more flexible searching from the address bar. for example: wiki gender identity in the address bar would run a search on the wikipedia site and ultimately land you here. a catch me if you can searches amazon for ‘catch me if you can’. and so on. comes with a bunch of built in defaults but can VERY EASILY add your own.

jesus, fucking, jesus. this was a long goddamned post. sorry.

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atom protocol

until now it didn’t really make much sense to me. i just thought it was a similar thing to RSS with a little bit of a different format. and proposed as an IETF standard.

but then i read the slide notes from the XML2004 talk about it. man, this looks exciting. it makes so much sense now. seems very intuitive. i, actually, have some ideas of how i might use this in the near future.

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bloggercon ITconversations archive

for those people who were/are disappointed that i didn’t go to bloggercon myself, you’re in luck. ITconversations is building an archive of all the bloggercon sessions in mp3 / AAC format for our ipodding pleasure.

btw, the rss feed for this with AAC enclosures is:

mp3 users subscribe to this one:

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gmail goes pop

this is really good news. i like the idea of gmail. but i need to use a POP3 client. a la Apple Mail. so now, it looks like the proverbial cake and eating. i wonder how they’ll handle feeding you ads on new mail or if they even will. if they don’t how is this gonna affect the business model for ‘free’ email supported by inline ads?

gmail goes pop: Well, one more barrier to me using gmail just fell away… they’ve added free POP support to their mail service. I still don’t use gmail, but they’re making it harder and harder to resist. (Via anil dash in atom.)

so once this is rolled out completely, maybe i’ll actually use my gmail account more. here’s their online support for setting it up on the gmail end and your end. at the moment, no IMAP support, though.

still hands down, the best web based mail available. IMHO.

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revenge of the sith

rebel alliance symbol

with the opening of the incredibles, the world has had access to the trailer to the new star wars movie: episode three – return of the sith. oh god, it’s hottness.

you can watch the trailer here.

here’s my thoughts / predictions:

  • notice the wookies, we see a lot of wookies in this one, maybe even a young chewie.
  • we definitely explore more kashyyyk, the wookie homeworld, pretty extensively.
  • we might get cameos of very young versions of han solo, lando, boba fett. but keep in mind episode three is about 20 years before episode four. so if we do see them, they would be very young. maybe even just kids.
  • obviously, we will anakin as vader, finally.
  • the lava pit: there’s been a rumour for a long time ( cirac ep1) that the final showdown between obi wan and anakin leads to anakin in a lava pit. somehow he’s pulled out by the emperor’s mininions and is transformed into vader. more machine than man.
  • those droid walkers approaching the lava might be how he’s pulled out.
  • the vader voice still sounds like james earl jones who did the voice in the original trilogy.
  • emperor palpatine is finally revealed to the jedi as darth sidious.
  • anakin kills dooku. thus, finally fully embracing the dark side of the force.
  • mace windu has a serious fight scene. …with anakin? maybe dooku. but my money’s anakin.
  • we see yoda fuck shit up again.
  • the imagery continues along the path to looking like the stuff from first trilogy. for example, clone troopers look more and more like storm troopers. fighter ships start to look more and more like tie fighters and tie interceptors. even some early versions of the x-wing. and maybe the less popular a-wing, b-wing, e-wing, and y-wing.
  • in the big battle between obi wan and anakin, before obi wan ultimately ‘defeats’ anakin into the lava, he cuts his hand off. a la, vader versus luke.
  • we catch a glimpse of the millennium falcon. well, not actually the falcon. but the same kind of ship: a mere corellian freighter.
  • sidious / palpatine actually does some lightsaber fighting himself. instead of just mind control and lightning fingers. seriously, ANYONE can shoot lightning from their fingers.
  • big space battle right at the heart of the galaxy around the city planet of coruscant.
  • we’ll see the birth of the anakin / padme kids. twins luke and leia.
  • the subsequent hiding of those two kids with their respective surrogate parents. luke with owen and beru lars. leia with bail organaa who is a senator, first chariman and viceroy of alderaan and eventually a founder of the the Alliance to Restore the Republic (rebel alliance) with mon motha.
  • obi wan goes into hiding on the planet of tatooine relatively near owen and beru.
  • some new vilians.
  • the most exciting thing i think that can happen is another young boba fett appearance. under the tutelage of dooku. at the end of this boba fett book : The Fight to Survive after jango fett was killed by mace windu at the battle of geonosis boba follows his late dad’s*
    * – instructions on what to do and who to see in the event of jango’s death. eventually he meets up with count dooku who takes him in to look after him and have him trained further as a bounty hunter like his predecessor, jango.

here’s something really interesting, though. the trailer for the episode III video game. this, of course, is not exactly what will happen in the movie, but it can give us some more clues to possible happenings.

por ejemplo:

  • anakin will kill mace windu.
  • anakin and dooku have it out right in front of palpatine, a al vader and luke in episode six.
  • anakin kills multiple jedi
  • anakin and obi wan have their climax battle on a platform above the lava.

noteworthy links:

  • official star wars databank covering all the movies and the expanded universe [ books, comics, et al ]
  • dark horse comics timeline
  • the force dot net’s timeline
  • del rey’s star wars book timeline
  • rebel alliance symbol

    although, if you think about it jango is not really boba’s dad. more of his surrogate daddy, as boba is an unaltered clone of jango. thus, boba’s biological father is jango’s dad (whom we meet very, very briefly during a jango fett comic called open seasons). so to recap, boba fett’s dad is actually is grandad. take that!

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    the lib freq

    got enclosures with wordpress worked out. thanks to thefolks that put together the hack for it.

    also, put together the format for the podcast. now, all’s that’s left to do is work out the kinks and start doing it. i’m still getting over my voice sounding weird to me recorded. and talking to a mic rather than a person. soon, though. soon.

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    first VoIP call

    got a call tonight from the girl. her dad has a talkbox (sorry, couldn’t find an english page for it. actually, i don’t know that this is even it.) and she called me from it. the number shows up as “unknown”, something the telecom world will have to work out sometime as more VoIP is used. otherwise, it was pretty seamless.

    the content of our conversation was more interesting, though. her brother, scott, is getting into the world of podcasting. his good friend is doing a podcast called coverville which is, as it sounds, all cover songs. and he’s ASCAP legal, too. that was a smart move, i think. as podcasting blows up more there’ll be all kinds of legal battles over content, surely. good for him for beating them to the punch. heading them off at the pass, as it were. it was fun slash funny to hear both of them sooo excited about podcasting. truely this is the beginnings of something big. and the people that are in the loop know it. and that’s why this thing is so electric to everyone right now.

    it was also funny to hear how disappointed both of them were that i didn’t go to bloggercon.

    and, yes, they convinced me to start podcastinng. i’ve started laying the groundwork. my biggest technical hurdle is figuring out how to do enclosures with WordPress. i’m sure it can be worked out.

    coming soon:

    we don’t just want airtime.
    we want all the time, all of the time.

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