Tag Archive for 'apple'

I Couldn’t Resist

iPhone
I finally decided to shell out some cash for an iPhone. At first I was a little skeptical, but after using the phone device for a few days I have to say this is probably the best purchase I’ve made. I’m not going to give a full review on it because my thoughts are pretty much the same as everyone else’s. I can’t wait for Apple to start rolling out some of the rumored updates. Until then, check out Mashable’s huge list of iPhone tools. 

Sweet Workflow Action

Workflow Menu

After having to subscribe to the Wall Street Journal for one of my college courses, I was determined to find easier ways to get the content to my desktop. I discovered that they provide a PDF version for the front page of every section, with the date being the only differentiation in the filename.

By using the Replace Date Placeholders automator action, I can now automatically download a PDF for the Wall Street Journal every morning. It simply replaces the date portion of the filename with the current date. I have done the same to fetch the latest Penny-Arcade comic.

With that said, I have a few questions for you:

  • Do you have any Automator Workflows that are pretty handy?
  • What would you use the Replace Date Placeholders action for?
  • Are there any other online publications that provide PDF versions?

MacHeist Invites

I know, I haven’t posted anything in 2 months. I’ve been pretty busy with school as well as a new job. But I have had time to browse around and stay up to date with the Mac scene. I came across MacHeist. MacHeist is a fun way to get nice deals on Mac shareware programs.

I don’t want to ruin the surprise but I’ve gotten over $20 worth of software for free already. I’ve got 3 invites to anyone that is interested. Just leave a comment.

By the way, check out 1Passwd!

Thoughts On Leopard

Leopard

After watching the WWDC keynote I have to say, Vista is going to suck compared to Leopard. It was a good idea by Steve and his staff to limit the preview of Leopard to only a few features. You can see a these features on Apple’s Leopard preview page. Here are my thoughts on what was previewed Monday.

Spotlight: They said it will be improved greatly, but with the amount of plugins and customizability that Quicksilver has, Spotlight has a lot of catching up to do.

iChat: Wow! This is going to freaking rock. The ability to share pictures, movies, presentations, and even your desktop with your buddies has become so simple and fun. My only complaint about the update is the positioning of tabs. The tabs need to be more Safari-like.

Spaces: Virtual desktops have been around for a long time. I’m surprised it took Apple this long to implement it into the OS. On a laptop, screen real estate is important and spaces fixes that problem and will help me stay more organized.

Mail: The addition of notes and to-do items is great, but it probably won’t get much use out of me.

Time Machine: Holy crap! Being able to go back at any point in time and retrieve a file is amazing. My only question is how much local disk space will the application use? I don’t want to have to go out and buy an external drive specifically for backups that I rarely need.

WWDC 2006

WWDC

I will be updating this post as I find out more information

Monday is the big event, WWDC 2006. Photos of the event setup have already been floating around online. Some of the rumors include an iChat phone [confirmed fake], Mac Pro with Xeon processor, and an upgraded Macbook Pro. But the highlight of the event will be the Leopard preview. Monday will be a big day, I can’t wait.

Update #1: Here is a list of all the upcoming features in Leopard. Major updated applications include Spotlight 2.0, Dashboard 2.0, Safari 3.0, iChat 4.0, Automator 2.0, QuickTime 7.2, Mail 3.0, iCal 3.0, and Address Book 5.0.

Update #2: It seems as if members of Digg think the source is unreliable. I’ll agree.