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Snow Leopard Tips

Sep 2nd, 2009

I discovered some neat features in Snow Leopard that I want to share with you.

First is the possibility to use Exposé within the App Switcher described here. This tip makes it possible to select an application in the App Switcher and press the up or down key and activate Exposé for windows in the application. Nice to see that they made an alternative to clicking and holding the dock icon for the application for heavy keyboard users.

Another nice feature is the ability to minimize windows to the dock icon described here. Hiding using CMD+H works well to but there are times when you want to get a single windows out of the way. I often found myself using it in Mail.app. Minimized windows can be accessed by right clicking the application's dock icon or by activating Exposé which now shows minimized windows a small thumbnails at the bottom of the screen.

I just love finding all these small tweaks and improvements :)

Posted in Apple, Software by Kaspar | 0 comments

Snow Leopard Upgrade

Aug 31st, 2009

Snow Leopard

Today I received my copy of Snow Leopard by mail and I naturally had to install the beast on my Mac right away even though I was sick. The upgrade process was very smooth. I just ran an application, agreed to the license term and clicked "Continue". Then it took about 40 minutes while my system was upgraded and after a restart it was ready to use. It ended up saving me about 8 gb of space on my hard drive.

Even though I have only used for a short time it seems like a nice upgrade with lots of small tweaks and improvements throughout the system. One new feature is that you can option-click most of the black menu items in the menu bar like battery, wireless and time machine and get additional information (e.g. battery condition, wifi channel, security type etc).

Quicktime has also been upgraded with a new UI and icon. The new UI looks great and I like the way you can share and convert your movies easily. In many ways it feels like a downgrade to me though. There are no preferences in application like before so I can't make it auto play a video. I use this when I double click a movie in iPhoto I like to have it play right away (still can't understand why movie playback is not integrated into iPhoto?). Another thing which seems to be missing is the possibility to rotate movies. I often use it when we have accidently recorded the wrong way and want to correct this. Hopefully some of these options will be restored in future upgrades. Until then I will have to check if it is possible to run the old version alongside the new version or maybe use iMovie for the rotate task.

Only a few applications I use didn't work. One was iStat Menus (an upgrade is on the way within the next few days) and another was Coversutra (a beta with SL support was already released). A few Mail.app plugins I have installed also broke but I have never used them heavily so it was not a big issue.

Other than that it seems like a good release so far. We will see if any bugs turn up over the next few days :)

Update: It is indeed possible to run the old version of Quicktime alongside the new. It is included on the Snow Leopard DVD as an optional install. More information at MacOSXHints.com.

Posted in Apple by Kaspar | 3 comments

Twitter

May 24th, 2009

It's been a while since this blog has been updated. Not that I can't think of any topics but it is mostly a matter of time. So I thought I could start twittering (micro-blogging) a bit about various topics such as coding, project status and more that interest me. Twitter seems like the obvious choice for these kind of updates. My Facebook status updates are a bit more general since I have friends from many different networks - co-workers, old classmates, non-programmer friends etc. On Twitter people can follow me if they find my updates interesting. In that way I can "geek out" about more technical stuff that may not be of interest for everyone :)

There are tons of Twitter applications out there. I have tried a few but have settled on the commercial application Tweetie that is both available for Mac and iPhone. It has an excellent feature set and fits in perfectly on both my desktop and phone.

Tweetie (Mac)

So keep an eye out for maquatre@twitter.

Posted in Software by Kaspar | 0 comments

Creating a Tab Bar Controller with Multiple Table Views in the iPhone SDK

Dec 13th, 2008

Recently I started working with the iPhone SDK for one of the projects I am doing. It has taken some getting used to but I am slowing getting there and my application is actually starting to do something cool like connecting to webservices and uploading pictures to a server.

One of the things I have struggled the most to grasp is the relationship between XCode and the Interface Builder. A specific problem I had was that I wanted to have a Tab Bar Controller with a UITableView and a Navigation Controller in each tab.

Luckily I managed to find a video burried deep in a forum thread that explained the procedure. Click here to view it - the download link is located at post #68.

I can also recommend a great tutorial about populating an UITableView with a NSArray. The tutorial can be viewed here.

Posted in Apple, Development by Kaspar | 0 comments

Geiger.dk Redesigned

Nov 20th, 2008

This month we launched a new version of the Geiger page. The frontpage has been redesigned and now put more focus on the features on the page like articles, contests etc. We have also attempted to make it more visually appealing with much larger images than before. The redesign also reprioritize content by e.g. placing the concert calendar up front to make it easy for visitors to spot upcoming concerts. There are several other changes throughout the page as well.

At some point we will probably make some more radical changes to the layout of the page as launch new features. I expect this to happen when the server is upgraded so it is able to run the latest version of CMIS which requires PHP5.

Visit the page here: www.geiger.dk.

Posted in Krosweb by Kaspar | 0 comments

Nordes.org Redesigned

Nov 5th, 2008

This month I upgraded the Nordes.org to the latest version of CMIS and implemented a new theme that was also used by the new conference system the Nordes has set up.

Visit the page here: www.nordes.org.

Posted in Webdesign by Kaspar | 0 comments

Black Cab Sessions

Sep 24th, 2008

I recently discovered the website Black Cab Sessions that features musicians playing their songs on the backseat of a cab. There are sessions with artists like Brian Wilson, The New Pornographers, Damien Jurado, Okkervil River and some artists I don't know so well.

Black Cab

I discovered the website through the Brian Wilson session which is quite good. He really has a competent backing band both on a musical and creative level which his latest album "That Lucky Old Sun" shows. It is one of his best most coherent albums in many many years. Maybe not as good as "Pet Sounds" or "Smile" but still a quality release.

If only CD WOW could dispatch my order of the album soon... I have waited more than a month now and they don't even know when they can deliever.

Posted in Music, Interesting Links by Kaspar | 0 comments

Hacked!

Sep 11th, 2008

Today my secondary GMail account was hacked by some mean hackers to send spam mail to my contacts (luckily only eight of them since I only use it for redirecting to my primary email address). I must admit the password for that account was not that secure so I have now changed it to an autogenerated password.

It has gotten a lot easier to use autogenerated paswords since I started using the Mac application 1Password. They have a nice free iPod Touch/iPhone client too. A highly recommendable product if you have a Mac.

I found the ip address of the hackers through GMail's new "Activity Info" feature and the hackers seem to originate from Shanghai in China.

Hackers

Shame on you people!

Posted in Security, Software by Kaspar | 0 comments

Kunsten.nu Launched - Aarhus.nu Closed

Sep 5th, 2008
Kunsten.nu was launched today replacing Aarhus.nu.

Read more | Posted in Krosweb by Kaspar | 0 comments

NetNewsWire for iPod Touch/iPhone

Aug 20th, 2008

iPhone_nnwMainScreen

A while ago I changed from Google Reader to NetNewsWire for reading newsfeeds on my Mac. At first I was sceptical using a desktop client as previous attempts were not that succesfull. But after having used it for several months I must say it is an excellent piece of software. Especially the built-in browser, desktop integration and syncing of read items made it stand out from other news readers. The only serious lack in my opinion is a good web client.

Naturally I was excited when NetNewsWire was announced for iPhone/iPod Touch through the new App Store. I had been using the iPhone optimized website on my iPod Touch and was very happy with it.

I like the application too but it still lacks some features of the web client in the 1.0.8 version:

Hopefully some of these issues will be adressed in future versions. Then it would be a killer app for me.

Posted in Software, Apple by Kaspar | 0 comments

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