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October 31, 2004

The Joys of Capitalism

I would like to point out an interesting and funny fact:
When I was in the midst of finalizing 0.31, MacUpdate's site suffered an apparently horrendous server crash. I posted my AcidSearch 0.31 update to VersionTracker at approximately 4:25AM last night/this morning (I, quite curiously, find myself staying up way past my bedtime on a daily basis); I posted it to MacUpdate at just about 9:25PM tonight. Guess which has theirs up first? (You don't actually have to guess, you can just look and see for yourself). VersionTracker either is horribly backed up on posting its updates, or they somehow lost my update. I'll post it again after 24 hours have passed (probably to the minute)! This strikes me as somehow funny, or at least ironic—MacUpdate suffered a hard drive failure. They probably are having to restore proprietary (e.g. messy) PHP code on the server (some of which may not have been recently backed up), restore MySQL DBs from backups (the comments are still broken), etc., and yet they still get the update up quicker than VersionTracker, who had a 17 hour head start.

It just goes to show.

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October 30, 2004

AcidSearch 0.31

AcidSearch 0.31 fixes the French localization for new users as well as preventing a bug that would occasionally cause Safari to crash on startup. It also fixes a bug which prevented searching AutoTab channels from the contextual quick-search menu. One other minor bug was also fixed. You can get it here.

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October 27, 2004

PlaintextPaste 0.13

Yes, I finally got around to updating PlaintextPaste. However, I still haven't implemented a fix for pre-10.3 systems, and at this point, I recommend strongly that you DO NOT install PTP on a Jaguar system. It won't do a whole lot if you do, but restarting your computer after install will cause it to crash. If you already have installed it on your computer but haven't restarted, simply delete the folder /Library/InputManagers/SIMBL and your system will be fine. If you have restarted, and it crashes early in startup, your only recourse is to either shell into your computer through the network (if you don't know what I mean, don't bother) or boot from another disk and then delete SIMBL.

I sincerely apologize for any damage this caused for anyone who installed it.

Here are the release notes for 0.13:

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October 21, 2004

AcidSearch 0.3

I have almost finished AcidSearch 0.3. I'm still waiting on the French localization before I "officially" release it, but if you would like to, you can download a prerelease copy of AcidSearch here. Please send me any bugs you find with this prerelease so I can correct them in the final!

UPDATE: If you tried the prerelease earlier and were disappointed to find that QuickSearch didn't work, you got a bad version. An updated one has been posted and now includes a complete Japanese localization as well (thanks go to E-WA)!

UPDATE 2: 0.3 has been released, with the French localization included (I actually released it last night, but just got around to posting it on my weblog today).

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October 15, 2004

Griffin Technology's Questionable Logic

Griffin Technology has released a contender for the Most Pointless Device Ever award, the iBeam. Just plug either the flashlight or laser module into the headphone jack(?) of your iPod(??) to turn it into the world's most expensive battery pack. The reason this seems particularly inane to me is the fact that the device plugs into the headphone port, making the iPod useless for playing music. If the unit plugged into the dock connector, it'd at least allow the iPod to do what it was originally intended to do...

I don't get it.

Don't get me wrong, I love Griffin—they've been great supporters of our fabulous platform for a while now, and make some of the classiest non-Apple hardware around—the iBeam just seems relatively bizarre. It sells for $19.95 if you want one.

In other news, I inadvertently uploaded an outdated file onto the site earlier. If you couldn't see the news page recently, that's why. It should be fixed now. I also have a new full-text RSS 2.0 feed for my nonexistent RSS subscribers here.

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October 11, 2004


I have received a lot of positive support for PlaintextPaste, which sort of surprised me. Apparently the demand for such a product is quite high. Also, it seems that PTP will not work on Jaguar, which is strange. If you have Jaguar and don't have crashes with PTP, please let me know. There's nothing in the code that shouldn't work with Jaguar, so it might be that SIMBL itself doesn't work on Jaguar, I don't know. If you do experience crashes, please send me a Console log (/Applications/Utilities/Console.app) and a crash log (if you know how to get one) and I'll see if I can tell what the problem is.

On a more personal note, on Friday of this past week, I suffered a series of panic/anxiety attacks over the course of a few hours and am still recovering. Anyone who has had one knows that it is a baffling experience, very scary, and to be avoided at all costs. I have not really worked on any of my coding projects while recovering, so I hope you can understand that. I am feeling mostly better at this point, but still feel very shaken up. What's baffling about such attacks (and something I never realized when I heard others talking about them) is that they occur for apparently no reason at all.

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October 07, 2004

Plain Text Paste

I released a little utility to add a "Paste Plain Text" menu item to all Cocoa apps after reading this macosxhints article. Some of you may find it useful (if anyone reads this blog at all). If you do (or don't), I would love to hear your comments! You can download PlaintextPaste (a slightly uncreative name, I know) here.

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October 04, 2004

Microsoft does it again

I hate to rant about Microsoft yet again, but this one is just too good to pass up: Steve Ballmer says that iPod users are thieves. Yes, that's right—Apple is the bad guy here, for releasing the iPod in the first place (it is, of course, irrelevant that the iPod is not the first MP3 player by any means).

Ballmer somehow manages to make the point that iPod users steal music, but Windows has DRM. How the hell these two "facts" are related is beyond me:
"We’ve had DRM in Windows for years. The most common format of music on an iPod is ‘stolen'."

Steve, buddy, I hate to break it to you, but even if you put DRM everywhere in the OS, and in all bundled apps, people will still "steal" music. I would personally argue that doing so would probably not even affect the percentage of users who steal their music.

UPDATE: It seems that the information posted in silicon.com's article is fairly misleading. This page makes Ballmer look like less of a moron, even complimenting Apple. However, I still think he's (for lack of a better term) a douche bag.

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