The utility that keeps giving. Read this posting about yet another function of LaunchBar. The ability to search Amazon Books, music or any other search engine. Just press command-space and write goo+space to search Google, boo+space for Amazon Books. You can easily add any search engine.
It’s been awhile since I last logged on to Usenet to read some groups and to download stuff. I found this great application called Unison from a company called Panic. And it’s great. I even signed up for a Usenet account from them when buying the software. I now have a 10mbit line at home, and no Usenet provider has been able to provide a fast enough service to me, until now. Impressive stuff. The only downside with the account is that you only get 10gig of download. Now, that may sound like a lot, but I get through that fast.
The program feels like a native Mac OS X application, and it’s written in Cocoa. It’s reasonably fast to search, and the user interface is easy to learn. The same goes for saving links to different newsgroups.
Thumbs up for this one!
If my bank tries to force me to use Microsoft products, I switch banks. The only fear now is some government service forcing me to use Microsoft products. The Swedish government is really in love with Microsoft, so the risk is imminent. The funny thing is, it’s usually terribly written homepages that forces you to use Explorer, and the only reason is that the web programmer used some silly Microsoft technology. And if they used something else, it would work on all platforms. I needed to upgrade a firewall from 3Com a couple of weeks ago, so I downloaded the new firmware and it was a self-extracting .exe file. So you needed a f…ing pc just to get to the firmware, when it was extracted I could upload it without a problem from a mac (or Linux, or what ever) So if they just compressed the file with zip, there routers and firewalls could be updated from any platform. Talk about stupid.
Update 12th of July 2014
I’m going over the blog, fixing broken links and stumble upon this post that I wrote a long time ago. How times changes (except that Office for Mac still is a stinker.)
After Apple released WebKit and other browsers have replaced Microsoft’s dominance, it’s nice to see that my nightmare didn’t happen. I guess we owe much to the iPhone and iPad when it comes to accessibility to web pages. Sometimes we make progress.
Little Snitch keeps you covered
After getting my Emu 0404 USB 2.0 Audio Interface, I have started to rip my vinyl record collection. I want to retain as much as possible of the fantastic sound of vinyl, so I rip everything in 24bit 48khz. Why not use 96khz? Well, my preferred playback device, the Squeezebox only supports 24/48 unfortunately.
Here’s how I do it…