Fake Steve Jobs on Thanksgiving#

Apple employees, I know you're thankful for having the incredible opportunity to be working at Apple during its golden era, aka The Reign of Splendor under Good King Steven. I know you're grateful to me for coming up with such briliant product ideas and letting you work on them. How sweet is that, right? How awesome is it that sometimes you come to work and for one reason or another you're walking across campus and you get to actually see me? Amazing, right? A few of you have even been blessed by having me speak to you. Then you rushed back to your cubicle and told all your coworkers. Maybe you blogged about it. Or you raced home and wrote it down so you can tell your grandchildren about the day I spoke to you and just like that, cured your polio.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: FSJ is required reading for all Mac enthusiasts.

The Mac Developer Roundtable podcast#

In the first episode of the Mac Developer Round Table Daniel Jalkut, Marcus Zarra, Uli Kusterer and Faser Spiers discuss Leopard from a developers point of view.


How to program Google Android#

The only way to judge an SDK is getting in there and writing an application that does something cool, so I'll take you through the development process for my first Android application.

Amazon Kindle hands-on and questions answered#

We got a unit, played with it, and shot it from all angles including the hidden SD card slot and the surprise "pleather" protective case. In this post, [we] answer many of your most pressing questions -- hell, maybe all of them -- including browsing the web, playing music and transferring books and more

Gmail's filters now support "mark as read"

November 18, 2007

Not sure when it happened (my best bet is that it came along with Gmail "v2.0"), but Gmail's filtering system now (finally!) allows you to automatically "mark as read," something I've been clamoring for since jump.

I get various e-mails that I never really need to see, and before this recent addition, I couldn't automatically mark them as read, which meant I needed to manually perform some action on them even though I didn't care at all about their actual content.

For example, I get a weekly e-mail from WordPress containing a complete backup of my posts (using the WordPress Database Backup plugin); I take it on faith that the plugin is doing its job each week and so I don't need to see these e-mails. The same goes for student loan payment confirmations, which, until now, required me to constantly go to their label/folder and manually mark them as read.

You can understand how this inefficiency could drive me up a wall (OK, maybe you can't understand that, but no matter!). Now I can receive, skip inbox, apply label, and mark as read, all without ever having to see or even know about the e-mail.

Ten new things in WebKit 3#

Apple’s site can tell you a lot about the new end-user features of Safari 3. But a lot of the goodness is on the inside, in the WebKit engine that powers Safari. Here’s a list of ten of the most exciting engine enhancements since the Safari 2 version of WebKit, with lots of details and demos.

I can't make this stuff up

November 17, 2007

So I'm at McDonald's late one night ordering one of their newfangled iced coffees (which are great by the way), and this is how the transaction went down:

Apathy: Hi, how may I help you?
Justin: Hello, does the regular iced coffee come with cream and sugar?1
Apathy: OK, anything else?
Justin: No, I'm sorry, I was asking if the regular iced coffee came with cream.
Apathy: Yeah, I got it, anything else?
Justin: Huh?
Apathy: $2.19 at the second window.
(at second window)
Apathy: Large hazelnut coffee, $2.19 please.
Justin: No one ever said the word hazelnut.
Apathy: You don't want hazelnut?

I swear, between this and that other McDonald's experience, I just don't get how the world turns.

  1. I'd only ordered the vanilla and hazelnut flavors before and wasn't sure if the "regular" flavor came with cream and/or sugar.   

Get rid of Leopard's translucent menu bar#

Before you try this, realize it (a) requires a restart, and (b) is modifying a system-level variable, and may cause bad things to happen.

Nice -- one less thing I have to figure out how to fix. Be sure to read the comments.

Marvel Comics offers digital archive subscriptions#

Marvel has put the power in the hands of the fans by making thousands of comics—ranging from Golden Age classics to the most recent Marvel masterpieces—available online, including the first 100 issues of FANTASTIC FOUR and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN plus so much more.

I'm not into comics, never have been, but I imagine this is a pretty big deal for those that are.

Nutrition information of fast food items compared#

I've compared the nutrition facts of the most popular foods from over 20 popular fast food restaurants to see how each restaurant's version of the same food stacks up against the others. If this isn't enough to convince you to eat less (or none) of this stuff, it will at least give you the information you need to make the better choice and avoid making the worst one.

Very cool, and you can even sort the tables by category (e.g., calories, carbs, etc.).

Scary fact gleaned from one of the tables: Carl's Jr. has a burger with 1500+ calories.

Android Developer Challenge#

Cool apps that surprise and delight mobile users, built by developers like you, will be a huge part of the Android vision. To support you in your efforts, Google has launched the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide $10 million in awards -- no strings attached -- for great mobile apps built on the Android platform.

Ryan Block drops a 64GB SSD into his MacBook Pro#

This is really how everyone’s laptop experience should be: free from worries about platter scratches or head crashes from bumps or drops; silent, cool drive operation; super fast access to your data.

For the 32,768th time, Apple, please give me an ultra-portable, or at least bring back the 12" PowerBook so that I can outfit it with a solid-state drive.

Does Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' contain hidden music?#

Pala first saw that by drawing the five lines of a musical staff across the painting, the loaves of bread on the table as well as the hands of Jesus and the Apostles could each represent a musical note. [T]he notes made no sense musically until Pala realized that the score had to be read from right to left, following Leonardo's particular writing style.