Rob Enderle’s Foot-In-Mouth Syndrome

July 23, 2009 at 11:08 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Rants | Leave a comment

Hours before Microsoft announced a year-over-year earnings drop of over one billion dollars accompanied by a 30% drop in revenues, Microsoft shill and Apple hater Rob Enderle predicted the following:

“I’m expecting some really good news in terms of outlook for [Microsoft]” 

Seriously, who pays this clown’s salary? The guy is a disgrace to his profession.

Eulogy for Eudora (the email client, not the writer)

July 19, 2009 at 11:21 am | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

I have come here not to bury Eudora, but to praise it as my email client for the last seventeen years. Through the ups and downs of Apple history, from System 7 through Leopard, Eudora has been the one application I have used on a regular basis.

Eudora Eulogy

Two years ago, Qualcomm decided it was no longer profitable to maintain this high-quality email client and announced that future versions of Eudora would be based on Mozilla Thunderbird. Known as the Penelope project, the roadmap made sense and it was comforting to know that former Eudora programmers like Steve Dorner would be involved in development.

With the upcoming transition to Snow Leopard, chances were good that Eudora 6 would run, but I really wanted support for technologies like Address Book and better HTML
rendering, not to mention reduce the need to run PowerPC code under Rosetta emulation on my Intel Mac.

I tried to use the last few versions of Penelope and my messages could never quite make the transition correctly. I also tried Odysseus/MailForge, which was designed to please long-time Eudora users, but that too was unable to mport my messages and crashed too many times. I even tried Apple Mail with even less success. After all these years, I had accumulated over 85,000 messages spread out over 100 mailboxes, but each mailbox can be imported separately, and I was willing to import each one individually if it came to that.

So it was time to look for another email client. One of my requirements was that the client be able to store, or at least export, my messages in text format. I finally found a modern email client I feel best represents the Eudora spirit – GyazMail. It’s a commercial ($18) email client from a Japanese developer that uses the latest MacOS technologies, and stores mailboxes as separate files (Unix mbox import/export).

I have created a separate page showing what I did to import years of Eudora email into GyazMail. I did not import filters nor nicknames/address books. My filters are simple
and I had already duplicated my Eudora address book to Apple’s built-in Address Book database.

I’ve been using GyazMail for a week and so far has proven itself to be a worthy successor to Eudora. As long as it is well-maintained and updated, I’d like to keep using this email client for many years to come.

[Update – with apologies to my former English teachers. Eudora Welty was a great American author, and in no way does the Eudora email client rise above her.]

iPhone + 2

July 3, 2009 at 10:28 am | Posted in Macintosh | 1 Comment

Apple is now dominant in the mobile phone space. It has control over both software and the hardware, has deployed a platform that can compete with both netbooks and laptops, and has eclipsed the following companies which were the major players BiP (Before iPhone), all in the space of *two* years.

Microsoft, Nokia, Symbian, Motorola, Palm, RIM

That is impressive by any standard.

A Mac Take on the Palm Pre

June 7, 2009 at 10:58 am | Posted in Macintosh, Technology | Leave a comment

Jon Gruber’s review of the Palm Pre is quite fair to Palm and gives it a thumbs-up for treating users like adults. Given the average consumer, their refreshing attitude will probably not challenge the iPhone, but it will give the market a choice, and I’m all for that.

Palm has chosen a different trade-off than Apple in this regard, and it might help them carve out a segment of the market that the iPhone does not, and probably never will, appeal to — the “don’t treat me like a child, let me shoot myself in the foot if I want to, I despise artificial constraints imposed upon me” crowd. Some expert users will see the Pre’s stance as a huge win.

Apple Movie Widget Fail

May 16, 2009 at 9:14 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Here’s a programming bug from the Movie Dashboard widget from Apple – it seems that they’re not searching for a space after an article (e.g. “the”, “a”, “an”)  in the movie title of “Angels & Demons”:

MovieWidgetBug

Old Keyboard New Mouse

April 11, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

I was sick with some kind of bug last Friday, so I decided to do some cleaning – of my keyboard. I bought my first Mac 20 years ago this month – it was an SE/30 setup for well over $3000. The only component of that setup I’m still using today is the Apple Extended Keyboard – probably one of the best keyboards ever made. It is currently connected to my 24-inch Intel iMac with a USB-ADB adapter – no drivers needed. Here are the instructions for cleaning this keyboard. After clearing out 20 years of grime, dirt, hair and food, the keyboard is finally presentable to the world:

New Keyboard Old Mouse

One disadvantage of this keyboard is that it’s so large that right-handed users have to move their forearms well to the right in order to use a traditional mouse which contributes to repetitive stress injuries. This problem is solved by using my iPod Touch as a mouse using the AirMouse ($6). It’s an excellent piece of software, using either the accelerometer or touchscreen to move the pointer and offering various onscreen interfaces – media player, trackpad, or keyboard.

The Irrelevance of Microsoft

February 23, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Macintosh | 2 Comments

At long last, Microsoft has become irrelevant to my daily life. I don’t use their products at work, I don’t use their products at home, and no matter what they do in the various markets they influence, their idiocy doesn’t trickle down into my life. It was a very happy realization.

25 Years of Macintosh

January 24, 2009 at 8:30 am | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Macintosh. Born at a time when there were multiple computer platforms competing for market share, the Macintosh survived the rise of the Wintel platform in the 1990’s. The Mac tried to maintain a separate hardware platform but eventually adopted the Intel architecture in 2005. My first Mac was the SE/30, which has been voted by Macworld magazine as the the best Mac ever.

Today, MacOS and Linux stand as the only viable operating system alternatives to Microsoft. I am fortunate to be using Apple computers as my primary computer for work and home since high school.

Battery “Innovation”

January 13, 2009 at 8:45 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Given the lackluster nature of last week’s Macworld keynote, I have decided not to watch it online. However, I did see the section of the keynote that explains Apple’s use of a non user-replaceable battery.

Once the Phil Schiller reality distortion field wears off, you then realize that this is exactly how cell phone batteries are made. What Apple has done is to justify the higher prices of the Macbook Pros (and the Macbook Air – the battery technology is a few years old) compared to the competition.

The innovation is not technical; Apple is simply willing to tradeoff the benefits of  sealed-vs-replaceable batteries. Once any company decides to go with a sealed battery, the solution won’t be any different from what Apple developed. I predict that Dell and HP will start their photocopiers and have sealed-battery laptop in six months.

Macworld Loot

January 10, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Posted in Fun Outdoors, Macintosh | Leave a comment

Unlike last year’s haul, this year was more modest, as Apple and the tanking economy did not put people in a spendthrift mood. Total damage was limited to $75:

mwsf2009 loot

For $35, I got a copy of Aaron Hillegass’ Cocoa programming book, another $12 got me the Obama/OSX shirt, and going online to OWC snagged the USB 2.0 drive adapter for $25.

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