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August 20, 2015, 8:20 am

Call me crazy. I quit what was in many ways a dream job at The Cupertino Fruit Company to take 6 months off to recharge, reset, and reassess what’s next. I’m 2 months in. Let’s take stock of how it’s going, shall we?

My Macs

January 26, 2014, 2:15 pm

The Mac just turned 30. I’ve owned nothing but Macs for 24 of those years.

What can I do with my iPad?

December 28, 2010, 12:28 am

’Tis the season. A friend of mine was gifted an iPad for Christmas. After ‘32 hours of playing Scrabble,’ she asked me what else she can do with it. This is the list I sent her.

Why Apple can afford to charge so little for Snow Leopard

August 12, 2009, 12:12 pm

Apple will charge just US$29 for the next major release of Mac OS X. Most previous versions have cost US$129. How can they afford to charge so little? Because Snow Leopard will pay for itself by retiring software debt.

Stupid WebKit Tricks

July 19, 2009, 7:19 pm

With apologies to David Letterman’s Stupid Human Tricks segment, I presented a session at Barcamp Auckland (BCA3) on some WebKit-specific features you can leverage in web applications for iPhone, Android, and the Palm Pre. This is my synopsis, plus a bonus trick I didn’t present at the (un)conference!

Animating your iPhone web application

May 29, 2009, 6:18 pm

Recently, Rebecca Murphey asked on Twitter why she was seeing choppy animation of CSS transitions in her iPhone web application. Initially, I had the same experience, but through some experimentation came to find the smoothness I craved.

Dashboard Widgets for Fun and Profit

March 19, 2009, 11:59 pm

I gave a presentation tonight to the Auckland Web Design Meetup on Dashboard widgets. Here are my slides and a little commentary for those who were unable to attend.

Sending Growl notifications from Dashboard widgets

March 14, 2009, 3:14 pm

Recently, on Dashboard-Dev, Aaron Vizzini asked how to integrate Growl notifications into Dashboard widgets. I just did this in Hurler and, so I am happy to document the process here.

Using Coda’s Terminal Tab Locally

August 22, 2008, 8:22 am

This might be pretty obvious, but it’s really simple to use Coda’s Terminal tab to interact with your local system from the command line. Here’s how…

The first 48 hours of PHP Function Reference, by the numbers

April 8, 2008, 11:00 am

I thought I had it all sorted. I thought I had put together a foolproof way to track exactly how many times my PHP Function Reference widget had been downloaded and from where. I was wrong.

PHP Function Reference 1.0

April 7, 2008, 4:07 pm

It’s done, finished, out the door, in the can. Version one-point-oh of my PHP Function Reference (aka, PHPfr) widget is officially available for download. And, oh my dog, it’s about time.

New version of PHPfr in the works

March 30, 2008, 12:34 pm

There’ve been a couple of false starts over the 2 years that I’ve been developing this Dashboard widget, so excuse me if I didn’t want to say anything until I knew a release was close, but PHP Function Reference 1.0 is nearly done. w00+!

So Many Widgets, So Little Time

January 8, 2008, 8:01 am

How’s this for a New Year’s Resolution? I resolve to simplify my life by not pretending I have time to maintain 10+ Dashboard Widgets. Anyone want to take them over?

Merge folders with Transmit

January 16, 2007, 4:16 pm

Maybe I missed it, but I don’t see a good solution on the Mac for merging folders full of files. Well, today I really needed to do just that, so I figured out a way using only Panic’s excellent ftp program Transmit.

Apple’s Deal With the Devil

May 6, 2003, 9:08 am

Apple Computer launched an online music store last week to much hype and much rejoicing among the Mac faithful. In the first week since its launch, the store has moved 1,000,000 tracks out across the Internet at US$0.99 a pop. This is all glorious and righteous … right?