Oct 08

Apple is awesome. Apple sucks.

sweet! new products and services:

damn! new products and services:


Sep 08

How the iPhone can do Copy&Paste

May 08

Mac Plus G4 completed.

Mac Plus G4

see the details, and more info about construction here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/15994009@N06/sets/72157605213095006/detail/

Apr 08

Mac Plus G4

Mac Plus G4

my latest creation, a Mac Plus G4. more images and build process description coming soon.

Nov 07

PowerBook graphics

since i brought home my shiny new (20-inch 2.4 ghz core duo shiny shiny shiny) iMac, my PowerBook has been a little sad. i still use it on an almost daily basis – it’s my on-the-road machine, and the one i bring to customer locations to do troubleshooting and other work – but its had that middle-child attitude ever since its younger sibling came home with me.

so, in an act of angst-filled rebellion, it went and got a tattoo.

the newly inked powerbook
the newly inked powerbook, hanging out with its distant ancestor.

my powerbook, with its new graphics
who says you can’t update the graphics on a G4 PowerBook?

all kidding aside, the new graphic is hand-cut from adhesive-backed vinyl, which can be ordered in a miltitude of colors and in large or small quantity from eDecals.com.

yes, i cut out the hole for the apple logo to shine through, which was the toughest part. it took a steady hand and a sharp x-acto to trace around the translucent logo.

Nov 07

my pet Finder bug [updated]

Fixed in Leopard!

from a TMUG member already using Leopard (10.5):

It’s fixed. Sort as you like, copy & paste, you get the files listed in the order you see them.

What’s more, if you copy from the finder and paste into a rich text document, you get icons. I can’t see any utility in that, but hey, they are putting multiple content types on the clipboard.

sigh. i’ll miss the little bugger – i’ve been feeding and caring for it since the developer previews. oh well. it had a good run – 8 years or so.

[note: this is a quick repost so i could tag the entry for the MacBreak Weekly “Whine List”]

my pet finder bug, which has existed since 10.0 and has been reported with each major release to bugreport.apple.com is as follows. it has been marked as “duplicate” and thus closed, so i know it’s been seen and i’m not the only one who’s complained. but, as yet, it has not been resolved.

this is a long-standing “os X finder doesn’t work like classic finder” issue, and while it’s not a great hardship, it would be nice to see it fixed.

files dragged from the finder into another application, or copied from place to place, or even file listings copied and pasted from the finder never retain the order in which they were diplayed in the finder.

Steps to Reproduce:
1 – select several files or folders in a finder window, in list mode, ordered by name. select edit->copy to copy the filenames to the clipboard.

2 – open a textedit document. paste the filenames into the document. the names will be in a different order from their positions in the finder, in a seemingly random new order.

Expected Results:
one would expect that the listing in the clipboard, and thus in the document, would reflect either a: the order in which they were selected (not the case) or b: the order in which they appear in the finder (also, not the case)

Actual Results:
for example, i’ve created several folders via duplication in the finder, named “copy 1” … “copy 9”

in the finder, they appear in alphabetical order, 1-9. selecting these and copy/pasting the listing into an empty textedit document, results as such:

“copy 7
copy 4
copy 3
copy 8
copy 6
copy 5
copy 1
copy 2
copy 9”

clearly not alphabetical.

none that i know of. selecting multiple files and opening them in their associated application opens them out of order. dragging multiple files from the finder into applications that accept dragged items imports/places them out of order, etc.

my hope is that this will be fixed, possibly, maybe, but i’m not holding my breath, in the new Leopard (OS X 10.5) Finder.

Oct 07

mouse hacking for giggles

Optical mouse guts inside an old Apple ADB mouse

i’m thinking of hacking the guts of an old iBook into a classic Mac Plus case. In preparation, though, i thought i’d start small, by shoehorning the guts of an optical mouse into the Plus’ ADB mouse. i documented the process here.

Oct 07


a project i built a few years back when i had too many classic Macs in my house, and no shelves to put them on.

two birds. one stone.

the bookshelves in my office

the bookshelves in my office.