Archive for December 2006
He was dressed all in Bondi, from his ports to his screen,
he was so darned shiny, one blazin’ machine.
A bundle of coupons he had flung on his back,
he looked like a circular, just opening his pack.
MacSanta is coming to town! Now through December 25th, you can save 20% on DropDMG, EagleFiler, and SpamSieve, as well as tons of other great Mac software.
Of this year’s winners, I use SuperDuper, iTunes, and iPhoto every day. I also own Parallels and VisualHub, and I’m looking forward to trying Fission. I just bought a MacBook Pro, but it died (turned itself off and now won’t turn on) while I was backing it up after the first full day of use. Thanks to SuperDuper, it appears that I didn’t lose any data, though I have a bunch of re-installing to do.
LineForm, the new vector drawing app from FreeVerse, may be the antithesis of the Delcious Generation. Sure it's not the hottest looking app on the block, but man does it make up for it in terms of simple hands on, get work done, appeal. I keep discovering cool new stuff I can do with this app…
I’ve released an update to EagleFiler. You can now import more types of files, edit text and RTF records from within EagleFiler, search by tag, and much more. Most of the changes fall into the category of making it smoother to use.
John C. Welch doesn’t like the installer or the fact that Reader isn’t universal. The thing I found strange was that the installer immediately starts installing in /Applications as soon as you double-click it. It doesn’t ask where you want to install it, or even for confirmation that you want to install. Reader 8 seems much faster than 7, but the interface is very Windowsy.
At last, the Intel- and Tiger-savvy version of DiskWarrior is available. DiskWarrior is an essential utility that has saved me lots of time over the years. Alsoft is a pleasure to do business with, and they’re on the very short list of companies from whom I will buy an upgrade sight-unseen as soon as I see that a new version is available.
The December issue of ATPM is out:
- Mac of All Trades: Where Did You Hear That?
- Photoshop For the Curious: An Overview, Part 1
- Web Accessibility: SeaMonkey 1.0.6
- How To: Use Activity Monitor to Monitor Your Mac’s Memory
- Desktop Pictures: Europe
- Software Review: Fission 1.1
- Hardware Review: iRecord
- Software Review: OpenMenu X 1.0.2
- Software Review: Synergy 3.0
- Hardware Review: Tankstick
- FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
I had determined that Windows Vista’s File Open dialog tries to look up a user’s display name for the “bread crumb” bar when showing the documents folder and in the process tries to locate a domain controller by sending a Lan Manager datagram via the Bowser.sys device driver. I also knew that there’s no workaround for the delayed dialogs and that anyone that has a domain joined system that’s not connected to their domain will experience the same delays - at least until Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
Via Omar Shahine, who writes:
When I read posts like this I think “I can’t believe that in all the man hours that went into Vista, no one caught this bug.” But then I also think, this is a classic example of why bugs exist.