· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · December
· · · · 11 (3 entries)

Java Thunder · The Ja­va ecosys­tem is a news fac­to­ry these days. Here­with a few words on Ja­va SE 6, JRu­by 0.9.2, and Groovy 1.0 RC1 ...
Apple App Attrition · Yes, it’s an­oth­er an­guished chap­ter in my re­la­tion­ship with OS X and its pos­se. Baubles al­ready hang­ing on this chain in­clude Back to the Mac, Time to Switch?, and Un­switch. Weird­ly, un­less my log­files are ly­ing, peo­ple like read­ing them. Any­how, I had a hard crash this af­ter­noon when I un­plugged my ex­ter­nal screen, and af­ter OS X came back, both Mail.app and NetNewsWire had lost their mem­o­ry. It turns out NetNewsWire takes a dai­ly back­up of your sub­scrip­tions (that Brent Sim­mon­s, he da man!) so that on­ly took a cou­ple of min­utes to re­cov­er. But Mail.ap­p, like iCal, seems to think a crash is a good enough rea­son to dis­card us­er da­ta; all my pref­er­ences and pro­files were gonzo, I had to start from scratch. It still had my old POP mail with­out the ac­count they be­longed to, but it’d for­got­ten about my Sun IMAP world. I got it work­ing again, but then there were some fold­ers I didn’t rec­og­nize, so I delet­ed them, and now it’s borked again; says “Synchronizing with server” and nev­er comes back. So I said the hell with it and now I’m run­ning Thun­der­bird, which ain’t as pret­ty but seems to work. I’m still OK with OS X, but the num­ber of its apps I use is down to Ad­dress Book, iTunes, iMovie, and (un­til the mi­crosec­ond I find an al­ter­na­tive) iCal. Ap­ple makes nice com­put­ers and a good op­er­at­ing sys­tem. Aside from movies or mu­sic, I’d stay away from the rest of the app­s. OK, let’s try to be fair: I use com­put­ers and ap­pli­ca­tions way hard­er than most, and plen­ty of peo­ple are un­like­ly to push these apps in­to break­age. And Apple’s mail and cal­en­dar and brows­er and so on are pol­ished and easy to use. But I just can’t re­ly on them any longer. [Up­date: The Mac is go­ing to win be­cause its com­mu­ni­ty is smart and en­gaged. For ev­i­dence, check the com­ments. Ex­cel­lent stuff.]
5✭♫: Better Get Hit In Your Soul · This piece ap­pears on Min­gus Ah Um, a 1959 al­bum by Charles Min­gus, and on Min­gus at An­tibes, record­ed live the next year. There may be a few rock-&-roll fans who haven’t heard this and don’t know how hard jazz can be played; I can’t imag­ine any band ev­er play­ing hard­er. (“5✭♫” se­ries in­tro­duc­tion here; with an ex­pla­na­tion of why the ti­tle may look bro­ken.) ...
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