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Task-orientated email

I just don’t get it. I mean, I get it, but I don’t get it. I’m old school email. This article recommends the mail client Mailbox. Note it’s only criteria for not using Mailbox is if you have an email address that’s not Gmail or iCloud, not that you don’t like task-orientated email interfaces. I’ve […]

Google Chrome Notification Icon – how to get rid of it on OSX

If you use Chrome on MAC OS X you may recently have noticed a really annoying “bell” icon that has appeared in the menu bar, which also had the super-annoying property of not obeying the usual rules for OS X menu-bar icons (such as being draggable off the menu bar entirely). There were a set […]

More about Mail in Mavericks

Well, that’s been nothing but a huge disappointment. It’s confirmed that Mail.app and Gmail in Mavericks don’t get along. Mail behaves absolutely abominably with the non-standard IMAP of Gmail. I’ve tried the number of tricks listed in that article to get the ship righted again but it’s looking pretty dire. At this post you can […]

The Mail.App in OSX 10.9 is buggy and awful

The Apple Mail.app in Mavericks is a terrible step backwards. Smart mailboxes behave flakily – I’ve got one that’s called “All unread” (it’s rule is simply “message is unread”) and it said that there were 5 messages unread, until I click on it and suddenly there’s 21 unread messages. This is true of any Smart […]

OSX 10.9 ‘Mavericks’ and ‘Spaces’

One of the more interesting changes in Mavericks is the way it now handles multiple screens and what was called “Spaces” (is it still even called that?)(yes, yes it is). Previously if I had a second monitor attached to my MacBook Pro, both screens always changed when I switched Spaces. It was like each Space […]

App developer

Yesterday I couldn’t even spell ‘UIViewController’, nunc unum feci.

Microsoft’s zombie apocalypse

Go to this URL, and click on the “click here to see how the iPad has changed the world in just three years” link that’s at the bottom of the text (sorry these guys don’t want to let me link directly to the slide stack); Note slides 4 & 6 particularly. Note that “tablets” are […]

Keyboards and “tablets”, and writing

It seems to me that people who love the Microsoft Surface RT because of its keyboard (for example, Jeff Atwood) just needed to buy a Zagg keyboard for iPad.[1] Jeff Atwood does indeed make a good point about keyboards and tablets in general: On screen keyboards get the job done, but if I have to […]

Google authenticator and Gmail iOS app rubbish

I have two step authentication turned on my Google account. If you don’t know what that is, whenever you login to the gmail web interface it is set up to send me a code via SMS which I then also have to enter. Applications (e.g. my Mail app on my laptop) use a “one time […]

Surface

An alternate universe – Marco Arment: The Surface is partially for Microsoft’s world of denial: the world in which this store contains no elephants and Microsoft invented the silver store with the glass front and the glowing logo and blue shirts and white lanyards and these table layouts and the modern tablet and its magnetic […]