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Microsoft in 2023

I agree entirely with this post by Charlie Stross concerning MS Word. I really wish people writing in the Humanities would not insist on using the bloody thing. The problem is in businesses – they love the thing. It was remarked to me on Facebook that “It would be nice to see the whole [of […]

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App developer

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

Xcode and its inability to handle simple things like renaming a directory

Why is it so damned hard to rename a directory in Xcode? When you open up Xcode and create a new Project, it creates a virtual directory – a “Group” into which your application source files go. If you look at the project with Finder or through the shell you’ll find a directory of the […]

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 […]

Software review: TeXnicle LaTeX editor

TeXnicle is a relatively new free Mac OS X TeX editor. I just had a go at it (for about an hour) to wheedle out some of its basic features and possible flaws. It is of course (i.e. conforms to current trend in LaTeX editors) one of that “all the things in a big window” […]

My advice to GPS manufacturers

This is not about Apple maps. It is about the hardware devices you use in cars (yes I know you can use your iPhone or Android device with turn-by-turn but in general their software has all these problems too). 1. Update pronunciation of map components. Multiple issues here. 2. Map data need to contain the […]

Instagram versus Flickr

So most people who read the news should be aware of the new Instagram terms of service by now (if not, read the linked boingboing article). Its resulted in quite a bit of outrage on twitter and other social networks (here is Wil Wheaton on the fiasco). I deleted my account yesterday. What’s most interesting […]

A more detailed Postbox critique

OK So I’m back on Mail.app but still looking for a Postbox alternative. What was the straw that broke the camel’s back? I realised it was quite simple. I am a Gmail Filter and Label power user. I’ve had the damn thing since its “beta” meant you had to get an invite to get an […]

Postbox anachronisms overload

Too much anachronism. Back to Apple Mail.app. I wish Sparrow wasn’t bought by Google. ;-(