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Mac Mail.app and its local cache of messages

Why is it that yesterday Mail.app decided it did not have a local cache of my imap mail boxes anymore and it must refetch every one? Maybe I should switch back to Mailplane.

Busted-arse Apple Mobile Me Calendar forced onto me.com users

Got this email from Apple’s Me.com service today; from MobileMe <MobileMe@insideapple.apple.com> date Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 13:02 subject Upgrade to the new MobileMe Calendar by May 5, 2011 Upgrade to the new MobileMe Calendar by May 5, 2011 Dear MobileMe member: On May 5, 2011, MobileMe will transition completely to the new Calendar service […]

Evernote.com as a tool for scholarly research

I’ve recently started to use the software Evernote to help organise the morass of notes I’m wading around in while doing my M.A. thesis (I am not doing a Master’s degree in any comp.sci related area – it’s a Masters of Arts in Ancient History, and my thesis is on an aspect of the Roman […]

Running Oracle XE on Mac OSX using virtualised JeOS

So Oracle in its wisdom doesn’t have Mac OSX version of its free database. This is of course really annoying to Mac users who need to develop systems that use Oracle databases – Oracle XE is a great little database especially for development environments. Recently I found myself in a situation where I would be […]

Mozilla Thunderbird as alternative to Mac Mail.app

This morning my Mac’s Mail.app actually ate two emails I wrote and didn’t send them or save them in my ‘Drafts’ folder. Data loss is unacceptable, so I searched for an alternative. It seems the best alternative on offer is Thunderbird, which I used to use in my Windows and Linux days. Thunderbird 2 doesn’t […]

Upgrading to Maven 2.1.0 on Macintosh OS X

Recently I found a Maven plugin that wouldn’t run under Maven version 2.0.6, and I had to upgrade it on my Macintosh. I quickly discovered the usual *nix upgrade (unpack, then update ${PATH}) didn’t seem to work, as the Macintosh OS X 10.5 comes with Maven pre-installed in /usr/share/ directory. Tip – I found where […]

Apple iPhoto 09 Flickr integration is bad, very bad

I am very, very pissed off with Apple’s iPhoto to Flickr integration. It’s seriously broken software. Here are just some of the reasons why – interface and interaction designers please take note: Uploading photos in bulk does not preserve the order (any order) in the Flickr stream. So your photostream gets whack out of order. […]