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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 […]

Apple Notes and iCloud

There’s a bit of gnashing of the teeth about the terrible font that the new Notes application uses in Apple OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion. But for me the single biggest fail with this application is the fact that of all the Apple apps that now use iCloud, it’s the one that has the most rubbish […]

On upgrading to Mac OSX 10.7 “Lion”

So, I finally got around to upgrading to 10.7 from 10.6. I had deliberately held off for a while, to see if there were any major hassles before committing myself to it. Apart from the reverse-scrolling thing, which a lot of people didn’t like, but which you can quickly get used to, I hadn’t heard […]

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 […]

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. […]