Since I bought my iPad a year ago, I've been steadily filling it with ebooks, especially when I find $0-5 sales. (Thank you, Webscriptions and Weightless Books.) For a while, I still preferred paper copies, especially for single-use books, because I could then swap them on … [Read more...] about Going digital
Apple and the ebook apps
The NY Times reported yesterday that Apple is changing its requirements for ebook apps. Apps that used to take you to a web store to buy the books, like the Kindle app, will now be required to offer in-app purchasing as well. This is great from a user experience point of view -- … [Read more...] about Apple and the ebook apps
Open letter to Apple on changing the rotation lock to a mute switch
Dear Apple, I was horrified to read this morning that the upcoming OS update for the iPad will change the rotation lock to a (partial) mute switch. This is a TERRIBLE change. I bought the iPad to use primarily as a versatile ebook reader, and I use the rotation lock every single … [Read more...] about Open letter to Apple on changing the rotation lock to a mute switch
a better save bookmarklet for delicious on the iPhone
Last week, I discovered that the standard 'save to delicious' bookmarklet pretty much sucks on the iPhone. It tries to open a new window. It doesn't use the mobile version of delicious. When I got back, I realized that nothing I'd been saving actually got saved. The mobile … [Read more...] about a better save bookmarklet for delicious on the iPhone
Word Unmunger (HTML cleanup) Automator script updated
For years, I used Luke Francl's Word Unmunger to strip the gunk out of Word-generated HTML files (an occupational hazard when you work in higher ed). I fell out of the habit when I started working more on application interfaces than static files, but recently I had another batch … [Read more...] about Word Unmunger (HTML cleanup) Automator script updated
Snow Leopard cannot get here fast enough
As if the hosting disaster weren't bad enough, my laptop is increasingly unstable. For months, it's been refusing to shut all the way down, failing on Time Machine backups, and generally being flaky. Today it's suddenly much worse. It has stopped recognizing my USB hub, and now … [Read more...] about Snow Leopard cannot get here fast enough
The lost data was not recovered, but MAMP was persuaded to cough up its database connections, and Time Machine is now ticking merrily along — although, since it has over a month's worth of stuff to back up, it's taking a rather long time. If your Time Machine gets stuck … [Read more...] about Better.
Virtual hosts with MAMP
I've spent the last two days setting up virtual hosts with MAMP on two different Macs, one Tiger and one Leopard. I'm posting this so the next person doesn't have to spend two days at it. Setting up virtual hosts is really pretty straightforward, once you find a good set of … [Read more...] about Virtual hosts with MAMP
Leopard tip roundup
Stacks and the Dock Prevent Stacks from changing docked folder icons (when alphabetized) Prevent Stacks from changing docked folder icons (when sorted by date) One way to put Stacks to good use — group applications into folders and use the Dock as a launcher. Clever. How … [Read more...] about Leopard tip roundup
I’d rather be reading.
Well. The honeymoon is over; the words no longer come easily, and we are definitely in the "don' wanna" stage. And one of the other books is bouncing on its toes for my attention. New words: 908 Reason for stopping: snooze time Sustenance: Raspberry tea, sweet green … [Read more...] about I’d rather be reading.