OS X Mavericks and Safari / Firefox drive me crazy

As I wrote in my last post, the latest version of Safari and Firefox on OS X Mavericks go nuts about finger gestures. This really drives me crazy, so much that I'd like to take my iMac and throw it out of the window from time to time. I've seen there is a workaround by enabling … Continue reading OS X Mavericks and Safari / Firefox drive me crazy

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The latest Mavericks update and/or Safari are broken…

is it only my or do others also see the effect that since the last OS X Mavericks update, using the single finger gesture in Safari to move back and forth in the Browser history freezes Safari? That's especially funny when you're in the middle of editing a long blog post 😦 I also can't … Continue reading The latest Mavericks update and/or Safari are broken…

Have you ever tried to reconnect your bluetooth mouse on a mac without using a mouse?

The Magic Mouse is great. At least most of the time. When it's working. It is, however, an ironically lousy piece of expensive crap when it comes to its battery compartment. You need to stuff some paper into it to keep the batteries in a certain position. If you change batteries and do it wrong, … Continue reading Have you ever tried to reconnect your bluetooth mouse on a mac without using a mouse?

Screen Captures in Mountain Lion and file formats – what the …?

I am in the middle of writing some documentation for our new web service that I'm going to talk a bit more about in the near future. For this I need to take screen captures and upload them onto a wordpress site. Working on my mac, all seemed fine for a while. OS X ships … Continue reading Screen Captures in Mountain Lion and file formats – what the …?

My first Impressions of Apple’s Podcasts App

Apple released a new App for listening to Podcasts and managing subscriptions on the iPhone or iOS. It seems they figured iTunes (or Music, as it is called on the iOS machines) is a bit overloaded, so they started splitting it into several apps. I must say I am not really impressed. First of all, … Continue reading My first Impressions of Apple’s Podcasts App

Who said Apple’s updates are any better than others? Lion 10.7.3 loses Wi-Fi when it sleeps

[POST Final Update (Feb 07, 2012): The solution with the Combo update has improved the situation, but about 25% of wake-ups will still be disconnected. Before 10.7.3, I've never had that issue.] [Final Update: The issue seems resolved. Repairing file permissions and rebooting once more after the combo update seems to have healed my mac. … Continue reading Who said Apple’s updates are any better than others? Lion 10.7.3 loses Wi-Fi when it sleeps

My WWDC highlight: iOS5 will have Garbage Collection

[Update:] I may be wrong on this one: the WWDC Keynote slide I'm talking about mentions 'Automatic Reference Counting', which technically is not the same as Garbage Collection, but nevertheless takes away the burden and responsibility of manual memory management from the developer. So the hooray is still valid, even if the technical implementation may … Continue reading My WWDC highlight: iOS5 will have Garbage Collection

Esteban’s Mars Project is alive

At last year's ESUG conference, Esteban Lorenzano showed his progress on Mars, a framwork to implement native Cocoa interfaces in Pharo Smalltalk. His goal was and is to provide a way to build native Cocoa Apps without the need to build parts in Interface Builder and load NIBs etc. And I was very impressed by … Continue reading Esteban’s Mars Project is alive

Objective-C 2, Xcode 4, LLVM, what’s next?

Objective-C and Cocoa are a nice environment to work in. The nicety of Cocoa comes from the fact that it is an object runtime system rather than a bunch of objects compiled into a running program. A Nib file (or xib file as they are called now) is nothing else than a saved snapshot of … Continue reading Objective-C 2, Xcode 4, LLVM, what’s next?

Apple releases Xcode 4

Today Apple released XCode 4, their latest development environment for MacOS and iOS. Having worked with XCode for a while and skimming through the list of improvements and new features in Xcode 4 it seems like this new version is another big step forward and makes development an even much nicer experience than before. I … Continue reading Apple releases Xcode 4