Mind Dump

Wednesday, 2007-07-25; 01:53:00

Random things I've been thinking about or wanted to post about.

Safari 3's session saving is a great feature that has disastrous results on my productivity. Whereas before I used to only have 10 or so tabs open at any one time (for fear of losing them all because of a crash or quit), now I regularly have almost 100 tabs or so open. And guess what that means? Safari regularly uses up 400-500 MB of memory.

The "do not disconnect" message on a connected iPod pisses me off. Lately, I have just been pulling my iPod from its Dock without unmounting it, though I always make sure that the spinny progress indicator on the iPod isn't there (indicating no disk activity). No disk damage so far. It occurs to me that I used to think it was stupid that, for example, you could press a button on the outside of a disk drive or optical drive on a PC and the media would immediately eject, regardless of whether it was in use or not. It also occurs to me that I could stop being pissed off if I turned off my iPod's disk mode, but I use that sometimes so I don't want to turn it off.

"iPhone-optimized" sites seem to defeat the purpose of having MobileSafari on the iPhone at all. You're supposed to be getting the real internet, so why dumb it down specifically for the iPhone? The "mobile internet" nonsense should be abolished. (It especially annoys me when sites specifically block all browsers except MobileSafari from using the site. They usually include some splash page that says something to the effect of "to use this site, point your iPhone to www.i-want-to-fracture-the-internet.com".)

I would describe myself as an "anti-digger". Not in the sense that I hate digg, but that I hardly every actually digg a story. I visit a lot of the links from digg, but the vast majority of the time I bury the stories 'cause they're some lame "BREAKING: 5.87 hacks to ensure you get the AMAZING hot date of your dreams who supports Ron Paul" article or some really stupid comic that doesn't deserve mention.

I was talking to a friend the other day about social networking sites, and why I steadfastly refuse to get on them. I realized (and my friend agreed) that it is very egotistical to create a website that's devoted pretty much to selling yourself. It's different from a weblog in that you're not promoting your ideas, thoughts, or creations, you're just promoting you. It rubs me the wrong way.

I have recently taken off Infinite Loop and MacBytes from my feed bookmarks ('cause they're totally redundant to other news sites). The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs is very close to being chopped off as well because whoever it is publishes one million posts a minute about the stupidest things EVAR. It's funny once in a while, but I seriously am tired of seeing fifteen new posts every time I refresh your feed, FSJ. UNEASYsilence is also ready to be axed, because of their lame ass-anti-iPhone bias; oh, also because a lot of the stuff they post is inane novelty products that might have been funny if they were actually fucking funny!

We had a new car stereo installed in my mom's car today yesterday. Apparently it supports MP3, WMA, and AAC CDs. (I didn't know there was such a thing as an AAC CD.) The stereo is "Made for iPod", but the interface sucks. I think it would've been better if it just had an auxiliary input, and you chose which songs to play through the iPod's interface. (Unfortunately, the aux input was a more expensive option.) Granted, it takes only a few minutes to figure it out (after an initial frustrating hiccup and reading the iPod section of the manual), but it's not as easy a first use as an iPod is.

I have a lot of improvements waiting in the wings for all of my software, and I have an abundance of ideas for new versions as well, but I never have the time to get it all done. (I've been using TuneTagger 1.0.1 internally which has some greatly needed improvements over 1.0.) I tend to do that: since I actually use my software, I use my internal versions and then forget that the features aren't actually released. Any programmer out there interested in partnering up and wading through my source code?

Quinn 3.5's new icon is garish what with all the colors. I liked the simplistic icon from previous versions better. Still the best Tetris software out there, though.

Has anyone else noticed that the .mac commenting feature that automatically appends submitted comments to the end of the page doesn't work anymore? At least it doesn't in Safari 3, and the JavaScript console now generates cross-domain scripting security errors. This used to work; what's the deal?

The revelation that all apps on the iPhone run as the root user seems very worrying on the surface, especially in light of some security vulnerabilities that seem to take advantage of this. I'm not sure, though; it certainly would be disastrous in a multi-user environment, but since the iPhone is decidedly single-user, does it make sense to enforce UNIX permissions? It wouldn't exactly be user-friendly to pop up the security authentication panel on the iPhone like Mac OS X does in order to perform administrator actions.

MacFixIt's reporting has declined over the past year and a half or so, I've noticed. They've previously advocated some ridiculous pre-, during-, and post-install rituals (like repairing permissions) that don't actually have any benefit. Then they defended their positions when John Gruber pointed out the ludicrousness of the steps they want users to go through when installing updates. More recently, they recommended (without any evidence) that users should always download packages and then install them using the Installer application, rather than directly using the Software Update application. (It's the UI that's different, not the underlying installation mechanism, so there would be no benefit whatsoever to using the Installer over Software Update.) And then there was a flippant remark on an article the other day that brushed off criticism of MacFixIt's the-sky-is-falling stance over QuickTime 7.2, simply because MacFixIt focuses on bad things rather than updates that don't have problems. MacFixIt termed QuickTime 7.2 a "disaster", even though problems were happening only to users who had installed a developer version of Java. It certainly was not a widespread problem, and it wasn't one of the worst Apple updates in history, yet MacFixIt billed it as such. Not to say that Apple shouldn't have caught this, but when you're a website that focuses on problems, you have to be especially careful with hyperbole on the severity of problems. (I can't link to any actual MacFixIt articles, because of their requirement that you pay to get access to the archives.)

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