A sad day

Today is a sad day -- My long trusty friend, Net News Wire, was removed from my dock. I've been increasingly using Google Reader and with some of the recent improvements I just wasn't using NNW very much anymore. I never thought a web app would displace a desktop app but I was apparently wrong...
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User deserves better

I was working on a new project tonight -- It's still early days so I don't want to talk about it yet but I came across one funny thing (which I think is new in leopard) -- If you ask for an alert panel and don't pass it a good message you get
A generic error message will be displayed, but the user deserves better.
Gotta love the appkit guys at Apple
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Blogger changes & RapidBlog

Hi All, Blogger pushed up a new version which changes their documented behavior. Since I'm not sure if this will be fixed or not (or more importantly when) I've pushed up a new version of RapidBlog (1.26) You can get it here http://loghound.com/rapidblog/changelog/index.html

Dogged Determination

So the iPhone is being released in the UK. MacWorld UK has a story about it and the regency street store

It's not the longest queue - yet, but two people have arrived outside the store equipped with warm weather clothing, folding chairs and grim, dogged determination to be among the first people in the UK to get hold of an iPhone.

Care to guess who one of those two is?
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Worlds Biggest French Fry!

Worlds Biggest French Fry! We had fish n' chips the other night -- much to our suprise we found this monster french fry mixed in -- Can you imagine the potato?
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Leopard stuff I can't discuss and quicken for mac stinks

I've been testing loghound.com plugins on Leopard these last several days -- Truth be told even though I've had access to the seed for almost a year I didn't spend much time in it.
Anyway I've had probably half a dozen "holy #$@#" moments in leopard -- Small things that aren't mentioned in the '300 items' Apple talks about (probably too small to make the cut) but to me it is this moment of brilliance.  I wish I could share a few of them right now, perhaps I'll do a blog post friday evening.   
Don't get me wrong, these are not 'big huge' suprises, it's just little things here and there that really put a smile on my face.
By the way, quicken for the mac Sucks -- No, sucks is too generous.  It's embarassing.  Apple -- On the PC side everyone is scared to make Financial apps because quicken (& microsoft money) have such a stranglehold.  On the mac side though it's pitiful how bad the choices are.  It's no wonder there are folks who dare tread into this market.
The 'killer feature' that Quicken has (in my books) is the online access and ability to do bill pay.  This is a must have for me.  Anyway after giving quicken mac a good month of testing I still can't find anything nice to say about it so I'm going back to quicken windows (using parallels)
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RapidBlog 1.22

I Just pushed up a new version of RapidBlog -- 1.22 includes a few fixes and a often requested feature -- the ability to have the comment system on blogger appear in a popup window.
Before I put it on the main download page I wanted to let a few folks give it a spin -- If you would like you can grab it here:
The complete change log is below, let me know if you see any problems.
  • Rapidblog will now empty out the entry ID after a 404 error. To read more about why you might care see http://loghound.com/Rapidblog/404/index.html
  • RapidBlog now handles character encoding conversation a bit differnetly (and perhaps better ---)
  • RapidBlog will not properly reflect draft status of imported blogs
  • RapidBlog will now show the number of comments regardless of the language choice in the blogger engine.
  • You can now have 'blogger' style comments enter via a poup menu
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After almost a year of waiting my much anticipated Chumby is on it's way.  The chumby folks are handling the product launch in an interesting way.  Right now they have a 'insiders' launch which is basically anyone who signed up to get notified.  I finally got my notification e-mail this week and in nanoseconds I had my credit card whipped out and had an order for a black Chumby.

In case you are wondering the chumby is a always connected internet device for 'low profile' usage.  You can use it as a alarm clock next to your bed or to rotate through pictures or all sorts of stuff.  

I'll probably use mine as an fancy alarm clock but I've been thinking of other uses of it also.

Anyway rumor has it that mine will ship sometime next week -- I'll report back after I get my Chumby.


PlusKit tutorial at Rapidweaverthemes.com

Gary over t RapidWeaver themes put together a nice tutorial on using Lightbox  effect that you can see here

In fact if you watch the entire thing you'll see a nice 15% off coupon off of Pluskit good for the month of September.

[edit] Gary is really out of control. he's just published version 2 of his screen-casts showing how to use @import!



Introducing FaqMaker

Hi All,

I'm happy to finally be able to talk openly about my newest plugin FaqMaker.

This plugin is a case of me 'scratching my own itch'. While I love my customers the third time you answer the same question you start wondering "How can I make this better". I started by doing FAQ's in styled text but somehow that didn't work for me -- For instance I wanted a way to show which items were new or modified and I thought it would be neat to provide a RSS feed so people could monitor as I added new items (Apple does this and it's quite effective)

Finally I wanted linkability -- I wanted every entry to have a link that I could send to people to answer questions and I wanted ever entry to be directly linkable from within RW. Initially built for internal use I've been enhancing and adding to it over the last months and It's ready for a broader audience.

Key Features:

  • A variety of output styles
  • A variety of built in 'themes' or build your own (by the way, I left out the zune theme but if you really want it let me know and I'll send it to you!)
  • Automatically generates RSS Feeds and a PDF version to go on your site
  • Built in integration with the fantastic js-kit for entry ratings & comments

If you have to put information on the web (well, I guess that's all of us) it's a great way to generate FAQ's to help people find information (and to help minimize the number of times you answer the same question!)

Ok, enough talk. To get FaqMaker cruise to my
FaqMaker site.

The 'free' version allows 4 faq entries. Of course since it's still in 'beta' (after a verrrrry long alpha) I'm offering a special RW Forum 25% off coupon
EASYFAQLABOR But wait, theres more, until Tuesday september 4 if you buy FaqMaker and use the coupon EASYFAQLABOR you can add any of my other plugins and get that same 25% discount -- Just make sure your cart includes FaqMaker and the whole order is 25% off with the coupon code.

Finally I wanted to share that I'm not done with it yet. There are some things that I still need to be added such as greater control over the content & size of the 'tooltips' option as well as a at least one more output 'type' so now is a great time to let me know what you think.

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