Summer "Vacation" Plans

I've been working with my wife on our summer plans -- when & where to go. As it turns out Apple helped make part of them today. I know where I'll be June 9-13 For the most part it's a 'non' event -- we all kind of 'knew' there would be something either June, July or August with the good money on June. Furthermore it was no surprise that the iPhone would feature so prominently (especially after they announced 'iPhone 2.0 in June') -- In the invite they specifically mention 'three tracks': Mac, iPhone & IT. While I'm excited about the iPhone as a platform to develop for I really hope they don't shortchange the Mac side -- What I really hope they can talk about is 'what's next' for OSX after leopard but I'm a little worried they are so focused on iPhone that they won't have much to say. Time will tell....
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iPhone SDK

Like every other developer in the known world (where known means 'Apple world') I've been playing with the SDK ever since the servers let me snag a copy.  "Our" reaction has been pretty consistent:  It's a lot (and I mean a lot) more than any of us expected.  I was honestly expecting the "SDK" to be embedded javascript applets you could run (and honestly that would have been ok for a lot of stuff -- see the weather widget, that's  nothing more than a glorified dashboard widget)
Instead they give us a real API in a real language with a really nice toolchain... It was stunning.
Now the question is what to do?  Do you jump on the bandwagon and furiously code to release something in June or do you sit back, let the tools mature (although brilliant they are still beta) and then swoop in after the initial wave where you see weak spots.
It's something I'll be thinking about over the next days.
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RapidBlog 1.50b6

RapidBlog 1.50b6 -- mostly defect fixes too numerous to count

Download 1.50B6
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RapidBlog 1.50b3

This is just a 'quick fix' to some defects in 1.50b2 -- Specifically RSS feeds weren't working reliably and the div ordering showed the wrong graphic. Recommended for anyone who was using 1.50B2

Download 1.50B3
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RapidBlog 1.50b2

It's been a while since I posted a update to my blog but I've been working on this one for a while (not non stop which explains why it's taken so long) I've just pushed up a beta of RapidBlog 1.5 -- This includes most of the feature requests I've had in the last few months (well, most of the requests that are implementable)
  • Upgrading the blog rendering to be more consistent with the built in blog
  • Permalink can now be the title of the post
  • Show/Hide comments can optionally be placed
  • Error message improvements
  • The blog comment introduction "Jack said...." can now be customized
  • Setup now uses the standard RW setup method, not it's own window
  • And you can re-arrange the order in which the blog renders out -- want the date below the body?  no problem, just re-arrange it from the setup menu.
If you are brave and feel like playing give it a try.   Of course you can always go back to the current shipping version so it's pretty safe to play with.  If your favorite feature request is not included let me know as I'm still working on it and (of course) let me know what problems you see.
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Insight to my Psyche

I got two new toys on virtually the same day (Monday) a new 40" LCD TV (Samsung LNT4061F for those of you keeping score) and a Amazon Kindle To date I've spend about 30 minute watching the TV and 4 hours reading e-books. I suspect I'll spend a lot more time on my e-book reader than on the TV.
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MacSanta

macsanta-smallYou might want to keep an eye on the Mac Santa Deals around the 14th..... Especially if there is a plugin you wanted but haven't purchased yet.
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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
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