11 Jun
   Filed Under: Apple   

I must say, that’s been a huge disappointment. So far, I have complained over every occurrence of the new standard at Apple to make UI captions in capital letters (see the iTunes sidebar), and some hardware trouble, but this is just insane.

I hope Steve is making a joke when he said that they had figured out a ‘sweet solution’ to development on the iPhone. It’s quite clear that making AJAX apps isn’t a solution at all. I’m extremely, extremely disappointed to hear that Apple is panicing so far as to deny even widgets to run on the iPhone (although we don’t know all it’s features yet, they’d probably say Dashcode is the IDE to go if that was the case). Obviously, the device will get hacked one way or another – but what do you think? Steve Jobs has just disappointed all developers on the starting keynote of the whole WWDC. Great job, I think that’s a first.

Think of everything we could have done; multi-touch image editors, interactive games, the most cool stuff you can imagine on the new multi-touch platform won’t become reality. We’ll have to rely on just Apple for the creation of apps.

08 Jun
   Filed Under: Unfiled   

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Well, the news is out; no Praetorian before WWDC. I can’t give out a beta that would really be a close call to be called an ‘alpha’. I’ll keep all testers informed over the next few weeks and what I think is a realistic new date to set for the first beta release.

07 Jun
   Filed Under: Personal   

WWDC buzz. It’s everywhere. What will we see at WWDC this year? Well, as I am one of those unfortunate souls that can’t go this year, I’ll just do the most pathetic thing I can do; speculate about what we’re going to see. It’s also a bit of wishful thinking.

When it comes to hardware, ideally, a good headless Mac that’s cheap. I think Apple might be revamping the Mini for some good graphics performance in Leopard, and perhaps put it in a different price class. The iMac, I hope, will also see improvement soon. It’s a close call between those two, as the iMac will certainly get a good upgrade now that the Macbook Pro’s got it’s specs bumped.

And Leopard – ohh, Leopard. Yes, I am quite sure it will be truly amazing what Apple has in store for us at at the keynote. Rumours about a new look for the GUI aside, we’ve got tens if not hundreds of things to wonder about. Apple’s got us where they want us, curious to the point of biting our fingers off. Some pessimistic souls claim that there won’t be anything surprising for us in store, and as always, after the keynote there will be a crowd that expected miracles or something with religious significance and express their disappointment. However, I’ve got good faith and knowledge that this year will be amazing to all Mac users. From WWDC, it’s one straight run to the finish; Leopard on all Macs. And that’s what’s really getting me excited.

What do you expect to see this year? Or perhaps more truly, what do you want to see?

06 Jun
   Filed Under: Unfiled   

You know, Iljitsch van Beijnum posted here today, and it reminded me of a funny thing that keeps coming up if I speak to some people that took my how-to on securing your Mac serious. Iljitsch does a lot of articles on IPv6 over at Ars Technica and he’s written up quite a lot on it (in print too). Check out is website and his books.

For the uninitiated; we use IP numbers on a network as an address. The number space of IPv4 has shown to be too limited for our growth (if you want to read more into this, check this out).
IPv6 is, for the semi-geek, an extremely scary concept because it makes them feel like all their knowledge of networking will become obsolete. The ‘long and complex’ number system and all of it’s features (that are really, really much nicer to use than the old decimal ones once you get around it) are subject to much critique in any IPv6-related Slashdot post. Over and over again, it’s supposed ‘pitfalls’ are exposed. I was extremely surprised to find that when I spoke to some people that followed my how-to (which Iljitsch put on Ars Technica appropriately as “Make your Mac more secure (than you can stand)” ), that when I brought up using IPv6 with IPSec-enabled services is quite secure – more so than conventional IPv4, of course, they pointed me to my how-to, that told them to disable IPv6. I really slapped myself to the forehead when I heard that from more than three people who took it to the heart.

What I suggested is that you disable IPv6 if you don’t use it. IPv6 is pretty cool. It’s not a gaping security hole, but I touched on any hypothetical avenue for attack that you can take away from the default configuration. Who knows, there might be a zero-day exploit out there that does do nasty stuff but breaks if you disable IPv6 (which I strongly doubt – but it’s a quantum universe we live in). Please don’t hesitate to adopt IPv6 if you feel like learning about it. It’s knowledge that you will, no doubt, have to use in the future anyway.

So apparently, IPv6 has some identity issues. We really need to get rid of the negative image. KAME has been doing that well, as well as the “ASCII Star Wars in your terminal” server towel.blinkenlights.nl. However, let’s keep showing people that IPv6 isn’t all that scary, but i
t’s a great step into the future of our communication technologies. For that, a little icon.

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04 Jun
   Filed Under: Design   

Icon Designer is growing. Actually, it’s surpassing Cocoia with only four days out. It’s daily traffic is astounding. I should make a badge on the next update saying ‘pushing gigabytes of icons’. It’s tantalising to realise that this page might rake in more visits than the blog one day (and trust me, that’s a lot of traffic)It seems everything is exponential lately; the Vienna icon surpassed the Wireshark icon almost instantaneously, and is now catching up to the wildly popular Preview replacement.

A few people have been hurrying to get Timezones before I change the page – not to worry, I have extended it a few days to let the sales cool down a bit and then I’ll start charging the new amount of money for the download. Timezones 1.5 is coming fast, and it’s going to be set at this standard price because of the new functionality. I think all users will be glad to see a free update and the opportunity to buy new themes with each their own functions.

News has really been on a roll lately. With the iPhone ads airing (hey, I might not put it into the blog that much, but man, I’d love to get one of those, I’m a human / geek too you know) and the WWDC a week away, we’re in for a very exciting time. I’ve seen discussion heat up around the topic of a new look for the GUI in OS X 10.5 Leopard. Speculation? Sure, but it’s not like the iPhone has all the normal aqua widgets. We’ve seen a very interesting slider that has a new ‘style’ of metal. Loss of plastic gloss, anyone?

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Wow, Apple’s really got sophisticated with this new style they’ve got going on. I mean, we’ve all seen the filter bars of Mail and Transmission fame take over the iPhone UI, but this little detail is surprising. This could hint to new UI features we might see in the next week. Only Steve knows.

On a side note, I did want to bring it all a bit closer to the average Mac user, so here’s a little screenshot of what’s been lying around my disk for a while but didn’t seem to get finished.

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It’s a makeover kit for VLC. Not just any makeover kit, a complete interface makeover kit with iPhone widgets. Nice, isn’t it? Perhaps I’ll finish it some day.

03 Jun
   Filed Under: Commercial Work, Design, Personal Work   

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There is a pack coming out soon to outline the end of the War on Bad Design. I’d say that with the site up soon and the clients I have got now, I can safely say the ‘war’ was is a grand success and has seen many victims of beautification. The pack will include ‘forces’ of land, sea, and air for your desktop pleasure – free of charge. This is but one icon of the set…