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Some salient insights into just what Spotlight is, from someone who knows whereof he speaks. It's quite cool.

If you're using Safari or iCab under OS X, why that, rather than OmniWeb? (Just random curiosity)

There's a good geek interview over on DrunkenBlog, with Jonathan Rentzsch, on a disparate array of programming and coding topics.

Dave Hyatt seems quite pleased at Safari now passing the Acid2 test. That applies to an internal build, for the moment, but you can see the whole ordeal in his Surfin' Safari weblog.

A few minutes of playing around with QuickTime 7.0 Pro suggests they've actually spent a bit of time on the UI. "Get movie properties" presents its information as a list of properties and values, akin to an XML view in OS X, making it much simpler to see all the data at once. Multi-channel audio's supported throughout, so viewing, say, a stereo audio file's properties allows you to tweak those "left" and "right" values to any of the usual 7.1 positions. Encoding offers similar choices of various numbers of channels. Exporting to MPEG-4 fixes the odd limitation of QT6, where the frame size options were only "current", 320x240, and 160x120 - now, various 4:3 and 16:9 options are available, plus arbitrary resizing, previously only available within the "Export to QuickTime Movie" option, which necessitated a second step of exporting to MPEG-4 with passthrough selected for audio and video. (And yes, the various playback speed is fun to play with - it doesn't affect the audio's pitch) No sign of AACplus, which I'd been looking forward to, but H.264 AVC is there on the video front.

It's available for Panther now (the page notes 10.1.5 or later, to be accurate), and of course, comes with Tiger. The Windows version should be following presently.

From the Ars Technica forum, one posting on the nature of UI responsiveness/feedback (as the subjective "snappiness" of various OSs is something of a recurring theme) I found worthwhile for the latter point:

Just to support schnee on this, I can tell you that car manufacturers do this, as well. Nearly every gas gauge out there is NEVER displaying the correct gas tank level - except "full." For two reasons:

1. Gas gauges get to "Empty" before they are actually empty because there is usually a reserve amount not reported of one to two gallons to protect the fuel system against damage.

2. Through research, they've found that drivers were completely turned off and alarmed when cars were outfitted with true-reading gauges. Drivers felt that they were going through too much gas. To correct this, the gauge moves faster when a tank is full, and then as it approaches empty, the gauge moves slower. It is less accurate, but it is the final user outcome that is most important.


(Hey, tursi! Does your car überdashboard also measure fuel level?)

Yay! Ep.9 of Damekko Doubutsu's out, and it's a particularly cute one - wolfie's caught a cold, so everyone else tries to help. Sort of. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Erf! Awkward, as it looks fine here.. how about now? (I was missing a closing tag, looks like)
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Not a closing tag!
I thought the LJ parser fixed such non html 4 thing :)
I've started using Homesite to prepare posts, i'm that sad!
I believe it does perform auto-closing, but not necessarily in the right order. ^_^;
*grins* I've just read through the 20-page Ars Technica review of Tiger :D

kind of glad I decided to wait at least until it was released before getting an iBook. Though now I'm going to have to wait until after the summer at least before I consider one. Hmmmm, what do you think my chances are of them releasing a revamped iBook with built in bluetooth, 14" widescreen and DVD+-RW as standard? ;)
Ah, I need to see what that article's like! I'm sure there'll be points he and I will disagree on, but with an Ars review, you know there's a technically literate mind behind it, rather than some self-promoting echo-chamber pundit. ^_^

Hmm. Not sure about iBooks going widescreen - it's quite possible, of course. Whilst that's one of the points of difference with the PowerBooks, the 12" PB is also still 4:3. (And certainly, if you're watching an anamorphic DVD, a 15" 16:9 screen does feel larger than a 14" 4:3) It does feel about time for a refresh of the iBook line, maybe around July, for the new school year. Bluetooth as standard, rather than an option? Erf, tricky to say. Usually the rumor sites only seem to manage a couple weeks visibility, presumably once the final boxes are getting stacked up and shipped.

Of course, you could always look at something used - an older PowerBook won't have as fast a CPU/GPU, but ought to leave more change. Even Ocelot, my fastest system, is a comparatively modest 400MHz G4, and that runs Panther beautifully - Tiger too, but it also runs a WaveLAN Silver as a base station, and that driver's temporarily broken under Tiger. Given it's mostly just for video compression and playback, rather than most everyday use, upgrading isn't too much of a priority for it; it's Bunny I'm wanting to get Tigerificated. ^_^ (But, being a 1998 vintage 266MHz PBG3, that's got to wait for Ryan Rempel to cast the magic spells over XPostFacto first, given it's an unsupported machine as of Panther)

I'm itching to get to play with Spotlight, obviously, and on the programming front, Core Data sounds like very nice stuff to help speed application development, let alone the fun factor in Core Image and Core Video.

And I'll toot OmniWeb's trumpet too. ^_^ It lacks the coolness of Firefox's plugin architecture, but, it's a very elegant browser indeed, with a tabs implementation I much prefer to anything else I've come across. Workspaces can be set to preserve their contents, even across quitting or the (very) occasional crash, including window and scrollbar positioning and text entry fields, or can be kept "static", so going to that workspace loads a predefined set of tabs/windows. Very nice stuff indeed, but, not free - $30. But they don't ask for license upgrades often - I bought my copy in early 2001, and they only required an update ($10) for v5, which came out in final release late in 2004. Seems pretty fair. (With previous versions, they'd been using their own, long-running rendering engine, but v5 adopted Web Core, so it inherits Safari's compatibility, leaving them free to focus on UI and usability features, rather than the minutiae of CSS3)
..., rather than some self-promoting echo-chamber pundit. ^_^

Gee, shall I hazard a guess? :)

Of course, you could always look at something used - an older PowerBook won't have as fast a CPU/GPU, but ought to leave more change. Even Ocelot, my fastest system, is a comparatively modest 400MHz G4, and that runs Panther beautifully - Tiger too, but it also runs a WaveLAN Silver as a base station, and that driver's temporarily broken under Tiger.

A used G3 PowerBook is something I would always consider if I had the cash and it was a reasonable deal. Unfortunately, I rarely see those when I go shopping at my usual computer junk stores. :)

I think most PC users should look into an older G3 Mac as a secondary machine. The two platforms compliment each other very well. while my Mac was working, I preferred it for doing internet searches (Sherlock), some web browsing (Safari) and IM (Adium-X) while my PC could still be dedicated to work stuff.
>If you're using Safari or iCab under OS X, why that, rather than OmniWeb?

Sheer laziness, I suppose. I use Safari or Firefox on my iBook, mostly depending on which one I randomly click when I feel like browsing. Until just this very moment, I hadn't even heard of OmniWeb. In fact, due to my extremely short attention span, I will probably forget what it's called as soon as this comment goes up. Now, if I happen to hear a glowing review of the thing, I might check it out.

Well, you really can't argue with these testimonials..

I actually used to use iCab as my primary browser in my OS 9 days - I just loved the sheer configurability of the beast, able to control exactly what aspects of ECMAscript different sites had available to them. But with the rise of CSS, it just hasn't been able to keep pace, so I shifted to OmniWeb 4.5, which was a pretty nice app - but OW5's just positively slick. Not that I can envisage it being technically feasible, but if there were some way if melding the extensibility of Firefox with the UI elegance of OmniWeb.. :-9
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Well, you could always try electromechanically hacking it, measuring flow rate during fillups and during driving.. ^_^

more powerful CAN(?) bus

Now I've got Jim Broadbent going in my mind.. "Can you CAN? Don't say you can't.. then we all can - the CAN CAN!"

To correct this, the gauge moves faster when a tank is full, and then as it approaches empty, the gauge moves slower.

Interesting. My car seems to do just the opposite of that. It always takes it a while to go from full to half, then from half to empty the gauge drops like a stone. It'll still go quite a while on "E", though, even after the idiot light starts coming on.
Amusingly, the next person in that thread said much the same thing. ^_^ I admit, I'd rather it were genuinely accurate (or better yet, digital), just as my watch (when I have one, that is. Most of the time, I'm surrounded by clocks anyway, so as long as I pop out at the right time to catch the bus, I'm fine) is always set to the right time, whereas some folks like setting theirs a few minutes fast, "so they won't be late". Eh, it probably works for them. ^_^

(Most of the time, my internal clock's pretty good, too, but it's always nice to be able to avoid just standing around waiting)
I admit, I'd rather it were genuinely accurate (or better yet, digital)

Yes, me too. That way I wouldn't have to worry about whether or not there was actually enough fuel to make it to the gas station once the gauge hits "E". Here in town that's not a problem, but it has been a concern on some of my longer journeys.

just as my watch (when I have one, that is.

I prefer an accurate watch myself, though it really doesn't make too much difference at the moment. When I had that job at Amazon, I set my watch to match their timeclock instead so I wouldn't get docked for being three minutes late.
I wonder if QT7 for windows is still going to Suck like 6 does.

I don't recall the last time I auctally used the quicktime player in windows, I just use mplayer/mpc these days. :P
Satisfaction guaranteed or double your money back. :) (I can't comment on QT under Windows, not having much contact with the latter. QT7 under OS X feels as if there's been a fair amount of actual rewriting, but that could be entirely different for the Windows framework and front end)

I normally keep the trio around - VLC, Mplayer, and QuickTime Player (there are plenty of third party QT players, but anything it doesn't do, the others cover nicely), as occasionally there are poorly compressed files that only play well in one, given they're all running entirely independent code bases. Mplayer's good for Vobsub subtitles, whereas VLC's support seems a bit immature at present, but Mplayer has an annoying need to fade up and down going in and out of full screen mode, and doesn't take account of what color system a TV display's running at, requiring another up/down cycle. The QT Player makes exporting files trivially easy, whereas VLC's UI for such is.. less straightforward. ^_^; Mplayer's UI has no such provision, requiring recourse to the command line - no huge matter, but still more fuss than it should be. Together, they make a highly capable combination.
It's available for Panther now (the page notes 10.1.5 or later, to be accurate)

Odd, the page says QT7 requires 10.3.9 or later. Where did you see it supported earlier versions of OS X? Since my G4 MDD is apparently not satisfactorily upgradeable past 10.3.5, I guess I won't be riding the Tiger... or QT7...
Bah! If my completely unsupported Wallstreet's good for 10.3.9, you certainly are. ^_^ (Mm, reminds me - hafta keep an eye on the XPostFacto page to watch for Tiger support, and coverage of the clamshell iBooks)

Erf! May've been a typo, yes - this page indeed says 10.3.9, whilst the interstitial page here (which bounces you to the other) says 10.1.5.

I'll take a look on macfixit when I get back home (currently at the Chapter. Yay public WiFi!), and see if others have reported problems with 10.3.9 on MDD boxen, and if so, what the trouble is. If you're game, you could try using Carbon Copy Cloner to make a total backup of just the OS, apply the combo updater, and see how that works out. Of course, going straight to Tiger would be a better option, for all the new juiciness. ^_^ I can assist on that front.
The shrieking audio levels in 10.3.6 and above is a known issue in G4 MDDs, and I believe in Quicksilvers, too. If you have a set volume level (other than max), and you sleep the machine, when it wakes up, the volume level maxes out and becomes terribly distorted. The volume level must be reset manually each and every time you wake the machine, which is a pain. I don't know about 10.3.9, but users reported that 10.3.7 and 10.3.8 did not correct this bug. If Tiger doesn't, either, obviously I'm not going to make the jump up...
Egh, yes, I recall that.. did indeed seem to be at least commonplace enough for it to show up on fora fairly easily. I'll have a sniff around to see what's up on that front, both with 10.3.9 and 10.4. (Wonder if it's particular to some internal board revision? Not one which would be an actual new product, just some manufacturing level changes. Not that it matters)

Do you have more than one partition on the drive? If so, making a copy and updating that would be a direct means of establishing whether QA's pulled their collective finger out - or, equally, for testing out Tiger without affecting the installation present.
Do you have more than one partition on the drive? If so, making a copy and updating that would be a direct means of establishing whether QA's pulled their collective finger out - or, equally, for testing out Tiger without affecting the installation present.

That's a really good idea. Unfortunately, now that I work nites, the time I can devote to futzing about with my computer is practically nil. I have been so badly bitten by Apple updates since 10.3.6, tho, that I lack enthusiasm to even try. 10.3.5 "just works," so to me, the prudent thing to do is to just stay put. I did recently successfully update my iTunes from 4.5 to 4.7, tho, so I can now use the iTunes Music Store again. I was hesitant to try at first, as lots of people moaned about troubles with 4.7, but I installed 4.7 proper, not the dreaded 4.7.1, and a week hence, iTunes is still plugging away flawlessly...
apply the combo updater

I have always used the combo updates. Alwaysalwaysalways.