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I hate it when they change iTunes around.

Take a look at this:

iTunes video close button

They’ve moved the “close video” button in iTunes. If my memory is working properly, they’ve expanded the video playback controls, but why did they need to move the button so that it is so hard to find? It took me a good two minutes to hunt it down and I only found it when I entered full-screen mode because everything was black and it was easier to see.

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Written by Jeff

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Posted in Apple, iTunes, Software

Wikia’s search is a piece of crap

When I search for “iMac” on Wikia’s new search, the only Apple result on the first page is number 7.

I’m a big Stargate fan and earlier I was looking for an episode recap or description for “Misbegotten”, an early episode of Atlantis‘ season 3 and I got nothing useful from Wikia Search, though I got excellent results (the exact site I was looking for, in fact) from Google and Yahoo! Even Live Search or whatever from Microsoft gave me usable results.

I, apparently, am not the only one who’s not impressed:

In trying out the service, BusinessWeek.com put Wikia Search through a history test and the engine did not score well. In response to a query for “Abraham Lincoln,” three of the top four search results provided links to elementary and high schools bearing Lincoln’s name. Amusingly, Google’s results for the same query led off with Wikipedia’s entry about the former President—absent in Wikia’s own results—followed by a string of biographical articles that one might expect. By contrast, such entries were buried deep within Wikia’s results. #

Maybe in two or three years it’ll be something worth checking out again.

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 1:46 am

Posted in Internet, Software

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Mmm… Automator

I just love using Automator and iCal to schedule the sending of emails or uploading of files (using Transmit).

It’s really easy. Just build your Automator workflow and save it as a plugin. Choose iCal from the drop-down menu and save it. iCal will automatically open and make a new event with your saved iCal plugin as the alarm. Just set the time of the event and you’re done. Emails send when you’re not at the computer and, with Transmit’s Automator actions, files are uploaded to web servers automatically.

Say at 5:00 PM a deadline expired and you needed to update a website to reflect that expiration. Just download the file, make the necessary changes and save the file. Make a workflow and plug it in to iCal and set it to upload at 5:00. Voilà! You’ve updated the file at precisely 5:00 and you didn’t even have to be at the computer.

I love it.

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 2:04 am

Posted in Apple, Software

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Genius from Apple

A new feature from Leopard:

Find answers fast. Just activate Spotlight and type in a simple or sophisticated equation, and Spotlight will instantly show you the result. Enjoy support for over 40 functions ranging from simple math to logarithms to trigonometry.

spotlight calculation

Apple – Mac OS X Leopard – Features – 300+ New Features

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 3:09 pm

I was about 10% of these.

Well, the Gizmodo page views anyway.

For the geeky amoung you, WordPress.com is now using about 260 megabits per second of bandwidth average, with spikes as high as 820 mbits earlier today from the Apple Gizmodo liveblog. (Which did up to 941 requests per second all by itself during the keynote.) So last month we used about 80 terabytes of bandwidth.

August Wrap-up « WordPress.com

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 9:40 pm

This is blue?

The new iPod nanos are pretty nifty, even if I don’t particularly care for their squat appearance. One thing I take exception with, though, is the colors—not all of them, just two.

new iPod nano family

I’m not really happy with the blue one. Maybe it’s just my eyes being partially color-blind, but it looks more green than blue. The silver one looks like plastic even though it’s anodized aluminum on the front (or “top” as Apple likes to call it) and polished stainless steel on the back.

This next bit isn’t iPod related, but I did see it in an “iTunes Store This Week” box on the bottom of the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store page:

new iPod nano family

Reba, dear, fire your makeup artist and get a new one. kthx

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 5:46 pm

Posted in Apple

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Apple, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!

Apple is being sued in California because its flagship retail store in San Francisco isn’t friendly to two wheelchair-bound customers who tried to get help there. The suit claims that Apple violates the Americans With Disabilities Act and the California Health and Safety Code.

If it turns out to be true, Apple needs to settle this quickly and fix the problems. That’s it. Plain and simple. Do the right thing.

a place to start

AppleInsider | Apple accused of short-shrifting disabled retail shoppers

Written by Jeff

Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Posted in Apple