is almost upon us, and with it comes the live-streaming keynote
, delivered at 10am PST, in which Apple traditionally announces new software (and sometimes something else to boot). Rumors of an iWatch abound, but just as intriguing is the popularly-believed notion that Apple will be introducing a new design to OS X which matches last year's iOS 7
, breaking clean of the Aqua interface
which has defined the Mac since January 2000. Rumors abound. [more inside]
Twenty years ago tonight, id Software uploaded Doom
to an FTP server at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completely changed the video gaming industry. [more inside]
Along with today's release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks
(a free download from the Mac App Store) comes John Siracusa's
remarkably detailed 24,008 word review of the new OS for Ars Technica. [more inside]
A game that would be at home in an arcade cabinet beside Robotron, FORGET-ME-NOT
is a classic-style, that is to say, neon-filled, randomness-laden, bone-hard 2D maze/shooting game, with cute characters and retro effects, inspired by the Commodore game Crossroads II
and Pac-Man CE. Collect all the FLOWERS in each random, single-screen level to make the EXIT appear. Then, get the KEY and take it there to move to the next level.
The only controls are the arrow keys (or screen swipes in the iOS version). Face down a large variety of randomly-generated enemy types, and get as far as you can! You automatically shoot in front of you, but beware: your shots can wrap-around, and if they hit you they hurt! They key to playing well is grinding
: push into a wall as you sail past it to build up a charge. Charge up enough and you start glowing; while glowing, you instantly kill any enemies you touch, but if you charge to much you blow up.
. Not free: iOS [more inside]
As the roots of Apple's OS X, NeXT
is fairly well known. Have you actually seen one
For the past 13 years, with every new release of (Mac
) OS X John Siracusa
has written insanely detailed reviews of the newest version for Ars Technica. Apple OS X Mountain Lion came out today. This morning, John Siracusa's 25,935 word review
was released to the public. Not sure if you want to read the review? Read Marco Arment of Instapaper
's review of the review
. If the epic detail of the review wasn't enough, Siracusa split out a separate blog post
about the review on his personal blog
. [more inside]
I've lost track of the many reasons that have been given for the [Apple OS X] switch to Intel, but this I know for sure: no one has ever reported that, for 18 months, Project Marklar existed only because a self-demoted engineer wanted his son Max to be able to live closer to Max's grandparents
Many people are familiar with computer case modifications
, thanks to the photogenic nature of mods
. On the software side, most operating systems feature some potential for customization, though this is often limited to tweaking the colors and sounds. For some, this isn't enough. Enter "skinning
," the casual term for interface customization. To a degree, the history of the media player Winamp
(YT, 7:03; transcript with pictures
) mirrors the history of skinning. From a version 0.2, a visually dull app in June 1997, to easy user customization in version 2 in September 1998, and the complexly customizable Winamp3 in August 2002. Wired captured something of the excitement at its peak
in an article from 2000, before computing began shifting to more closed devices. Now approaching a post-WIMP (windows, icons, menus and a pointer) era
, where skinning is done with alternative launchers
. But for those still using traditional computers of one sort or another, it's not too late to modify your interface. [more inside]
Apple has released a developer preview
of the next version of OS X, named Mountain Lion
. A key new feature is Gatekeeper
, a security system that will allow users to decide what type of applications can be installed or launched on their personal computers. While some security experts think its a good idea
, others worry about it being subtly used to discourage users from installing non-App Store applications
Macworld has coverage of the entire update
, while Daring Fireball recounts a personal demonstration
Here is Incursion: Halls of the Goblin King
, a computer game that adapts the 3rd Edition rules of the Dungeons & Dragons game to roguelikes.
John Siracusa's (27,000 word)
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
. [more inside]
Although Apple's OS X
operating system is making inroads with power users, providing Apple style and usability over a FreeBSD-derived UNIX-certified architecture, many find the built-in terminal emulator sadly lacking both UNIX feel and Apple polish. Fortunately, MeFi's own jewzilla
has picked up the ball on the most popular third-party Terminal replacement, iTerm, and rolled out something altogether new and wonderful: iTerm2
. [via mefi projects
Here's to the crazy ones
- a decade of Mac OS X reviews.
OS X is X today!
Meanwhile, Bertrand Serlet, father of OS X, is leaving apple
- the DOS game emulator that’s fit for your Mac, making it beautifully, trivially easy to run DOS games
scours the net for platform independent apps that help sharing and engaging with information. They look at OSX, Windows, Linux, iPhone, Web Apps, Flash, Physical Interfaces, Max MSP development, Processing and others. [more inside]
Meet the Mac note taking app Notational Velocity
: An attempt to loosen the mental blockages to recording information and to scrape away the tartar of convention that handicaps its retrieval. [more inside]
John Siracusa's review of Snow Leopard
is an instant classic, as James Fallows sez
: "an impressive piece of technical writing." Altho
, "apparently OS X doesn't support huge pages." Apple's example, btw
, may have wider industry implications/applications.
"A customizable Ruby-based MIDI drum controller for the Wii remote and nunchuk on OS X." The code, and more about the project, can be found at github
Grabarz & Partner's website looks oddly familiar...
A German ad agency, apparently they couldn't be bothered of thinking of something original so they ripped off an existing concept.
Mitch Haile's office
requires some explanation.
Software startup 280 North
today announced Atlas
: a rich, web-based environment for developing Mac-like web applications. [more inside]
Plainview is a free full-screen web browser
for your mac.
Until now, you had two options for showing Internet work: capture it all to Quicktime and throw it into Powerpoint or Keynote (looks nice but no interactivity as everything has to be canned) or show it in your browser (interactive but with ugly chrome distracting people from your beautiful sites).
So here's a third option. Fire up your full-screen browser and let your audience focus on the work. [more inside]
OS X as music video.
(SLYT) Dennis Liu's interpretation of "Again and Again" by the Bird and the Bee, using a particular operating system as inspiration. It does feel kind of like an Apple ad, but it's quite creative.
I'm not a computer programmer
, but I love the thought
that go into [computer] application design. [more inside]
[Patent Lawsuit Filter] On Wednesday Sun Microsystems announced a counter suit against Network Appliance, wherein they will draw on their "defensive portfolio" which is "one of the largest patent arsenals on the internet". They are going to be requesting a permanent injunction to remove all of NetApp's filer products from the marketplace
, and also seeking monetary damages (half of which they've pledged to donate to the Software Freedom Law Center
and Peer to Patent Project
). Last month, NetApp sued Sun
for patent infringements in ZFS
. Earlier this month in Texas, the first ever patent infringement lawsuit against Linux distributors
was filed. [more inside]
The How-To Geek
provides hints and tips for a variety of operating systems and popular pieces of software. The how-tos cover a pleasing range of head-slapping I-should-have-known-thats to relatively advanced techniques. Follow the latest
page to read the site in blog form.
"provides a buddy-list for your iTunes - it helps you discover new artists based on what you're already listening to, and it helps you browse your friends' music libraries and share music suggestions with each other." Basically, there's an iTunes plugin (OSX only) that automatically sends your iTunes metadata to the iLike site to be shared with the community.
Software Pop Idol
If you're a software developer, what happens when you run out of ideas? You ask the community of course! Then you sort, rate and have the ideas voted on. Make it a contest and give away prizes. And that's exactly what the Mac Programmers behind My Dream App
have done. Entries are due by Sept 1st. Rules
here. Idea Submission form
You can find this shareware game on abandonware sites
, but you probably won't have much luck playing it on your new PC. Even if you run it under DOSBox
, it's hard to get it looking and sounding right. Fret no more! There's Oxyd extra
for Windows and Enigma
for lots of platforms. Time to dust off my Oxyd Book
Brought to you by the wonderful folks who made the incredible Quicksilver
is a drop down terminal for your mac, similar to the quake terminal
. Plus, you can use quartz composer movies
Peanut Gallery: DIY MST3K
for OS X. OMFG
! Via DF
MacSaber! Turn Your Mac Into a Jedi Weapon.
I cannot explain how much fun I had slashing co-workers with a laptop today.
Be careful not too get too excited. You don't want to lose your grasp on the MacBook or shake so hard you damage the hard drive. Great to try once. Or in my case, 20 minutes straight.
Windows XP booting on Apple hardware: confirmed.
The $14000 contest to get Windows XP to boot on the new Intel hardware from Apple is over as of today. While considerable work
in the realm of device drivers needs to be done, (and the rumored method
may violate the Windows EULA) much of the hardware is straight Wintel. Considering that the MacBook Pro
and Intel-based iMac
(not currently working) both pack ATI Radeon X1600s, serious PC gaming on Apple hardware via dual-booting may finally be in the realm of possibility. [Via: slashdot, engadget]
OSX has a security bug that can be triggered simply by visiting a web page in safari
There is an example of the exploit
here, to see if your machine is affected. You should probably use firefox until a patch is released.
scrolls flickr photos across your (mac) screen.
Live coverage of the 2006 Apple Keynote
is not available in video form. Since the stop of live broadcasts
on the web, we now rely on folks actually there to give us up to date news, and here it is (in text form). It will be available later (as always, in QuickTime) from apple.com.
Re-Introducing the Real Windows Vista
Bill Gates' demo of Vista from the CES
show dubbed over footage of OS X. Apple told Microsoft to start their photocopiers
and it looks like they did
Well, it's an old rumor, but many sources (including the NYT
, and many rumor sites) are reporting that Steve Jobs will be announcing a switch to Intel at the WWDC
tomorrow. The WSJ claims Apple will be switching to x86 processors, while others speculate Intel will simply be manufacturing PPC chips, or only processors for a tablet PC. If the rumors are true, and it seems like they are, what of the Intel DRM recently announced
? Are we destined to have DRM hardwired into our computers no matter where we turn?
Curiously, the major rumor site
has remained mum on the matter. Your best bet to follow the drama will probably be MacRumors
, who will be providing live updates from Steve-o's keynote tomorrow.
Will Xbox 360 games run on Mac OS X w/ a G5? (via Slashdot)
Looks like Xbox 360 games run natively on the G5. Macs, for a long time, have not been considered a platform that companies have been anxious to develop their games for. Looks like this is gonna change.
Plasq, a software collective
who have been responsible for a great number
of free and inexpensive audio tools for OSX (the musolomo
realtime software looper being very worthy of note) have created Comic Life
, a really
smooth application that allows anyone with a camera or some drawing skill to create very high quality comics (I am creating one featuring my kid right now.) This is one of those programs that has to be used to be believed. Humbly submitted as software and developers that are best of the web. (via macintouch.
Putting his money where his mouth is
regarding the recent Symantec (Norton Utilities
, Anti-Virus etc.) Mac OS X virus claims
...? Seems not to be
, but the fellow who was sponsoring the $25,000 reward has a, shall we say, checkered past
. Mac users are still waiting
for the first real attack. I could live without it, but this particular religious war
insane and inane it can get) does liven up our computing experience
. If the pop-unders at MacDailyNews
get around your browser's pop-up blocker, go here
The clueless reviews the Mac Mini
His chief gripes are "The Mini boots up into a stripped-down operating system which Apple calls OS X, similar to the stripped-down WindowsCE OS found on many handhelds." and "No serial ports, no way to connect a printer, no PS/2 ports, no floppy drive, no 5.25" bays." Let the hate mail campaign begin!
Best damn vaporware since the fabled OSX is going soft
— yup: real live software, folks! I just can't wait to scan my entire book and music library into this beast.
A thousand pictures is worth a word.
MacOSaix is a Mac OSX program that lets you make those wacky photomosaics,
using either images on disk, or Google image searches.
Not sure how these folks
feel about it, but I think it's way cool.