news of 2004-08-24

Extending the Dock

There's DragThing (and there has been since the earlier days of classic Mac OS), of course. But if that's too much for you, you might want to give Overflow a spin. It very nicely extends the Dock.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-24 at 22:58 CET ]
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Which country spams the most?

Still the USA according to new numbers from Sophos. 42.5 percent of all spam originates in the US, currently (while almost 75 percent of all spam messages link to websites that are in China!). Apparently, laws against spam (9 months after initialisation) don't really work.

I personally think the whole E-Mail system should simply be replaced over time with a new system that is completely white-list based. This could also be done by the users, of course, but would in effect turn communication a bit more difficult.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-24 at 16:28 CET ]
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Reading RSS feeds...

... will get even better over time. We're quite sure of that. In less than a year (hopefully), we'll all be used to reading those feeds (such as our very own RSS-feed) in Safari 2.x. We'll have tab-sets of RSS feeds to wade through. But let's not forget that a separate newsreader application like NetNewsWire can be cleaner and more complete for the task. NetNewsWire 2.0 (not in public beta yet) is promising to be good. And we sure hope to get our hands on a beta version soon, as we'd like to be ready to report about it as soon as it's available.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-24 at 15:20 CET ]
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MacBidouille: Future iPods could do GSM, WiFi

Their recent article shows a job listing for the group at Apple that makes the iPod. It says you need experience in protocols such as GSM, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, FireWire and USB. Of course this doesn't mean that the next iPod will support all of these - however it looks like Apple's at least interested in giving the iPod wireless connectivity also.
The job listing can be found, for example, under no. 2142016 on

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-24 at 15:07 CET ]
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Musings on a slow Tuesday morning...

"Google takes over world, crystal ball says..." - So for many users, Google's search engine has taken the place of managing Favourites or Bookmarks. It's even replaced a spell checker for many (just search for 'bookmarks' and 'bokmarks', the one with more results is probably the right one...). Then Google went and introduced their news aggregation thingie ( in constant beta, it seems). And now, with Gmail, they want to handle all of your E-Mail. If I ever wanted to write a plot for a cy-fi thriller, Google's scheme would be a nice start for the evil guys. "We can't get into everybody's computer, but we can make everybody connect their computers with our services. Over time, by giving them more and more personal services, we can accumulate all of their relevant data." Read that again with that good old Nazi-German accent American actors acquired when they played Germans in the Wonderwoman TV Series (and others...) - and suddenly it's even more frightening. Is it just the luck of mankind that Google, for now, does not seem to be the bad guy? ;-)

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-08-24 at 11:19 CET ]
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