Generators in Obj-C and Python. Python definitely wins for beauty. I’m afraid if I needed something like this in C I’d just stick with static variables. It seems to me that in trying to make thing elegant you just make it complex and ugly.
DrDrang has up a nice little addition to the Lockscreen hint I’d linked to last week. Basically in addition to locking the screen by bringing up the Login Screen he puts the display to sleep. He does this with a Google app he then calls with an Applescript. However there is an easier way.
Update to AppleTV coming. Unless they have new hardware this will be really lacking. I can’t believe how much Apple’s neglected the aTV. Edit: It’s out and Ars has analysis. I’ll install tonight I guess.
Plists vs. XML vs. JSON. I tend to agree. I like JSON a lot and find XML overly verbose. But XML is the trendy thing and, admittedly, has a lot of tools for. There’s also argument that Apple’s compression isn’t great. More problematic compressed plists aren’t cross platform. (Although the source is in CoreFoundation)
Changes to Safari’s Web Inspector. Some of these look very nice such as being able to modify css!
Perforce Visual Merge. (HT: Ars Forum) Looks a lot better than the Apple supplied visual diff. They also mentioned Diffmerge. I’ll have to try all these out on my next project.
LSSetApplicationForItem: i.e. set the creator code for a file in Snow Leopard. As I thought it really wasn’t terribly hard. (HT: Gruber)
Google announced their Navigation for Android 2.0. Basically everything Tom Tom has (minus the local maps) for free. (HT: Gruber) Like Gruber I think this is the end for dedicated GPS units. Although it’ll probably take a few years to kill them totally. However honestly, the end was forecast with Apple’s version. All that was [...]
Sandbox is a nice little app to handle ACL on OSX. (Basically very fine level permissions) If you’ve had trouble with them then check it out. (I’d never heard of it before but heard about it in this Ars thread)
Turn a Scanner into a CNC hot wire cutter
Drive a car with your iPhone. Reminds me of that Bond movie
Setting to have Mail only copy the address and not the name when you copy an email address. I’m in the crowd that likes it the new way rather than the old. (I copy names from emails a lot)
Lock your Mac screen. I linked a few weeks back to an other method. I like this one best and use it when I have to leave my computer running and don’t want my kids to disturb things.keep looking »