The ‘Real’ Windows Vista

The Real Windows Vista

These have been floating around for a while now… but if you haven’t seen them, they’re quite funny. Someone has taken the audio from an actual Windows Vista (formerly known as Longhorn) demo, and replaced the video with shots of OS X. I wonder if Microsoft will ever actually release Vista? I think it’s about four years behind schedule now. Maybe all the delays were due to the fact that they had no ideas of their own, and they have to continually wait to see what Apple is doing.

Links: The Real Windows Vista… Part I, Part II

iPhoto 6 allows Multiple Libraries

iPhoto 6: Multi-Library Dialogue

There is one feature that I’m betting almost every iPhoto user has wanted since day one… the ability to have multiple libraries. Well, Apple has put this feature in to iPhoto 6 (part of iLife ’06). But, it’s a little hidden, and a little clunky.

If you hold down the option key while launching iPhoto, you’ll get a dialogue box that will allow you to either create a new library, or select which library you want to open. If you create a new library, iPhoto will prompt you for a location to create the new library, and you’ll end up with a nice new empty library, without disturbing your current library.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any way of toggling between libraries while in iPhoto. If you want to switch to a different library, quit iPhoto, and then relaunch it while holding down the option key. Select the Choose Library… option, and navigate to your previous iPhoto library (in your Pictures folder by default), or select any library you’ve created.

You can also use this method to move your library, if you don’t want it in your Pictures folder. Simply quit iPhoto, then move your library to the new location. Now just hold down the option key when launching iPhoto, click Choose Library…, and point the resulting dialog to the new location.

I’m glad to see this feature make it in to iPhoto, but I’m hoping this clumsy implementation is just the first step towards a more user-friendly version.

UPDATE: Thanks go out to Chris, for clueing me into the fact that iPhoto 5 also has this feature. Who knew?

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Our weekend houseguest

Finn at our house

We had a visitor this weekend. Her name is Finn. She’s a 1-year old Border Collie, belonging to a friend of ours. We only watched her for one night, but it was great having a dog in the house again.

Package Tracker Widget not in 10.4.4?

Package Tracker Widget

Although I only need it once in a while, I find the Package Tracker widget very handy. I needed to track a package today, and was quite surprised when I couldn’t find the widget. I recently did a clean install of OSX 10.4.4, and apparently it‘s no longer never was part of the default installation. What’s up with that? What was I thinking?

If you’ve recently performed a clean install of 10.4.4, you can grab the widget from here.

UPDATE: Apparently I was wrong. I could have sworn this widget was part of the default install, but I must have just installed it immediately after upgrading to Tiger, originally. Thanks to Lee and Sean for setting me straight.

No Jury Duty for 1 Year :)

As I mentioned the other day, I had to report back yesterday for part II of Jury Duty selection. We immediately went in to the courtroom, and I was selected in the first round. For the rest of the day I was known as Juror #6.

The trial was for a murder case. A man was accused of stabbing another man to death back in 2003. He was claiming self-defense.

The judge, prosecution, and defense proceeded to ask us all questions, eliminating some of us as we went. Luckily, at the end of the day I was finally eliminated. It was the prosecution that booted me.

Throughout the day it became clear from the questions that the prosecution was looking for people that would be relatively easy to convince, and were ‘team players’ (they would go along with the rest of the group). The defense, on the other hand, was looking for people who would make up their own mind, and not be pressured by the rest of the group.

Based on my answers, I think the prosecution viewed me as a possible trouble-maker. My answers implied that I would need absolute proof before I could convict a man of murder, and I would not be swayed by the opinions of others.

Although I didn’t want to serve on this jury, I answered all the questions honestly. I didn’t want to just make stuff up to get out of it. Some people were doing that, and it was obvious.

Now that I have been excused, I can’t be called again for 1 year :).



BareBones Software, makers of popular apps like BBEdit, TextWrangler, and Super Get Info, recently released Yojimbo. It’s been generating a lot of talk on Mac sites, so I thought I would throw in my two cents.

Basically, Yojimbo, which I believe is a Japanese word roughly meaning “Protector”, is software for organizing just about anything from serial numbers, to bookmarks, to files. The interface is laid out kind of like Apple’s Mail, with a list of collections on the left, items in the upper right, and content in the lower right. I think the idea is just like you organize music in iTunes, and photo’s in iPhoto, you could use Yojimbo for almost everything else.

I’ve only played with it a little, but so far it looks promising. The biggest feature that peaked my interest is it’s ability to sync using .Mac. I have been looking for a solution that would allow me to keep certain core info up to date on both of my machines. So far, my biggest complaint about Yojimbo is it doesn’t appear to be able to take in Excel files, or Apple Pages files. I’m not totally convinced that Yojimbo is the solution for me, but it’s a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, the solution doesn’t come cheap. A single-user license is $39.00. I personally feel it should be closer to $20. There’s a demo available on the site, so you can give it a try for yourself.

Photo Desktop

Photo Desktop

Do you ever have a hard time deciding what picture you want on your desktop? You can have as many as you want with Photo Desktop. You can drag and drop photos, or it integrates with iPhoto, and allows you to scatter Polaroid-style photos all over your desktop. Each photo can have a customized caption. The placed photos are above the desktop, but below icons and windows, so it won’t interfere with your work. Best of all… it’s free!

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Four Things

I’ve been tagged! Melvin, over at All Forces (one of my favorite sites), has passed the "Four Things" Baton over to me. I’ll do my best to answer the questions. Some of them are pretty easy, but some will be almost impossible to narrow down to four.

Four jobs I’ve had in my life:

  1. Mulitmedia Designer
  2. Forest Ranger
  3. Dish-Washer
  4. Gas Station Manager

Four movies I can watch over and over:

  1. The Matrix
  2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  3. It’s a Wonderful Life
  4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Four places I have lived:

  1. Tempe, AZ
  2. Tucson, AZ
  3. Torrey, UT
  4. San Francisco, CA

Four TV shows I love to watch:

  1. Lost
  2. Law and Order
  3. Doctor Who (Tom Baker Years)
  4. Star Trek (all)

Four places I have been on vacation:

  1. Mexico
  2. Utah
  3. Washington
  4. Oregon

Four websites I visit daily:
(Only Four?!)

  1. TUAW
  2. RocketBoom
  3. Inhabitat
  4. Product Dose

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Ice Cream!
  2. Tacos (from Rositas)
  3. Pizza
  4. Breakfast (eggs, bacon, toast, etc…)

Four places I would rather be right now:

  1. Relaxing on the beach
  2. Exploring the great pyramids
  3. Camping in a rain forest
  4. Exploring the galaxy on the USS Enterprise

Four bloggers I am tagging

  1. Brian (The Bay Area is Talking)
  2. Tran (My Life as a blog)
  3. Walt (iWalt)
  4. Jorge (