Aug 24, 2004

GnuCash & Mac OS X

While I am still working on a "feature story" of MacOS X accounting packages, this is a resource for those desiring to setup GnuCash on a Mac. This approach uses Fink. I personally prefer DarwinPorts, but so far there's no GnuCash port there. It should, however, be possible (albeit not as trivial) to compile GnuCash without installing Fink. Just make sure that you've got all of the required dependencies (most, if not all, of them are available through ports).

Olimpic games

I can't call myself a very big fan of any particular sport. I am not going crazy over football (soccer) WorldCup or hockey World Champinoships, although I do enjoy to watch a good game or two. Naturally, when Russia is playing, and game promises to be an interesting one -- I'm all for watching it and supporting my team. But I never get crazy about it. Like flags-around-my-bosy crazy. Or get-all-my-friends-in-the-living-room crazy. Or let's-bit-the-shit-out-of-all-others crazy. None of that. These days Olympic Games are still in progress in Greece, and I did get to watch it a few times, did get my small share of cheers and disapointments. But I also got a huge feeling of disgust with what The Games have become. This disgust has been adding up, I suppose -- from numerous scandals surrounding the IOC, to numerous scoring errors, score resets, rumors of further irregularities, to news of completed deal on broadcast rights for 2012 Olympic Games (for which the country is not even known yet!). And today, more than ever I believe that Olympic movement is gone and done and dead. This sort of goes together with my general disgust with many types of modern sports that do little in proving what human beings can do, but mostly what farmacologists can do to a human being. There is not a single professional sportsman (or sportswoman) that is a normal let alone healthy human being -- it is justa jumble of muscles, bones and anabolics. And so are Olympic Games -- a money-making machine, that explores greed and nationalism among other things to make rich richer.

Aug 12, 2004

Ten things that Microsoft and TiVo must each do to win the living room - Features - features.engadget.com

Ten things that Microsoft and TiVo must each do to win the living room - Features - features.engadget.com I own neither a TiVo nor an MCE -- I live in the wrong set of countries to be able to really enjoy all the power of scheduled program recording. I could, I suppose, use either of them as an NG VCR, but since I hardly watch any TV, do not have cable nor sattelite for the past 4 years -- there is hardly any point in doing even that. I am, however, moderately interested in seeing in where this whole thing with a home-media-server is going, considering that back in 1997 or 1998 that was exactly what I was proposing to two buddies of mine we should be looking into. Too bad we have not filed for a patent back then -- we'd be the evil ones now! Now, reading the above-referenced article made me thinking: how much more (or rather more difficult stuff) is listed in front TiVo as opposed to MCE! Get it networked, get HDTV unit, some weird request for a Windows-based unit (what for? does Linux-based TiVo not work?), WiFi enabled devices (TiVo Extreme?), external hard drives, etc. Compare that to "make it more stable" and "add My Radio" thingie for MCE! Granted, getting MCE more stable is a tantamount task, considering years of Windows "stability." I'd agree with a few commenters that (a) there is no point in fixing wha is not broken -- like TiVo platform; (b) these "then things" are more like subjective editorial wish list, not real action points. And of course, just like with XBox, Microsoft can afford making lots of mistakes and loosing money like crazy on MCE, while TiVo can't...

Aug 9, 2004

Konfabulator, Samurize, Dashboard and Active Desktop

Now that the heated debates about Konfabulator vs. Dashboard has become history, I've asked myself a very basic question: considering that ActiveDesktop on my Windows machine is rendered by MSIE (security risks notwithstanding), should it not be possible to create a webpage full of widgets without any help from Samurize? I am not looking for anything fancy: a plain calendar, a calculator, a clock, maybe a weather report. Here's a shot of what I was able to put together relatively easily -- most of the stuf is just a copy/paste from various sites JavaScript. It is not too pretty -- but that's largely CSS issue that I have not spent much time refining.

Aug 4, 2004

Mitch Kapor's Weblog: Chandler's Network Architecture: Priorities Change

Mitch Kapor's Weblog: Chandler's Network Architecture: Priorities Change An interesting take on peer-to-peer vs. central server-based architecture for Chandler. I would be more than delighted to see Chandler mature into if not an Outlook-killer, then at least a worthy replacement (or maybe continuation) of ECCO. Whatever milestones are available for public review right now are not even early-adopter stuff, though. On an unrelated (albeit still free note), if you're looking for something to replace MS Project with -- give Open Workbench a try. It is well worth it.