Dec 26, 2009

Apple event on 26 Jan

So, everybody and their uncle are predicting the tablet. Seems like a good bet indeed. But I am sure that it won't be (at least in some important aspects) what all are expecting.

I wager that tablet will be centered around media management for your home media library (extending and expanding lethargic AppleTV) and aiming at PSP fair and square. It will not be Apple's answer to netbooks.

Oct 24, 2009

Ecto 3 - The new Ecto

Old Ecto was constantly failing to work for me on Blogger, but Ecto 3 has improved a lot on that. But the great failure it has is that when you hit "Publish" it does not save your post first!

SharePoint is MS Access of internet 1.x age

Sep 16, 2009

Getting 802.11n to work on Unibody Macbook Pro with WRT610N

I just got me a nice and shiny Linksys WRT610N — it was about time to upgrade the network, get a bit of a speed boost. Installation was trivial (no, you don't have to insert a CD if you know what you're doing), but for some reason I could not get my Macbook (unibody 17", early 2009) to see "N" network, only "G" was visible.

Solution was simple, but took some searching. In "Basic Wireless Settings" under "5GHz Wireless Settings" set "Wide Channel" from "Auto (DSF)" to any specific value (I chose "46," being a close enough match for 42).

Sep 8, 2009

Why did they need to *spoil* good thing

Many moons ago I came across a nice plugin for Outlook — LookOut which has made it just passable to live with multiple PST files and cope with 300+ inbound / 150+ outbound daily emails. Just type in from:Joe subject:foo "bar baz" and 'ere you go — a few seconds later you get your list of spam from Joe.

Even when I first installed it (around 2005), LookOut was already sold to Microsoft. They planned to integrate their search tech into Windows and Office. And did they need it.

Anyone who has ever had to try and find anything filed away in a reasonably large Oytlook pst (say, over 700mb), would relate to frustration and pain. Outlook search is dumb. Most people I know end up doing searching by sorting — by from, to, date or subject — then trying to browse the result for that very email.

LookOut only needed to index your PSTs (and any document folders too) once, then keep that index up as new items were added. First run could take a couple-three hours, but it was worth every minute. Just take a longish lunch and a staff meeting, then you're done.

Outlook 2003 came out without any search improvements (unless one wants to consider search folders anything like a "search improvement"), but 2007 version did gain Windows Desktop Search. That was where that purchased tech must have been applied. But was it a good application?

No. It took me several DAYS to get my PSTs indexed. And even after that it is nowhere instant. Interface of Outlook Instant Search is clumsy — it gets in a way by trying to both search and redraw the UI. Explorer-based UI is no better, although I find it at least less interfering, yet distracting nonetheless.

Microsoft should really look at how this was done before, or how Google, Copernic or, gasp, Apple do this. And simply NOT "improve" it.

Jul 29, 2009


GlimmerBlocker is a great tool for Mac OS X user to stop the ad banner craze. Comes with a sensible ruleset by default. To expand on it an fit my needs of browsing Russian web sites I have created a small filter feed available here:

Feb 22, 2009

Ballmer wants Apple to open up

This is amazing: via cnet. Steve is really feeling the pinch: "Openness is central because it's the foundation of choice." The question is whose choice, right, Mr. Ballmer?

Feb 13, 2009

Microsoft retail push

SAN FRANCISCO -(Dow Jones)- Microsoft Corp's (MSFT) decision to launch a retail push for the first time suggests the company is hoping the success of smaller rival, Apple Inc. (AAPL), in reaching consumers, may rub off on the larger company.
Looks like Zune has not taught them a thing.