Mac App Store impressions

Two major impressions so far: It is very slick, I am glad it is not a part of iTunes monster app. It is almost as easy as on iOS, with only one major difference: your purchases are for a device you buy it on, not for your Apple ID, like with iOS. (UPD it is … Read more


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:

Drawing (Scribbles) on a Mac

I have been looking for a simple program to entertain my daughter with drawing (she loves it) on a Mac. I’ve got a (cheap) Wacom tablet that wanted to employ as well. TuxPaint is nice, but I hate the rubber-stamp/clipart mentality it sort of forces one in (and sounds are annoying). Also, I think that … Read more

Leopard — a very personal view

Not that it matters, but: I like new Dock. It’s more or less always hidden, hence it’s reflections are lost on me, the small dot looks more or less the same (so far) as the black one. Transparent menu bar — very much the same, I use a solid color background and end up nearly … Read more

Things that Apple is *really* good at

There were numerous referenced posted on a variety of social bookmarking sites about smart hackers going for a re-implementation of this or that feature of Apple’s latest Leopard release of Mac OS X. And this is über cool that you can now hack your N800 to scroll like iPhone or to show a keyboard just … Read more


There’re many versions of GNU Emacs to choose from when it comes to MacOS. There’s a standard console-only Emacs that comes with the system. There’s Carbon Emacs that (as the name implies) uses Carbon libs. There’s an Aquamacs — again, the name is telling. But what I found to be a very nice addition to … Read more