Monthly Archive for August, 2006

WWDC Announcement Thoughts

The announcements this year are not as impressive as last year. Probably the most exciting thing for most people this year is the new Mac Pro: 16GB of RAM, 2TB of storage, dual 64 bit 3GHZ processors. Wow, I want one.

I am sort of disappointed with the end-user Leopard features. The time machine idea sounds and looks cool, but I’m wondering how useful it will be and how much it will slow down my computer. The improvements to iChat are very welcome, and the screen sharing feature looks incredible. Spaces looks awesome, finally we are going to get built in virtual desktops. I really don’t use Dashboard or iCal, so changes to those areas of the OS don’t really affect me. I currently don’t use Spotlight because of its sluggishness (Butler is much faster for my needs), so hopefully it’ll become useful with boolean search queries and hopefully some speed boosts.

The real exciting announcements are on this page. Code folding, Xcode 3.0, improved interface builder, xRay, project snapshots, obj-c 2.0 (with garbage collection! I really never thought that would happen). Cant wait to get my hands on this stuff. Apple has also decided to open-source some more parts of its OS, this is awesome news and I hope this trend continues.

Here Goes Nothing

A couple days ago I went ahead and bought my first guitar, a Fender DG-8. Hopefully with this guitar, a couple teach-yourself DVDs, some books, and some help from my guitar-playing friends I’ll be able to become half-way decent at the guitar.

Wish me luck!

XASH 1.3

XASH 1.3 has finally been released! This update is way overdue and has the following improvements:

  • Added CMD+F shortcut to bring the search field into focus
  • Much improved interface thanks to Juan Carlos Anorga
  • Added a plus button to add additional search paths in the preference panel (you can also add via Drag N’ Drop)
  • Added a way to change the flash 8 search path and index file to work with non-english flash installations (this is only temporary, much better non-english flash support is in the works)
  • You can now reload help files without relaunching the program
  • Reorganized preference pane
  • Fixed some memory leaks
  • Updated Sparkle.framework to 1.1
  • XASH now has its own SVN Repo

You can download the application from the product page linked above, or you can update your current version of XASH using the built in “Check For Updates…” functionality in the application menu. You can grab the latest source from the subversion repository or you can download the source here.

Enjoy!