April, 2004

  1. More Funny Word Winners

    It hasn’t been a year since the last batch, but this showed up in my e-mail today (thanks Jim) and it’s good stuff: Once again, The Washington Post published its yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for various words. And the winners are: Coffee (n.), a person who is coughed…

  2. The Browser’s Effect on Application Interfaces

    I’ve been discussing aspects of the NetNewsWire UI with Brent recently and I passed on a theory I’ve had in the back of my mind for a while: People are so accustomed to using a browser, they don’t use menus anymore. For many people, if a feature isn’t right there in front of them, it…

  3. Setting up Free Trials

    I’ve been working on setting up the system to create free trials for Tasks Pro™ 1.1 when it is released. One of the things I’ve wanted to do was get rid of a couple of the limitations that are in the current trial and I’ve done that. I actually finished writing the script to do…

  4. Selling Software

    Over the past month there have been interesting discussions on the SnapperMail and NetNewsWire mailing lists about product pricing, upgrades and general release decisions/policies. As a new software vendor, I’ve been a very interested observer/participant in these discussions. I’m about to release my first individual comsumer product (Tasks 2.0) and I’m planning the features for…

  5. Tasks Pro 1.1 release candidate 2

    I’ve made Tasks Pro™ 1.1 release candidate 2 available to my Tasks Pro™ customers. This is just about ready for release too. This is a free upgrade from 1.0 for anyone wondering if they should wait before making their purchase. I’ll get a comprehensive list of changes from 1.0 together by the time I release…

  6. Tasks 2.0 release candidate 1

    I’ve sent Tasks 2.0 release candidate 1 to the beta testers. I think we’re pretty close to a release; time for me to start getting the web site stuff ready. 🙂 Changes in this version: Fixed a 401 authentication bug introduced in the last version. Changed the look of the install script pages This post…

  7. Photos Localization Started

    I’ve started the planned localization for Photos. WordPress ended up using a different localization scheme then the one I built but I’m finding it’s working well for my needs. I worked on this a little on the flight last night and found that I couldn’t resist ripping things out and making a number of improvements…

  8. Back from the Bay Area

    This weekend we were back in the Bay Area for a friend‘s wedding. It was great and a little bittersweet to see so many friends back there. It was a strange feeling being back as a visitor to the place I lived for the last decade. Since we haven’t moved into our house yet, I…

  9. Close Enough

    The new 17" PowerBooks are hereby deemed a significant enough upgrade for me to take the long awaited plunge. After Jason’s experience with hard drive speed in his PowerBook, I’ll definitely be getting the faster hard drive option, but the rest will be pretty vanilla. What happened to the 60GB 7200rpm drive option? I suppose…

  10. PHP Doc System Usability Enhancement

    I added a little check to disable a link if the link is to the page currently being displayed. It’s a small change, but I think it’s an important one (and I don’t have immediate plans to add more features) so I’ve released this as PHP Doc System 1.5.1. For example, you have a module…

  11. Around the web

    Geof has some well forumulated ideas on comment registration systems. I think WordPress would benefit from the inclusion of a system like this. Thoughts on how to manage volumes of e-mail. I like to handle it as it comes in, otherwise I get a big backlog to slog though. The story behind Why 1984 won’t…