Programs

Converted my site from Wordpress to RapidWeaver

I got tired of dealing with managing Wordpress. Always installing updates, patches, checking whether or not I have been hacked. I didn't really need Wordpress and its complexity. RapidWeaver, an OSX application for creating websites, does everything I need. I was able to convert my blog in a couple of hours. It is now completely static, no php, no database.

Apple program update

Shortly after my last post about which Macintosh programs I still use I am making a change. MarsEdit is out. I also tried Desk PM which kept crashing. I am now using Blogo which I quite like.

I shouldn’t have blindly updated MarsEdit thinking the new version would be so much better. I also shouldn’t have purchased Desk PM but did based on the reviews.


Both MarsEdit and Desk PM didn’t work right, crashed quite a bit, and I couldn’t actually update my blog using them which is unfortunate since that is their main purpose.


Blogo is really great and I am glad I found it. I am not fond of writing in web based editors.

Time heals all wounds… I guess

On October 26th of 2010 I posted that I was leaving Apple (2010/10/goodbye-apple). That lasted a couple of years until I went to Z2 and was given a Macbook Pro. I forgot what a joy it was to use an Apple product. I decided I wasn’t going to boycott them anymore. I tend to swing back and forth when it comes to things like this.

Pretty much everything I use now is an Apple product except for my game system which is a Windows 10 based system.


The combination of an excellent GUI and the ability to get a UNIX shell is just perfect.
A previous post covered my favorite Macintosh applications and I thought I would revist that post and do an update.

I still use
Acorn, Witch, Transmit, and OmniGraffle. I no longer use Path Finder, I have just gotten used to the standard Finder. I don’t use Adium anymore. I use HipChat at work and stopped using a personal IM. I would still use Yojimbo if Bare Bones would update it. For now I typically use the built in Notes application. I switched from MacPorts to Brew due to its non-invasive nature. EnergySavvy is a Mercurial shop so I don’t use Versions anymore. I pretty much just use VIM now so no more Coda and I never read news groups anymore so no more Unison. I don’t have a disc burner anymore so I don’t use Disco either.  Finally I still use MarsEdit and am using it to make this post.

My Top Mac Apps

My Favorite Machintosh Applications. In no particular order.



  • Transmit/Candybar/Coda/Unison
    File transfer (FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3), Icon management, Web development, News reader.
    http://www.panic.com/





  • MacPorts
    Source based package managment system for OSX. Bringing a huge variety of UNIX/LINUX applications to the Mac.
    http://www.macports.org/








Facebook iPhone App – Goodbye you piece of crap!

Today marked the third time I attempted to use the Facebook iPhone app to comment on someone else's status only to have it fail due to an error and loose my comment.

Golden rule: Don't lose data!


So I deleted it today. Not worth putting energy into it only to see it flushed. At the very least it should keep the comment around in some sort of draft state so it can be dealt with later but to just lose it is ridiculous.


I am very close to closing my Facebook account anyway since I get no value out of it at all. Zero.

Windows 7 RTM – I am now running it.

I upgraded my Windows Vista Ultimate game system to Windows 7 Ultimate this weekend. Overall the system feels faster and I like the new taskbar. I really like the "snaps" feature that allows you easily tile two windows together.

What I didn't like was they took away the Aurora screen saver - it was my favorite of any platform. Luckily I found it online.


My CPU doesn't support hardware virtualization so I can't run XP mode; oh well.


The upgrade took about four hours.

Safari 4.0 how I hate thee

I uninstalled the Safari 4.0 beta today because I just couldn't stand two things:

1. Beach balls all the time!

2. Copy and paste just stop working all the time!

I didn't find it faster than 3.x at all. The copy and paste stops working and you have to restart the browser.

Found a new backup program – CrashPlan

I was reading reddit today and was reading an article about a guy who lost his laptop. One of the programs he used was CrashPlan. I looked into it and really liked what I saw so I bought two licenses (because I didn't want to see ads) and have setup my home mac and my wife's mac.

I am also looking at their
business solution + server to backup laptops at work. They have a 30 day trial so I will be playing with that on Monday.

One of the problems with laptop backups that the Apple crowd fixed was only backing up when your on the network via Time Machine. As far as I know (and I have looked) here isn't Time Machine type solution for Windows until now with CrashPlan.


The other think I like is the ability to back up to other computers on the network and friends systems outside your local network.


CrashPlan can also backup to the cloud to their protected data center.

Blogging From TextMate

Blogging from TextMate is possible. I was getting tired of the WordPress editor and googled for Macintosh blog editors and came across Blogging From TextMate. I being a longtime TextMate user was embarrassed I didn't know about this feature already. Just goes to show I should explore all the bundles after every update.

VIM 7 is out!

My favorite editor just got better! vim 7 has been released.  Features I am most excited about:

  • Tabs

  • Unlimited undo/redo with branches

  • The new brace matching

No more Tor

I shut down my Tor server this weekend. I ran it for about 10 days. More than anything it was really messing with my interactive performance when I worked from home so I guess I couldn't spare the bandwidth.