Monthly Archives: January 2011

★ Mac App Store and the iOS-ification of OS X

As all of us mac geeks know, the Mac App Store opened last night as part of the OS X 10.6.6 update. So far a majority of the feedback is pretty good and by the looks of it Apple will likely have another successful product on it’s hands.

One of the things that has stood out about the App Store, for me at least, is the number of iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) apps that have been ported across to OS X. Apps like SketchBook Pro, Old Booth, Tilt Shift Focus, as well as games like Angry Birds, Flight Control HD, and The Incident. In my opinion it’s only a matter of time before we see a lot more iOS apps ported across to OS X, we’ve already seen Reeder come across to OS X after being very successful on iOS, and with the upcoming release of OS X 10.7 obviously Apple is thinking the same thing.

And one last thought, with these iOS games hitting OS X so quickly, I wonder how long it will be till Apple’s iOS Game Center comes to OS X?

PS. The Incident on OS X is awesome! Well done Bit Bucket Software!

The Incident

★ Mac App Store and the iOS-ification of OS X

As all of us mac geeks know, the Mac App Store opened last night as part of the OS X 10.6.6 update. So far a majority of the feedback is pretty good and by the looks of it Apple will likely have another successful product on it’s hands.

One of the things that has stood out about the App Store, for me at least, is the number of iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) apps that have been ported across to OS X. Apps like SketchBook Pro, Old Booth, Tilt Shift Focus, as well as games like Angry Birds, Flight Control HD, and The Incident. In my opinion it’s only a matter of time before we see a lot more iOS apps ported across to OS X, we’ve already seen Reeder come across to OS X after being very successful on iOS, and with the upcoming release of OS X 10.7 obviously Apple is thinking the same thing.

And one last thought, with these iOS games hitting OS X so quickly, I wonder how long it will be till Apple’s iOS Game Center comes to OS X?

PS. The Incident on OS X is awesome! Well done Bit Bucket Software!

The Incident

★ Mac App Store

In roughly 12 hours Apple will be launching the new Mac App Store, as well as an OS update for OS X, so now is as good a time as any to make sure all your apps are up to date, your OS is up to date, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, your system is backed up. You do back up every day anyway, right…RIGHT.

★ Mac App Store

In roughly 12 hours Apple will be launching the new Mac App Store, as well as an OS update for OS X, so now is as good a time as any to make sure all your apps are up to date, your OS is up to date, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, your system is backed up. You do back up every day anyway, right…RIGHT.

★ New Year, time to update your passwords

Now that it’s a new year, it’s as good a time as any to run through all your online accounts and change your passwords to something new.

I use 1Password and sync it through to my iPhone and iPad. I have a master password to open the application, but then I let 1Password auto-generate new passwords for me that are between 10 and 20 digits.

Highly recommend 1Password, and very highly recommend setting new passwords.

★ New Year, time to update your passwords

Now that it’s a new year, it’s as good a time as any to run through all your online accounts and change your passwords to something new.

I use 1Password and sync it through to my iPhone and iPad. I have a master password to open the application, but then I let 1Password auto-generate new passwords for me that are between 10 and 20 digits.

Highly recommend 1Password, and very highly recommend setting new passwords.

★ RSS is not dead, nor is it even close

I very much agree with Seth Godin in his “In defence of RSS” article, posted overnight. I’m a big fan of RSS, and considering the myriad of RSS readers for OSX and iOS that are currently available I guess there’s still a large number of people out there that are fans also.

I’m wondering if this is another case of the early adopters out growing the medium, or a bunch of twitters who prefer ‘recommendation links’ as opposed to the rest of us who still find it a very easy and unobtrusive way to get the latest news and opinion articles.

★ RSS is not dead, nor is it even close

I very much agree with Seth Godin in his “In defence of RSS” article, posted overnight. I’m a big fan of RSS, and considering the myriad of RSS readers for OSX and iOS that are currently available I guess there’s still a large number of people out there that are fans also.

I’m wondering if this is another case of the early adopters out growing the medium, or a bunch of twitters who prefer ‘recommendation links’ as opposed to the rest of us who still find it a very easy and unobtrusive way to get the latest news and opinion articles.

★ Resolutions for 2011

I know it’s a few days late, well only if you go by the standard of making your resolutions on NYE instead of any old time when you might give yourself more time to consider what’s achievable, what’s a greater challenge, and what’s almost in the realm of impossible…..anyway, here you go.

  1. Spend more quality time with my family
  2. Get fitter
  3. Lose around 15-20 kg
  4. Drink less coffee
  5. Drink more water
  6. Drink less alcohol
  7. Get my golf handicap under 15
  8. Travel more, both overseas and domestically
  9. Start a regular podcast
  10. Take and print more photos

Have you set any goals or resolutions for 2011, tell me yours on twitter… @matpacker

★ Resolutions for 2011

I know it’s a few days late, well only if you go by the standard of making your resolutions on NYE instead of any old time when you might give yourself more time to consider what’s achievable, what’s a greater challenge, and what’s almost in the realm of impossible…..anyway, here you go.

  1. Spend more quality time with my family
  2. Get fitter
  3. Lose around 15-20 kg
  4. Drink less coffee
  5. Drink more water
  6. Drink less alcohol
  7. Get my golf handicap under 15
  8. Travel more, both overseas and domestically
  9. Start a regular podcast
  10. Take and print more photos

Have you set any goals or resolutions for 2011, tell me yours on twitter… @matpacker

★ Mac Apps

MacBook Air Apps

Here’s everything I run on my MacBook Air, everything I have on here I use fairly regularly (apart from some of the mac os defaults)

The most frequently used applications are Safari, Reeder, MarsEdit, Dropbox, Facetime, and Notational Velocity.

The least used applications are Mail, iTunes, Front Row, and Photo Booth.

My MacBook Air is the 11″ with just the 64GB drive in it, I still have around 47GB of space on it. It’s amazing how slim you can get your system when you really monitor what you’re using and how often you’re using it.

Note: I have an MacMini at home, aka my iTunes server, where all my music lives, I sync my iOS devices with it. I also have an old MacBook where my Aperture library lives

If you’d like to know more about my workflow, or the structure of this setup, just ask me on twitter, @matpacker

★ Mac Apps

MacBook Air Apps

Here’s everything I run on my MacBook Air, everything I have on here I use fairly regularly (apart from some of the mac os defaults)

The most frequently used applications are Safari, Reeder, MarsEdit, Dropbox, Facetime, and Notational Velocity.

The least used applications are Mail, iTunes, Front Row, and Photo Booth.

My MacBook Air is the 11″ with just the 64GB drive in it, I still have around 47GB of space on it. It’s amazing how slim you can get your system when you really monitor what you’re using and how often you’re using it.

Note: I have an MacMini at home, aka my iTunes server, where all my music lives, I sync my iOS devices with it. I also have an old MacBook where my Aperture library lives

If you’d like to know more about my workflow, or the structure of this setup, just ask me on twitter, @matpacker

★ Apart from this, and a recipe or two

Apart from this, and a recipe or two I really have nothing to write about that hasn’t been written on Daring Fireball, Minimal Mac, The Brooks Review, and a myriad of other blogs I subscribe to….oh yeh, I was going to write up some notes on my new golf clubs hey.
I might do that tomorrow, or maybe on Tuesday when I’m back at work rebuilding our office Macs for the new business year.

★ Apart from this, and a recipe or two

Apart from this, and a recipe or two I really have nothing to write about that hasn’t been written on Daring Fireball, Minimal Mac, The Brooks Review, and a myriad of other blogs I subscribe to….oh yeh, I was going to write up some notes on my new golf clubs hey.I might do that tomorrow, or maybe on Tuesday when I’m back at work rebuilding our office Macs for the new business year.