This method of summing up recent news seems to be more common here these days, but time has been a rarer commodity during this past month.
Top stories that have caught our attention (in no particular order):
- Finally, there is a way to browse and access your del.icio.us
bookmarks from your Mac. I have always found del.icio.us to be rather one sided affair - not to detract from its excellent uploading and sharing features - but sharing and using boomarks while away from you home system has proved to be tricky up until now (The del.icio.us bookmark listing unfortunately does not emulate your native bookmark organisation). This new app called Delibar
now offers a new menulet which will draw down all of your accounts' bookmarks for browsing and editing. Caveats on the site warn of its pre-stable release state, so we'll watch this app for some time before installing.
- Mac users have had a tendency to be rather smug when it came to system security. However, to effectively secure your system, you really need to understand the basic security concepts that underpin your OS - this isn't a Mac issue - rather, it's a general computing issue. Most importantly for laptops and notebooks, don't let them get out of your physical control. In the event that this does happen, then you would need to ensure (beforehand, of course) that they are setup in such a way that thieves are given a rough ride if they try to sift through your system. A great starter tutorial is right here
- Essential reading
for any web-site administrtator or designer. Don't make pages that scream!
- A very popular meme that is being spread at the moment concerns the remixing of various Tube and Metro maps from around the world. It started with the world famous London Underground map - that is until TfL
decided to issue a cease and desist
. This seems to have started something, as lots of city maps have been given the same treatment: Amsterdam
, Washington DC
to name a few. Boing Boing
is chronicling them.
- Looks like iTunes
may have some competition soon - in the form of Songbird
. Although there are differing opinions on its feature-set, one thing the designers of this application have realised, is that in this current era of digital music, customers of rival services are being locked into exclusive and non-compatible business models - an anomaly that is only punishing the consumer at the end of the day.
- While we admire the resourcefulness of reverse engineering comments
into your iWeb
published pages, it does leave Forenoon Filings wondering how such a glaringly standard weblogging feature could have been left out of a retail web publishing program (A similar point
could be made for iCal
). Let's see what v2.0 will bring...