Apple

Apple and MacOS-X

OPML: RSS import and export to MacOS Mail.app

My digital life seems to be on big RSS feed these days. I get my news, twitters and all my blogs via RSS feeds, some directly into Mail.app and some via rss2email.Since Leopard (10.5) added basic RSS feed support in Mail.app, at least we now have the option of something approaching convergence of e-mail and RSS. I hate having to have a separate application open just for RSS (i.e. NetNewsWire) and I need the option of permanently archiving some of the better feeds for my technical archive.

Mail.app doesn't support import or export of RSS very well (no export and limited import via Safari bookmarks) so I created a pair of python scripts under Creative Commons license. Feedback and bug reports are welcome:

ExportFeeds version 1.0 Creative Commons
ImportFeeds version 1.0 Creative Commons

Quartz ScreenSaver Goodies

Hat tip to LifeHacker for a Twitter visualisation screensaver Easter Egg. Their instructions are incomplete; their method will give a blank screen. You need to copy the contents of folder (3 items):

AppleTV v2.0.2 update

Apple pushed out v2.0.2 today and so I applied it immediately. You have to give Apple credit for the incredible easy of updating complex software (no EULAs, etc) but there's no Release Notes either. Quick reaction: the irritating menu scrolling (where it becomes unresponsive while it fetches the thumbnail preview) seems better (max 1sec pause?), but not cured.

GMail: All Mail, Duplicates and Mail.app

I use GMail for all my mailing list subscriptions with Apple's Mail.app as the desktop client using IMAP. It's not a bad combination but there are a couple of annoyances that are becoming severe irritants.

AppleTV v2.0.1 update

Apple quietly rolled out AppleTV 2.0.1 today. I updated mine and all seems well but none of my problems have been fixed. The Movie menu scrolling is still painfully slow as it pauses to get the thumbnail preview and the menus are still awkward. Ho hum.

MacOS Applications for Switchers

John Chow's blog had a guest post on 10 apps for switchers for ex-Windows users with a new Mac. Having just helped someone do exactly this, I thought I'd compare notes:

AppleTV v2: slow, still locked down

I upgraded my AppleTV (160GB version) as soon as the update was published. I was an early adopter of the aTV. partly out of curiosity and because I was interested in hacking it to more useful things.

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