Posts tagged: mac

Macs and fast hibernation

Tim Bray talks about the compelling nature of the fast hibernation feature of Mac laptops: I remember like yesterday, sometime in early 2002, watching Rohit Khare at a conference, popping open his Mac every little while to take a note, then shutting it again. I was still a Windows victim at that point, and I was flabbergasted; that was the single feature that weighed most heavily in my decision to switch. [continues...]

Paul Walk , December 20, 2008

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Inadvertent spamming and calendar woes

At the University of Bath, where UKOLN is based, we use an enterprise calendar solution from Oracle. It's OK, no worse than some others I've used, but not great. It does have a client for Mac OSX in its favour.... but I don't really want to use a dedicated client when I have systems and workflows with dependencies on the Mac's built in calendar application, iCal. iCal is not particularly great either, but it is integrated into Mac OSX and there are advantages to be had from this. [continues...]

Paul Walk , May 15, 2008

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MacOSX Preview’s annotation tool….

... is embarrassingly poor. I've been a happy iBook/MacBook user for two years now - I'm pretty satisfied with MacOS X and the way it generally stays the hell out of my way when I'm trying to work (unlike some operating systems). I like Preview, the built-in PDF viewer, but had never tried to annotate a PDF with it until yesterday. The annotation tool gives you two options: You can draw a thick-lined red oval around a region of the document to which you want to draw attention. [continues...]

Paul Walk , March 9, 2007

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Time to switch (back)?

Tim Bray ponders whether it is time to switch from MacsOS to an opensource OS. I switched from an Intel-based laptop running Linux to an iBook around 18 months ago, but I have so far resisted the temptation to upgrade to a MacBook(Pro). Funny thing is, Tim’s quick list of the Mac hardware features he could not live without is pretty much the list of hardware features I tend to cite when I’m in Mac evangelist mode, number one being the fact that I open my iBook and start typing immediately, and then close the lid when I’ve finished. [continues...]

Paul Walk , June 16, 2006

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