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More details at the RBSplitView page. Please post comments and questions here.

And no, collapse/expand animation didn’t make it… although I did some preparatory work. 1.0.2 is in the works…

I’ve started work on RBSplitView 1.0.1. Here are more details; please post any suggestions over there.

In other news, Freshly Squeezed Software‘s PulpFiction version 1.2 is out; RBSplitView is used to implement the classic/wide view switching feature. Thanks to Erik and Brad for helping me debug this…

How nerdy are you?

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Yet another test…

I am nerdier than 98% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

…as if I didn’t know…


from one of my recent favorites, GrowABrain.

And yes, I’ve had days like that… in fact, my soon-to-be-published MacHack 1998 Paper will be

An attempt at some prefatory remarks towards a tentative analysis of partial data regarding a preliminary survey of procrastination symptoms in MacHack paper writing…


Re: Mac mini base?

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Rainer Brockerhoff wrote:

…But perhaps some enterprising accessory maker might machine a small aluminum plate that on the bottom fits exactly over the mini, and on the top has the proper grooves to accomodate the display foot?

Looking at some more photos of disassembled minis, it seems that placing any metal plate (or even anything whatsoever) may impair wireless/BlueTooth operation… pity.

Mac mini base?

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While looking up some stuff about the recently-introduced Mac mini, it struck me that the Apple displays’ feet appear to be just a little bit smaller than the mini itself.

So why not just place the display directly on top of the mini, for an even smaller footprint? Well, Walter Mossberg says:

You can’t place anything on top of the mini or the DVD drive could jam.

But perhaps some enterprising accessory maker might machine a small aluminum plate that on the bottom fits exactly over the mini, and on the top has the proper grooves to accomodate the display foot?

From the pictures, the 30″ display has a larger foot, while the two smaller models have roughly the same size, but a blank (or perhaps slightly corrugated) upper surface might fit all. The bottom would have to be slightly arched or recessed in order to distribute all the weight onto the sides of the mini, leaving the DVD drive unstressed.


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Last Saturday I was fiddling around with software delivery options – in particular, BitTorrent – and learning a little bash and Python in the process.

Although the tests were mostly successful, I still need some more time make the system fail-safe. In the meantime, yesterday evening I noticed that I hadn’t gotten any e-mail – even spam! – over the whole day; an extremely unusual event, since my daily average varies between 50 and 200 e-mails, and would be much more had I not early learned to subscribe to mailing lists in digest mode.

To make a long story short, my tests had conflicted with some other tests I’d conducted earlier in the month, and space on my trusty provider had expanded beyond the now-too-small limit I had set previously and promptly forgotten about. The duty neuron has been adequately chastised.

Therefore, if you sent me e-mail between Jan. 16 and 18, and it bounced back with “maildir delivery failed: error writing message: Disk quota exceeded”, kindly send it again? My apologies.

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Well, this is progress.

Allume Systems just announced, at MacWorld that Ten For X Utilities Vol.3 is out.

Despite the name, it contains 14 utilities, three of which happen to be by your humble programmer icon_lol.gif. 3 out of 14 is a nice percentage… XRay, Zingg! and Nudge.

It costs $39.99 and all utilities are pre-registered, a pretty good value. Should you consider buying it, I remind you that the latter two programs are freeware and that donations are accepted…

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