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Periodic Table of the Internet (Download Squad)

Jul 17th 2007 6:14PM Check out Lisa Jevbratt’s 1:1 project, “a project created in 1999 that consisted of a database that would eventually contain the address of every Web site in the world and interfaces through which to view and use the database.”
Info here: http://jevbratt.com/1_to_1/
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Hazel - your hired help for keeping OS X clean (Download Squad)

Jun 4th 2007 5:07PM @Diddle: Actually, dude, it's "your hired help," as in "the hired help you own."

How often do you upgrade? (TUAW.com)

Sep 8th 2006 12:13PM Short answer: Software - As often as possible. Hardware - not so much.

My six-year-old PowerBook G3 Pismo 400MHz is still in service. It has all mod cons (USB, FireWire, AirPort, Ethernet). I've upped the RAM and swapped the HD for a bigger one twice, and I use a BlueTooth dongle and an external DVD±RW. Okay, so USB 1.0 and 802.11b are getting a little long in the tooth but they get the job done, and since I don't use my machine for billable production work, I don't mind taking a speed hit. I'm thinking about upgrading the daughtercard to a G4 because some software won't run on a G3 (e.g., Toast 7), but that's about it.

The thing is I love the Pismo's form factor and design. The swoopy curves just say "sexy" and I didn't have to pay extra to get it in black. The new MacBooks still look better than anything else out there, but they leave me cold, design-wise. I'll consider buying one once a) they work out all the kinks and release Rev. B, and b) I absolutely can't put it off anymore.

iPhone not going to be called iPhone? (TUAW.com)

Jul 25th 2006 1:14PM Or Apple could just steal a page from Moto's playbook and go with IPHN.

On improving the iPod's aging UI and experience (TUAW.com)

Jul 23rd 2006 7:30PM It always struck me as odd that scrolling on the iPod is linear (A to Z and back again) when the wheel implies circular scrolling (A-B-C-...-X-Y-Z-A-B-C-... and so on). Seems to me a better way to access artists than adding a scroll by letter menu would be to allow scrolling to wrap around. So if I'm at the top of my artists menu (...And You Will Know Us By Our Trail of Dead) and I want to listen to Yo La Tengo, I don't have to scroll through the whole alphabet to get there. My crappy Moto cellphone UI already lets me do this, so why can't Apple?

Life changing software (TUAW.com)

Jul 21st 2006 1:19PM In no particular order:

1. WordPerfect for DOS - my introduction to almost every possible combination of function keys with Ctrl, Alt, and Shift modifiers. I created my first macro in
2. Ventura Publisher, pre Corel - one of the first typesetting programs to incorporate the concept of style sheets.
3. SoundJam MP - iTunes' precursor and the start of my addiction to MP3s.
4. Acrobat, esp. the full/Pro versions - I'm still finding new ways to work with this thing.
5. MacPaint - chock full o' monochrome bitmap goodness! Drawing? On a computer? How cool is that?

Mac's System 7 (or maybe System 6) was my introduction to GUIs. I don't consider it software, but it was definitely life changing. Mosaic didn't make as much of an impression on me as the sites -- and possibilities -- it showed me. To this day, there's a special place in my heart for the blink tag.