Will it be worth it?

I’m considering purchasing an iSight from Apple using some of the proceeds from both a web coding project and temping. It would be helpful for remote collaboration on web work (my brother lives in the boonies). The reviews I’ve read thus far have been very positive. The only downside most people mention is the current lack of cross-platform conferencing using iChat AV. I believe Apple is using SIP (at least for VoIP), so it should only be a matter of time before some enterprising soul(s) make(s) it happen.

Boing, boing, boing!

I downloaded and tried out the latest version of Spring (v1.3). I like the concept, but the process for creating new “objects” seems rather difficult. It would be nice if Spring could automatically make Person objects for entries in the OS X Address Book application. Also, being able to make a visually browseable canvas (similar to what MP3 Voodoo does) of all of your iTunes albums would be neat.

All in all, an interesting product and approach to UI.

Dwele's "Subject"

Detroit’s Dwele (who you may know from his work with Slum Village) has released his first solo album, “Subject.” His lyrics and themes are not radically divergent from those of other R&B artists, but the overall sound is far more interesting than standard Top 40 fare. His use of overdubbing is reminiscent of Marvin Gaye’s. Good stuff.

It lingers . . .

A few minor UI gripes:

  1. Hold Shift while clicking on a Finder window’s toolbar display toggle widget (the Tic-Tac shaped one in the upper right). Handy dandy. Now try this in any other application with a toolbar. It doesn’t work. Phooey.
  2. Depress Command while clicking the display toggle widget in the Finder. Nothing. Try it in Mail (or OmniWeb). Neato.

These are surely not the biggest of UI problems, but they are inconsistencies that ought be corrected. Supposedly, the Cocoa and Carbon frameworks did at one point behave identically, but this was broken before the initial 10.0 release.