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GCMUG (GreenCine Mac Users' Group)
Topic by: hamano
Posted: November 22, 2003 - 12:43 AM PST
Last Reply: February 6, 2007 - 5:12 PM PST

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author topic: GCMUG (GreenCine Mac Users' Group)
post #121  on January 10, 2006 - 10:13 AM PST  
ah ah and i was away when the answer came back about the burning .srt concern glad it worked
post #122  on January 10, 2006 - 12:36 PM PST  
10 JANUARY 2006


At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Bill Gates made an announcement today that in response to the Apple iBread launch, Microsoft has struck a buyout deal with bankrupt Interstate Bakeries Corp.

Interstate Bakeries, famous for their Wonder Bread and Twinkies brands, hit financial difficulties due to high overhead costs and a costly failure in their attempt to reformulate the recipes for Hostess Cupcakes and Ding Dongs. These products were abandoned by consumers who found them to be "doughy and unappetizing."

Gates and Interstate CEO Antonio C. "Tony" Alvarez II held a joint interactive online press conference this morning, eating dozens of Twinkies while playing a game on the Xbox 360. Stopping to wipe white cream from the corner of his mouth, Gates smiled broadly and said, "We think our two companies have amazing synergy. We're going to completely rewrite Wonder Bread to be 100% Vista compatible. Windows will be able to manage all of the consumers' entertainment and nutritional needs with the click of a mouse."

When asked if he was concerned about competition from iBread, Alvarez responded, "Microsoft and Interstate Bakeries are natural allies. Together we intend to control 90 percent of the market share, leaving only crumbs for iBread. With the name recognition of the Wonder Bread brand and the proven engineering prowess of Microsoft, we're confident that as we rake in the dough our stock will rise exponentially."
post #123  on January 10, 2006 - 5:24 PM PST  
Is Trudeau that crazy or very canny guy with the infomercials selling books about how Merck makes people sick, but he can cure AIDS with his calorie-free bread?
post #124  on January 10, 2006 - 6:00 PM PST  
trudeau consulted on iBread. you heard it here first.
post #125  on January 13, 2006 - 10:04 AM PST  
it's official: microsoft has euthanized its neglected WMP child. instead, they'll offer the third-party quicktime player plug-in flip4mac on their site. this is probably an improvement but a little disappointing as it puts the mac absolutely permanently behind windows in terms of WMP DRM video, instead of effectively permanently with chance of parity.

i know why a company would sign up with a proprietary software distro standard like DVD or CD. it's about equipment reliability i think. but i don't get why people would choose a proprietary DRM, whichever company developed it. DRM seems like a no-brain candidate for management by a consortium or independent group - otherwise you sign up with MonopolyMedia, LLC and find one day that they have major say in your business and you can't escape.
post #126  on January 13, 2006 - 11:10 AM PST  
> On January 13, 2006 - 10:04 AM PST dpowers wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> DRM seems like a no-brain candidate for management by a consortium or independent group

Well that's exactly it, isn't it? You need people with brains (unclouded by dollar signs) to figure that out.
post #127  on January 13, 2006 - 11:51 AM PST  
at the moment i think piracy is so big and scary that people are running from anything that remotely resembles hacker product. oh fellow large company please protect me from the internet.
post #128  on January 15, 2006 - 5:48 AM PST  
Ha! We found out you could use the new iMacs on display at the Apple Store to take and send pictures of yourself to friends and family... Just make sure your hair looks neat, and take some e-mail addresses with you. You can use the new Photobooth thingie to take a snap, then you can select the photo and click on the Mail icon. If you're a private person just remember to delete the mail message from Mail's "Sent" folder and delete the photo from Photobooth afterwards, I guess.

The little cameras built into the iMacs take pretty good snapshots.
post #129  on January 15, 2006 - 11:32 AM PST  
i love it. also you could bring your own backdrop!
post #130  on March 11, 2006 - 8:18 AM PST  
So, anyone using Automator to do anything? I think I just made a finder plug-in that automatically trashes NPR .smil files from my downloads folder.... it just seems to happen, though... there's no trigger. As soon as a .smil file appears, whoosh, it goes to the trash. That doesn't prevent the file from playing on RealOne Player, though, so that's OK I guess.
post #131  on May 3, 2006 - 1:18 AM PDT  
(2 mos later)

i started using automator to help manage the music collection in itunes. once i got familiar with it i knew i needed more and started writing applescripts. so for me it was a gateway drug. for instance i wrote a nifty sleep timer script, a play/pause control that does pretty volume fades, a one-touch control for switching the EQ from speakers to headphones, etc etc.

also it seems all the workflows here are the same as they've been for a couple years and they're already smart, automated, or easy because that's the kind of software i like. like, as in, i avoided getting a digital camera until browsing photos was as easy as browsing the web.

anyway when/if i get back into doing great batches of things i think automator is a great tool for that.
post #132  on May 3, 2006 - 8:23 AM PDT  
How about Quicksilver? I downloaded that the other day... I think the more I use it the more addictive it will get. It seems to be more efficient than, say, scrolling through lots of bookmarks to find a link I often use...
post #133  on May 3, 2006 - 8:58 AM PDT  
i looked at both quicksilver and launchbar which seem to be the major new work accelerants. they're both nifty. very much so. they need to be much better than what i use now, which is a bunch of function key controls based in an earlier app called dragthing.

in the upper right corner of the screen, just below the spotlight search button, there are 6 colored tabs for utilities, video, audio, folders, paperwork, other. hold the mouse over a tab; it pops open; click the app you want. better yet drag a file to a tab and drop on the app you want to use on the file. it's a 2D room layout.

this isn't the default setup for dragthing, i just like it this way. i think there's another app called "drop drawers" or something like that works this way from the start. i've found that reserving typing for searches or composition, helps keep my internal editor/supervisor from overwhelming my writing. that's what works for me.

actually it'd be more accurate to say that during periodic bursts of heavy writing activity i have no patience for typing noncreatively. accommodating those times made working the computer more comfortable on days when less writing is done - both because i have no outlet for frustrated nonproductive text manipulation (cough), and because there's no guilty feeling of typing without making. generally i have no trouble working; i have trouble thinking clearly. so i make working with the computer a physical process and leave the head a little clearer. anyway it works pretty well.
post #134  on May 3, 2006 - 10:15 AM PDT  
Mmmm.... DragThing looks cool but $30 is pretty steep for shareware. I think I'll try to tame QuickSilver before forking out the dough. I'm intrigued by QuickSilver... it's kinda mysterious at this point. DragThing looks completely obvious and intuitive, 2D as you say, and simple to use. Even the QS website is a bit cryptic. Is there some kind of AI element built into QS? It doesn't clearly say. So I'm partly attracted to the culty feel of QuickSilver. At the beginning it seems kinda weird. Web bookmark items and folders and files and apps are all arranged in one window you can scroll through with the arrow keys.

Have you posted any of your automator scripts so other people can try them? I don't have any yet to trade... I was hoping I'd be able to do something that takes items in my sent mail folder and moves them to my other mail folders, but there's no way to set up a rule that I could do in Eudora, namely, "if the recipient is in the 'Friends' group in the Address Book, move the item to the 'Friends' folder." I don't know why they don't include that as a sort option... you can sort incoming mail that way automatically.
post #135  on May 3, 2006 - 12:29 PM PDT  
nah i haven't posted any. it takes time to figure how i really want something to work and i want the thing out of my head as fast as possible. making it work for other people is too distracting. generally i return the favor of borrowed code through public conversation and brainstorming (surprise surprise).

i really like the concept of quicksilver. it makes me think of what i really want, which is a hovering, context-sensitive ring of button-spots that activates with a press of a dedicated key. similar functions are grouped (and group areas distinguished by color) and the next level of options are visible just outside the ring. move to an option that leads to a dialog and the dialog is shown on screen, visually behind the ring, and becoming active when you release the magic key. magic key + other hot key would bring up system wide options or something. dunno. for this to be fast it'd need to be pretty well integrated with the system. (translucency is a really big thing...)

i think dragthing was $10 when i got aboard the train. years ago.

yes that's a missing feature from mail. the way they've put things together they'd almost have to build a new "sent mail rules" dialog to keep the "incoming" rules system quick and simple.
post #136  on May 8, 2006 - 4:06 PM PDT  
Apple beats Apple! What a waste of friggin money and time! They should just have formed a joint venture or done a merger for the benefit of all. I bet John Lennon and Steve Jobs would have become friends. Paul McCartney is probably friends with Bill Gates, though.
post #137  on September 23, 2006 - 3:59 PM PDT  
Hey you Mac owners, wherever you are! Don't you hate it when you download a foreign film but the only subtitle files you can find don't quite match the movie? The subs are out of synch or they're in two pieces, or the movie is in 2 pieces and the subtitles are all in one file? Now there's a freeware utility to match the .srt to your .avi!

Jubler is the name of this little JAVA gem that is also available for Windoze and Linux. It's loaded with features so you can divide and merge subtitle files, and import/export all different formats of subtitle files.
post #138  on January 9, 2007 - 1:30 PM PST  
Apple does it again! New iPhone...

That leaves Zune and anything else they had at the CES in the dust, don't it?
post #139  on January 9, 2007 - 5:01 PM PST  
> On January 9, 2007 - 1:30 PM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Apple does it again! New iPhone...
> That leaves Zune and anything else they had at the CES in the dust, don't it?
> ---------------------------------

Those things look "hella cool" as the kids today say, but you're going to have to suture them to your body or something to keep eager thieves from trying to snatch 'em. Very attractive to iBurglars.
post #140  on January 16, 2007 - 12:32 AM PST  
it's the first touch screen you can lick. it also has a vibrate setting.
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