As far as I can remember, I began following Steve Jobs around 2005, when he announced that Apple would be switching to x86 hardware. He really impressed me in 2006, when he announced the MacBook Pro and iWeb.
1. At the top left of your screen, open the Apple menu.
2. Click System Preferences…
3. Under Personal, click Langauge & Text. (On my system, this is the fifth icon from the left.)
4. Under the Language tab, drag English (or your preferred language) to the top of the list. In my case, I had to move English above Tieng Viet (Vietnamese).
5. If Google Chrome is running, restart Google Chrome. (Changes take effect at launch.)
When people complain that the iPad doesn’t have multitasking, a camera, a full-fledged desktop OS, or an exposed filesystem, they’re missing the point. They’re forgetting what came before: a slew of tablets from the likes of HP, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Asus, Toshiba and others. What do all of these existing tablets have?
Now that my (still awesome) 15″ MacBook Pro is 2 generations behind the latest and greatest, I wonder:
What would be the cheapest way for me to get a new Mac?
Would it be with my ADC student membership? Or would it be with the standard student discount?
I bought my iPhone on the first day it was released. That was June 29, 2007 — well over a year ago. The battery still works well — usually lasting a full day under normal use. But if it’s taken to areas with weak cell coverage, and used extensively for maps, traffic, email, news, and so forth, it can run out pretty quickly. So it’s very nice that the MacBook Pro (and, I believe, any Mac) supports charging via USB when the computer is in sleep mode. On most PCs I’ve used, the USB ports get no power when the computer is asleep.
My latest iPhone/iPod touch app, Whiteboard Lite, is now available in the iTunes App Store.
This semester, I’m a Lab Assistant (also sometimes called a Teaching Assistant or TA) for the new ITP 499 iPhone App Development class here at USC (the University of Southern California). The most well-known iPhone App Dev class done so far was at Stanford University (CS 193P); props to them for posting some of their course materials online.
The iPhone offers good localization support the same way Mac OS X does. For strings, developers use a file called “Localizable.strings”. It’s a bit tricky, though. The syntax of the file is strict; any small error will cause it to stop working without warning. Unfortunately, the compiler (which doesn’t touch the file at all) can’t give any warnings or errors when a mistake is present in the file. So check your Localizable.strings closely.
Well, I haven’t blogged in a long time, and now school’s about to start again, so I’d better get to it.
I used to highly respect Apple. I bought an iBook, a few iPods, an iMac, and an iPhone. I’ve purchased several songs on iTunes, and I’ve used the Safari beta. They’re trying to remove DRM from iTunes music. They were a good company.
But as of today, I’ve lost all respect for them. Let me explain.
Today, Apple realized Microsoft’s success, and decided to follow them as a role model. They forced their Safari web browser on Windows users of iTunes, QuickTime, or Bonjour.
Sneakily, the Apple Software Updater will run and pop-up automatically on the screens of Windows users who have iTunes installed. This is fine. The problem is that it now has Safari, and it’s checked to install by default.
Even if you have never installed Safari before. Continue reading