Posts made in March, 2008

Mail.app RSS feed UI

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 in UI Design

Mail RSS UI

Is it just me, or is the button that adds an RSS feed to your Inbox in Mail.app really perplexing at first?

I’d prefer not to have my feeds show up in my inbox as I try to keep the inbox as empty as possible. Instead I just browse the feeds occasionally for interesting articles or news.

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WordPress 2.5 is out! Figures…

Posted on Mar 30, 2008 in Opinions

Right after I finished configuring and polishing my WordPress installation, WordPress go ahead and release WordPress 2.5:

WordPress 2.5, the culmination of six months of work by the WordPress community, people just like you. The improvements in 2.5 are numerous, and almost entirely a result of your feedback: multi-file uploading, one-click plugin upgrades, built-in galleries, customizable dashboard, salted passwords and cookie encryption, media library, a WYSIWYG that doesn’t mess with your code, concurrent post editing protection, full-screen writing, and search that covers posts and pages.

“The improvements in 2.5 are numerous” – Of course they are… I just spent all day yesterday setting up and configuring the old version. (Leo Laporte effect anyone?)

Anyway, the new interface looks great and upgrading was simple, so I’m not really complaining. Nice job WordPress!

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Now with extra WordPress…

Posted on Mar 29, 2008 in Opinions

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As you might have noticed, I’ve moved the blog over to WordPress. There’s nothing wrong with Blogger, but I wanted to host the site on my own server and that was really simple with WordPress. (The iPhone admin interface is also nice to have…)
(For those interested importing my posts from blogger to WordPress was really simple: WordPress includes an import feature and aside from one or two formatting issues everything was converted perfectly, I hope –  let me know in the comments if you find anything odd!)

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International Digital Barriers

Posted on Mar 21, 2008 in Opinions


A relative of mine recently had a birthday and I wanted to send him a digital version of the Neko Case album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.

So I fire up iTunes, found the album and chose the “Gift this Album” option.
But when you read through the terms, it turns out you can only redeem gifted albums if you have an account within the country that the gift certificate was purchased. I live in Germany, but most of my relatives live in the UK. Now I can understand this limitation if it’s an item that isn’t available in the country of the recipient, but that doesn’t apply in this case.

In Europe, iTunes is pretty much the only game in town Amazon hasn’t launched their digital music service outside the US yet, so I had to go for a physical CD bought on Amazon.co.uk.

Not a big deal, but I do find it bizarre that something so trivial can be made so complicated. It’s time Apple launched a single pan-european iTunes store.

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iPhone SDK: Developers rejected? Not so fast…

Posted on Mar 16, 2008 in iPhone


Lots of Mac Developers who signed up for the iPhone SDK beta program received rejection notices this week, prompting outcry that resonated across the web that Apple intends only to let a selected few actually develop apps for the iPhone, contrary to what was implied at the introduction event.

But what hasn’t really been made clear is exactly what they were being rejected for: This is the program that grants some groups pre-release access to the 2.0 firmware and allows you to test your apps on the phone itself.

The problem is partly Apple’s own fault: The way they presented the SDK as “available immediately” sends the wrong message: In fact the SDK is available now, but they won’t let developers release apps or run them on their phones until June.
What kind of SDK doesn’t allow you to actually run the apps on the target platform?

The fact that such an integral part of the SDK isn’t available until June effectively means that the SDK isn’t available until June. Of course announcing a delayed SDK wouldn’t be very Apple-like at all, hence the beta program announcement and releasing the XCode part now.

I think Steve’s a victim of his own RDF this time.

P.S. Update: Besides – a little birdie told me that not everyone was rejected… :)

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