Posts made in May, 2008

Fun with Vista!

Posted on May 14, 2008 in Opinions, UI Design

Yup – the dark side has got me – I’ve installed Windows Vista.

But don’t worry: it’s only replaced my somewhat older XP installation temporarily as part of an assignment for University. And luckily I didn’t need to purchase a license either – Microsoft allows students in my course to apply for free Academic licenses.

So that’s why I found myself installing Vista Business Edition this past weekend.

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Jetplane review: Times – a unique new feed reader for OS X

Posted on May 5, 2008 in Reviews

Earlier this week I mentioned Times, a new RSS reader for OS X that has been generating some buzz.

Written entirely by 19 yr old Dustin MacDonald it makes extensive use of the latest Leopard technologies for a truly unique but intuitive take on the feed reader concept.

Now that it’s out, here are a few notes after using it for the past 3 days.

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More on Samsung CLP-300 settings

Posted on May 5, 2008 in Hints, Reviews

(Note: This is a semi-followup to my original CLP-300 review so check that out if you’re looking for the full rundown…)

Google has been sending a few folks my way who are looking for CLP-300 colour settings, so I thought I’d share mine.

Note: I’m by no means an expert on colour accuracy and arrived at these settings through trial & error:

First I tested the printer with the default settings, which seemed to be a bit over-saturated. Several other sites I had read had mentioned reducing the colour levels slightly.

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Times – a sleek new RSS reader

Posted on May 2, 2008 in JetLinks, Mac

Dustin MacDonald has given users a first glimpse of his new RSS reader “Times” on his blog.

Unlike other RSS readers that use an interface similar to a desktop email client, Times promises a new interface that looks reminiscient of a traditional newspaper.

The standout – and probably most controversial feature – is Times’ abillity to follow links within a RSS feed to retrieve the actual content of a story from a webpage, strip the advertising and formatting from the webpage and display it alongside other feeds. However MacDonald also states that this feature is mainly targeted at larger news sites that tend to only include one paragraph teaser in their feed.

All in all this looks like a very welcome fresh approach in the crowded category of RSS readers and will surely be an Apple Design Award contender (Times will be released this coming Friday, the deadline for ADA submissions is May 12th – so expect to see a few more announcements this week…)

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