Wednesday, September 13, 2006


You may have noticed I haven't updated too much recently. This was partly because of a very busy summer holiday, but also partly because I'm working on a move to, so I'll let you know when that change happens!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Apple 'Showtime' Event

New iPods. All 3 models.

iTunes movies.

iTV announced - the Apple home theatre?

'Nuff said.

Just kidding - much more later!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Random Miscellany, Widgets on desktop

Personal bits and pieces
Well, a wonderful summer has come to an end, and tomorrow I get on a plane and fly back to jolly old Toronto, leaving Hong Kong behind. Apparently they've opened a third Apple Store in Toronto in my absence, what nerve :P! But lucky ol' Toronto is now home to all 3 of Canada's Apple Stores.

What has been a very fruitful summer me ended with a production of Jean Anouilh's interpretation of Antigone, in which I acted and had an absolute blast. Why is this even remotely relevant to Apple? It isn't really, except for the fact that every laptop in the theatre was a Mac, which was very pleasing. Two Powerbook G4s and my iBook G4 were ubiquitous throughout the entire duration of the production, and the sheer percentage of the actors and crew who were Mac users was quite staggering. It's quite possible that we were a majority for once! Three cheers for the arts!

Dashboard Tip
One tip that's been floating around on sites like Digg and podcasts like the MacCast is how to get your Dashboard widgets on your desktop, permanently.

Now, by default, you can pull one widget onto your desktop from your Dashboard. All you do is simply click and hold a widget whilst in dashboard, move it slightly, and whilst still holding down the mouse button, deactivate Dashboard. Then you can drop the widget on your desktop. However, you can only do this with one widget at a time by default, and as soon as you activate Dashboard again, it goes back.

It is possible, however, to get multiple widgets out of Dashboard and onto your desktop, permanently, using the same method. All you have to do is enable Dashboard developer mode. To do this:

  • Open the Terminal.
  • Type defaults write devmode YES and press return.
  • Then either log out and log back in, or type killall Dock and press return.
  • To disable developer mode and make things go back to the way they were just type defaults write devmode NO and then logout and log back in or type killall Dock again.

  • Now if you repeat the process mentioned earlier - click and hold a widget in Dashboard, move it a bit and then deactivate Dashboard whilst still holding down the mouse button - you can drag as many widgets to the desktop as you want, and they'll stay there, even if you reactivate Dashboard.

    One word of warning with this tip - enabling the Dashboard developer mode will make widgets use up a bit more memory than they would otherwise do (which perhaps is why it's disabled by default). The amount of extra memory used varies between widgets. But the thing to bear in mind is that if you use a lot of widgets, enabling devmode could eat up a substantial amount of your system's RAM.

    And now to finish packing and get on that plane...