Leopard delivers more tools for developers

I had not idea that Leopard contained Dtrace – one of SUN Microsystems more useful debugging and tracing tools :

One of the new 10.5 tools for developers is a program called dtrace — you’ll need the Developer Tools installed to use this tool. From man dtrace, you can learn… [From 10.5: Exploring OS X with dtrace]

This is really quite a flashlight

My wife spends a lot of her (working) time traveling around on her own, in not terribly well lit places. So she is looking for a flashlight so that she can see while walking out to the car, preferably one that is sturdy enough to whack any potential hooligans with as well.

This particular flashlight should fulfill both needs!

By Andrew Liszewski LED flashlights can easily outperform their incandescent counterparts, but to really light up the night you need to use the same type of high-intensity lamps used in car headlights. But according to Popular Science, in order to get one into a handheld flashlight the designers of the Xenide had to shield the on-off switch 8220so that it wouldn8217t short out from the massive voltage needed to ignite the lamp.8221 Cool. [From AE Light8217s Xenon Bulb Flashlight]

Google has (as per usual) extensive plans

Apparently Google will launch their new common API for social networks – this could be big!

OpenSocial is a set of three common APIs, defined by Google with input from partners, that allow developers to access core functions and information at social networks: Profile Information (user data) Friends Information (social graph) Activities (things that happen, News Feed type stuff) Hosts agree to accept the API calls and return appropriate data. Google won8217t try to provide universal API coverage for special use cases, instead focusing on the most common uses. Specialized functions/data can be accessed from the hosts directly via their own APIs. [From Details Revealed: Google OpenSocial To Launch Thursday]

Add wireless uploads to (almost) any digital camera

This is seriously interesting – a memory card with a built in computer and WiFi that allows you to automatically upload new images from your camera to your computer just by proximity! I want one!

n eyeFi needs to be set up before it’s used in a camera. The device comes with a small USB dock, and software for Windows and Mac OS X that can configure internal settings in the card. The software mostly exists to connect you with eyeFi’s Web site, where you create an account, enter Wi-Fi network settings (including passwords), and enter or sign up for any of the 17 services you may use or belong to. Various settings are then installed on the eyeFi and it’s ready to go. Whenever you’re within range of any of the networks you’ve configured, the eyeFi transfers any pictures you’ve taken since the last transfer. The camera isn’t involved. Holove said that there are three modes that the card can work in for transfers: transfer to the host computer; transfer to eyeFi’s servers directly; or transfer to eyeFi’s servers and then download to the host computer. [From eyeFi Unveils Local Network Wi-Fi Transfer for Digital Cameras]

Osx Leopard – more Time Machine options

Just found the reply to one more question I had not asked (yet)

If you think Time Machine backs up too often (or not often enough) for your liking, navigate into /System » Library » LaunchDaemons. There you’ll find a file named com.apple.backupd-auto.plist. Open it in your favorite text editor, and look for this section: StartInterval 3600 Change the 3600 number to some other time interval in seconds, and you’ll have changed Time Machine’s backup interval. [From 10.5: Set the Time Machine backup interval]

Mac laptops gain a new type of sleep with Leopard

One of the nice features with Mac laptops is that you generally never turn them off – just put them to sleep.

And this improves it a bit further :

OS X 10.5 Leopard Hibernate Options:

“0010 (bit 1), in conjunction with bit 0, causes OS X to maintain system state in memory and leave system power on until battery level drops below a near empty threshold (This enables quicker wakeup from memory while battery power is available). Upon nearly emptying the battery, OS X shuts off all system power and hibernates; on wake the system will resume from hibernation image, not from memory.”

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Terminal improvements in Leopard

Mike pointed out a good improvement in Leopard that I had had not found:

inane witterings | What if you could look right through the cracks, would you find yourself… find yourself afraid to see:

Things they didn’t mention which i think are good:-

Tabbed terminal windows! Apple+T for a new one, Apple+}|{ to move between tabs


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Ecto 3.0b4 does not work for me

I upgraded to Ecto 3.0b4 a couple of days ago (I am doing some beta-testing of this excellent blogging client), and can’t get it to launch.

That is – it actually starts up, the menu line is there, but all options are greyed out, and no window starts up.

Going back to a older version works.

When I checked the support forums I found that someone else have already reported the same problem.

Otherwise Ecto 3 is coming along very nicely and behaves like a model citizen with Drupal 5.3.

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