Mon 03 Nov 2003
Finding Nemo and AppleScript Studio
Category : Commentary/nemo.txt
AppleScript Studio is a great tool to use to study user-interface design. I love the way Cocoa makes the "sheets" come out of a window, when you need to throw up a dialog for the user to respond to.
It's not just the attention Apple paid into animating the way the sheet pushes out of the window and plops down in front of the user. It's also very functional because you don't get dialogue boxes popping up all over the place to add to the clutter. It sticks to its relevant window. And you get to do something else with the program, while you decide what to do with the dialogue box - unlike the pre-OS X days when everything screeches to a halt until you dismiss the dialogue box.
My kid was watching Finding Nemo on the VCD while I was adding a sheet to a window in Postfix Enabler. Pixar and Apple. They share a lot more in common than just the CEO. I wonder what drives people like Jim Carlton to write such a "hatchet job" of a book like his "Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders". Am I being a "cultist" when I see beauty out of all these things? I think it's possible to root for Apple without loving the company or even liking many of the people who work for the company. May the joy continue to flow.
Category : Technology/WebServeMonitor.txt
I wrote something that will pull my web server log into a Cocoa front-end, that I call WebServeMonitor. I can see that I'm still getting the usual hits on the Sendmail Enabler page but it's already outnumbered by those hitting Postfix Enabler.
Besides letting those who paid for Sendmail Enabler know they can now download Postfix Enabler for free, I've only sent it out to the people who've been asking for it the last couple of months - a case of squeaky wheels getting the grease. I wasn't sure there was even a need for Postfix Enabler, in the first place.
It's interesting to study how information diffuses over the web. I like looking through the web server log to see where and in which context our stuff's been mentioned. It's been strange to see something I wrote here coming back at me in the midst of all that look to be Spanish.
Anyway, I've put in something that may allow Postfix Enabler to work also on Macs that had been simply upgraded from Jaguar, rather than having been clean installed, or archived and installed.
My friend Yezdi is aupposed to try this out but he's still incommunicado, and it's time to turn in. I've put this version on the web page because it should do no harm. If it works, it will be great.