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Stort grattis på födelsedagen till min underbara @annielinn!

Stort grattis på födelsedagen till min underbara @annielinn!

How to use multiple variables in an AppleScript inside Automator

This really saved my bacon the other day in a small Automator project I’m currently working on.

Market demand

Apple sold 17 million iPads during the quarter, the most the company has ever sold during a quarter.1

Well, obviously Apple has to create a smaller and cheaper tablet.

One hundred *billion* dollars

Now Apple alone could pay the money and still have a sizable amount of cash left. That’s crazy!1

  1. According to Apples Q3 earnings call they now hold $117B in cash. For more information, see MacWorld’s twitter account or this specific tweet 

The soundtrack to a movie never made

I början av nittiotalet hittade Christian Gabel en samling bilder som av allt att döma verkar ha varit arbetsmaterial inför en planerad filmproduktion. Bilderna var daterade 1982 och målade upp scener som utspelar sig i ett postapokalyptiskt Karlstad.

(My translation:)

In the early nineties Christian Gabel found a collection of images which appeared to have been working-draft sketches for a movie. The pictures where marked as being from 1982 and showed scenes from a post-apocalyptic Karlstad (a medium-sized Swedish town).1

Now Christian has created a sort of soundtrack to this non-existing movie. It’s a beautiful synth soundtrack that’s inspired by the music from Blade Runner, The Escape from New York and similar movies.

I don’t know if the story of him finding pictures at a flea market is true or not, but it really doesn’t matter. The music, called Krater, is very beautiful and if you’re a fan of either vintage synth music, early eighties sci-fi movies or both you’ll likely love this.

Krater: Ett soundtrack av Christian Gabel till en film som aldrig gjordes from Karnhuset on Vimeo.

(via Reworked)

The problem with MacBook Air and VGA

It appears the new MacBook Air’s got a problem with transmitting via long VGA cables. A few days ago Christian Heilmann wrote:

I set up on stage, opened the shiny new expensive laptop, connected my VGA cable and saw some blue bars – that’s it. The new Macbook Air does not connect to projectors via VGA with long cables. We verified that with mine, Matt May’s and some other speaker’s Macbook Air in two rooms, with different cables, different connectors, projectors and all the settings we can think of. It seems the great shiny new Thunderbolt connection is good for file transfer but underpowered for projection.1

Lea Verou reported the same problem on twitter, but then found and reported the following a solution:

@LeaVerou: Apparently, the MacBook Air VGA problem is solved if you boot it with the adaptor connected! CC @codepo8 @robhawkes2

A lot of technical problems at my workplace is related to projectors and presentations. To accommodate old pc laptops a few of our lecture halls still has VGA as their main, or only, means of communication between computer and projector. Given the success of the MacBook Air it’s likely that this problem will arise a lot in the coming year or two. Therefore I’m writing it down here, for me to remember and for others to find.

Rebooting the computer with whatever cable links you to the projector already hooked up is usually a good thing to try whenever you get a problem like this, regardless of whether you’re using VGA or not and a new MacBook Air or not.3

  2. http://twitter.com/LeaVerou/status/224210350202032128 
  3. I’m surprised that Heilmann didn’t try this when he ran into the problem. 

A third picture of Anna Ternheim @ Peace & Love 2012

A third picture of Anna Ternheim @ Peace & Love 2012

Deadman @ Peace & Love 2012

Deadman @ Peace & Love 2012

More Anna Ternheim @ Peace & Love 2012

More Anna Ternheim @ Peace & Love 2012

kent @ Peace & Love 2012

kent @ Peace & Love 2012

Anna Ternheim @ Peace & Love 2012

Anna Ternheim @ Peace & Love 2012

Jonathan Johansson @ Peace & Love 2012

Jonathan Johansson @ Peace & Love 2012

Making a replacement for Twitter?

Were I a Twitter client developer, I would get in touch with other client developers and start talking about a way to do what Twitter does but that doesn’t require Twitter itself (or any specific company or service).


Under the hood, following somebody is really just subscribing to a feed of their statuses. Posting is really just updating a feed of your own statuses.1

Brent Simmons writes about Twitter’s changes to its API rules and threats to third party developer. He brings up an interesting idea, that developers could create their own decentralized Twitter-like experience.2

Sure it would likely be just for geeks, but I think third party clients are almost exclusively used by more or less geeky people and Twitter itself was once used solely by geeks.

  1. inessential.com: Matthew on Twitter Restrictions 
  2. There’s also a follow up post called More Details 

Nisse Hellberg @ Peace & Love 2012

Nisse Hellberg & Peace & Love 2012
Nisse Hellberg & Peace & Love 2012

You can find more pictures from Peace & Love 2012 on my Flickr Page.

Will Twitter make me stop using Twitter?

In the early days, the third-party ecosystem was a playground, in which developers could, and did, come up with uses for the service that were never intended or dreamed of by Twitter itself. You like the word ‘tweet’? The bird icon? The character counter? The replies and conversations features? A nice native client on the iPhone? All done first by third-party developer Iconfactory with its Twitterrific app.1

To me, this is still the very thing that makes Twitter appealing. I’m a happy Twitterrific user, not a happy Twitter user. If third party clients would disappear, it’s very possible that I might stop using Twitter.