True T Tale of the day: We lost half the train at Arlington. The power went out, we sat there for a while, there was a big clunk, then the power came back and we were moving again. When the train went out of service at Park Street, only one of the two cars we’d started with were there. I wonder what happened to the people on the second car. (Cue Twilight Zone music.) It goes without saying that it was a Breda train.
Jerie forwarded me this tale of a mini-switcher. Mini-switchers think they’re only mini-switching…mwhahahahaha!
Ahem. So here are my personal software habits/recommendations, exposed for all the world to see and emulate:
- Quicksilver (http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/) for keyboard-based navigation. If you’ve used ActiveWords for Windows, it’s something like that. Technically it’s still in beta, but it’s wildly popular. Another popular program along those lines is LaunchBar.
- NetNewsWire (http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/) for news feeds.
- OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle (http://www.omnigroup.com/) are hard to describe, but you’ll find something useful to do with them.
- CandyBar (http://www.panic.com/candybar/) for fun. The boxed version came with Pixadex for icon storage.
- iTerm (http://iterm.sourceforge.net/) for a tabbed terminal.
- CyberDuck (http://cyberduck.ch/) is a free FTP client. There are good commercial ones, too, but I’m cheap.
I’ve heard good things about Keynote and the iLife/iPages/i-other-stuff, but I don’t need them enough to pay for them.
Everything else I use regularly either came with the OS (Mail, Safari, iChat, iTunes) and/or is standard Unix software (Emacs, LaTeX, the built-in Apache server). If you need additions to the standard unix stuff, the place to get them is from Marc Liyanage (http://www.entropy.ch/software/macosx/) or with fink (http://fink.sourceforge.net/), in that order.