Always Keep Them Guessing

Wife: The media’s making such a big deal over this new iPhone, saying there’s all kinds of trouble with it already–and they’ve not even released it.
Me: Nah, that’s just a bunch of lazy journalists quoting some hack named Enderly. The guy doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. I’d be willing to bet he’s somehow paid by Microsoft to generate bad press for Apple.
Wife: Oh… I suppose you’re going to want one of these, aren’t you?
Me: Huh? Oh. No, I’m good with the phone I have, thanks.

I think this morning was the first time in years that I left my better half speechless. I’ve always been such a ravenous fan of anything new by Apple (though I don’t always get to have it), that she was sure I’d be begging to be able to get one. Ha! Fooled her, didn’t I?

The truth is, I don’t really have an opinion about the iPhone one way or the other, and I can’t tell you why either. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, but I just can’t. Could it be due to over-hype? Very likely. Or maybe it’s because I know it’d cost me way too much to have one by the time the dust settled? Very likely too.

Either way, I just don’t care. In fact, I’ll be quite happy once June 29th has come and gone. Once it does, there’ll be no more buzz marketing hype and we’ll finally get to see if the darned thing is really worth plunking down the equivalent of a monthly mortgage payment. That’s when I’ll make up my mind.

Nope. I’m still good with my Motorola SLVR/5G iPod combo. For now, anyway…

My Own NetNewsWire Theme

One thing I have been dinking with over the past couple weeks of blog silence is my own NetNewsWire style, which I’ve dubbed “uni” (short for unified), which pretty much matches the OS X Unified look (clever, huh?). It turned out not-so-bad in my opinion, so I thought I’d make it available publicly.


If you’re a NNW user, feel free download the style to give it a spin. Once you’ve got it unzipped, just double click the “uni.nnwstyle” file to have NNW install it for you. Then select it from the theme menu in the lower right of the window, and you’re Riding With the King.

[Update 6/5] – To go along with the new look for NetNewsWire v3 released today, I’ve tweaked the theme a little bit, changing the link colors, and making the article width more fluid. It looks pretty darned tasty with the new NNW UI if I say so myself. Get it now!

Rumors of My Demise Are Somewhat Exagerated

Funny how time can slip away from something when you’re focused on other ventures. As most of you know, I took up playing music again a few months back. Since then, I’ve managed to wind up committing myself to 2 substitute positions, and another 2 forming bands. If there’s anything that can be said for me, it’s that I just can’t say no when I should.

With all the learning/re-learning of material for the new gigs (we’re talking almost 150 tunes here), my several projects have been put into holding patterns. Once I get a little more settled (as in drop a sub slot, and one of the bands), then I should be able to focus on coding stuff again.

So, with that in mind, here’s the tentative plan;

  • Yasu will get one more minor update, then I’ll start working on the next major version that will add some cool, and unique features.

  • Tom at NoName Scriptware has turned over Cache Out X to me completely. It turns out there are still a lot of you out there who use it. You’ll be happy to know that I plan to re-write it from the ground up sometime this summer and release it as the next major version (5.0). Tom was kind enough to let me know that COX got a magazine call out in the 6/07 issue of MacLife. If he hadn’t, I wouldn’t have even known about it. Thanks Tom!

  • My WordPress themes will be getting overhauls sometime this summer too. Bogart still needs some work (as do Ala Moana & Plane Jane), even though it was listed as one the 100 favorite themes of Andrew Eglinton over at Desperate Curiosity. Thanks Andrew! I’m honored to have been included with such talented company.

  • I’ll be adding a new WordPress theme to the stable as well. It’s very preliminary right now, but it’ll be nice — and sparse. I like sparse. Sparse is good.

  • An finally, I’d like redo the site to better focus on my apps and themes, instead of the weblog so much.

So there you have it. Lots of work to do this summer. Add to that rehearsals & gigs (drop me a line if you’re a SoCal local and would like to come to a show), as well as the day job being busy as ever (no summer sabbatical this year), and you can see why it’s been nearly a month and a half since my last post.