Simon Willison’s Weblog


Friday, 26th March 2004

Turning the Tide. Noam Chomsky has a blog! # 5:02 am

Conferences with Macs

Three reasons Macs make excellent companions to geek-centric conferences:

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TrailBlazer (via) Finally a browser that does something innovative with the history feature. # 2:04 am

Panther, Python, and CoreGraphics (via) I didn’t realise Apple shipped special custom Python modules with OS X. # 1:57 am

This site uses “Fly-out” menus to increase usability. (via) The irony of this statement appearing on the “how to use our navigation” page is delicious. # 1:49 am

Abusing the command line

If you’re running OS X, try this:

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Kansas Legislature: Senate defeats gay marriage ban. Maybe Kansas isn’t so backwards after all. # 1:11 am

PyCon 2004 SubEthaEdit notes (via) I couldn’t get to PyCon this year but the notes are excellent. # 12:59 am


I found out about Quicksilver via Ted Leung a couple of days ago, and it’s already become an indispensable part of my OS X desktop. On the surface, Quicksilver is very similar to LaunchBar which I’d tried and liked but not enough to justify the price tag. LaunchBar lets you launch any application on your system by hitting CMD+space and typing enough of the name to highlight the application you want. Quicksilver takes the same idea but expands it to cover address book entries, iTunes playlists, documents, bookmarks and more. It’s incredibly slick, highly configurable and doesn’t cost a penny.

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