Flickr, Mac annoyances, etc

Delores park

Above is a picture from Flickr, like the only one I have public right now. We actually bought a pro account just a few days ago to get unlimited uploads (it’s like 25 bucks/year) on Flickr (you already get unlimited storage for the free account, but you can only upload 100mb/month). I uploaded about 4 gigs of photos (like 1300) without a hitch from Iphoto using FlickrExport which I also bought for like 160 SEK. Flickr rocks.

MacBook

Have been looking for a soloution to my problem with switching the MacBook screen off while having my external screen on. There doesn’t seem to be any good soloutions yet. Really freaking annoying. As it is now I have to almost-close the laptop lid which makes the Mac go into sleep mode (also putting the external screen into sleep mode).. then while the lid is closed I tap the button of my USB mouse which wakes the Mac up and for a moment puts both screens on but it quickly notices the laptop screen is still down so it powers it off. I can then raise my laptop screen, which is now off while my external monitor is on, and it will stay turned off until my next reboot (or the entire system goes to sleep because of me not using it).

Reaaaallly freaking annoying and I find it hard to muster that Apple has not made this easy. At all. I want to save energy and my laptop screen but it’s not like I’m supposed to. Moronic.

Tags: macbook, turn display off, external display, mac turn main display off, macbook turn main display off, macbook external display

Switch

switch

So I have made the switch and it is a somewhat curious experience. While I do like the Mac in oh so many ways more than my PC there are some annoyances like maximizing windows and the curious love for the mouse contra keyboard shortcuts that I do not agree with. Hopefully some of these things will be adressed in Leopard however.

Switching does make me forgo some of my favorite applications for Mac OS X counterparts, for instance there is no UTorrent which has forced me to use Transmission, which I do like but it is not as good as UTorrent. I am currently downloading FTP software and me liking open source have turned my attention to Cyberduck which I will now test out.
I hate the fact that I am forced to use Firefox even though Safari has so much potential, being able to add extensions would do so much for the browser. Also..what is with the hard coded keyboard shortcuts, Command+Option+F for Google Search box access? Come on..give me a break.
Also WordPress and it’s icons when writing a post isn’t working so that also doesn’t help.

I love the dashboard and the dock, the easy uninstall of software, the gpu accelerated everything, the lack of two mouse buttons (call me crazy).. Iphoto, etc.

A day in SF

Lars holding mac

Went in to SF today and had some really good food and just walked around. Also bought the new 15″ Macbook Pro (Santa Rosa baby). It was a wee bit expensive but..oh well..now I have a really nice computer and my god I’m really loving the whole Mac thingy.

Anyway it’s late, going to try to post some photos tomorrow.

Windows Media Sucks

Balmer

I just read a very disturbing article about how Microsoft intend to further assrape you with DRM through their insanely shitty Windows Media Player (use the alternatives if your are not already). Once again I feel certain that Windows XP will be my last Windows system and after this move to Mac OS X or Linux. A quote from the article:

Read the links, the entire page is scary as hell, but the licensing part takes the cake. “Windows Media Player 11 does not permit you to back up your media usage rights (previously known as licenses)”, Wow, new terminology, old idea, you are a wallet with legs waiting to be raped.”

On the same site I also read a review about the Ipod Nano that made me laugh out loud. Appearantly it’s not only me who hate all media players who also try to be “media organisers” – None of them do a good job. Maybe it’s just me who grew up without them, who got used to using folders and simply clicking to what I want to hear. Anyway, this is what cracked me up, this and the paragraphs that followed:

I hate iTunes – I always have. I detest being forced to do things their way. I hate being unable to just drag files onto my music player in Explorer and being able to play them back. I hate the way it tries to pre-empt what I’m going to do, and gets it wrong. Every time. And I hate the way how there are no ways to do the things I want. But then I hate all the alternatives, and version 7.0 is better than its predecessors.