Arrange Folders in the Finder Window

I really like the ability to see the Finder window in column view—in fact this is my default view for most windows. I have also grown rather fond of the way the FTP app, Transmit, sorts folders at the top of the finder window columns in the app. In the past I have even used finder substitute applications to accomplish… Continue reading

More Apple Inc. Corporate Chicanery

I once delighted in an image of Apple as counter-corporate culture. But Apple is now officially living in my “just as bad as Microsoft ever has been” category—maybe even worse. Now that Apple Inc. is the most valuable company on planet earth, they have become even more greedy. The new head of Apple Retail recently laid off a significant percentage… Continue reading

The Insight of Bret Victor

A Vision of the Future — Really?! I love stumbling upon a brilliant mind at the right time, a person whose amazing insight causes you to have some fundamental perceptual shifts that enlighten your path forward. The video at the end of this post began one of those encounters. But first… Bret was a Human Interface Inventor at Apple, an… Continue reading

Fair Play and True Heroism

Today we really don’t understand how horrible Polio was. It was a devastating diagnosis in the not-too-distant past: paralysis and death. Jonas Salk created a safe and effective vaccine, a cure, and Polio has been virtually eradicated from the face of the earth. When Dr. Salk was asked who owned the patent for the vaccine, he replied, “There is no… Continue reading

Apple Exceeds Microsoft

This just hot off the press. NEW YORK ( — Microsoft’s dominance as the tech industry’s most valuable player has ended. On Wednesday, Apple’s market capitalization edged past its longtime rival’s as investors made official what consumers have long suggested: Microsoft is no longer the industry’s alpha dog. Just last month, Microsoft’s market cap exceeded Apple’s by about $25 billion,… Continue reading

Apple: The New Microsoft **Updated**

I don’t want to hear any more about the high value Apple places on the customer experience. I ordered holiday cards from iPhoto. They were accidentally shipped to the Atlanta address, which has been sold and is currently vacant. Great. I’ll just call FedEx and have the order re-routed. FedEx will not reroute an Apple order, only Apple can do… Continue reading

Only Geeks Would Care

Kerry vs. Bush on the WWW Candidate Web Site Webserver information John Kerry Server: Apache/1.3.27 (Unix) (Red-Hat/Linux) PHP/4.1.2 mod_perl/1.29 mod_ssl/2.8.12 OpenSSL/0.9.6b X-Powered-By: PHP/4.1.2 George W. Bush Server: Microsoft-IIS/5.0 X-Powered-By: ASP.NET X-AspNet-Version: 1.1.4322 No suprise that W.’s campaign is hosted on a expensive, buggy, and relatively insecure web server. Source: James A. Chappell… Continue reading