Apple Breaks Dvorak in Carbon

What the crap is going on with Dvorak in Carbon apps like Flex Builder and Eclipse :'( very very sad.

It seems that when apps utilise Carbon in Mac OS X 10.5.6 the keyboard mapping reverts to QWERTY instead of dvorak. However, this seems to be only for some keys.

Command+S is still Save
Command+W still closes a window
Command+Q still quits

However, copy and paste are totally screwed.

The Top 500 Worst Passwords – Why I use 1Password

Here’s a great list of the top 500 worst (most commonly used) passwords.

The Top 500 Worst Passwords of All Time


It’s another great reason why I use 1Password.

One of it’s best features is the Password Generator.

1Password's in-built Password Generator
1Password's in-built Password Generator

For any site or service I sign up for I use the Password Generator to create something nice and random. 1Password then remembers it all for me. So I only remember my “1 Password” and 1Password remembers the rest.

I thoroughly recommend it. It’s integration in to all major browsers is fantastic.

Product Request: Apple Gesture Pad

Apple has fantastic new track pads on their MacBook and MacBook Pro products. What would rock is taking this track pad and making a stand alone USB or Bluetooth version of it … or, attaching them to one of their Aluminium Keyboards in some way.

I’ve been experiencing a little RSI lately and have been trying to work out if I go for a Wacom Tablet, Track Ball or this morning was looking at the FingerWorks Gesture Pad … which is sadly unavailable :'(

Apple Keyboards in the real world


Apple keyboards look fantastic, feel fantastic and I love using them. However, with every day use in busy, messy developer office are they practical?

Don’t mix with water (or coffee)
All it takes is a few too many crumbs and a small spill of coffee and it’s all over. Not only do the crumbs make their way to the bottom of the keyboard, where they take up permanent residence, but the smallest splash of water (or any liquid) and it’s all over. Most likely the spacebar will stop working all together.

There is talk on the internet of being able to put your keyboard in the dish-washer to clean it. There is absolutely no way that would be possible with the mac keyboard.

The company I work with (Smartpath) has had 2 apple keyboards die from the smallest amount of water and the second with coffee. By small amount I’m talking about 2 tiny drops.

The water is enough to make it’s way to the bottom of the keyboard and seemingly instantly corrode some of the connectors.

Fixing the keyboard is no easy task. Most PC keyboards have a rubber membrane that covers the entire keyboard. However, the Apple Keyboard has an individual rubber nipple beneath every key. Don’t go loosing those suckers!!

Bluetooth dyslexia
I’m yet to find out if this is a problem that happens with all bluetooth keyboards … or just the Apple one. Every now and then (at least every second day) while typing the keyboard will actually jumble the letters up when sending it to my lappy.

eg. if I slowly type “Business” I’ll sometimes get a short pause half way through and I’ll get rendered to screen something like “Ubsinses”.

I know you’re all thinking it’s just me … but it’s definitely happened even at times when I’ve been typing slowly and deliberately.

Another problem is often using the SHIFT key modifier. It will occasionally either be sticky or capitalise the wrong letters.

eg. nEWspaper