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 :'(

Themes

I’ve been doing some looking … but not too much more … of themes at this stage. Time time time…

There’s a few good sites I’ve found with some good themes. At this stage I don’t know what path I’ll take: write/design one from scratch; find one that’s close and update it; or just use a pre-existing theme entirely. We shall see.

I might install one tonight just for fun. This one Notepad Chaos is quite beautiful.

Resources:

Configuration…

Time’s always a problem … but I’ve been finding a few spare moments to attempt to configure WordPress to the way I’d like. I’ve been playing with a few plugins:

  • AddThis.com
  • All in one SEO Pack
  • del.icio.us for WordPress
  • Google Analytics for WordPress
  • Lightbox 2
  • NextGEN Gallery
  • Postalicious
  • WordPress.com Stats
  • WordPress Automatic Upgrade
  • WP-SpamFree
I haven’t really configured them too well and I’ll probably end up removing the Delicious ones.
I’m also intending to install Mike’s 404 handler extension.
Anyone have any suggestions for other WP plugins or extensions worth making use of?

Getting started

Well, here we are getting started with an all new blog and website. With the recommendation from my friend Mike I’ve opted to go for WordPress. Lets see how she goes.

I’ve previously been using iWeb on my MobileMe (formally .mac) account … however, iWeb lacks blog features like categorisation, tagging and custom site maps (ie. my site ended up with yucky long paths like http://formyownamusement.com/ForMyOwnAmusement/Blog/Blog.html

Well, lets see how we go getting this themed and customised the way I  want 😉

Flash Mouse Support

How serious is Flex as a RIA platform?

On many fronts I am sooooo happy with developing in Flex to produce Application style … er, Applications (as opposed to websites). However, one thing drives me absolutely nuts.

Why the hell is there no good
mouse support?

I was going to limit that out burst to just ‘on the mac’. But it seems it’s across the board. It’s definitely ‘worse’ on the mac, but still not brilliant on other platforms.

So, what erks me?

On the mac the Flash player does not detect scroll events in web browsers. Insane! Yes, I know there’s a JavaScript hack. But that’s all it is … a hack. It works brilliantly well, but I don’t understand why on earth this problem hasn’t been solved in the flash player??

Furthermore, there is no proper way of detecting a right mouse click. This seems to be cross platform.

Spring Loaded Dock Items

In general I love the dock. I don’t use it much (quicksilver wins out) … but there are a few things that piss me off. The main one is that items (in particular Folder shortcuts) are not spring loaded.

If I have a folder in the dock and I drag a file to it it should behave the same way as dragging that file to a folder on my desktop … the folder should spring open.

Likewise, if i wanted to drag a file to someone in iChat and iChat wasn’t focused, I should be able to drag the file to the iChat icon and have iChat come to the foreground.

Apple Keyboards in the real world

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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