Apple releases iCal

Apple released iCal. I’ve been playing around with it some, and it’s pretty cool. You can publish your calendars to any WebDAV server (including .Mac), export the calendars to your iPod, etc. It’s a cool little app. I can now dump Palm Desktop for good (since I have iCal and AddressBook).

Sad Mac

My iMac died tonight. I was sitting at my computer, luckily having just backed up the entire thing to a FireWire drive, and the power surged then went out. Actual smoke came out of my computer! (there was still enough natural light to see it) I was a bit freaked out about it, but then was reminded that our homeowner’s insurance should cover it. I’ve been dealing with the (surprisingly kind and helpful, so far) insurance people for the last couple of days. I have to get the machine inspected by a tech (it’s there now) and declared dead before they can cough up some replacement money. I’ll have to shell out a little (deductible and all), but I’ll get a new computer out of the deal, so it’s not all bad. In the meantime, I’m using my TiBook from work, so it’s not all bad.

The Jaguar has landed!

No, I didn’t buy an expensive, prone to break-down British car, rather, I got my Mac OS X 10.2 “Jaguar” upgrade today, courtesy of the fine people at FedEx who got my two-day package here in one day. I’m currently installing it now (it takes a LONG time to do an Upgrade). Reports on performance, problems, etc. will follow shortly.

The "iPhone"?

The NY Times ran a story in which the author thinks Apple will be launching a phone/PDA combo sort of deal in the not-to-distant future. He cites some Jobs comments and the new connectivity (bluetooth, iCal, AddressBook, Sherlock) in OS X 10.2 as his evidence. Sure, it’s circumstantial, but it’s still compelling. Such a device would simplify my life (iPhone = cellphone + palm, plus the synching capabilities with OS X, which I run at home and at work). Also, Jobs had the CEO of Cingular Wireless at MWNY this year, and Cingular is my wireless provider (well, it is for the next 10 months at least, the remaining time on my contract), so hopefully Cingular would be suporting such a device. As Cartman would say, “Schweet.”

UPDATE: The Register has a contrary opinion that Apple will just be working closely with folks like SonyEricsson to support their tricky new smartphones.

Kung-Log

Kung-Log is a swank OS X AppleScript app that allows you to post to and edit entries in a MovableType-powered weblog. It’s a really nifty app from the coder of the great Kung-Tunes app. If you use OS X and Moveable Type, grab it, use it, then send him some cash! We need to support people who create good, useful software.