Monthly Archive for June, 2009
Apple unveiled OS X Snow Leopard at WWDC’s Keynote and I’m excited mostly because of the following features:
- Smaller footprint (6GB less space used) – more space for my VMs
- 64-bit system applications + Grand Central Dispatch – faster navigation around the OS
- Exposé Integration – clicking and holding onto an application’s dock icon shows the screenshots of its open windows
- Enhanced Finder and Dock
- Redesigned Services menu
- Faster Wake Up and Shutdown
- More reliable Disk Eject
- Split-pane Terminal
Finally an official developer build of Google Chrome from Google. Apparently it’s still incomplete, but it should suffice for my quick browsing needs.
How incomplete? So incomplete that, among other things , you won’t yet be able to view YouTube videos, change your privacy settings, set your default search provider, or even print.(via The Chromium Blog)
After switching to the Mac, I had to find software that would help me do stuff I like doing. So far, the following are the software I’ve tried and that survived in my Applications folder.
VMWare Fusion – Since I switched from Windows, there are still a handful of apps I use on Windows. I also use it for browser testing (specially IE6). It’s the first OS X app I paid for and I think it’s worth it with all the things I am able to do with it around.
TextMate – Now my primary text editor. The bundles just make it easy for me to code in just about any language I need to code on. I’m still discovering a lot of things about it but so far it has helped me to code faster and keep my code cleaner and more organized. There’s also a certain magic I feel when I’m writing code on it.
Transmit – I tried FileZilla since it was my main FTP program in Windows, but it just didn’t feel right on OS X, so I tried Transmit and it fell just right into place. After learning new and adding custom keyboard shortcuts it fits perfectly with how I work. I especially like being able to edit stuff on the server seamlessly.
Yojimbo – Currently it serves as my password repository. Hopefully I’ll use it more as a repository of other things that I need to take down.
DestroyTwitter and Tweetie – After trying out a host of desktop Twitter clients (like EventBox, TweetDeck, Twhirl, Nambu, etc.), I’ve settled with the two. I use DestroyTwitter if I want to keep Twitter less intrusive (i.e. when I’m in The Zone). I use Tweetie when I’m actively exploring the Twitterverse.