Monthly Archive for November, 2009

Quicksilver to LaunchBar

After upgrading to Snow Leopard, I’ve decided to look for an alternative for Quicksilver since it really started being flaky and unstable (even with the latest builds). Upon reading articles on The Setup, I’ve found that people either use Quicksilver or LaunchBar as application launchers. And so I decided to try LaunchBar for at least a week to see if it would fit my workflow.

First thing I liked is how responsive LaunchBar is and that it doesn’t consume too much screen real estate. Another plus is the drag and drop functionality which saves me time when I want to open files in a specific application or move them to another folder. It’s also a joy how accessible and discoverable all the other actions are (which were probably present in Quicksilver but I never got to use). Customizing searching and indexing seems to be a bit more straightforward. Also, I’m starting to warm up having access to recent clipboard history which really helps a lot when moving code around. LaunchBar has pretty much been helping me make certain things I do very often a lot faster (like send files to BetterZip for zipping with a password, move files to the Dropbox Public folder, find files in a specific folder). So after about three weeks, I decided to fork the € 24.00 (well € 19.20 since I got a 20% discount code) and I’m really happy about the purchase.

JungleDisk goes 3.0

JungleDisk comes out with a new pricing structure and updates their software to 3.0. Everything now looks very Rackspace, which recently became their parent company.

Following are some notable parts of the release:

  • JungleDisk drives can now act as a native disk as opposed to WebDAV
  • Backup Vaults (stores filesystem metadata, specially beneficial for Mac users)
  • Folder sync (this I have to try and see if it works as well as Dropbox)
  • A new web interface
I’ve tried it on a Windows machine and it seems to be a lot more fluid compared to before. Haven’t really been using it for backup as I’ve been relying more on Backblaze, Time Machine plus occasional Super Duper cloning.

One thing that hasn’t changed though is it seems they still process payments only via Amazon Payments.

Flash Player 10.1 Pre-release

A pre-release version of Flash Player 10.1 is now available. Hopefully it does lower CPU usage on Macs as mentioned. I guess I’ll just install it then see how things go.

(via TUAW)

Email won’t just die

Right now there are lots of ways to share stuff with people on the computer. There’s IM, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, plus online services like Dropbox, MobileMe, TinyGrab, etc. However, I still think email is the easiest and simplest way to send someone something to be viewed using a computer.