Dan Hallock

Dan Hallock


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12 years ago @ Just Another iPhone Blog - Tweetie 2: ‘New ... · 3 replies · +2 points

A few things.

First: Tweetie _has_ been updated for free for current users. We're on 1.3.2 now, and there's been a ton of stuff added. It's not like you were saddled with some bug-ridden, low-featured 1.0 and left to dry.

Second: The App Store does not offer upgrade pricing. Sure, the Snapture dev(s?) figured something out, and you know, yay for them, but I'd rather my $3 went toward paying Atebits to develop Tweetie, not to develop a complicated, labor-intensive way to offer upgrade pricing.

Third: scale your expectations appropriately to the price, dude. Price _does_ affect the principle of this sort of thing. I demand upgrade pricing in $2000 Adobe suites. I expect upgrade pricing from $50 apps. I'm mildly surprised when I don't see it in $20 apps. For a $3 iPhone app? Meh.

This world is not yet perfected. In the meantime, give Apple a little time and space and I'm sure we'll get upgrade pricing in the App Store, give Atebits $3 and I'm sure we'll get a nice Twitter app, and breathe deeply, sip some nice tea, and I'm sure you'll feel better. And I'll bet you $3 that by the time Tweetie 3 rolls around, your wounded heart will have recovered from this offense.

12 years ago @ Just Another iPhone Blog - Tweetie 2: ‘New ... · 0 replies · +1 points

I frequently _do_ purchase apps because they show promise and I want to support the developer, and I hope for upgrades over time. But then, I don't mind paying again if they deliver on that promise, which Tweetie has.

13 years ago @ A Geek, Observed - CSA 2009-07-22 · 0 replies · +1 points

Nope; green beans, lima beans, and garbanzos. They all have this sort of chalky/fuzzy texture that puts me off. Fortunately, Jaden likes them.

13 years ago @ A Geek, Observed - Bounty · 0 replies · +1 points

Good idea :-)

Yep, I'll share. The successes, anyway.

13 years ago @ A Geek, Observed - Introductory Star Trek? · 0 replies · +1 points

Oh, sorry. There are five Star Trek series. The original, just called Star Trek, is now known as The Original Series or TOS; and then there's Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988-1994) (TNG), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) (DS9), Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001) (VOY), and Enterprise (2001-2005) (ENT).

The three-letter acronyms started with TOS and TNG; it was an established way to refer to the different series by the time Voyager and Enterprise came along, so they got shoehorned in.

Oh, and I forgot about TAS: The Animated Series. There was a 22-episode run of an animated continuation of the original series in 1973-74. (That one was also just called Star Trek, TOS and TAS are add-on names used by fans.)

(Re the auto-compliment: have you gotten the monocle one yet? That's my fave so far. :-) )

13 years ago @ A Geek, Observed - The Key Dance · 0 replies · +1 points

Phew! At least I know it's not just me...

13 years ago @ HighTechDad Blog - Fix It: Safari 4 Beta ... · 2 replies · +1 points

One more thing -- there may be hacks in ~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL, too (or the same path in /Library). SIMBL is an InputManager bundle that tries to minimize danger by making sure that the extensions it manages only load for the intended applications -- by default, InputManagers load into every Cocoa application.

There's a preference pane called PlugSuit which can show you all the loaded SIMBL/InputManager hacks on your system, reveal them in FInder, and can manage the SIMBL ones with a nice front-end, something SIMBL itself doesn't give you.

13 years ago @ HighTechDad Blog - Fix It: Safari 4 Beta ... · 2 replies · +1 points

It's not a certification issue -- for example, ClickToFlash, which came out recently, is a Plugin that is open source and has no ties to Apple (or Adobe for that matter).

Rather, the Plugin API doesn't actually let developers do everything they want to do (I don't know enough to make a detailed feature comparison, but I don't think plugins can modify the search box like Inquisitor does, or add menu items like DeliciousSafari does.)

Safari simply doesn't have a generalized extension architecture like Firefox has, so the developers need to hack it if they want to add/change certain types of stuff.

13 years ago @ HighTechDad Blog - Fix It: Safari 4 Beta ... · 4 replies · +1 points

If you'll allow me to be nitpicky for a moment, I think it's important to distinguish between Plugins and hacks. Plugins are stored in /Library/Internet Plug-Ins or ~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins, and include things like Flash and Flip4Mac, ClickToFlash, and the like. They're using documented APIs and are officially supported.

InputManager hacks are injecting code into Safari at runtime, and are completely unsupported by Apple. I don't have any problem with using them -- indeed, I have 1Password, GreaseKit, and DeliciousSafari installed right now -- but as a user and as the admin on your own system, you need to understand that these are unsupported hacks, and the potential for breakage with new Safari versions is very, very high.