Stop Mac OS X indexing a FAT32 external drive

This has been irritating me ever since I got my MacBook. I use lots of different computers with lots of different operating systems and the simplest way to transfer information is often to use a FAT32-formatted removable USB flash drive. On my Windows and Linux machines this works great. I plug in the drive and …

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Shiny new MacBooks useless for video

For the last few weeks I have been eagerly waiting for yesterday’s announcement of updated MacBooks, ready to lay down some cash but unwilling to buy an old model. Now I’m stuck. The new MacBook range do not have a Firewire port, and cannot be connected to a regular camcorder. Apple don’t even offer any …

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iPhone SDK Development book available in beta

A few days ago Apple finally changed the terms of their iPhone development license to allow people to talk (and write) about how to develop software for the iPhone and iPod touch. The Pragmatic Programmers already had a book project waiting in the wings and have made it available as a “beta” available to buy …

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The App Store’s Exclusionary Policies

Dreaming of making your fortune selling your great idea for a software app to millions of iPhone users? Perhaps you should read this before you start work. Apparently Apple have a habit of refusing to sell competing applications through their store. Unfortunately their idea of what that may encompass is vague and seemingly broad. Together …

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U.S. Army increasingly using custom iPods as field translators

On the one hand this is a neat example of using commodity solutions to miltary problems rather than commissioning specialist equipment. On the other hand it’s slightly strange to see something as supposedly innocuous as an ipod being used to support occupation troops. AppleInsider | U.S. Army increasingly using custom iPods as field translators

QuickTime Soundtrack Hacks

Every time I think about buying an Apple computer, something surprises me, usually something which nobody has thought to mention, and makes me wonder. In this case it was reading an article about using Quicktime Pro to edit video from a digital camera – because the included video-editing application is effectively limited to dealing with …

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On a Small Screen, Just the Salient Stuff

An important part of my work is producing web and mobile user interfaces. Both cases have traditionally had trade-offs: A modern desktop or laptop computer web browser is so powerful and potentially has so much screen space to play with that deciding how best to make use of all that resource is a daunting task. …

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How to create a custom Apple iPhone icon for your Web site

The web and mobile portals which I produce in my day job need to support a wide range of devices, and these days that includes the iPhone. Because its an Apple product it has its own standards and eschews the old and familiar (if often annoying) “favicon” in favour of its own equivalent. “How to …

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