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Merlin Mann | Apr 16 2008
This week my Audible pick is That Mitchell and Webb Sound, and my application pick is TimeMachineEditor. The former is a wonderful radio series by two British comics that I'm currently obsessed with, while the latter is a very handy app for manually setting how often Time Machine backs up your Mac.read more »
Merlin Mann | Jul 11 2007
Variable pricing comes to iTunes, iPhone hacks, and where's the Mac?
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Merlin Mann | Jul 6 2007
Universal challenges iTunes, iPhone hacks, and our software picks of the week...
This time we did our usual weekly software picks, but I also got to choose our Audible.com audiobook of the week. Can you guess what it is?read more »
Merlin Mann | Jun 30 2007
iPhones in hand our MacBreak quartet gives you their first impressions of the latest from Apple...
Believe it or not, this week's episode was about Apple's iPhone. Yes, the iPhone. I know: I was surprised, too.
Also, we shot a quick MacBreak (video) on Thursday night where we visited with people queued up outside the Stockton St. store here in SF. I chatted with a bohemian clown, an expensive-looking video camera, and a man from Gizmodo who had a webcam attached to his head. Just another Thursday in Union Square.
Anyhow, the iPhone is out, it's pretty, and lots of people are buying them. For further coverage of the iPhone and the experiences of its excited new users, kindly visit the entire internet.
Merlin Mann | Jun 20 2007
iPhone gets a better battery and screen, MacGPS rumors, and Safari holes...
Gotta tell you: I'm really excited about the imminent arrival of the iPhone for an unconventional reason: the possibility that we can eventualy stop talking about the iPhone. (sigh)
Anyway. Two things related to this episode:
Merlin Mann | Jun 11 2007
We run down the WWDC announcements, and John Gruber explains why Safari for Windows makes sense...
Comments are open for your own thoughts on the WWDC keynote.
Merlin Mann | Jun 3 2007
These are lower threshold links to stuff I've recently enjoyed.
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Merlin Mann | May 22 2007
TextMate users in search of a simple wiki should check out Matt Webb's new plain text wiki bundle. He's made it very easy to quickly generate new "pages" and links using nothing but TextMate, the Finder, and CamelCase words:
I'd also note that Matt's bundle works handsomely with Quicksilver's venerable prepend/append and new file functionalities, so, once you've taken the requisite 45 seconds to set this up, you don't necessarily need to even be in TextMate to make additions. You gotta love text.
Nice work, Matt.
Edit 2007-05-22 17:36:17 Forever confusing my British Matts; This bundle is by Matt Webb not the also-wonderfully-talented-and-funny Matt Jones. Many thanks to jjg for the correction. 43 Folders regrets the error.
Merlin Mann | May 7 2007
I first heard "rathole" used in the developer meetings run by my old boss and current friend, Richard Ramsay. Any topic that could be better handled offline or that took the group off the meeting's stated agenda would be declared a rathole, and we'd immediately move back into the subject at hand. (Richard was great at this, by the way -- one of many things I learned from him.)
Of course, as anyone who listens to MBW has figured out by now, our ratholes are usually the most interesting part of the show. I think of it like "You Bet Your Life," where the "news" is an icebreaker for letting us talk about more compelling stuff than who sold the most chips the preceding week or whether the rumors of Apple's iLawnmower carry any weight.
In any case, I salute Richard for teaching me this fine term, and -- owing to my own fragmented attention and general lack of interest (or ability) in typical Mac punditry -- I'm proud to have a role in bringing ratholes to a broader audience.
(Here's The Official Rathole Jingle)
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