Category: Apple



Apple requires you to be 17 years or older to purchase a censored dictionary that omits half the words Steve Jobs uses every day.

John Gruber



I’ve had my new unibody MacBook Pro for a week and adore it to tears, but it wasn’t until just now that I was able to address my one outstanding nitpick: I kept accidentally triggering the “pinch zoom” gesture in Safari, making everything on the page awkwardlry huge. There’s no way to turn it off in the settings without disabling multitouch on the trackpad altogether. But Jeff Hawkins’s InputManager fix does the trick. Also available for Firefox and



The Marble of Doom. Record how long the marble/beachball/pinwheel impedes your progress, then see how much money that time would be worth if it were billable. I should do this for the time I’ve spent working around IE6.



The new version of iPhoto, announced not too long ago, features Web Gallery, a way to export your photo library to a .Mac web share. The sample gallery confirms that these Ajax-heavy galleries use Prototype and Scriptaculous under the hood. It could not make me happier that Apple seem to have adopted the two libraries company-wide.



Do not drop, disassemble, open, crush, bend, deform, puncture, shred, microwave, incinerate, paint, or insert foreign objects into iPhone.

— iPhone Product Info. Guide



In case you’re not tired of iPhone musings: as I was playing with the two-finger zooming in Safari, I remembered Dave Hyatt’s April 2006 blog post on high-DPI web sites. Eerily prescient in hindsight, he argues that web developers should make sure their images can scale — in anticipation of high-res displays (like, say, 160 dpi) and browsers that let the user zoom in (like, say, Safari). The timing of the post makes me wonder just what Hyatt knew and when he knew it.



Joe Hewitt: Firebug for iPhone. Oh, hell yes. Joe: I owe you a keg of beer if we’re ever in the same place at the same time.



I’m going to have to compile a list of all the tiny UI touches Apple got right with the iPhone. I’ve been playing with this thing for a couple hours and I keep discovering new stuff.



Word is the MicroTards are fuming at me for taking a “low blow” and comparing Windows to hell. Maybe they’re right. The analogy isn’t perfect. You can’t get out of hell. You can get out of Windows.

Fake Steve Jobs



If you’re like me and your MacBook Pro keeps waking up inside your laptop bag (draining your precious battery life), you can force it into “safe sleep” (hibernation) instead by running sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 1 from the terminal. It takes a bit longer to go to sleep, but it also prevents these accidental awakenings, since you have to hold down the power key for a second or two to wake it up.

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