“E Text Editor” – TextMate for Windows

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

E Text Editor logo

I’m working in Windows at the moment
(my development Mac hasn’t arrived at work yet)
so I’m looking around for replacements for things I use on the Mac.
I found out today about the
“E Text Editor”
(and also the free, Monaco-like font
Anonymous).
E is the closest thing I’ve seen to
TextMate,
my favorite Mac text editor.

What really struck me about the author’s description of the editor was that:

  1. He has a powerful revision-control system embedded in it (in fact, the editor was just a test app at first for the revision control app library)
  2. He
    actively sought out
    Allan Odgaard, the author of TextMate, and talked with him about making a Windows-based editor with a lot of compatibilty (being able to use TextMate plugins, etc), and Allan was highly in favour of the idea (the TextMate page mentions it will never be available on Windows, after all).

So I have downloaded the app and will give it a 30-day tryout.
Maybe I’ll post a review here or something.

Does anyone have any other Mac-replacement recommendations?
And why, after all these years, does
Cygwin
installation still suck so much?
They need to be like a Linux distro and have a single, massive installer with everything in it, instead of forcing everyone to separately download everything as part of the install.

Microsoft and Bungie “devolve” relationship

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Microsoft is spinnging Bungie off to be an independent company again.
Shane Kim, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios said “We saw ‘Halo 3’ and we were all, like, WTF? This is just Halo 2!! We are *so* *done* with them”.

Harold Ryan, talking head for Bungie was heard to cackle “Hehehehe, the plan *worked*!”

ActiveCollab becomes ProjectPier

Friday, October 5th, 2007

The ActiveCollab project has gone closed source,
so the community took the last open source version and started a new project to take it forward:
ProjectPier.
This is pretty common in the open source world.
The creators of a project decide they want to close the source and go the proprietary route, and the community takes up the open code and continues on.

This is separate from projects like cddb, which was always closed-source, but took it’s community-provided data and closed it and sold it out.
it’s called GraceNote now,
and like open source projects going closed, a free replacement sprang up:
FreeDB.org.

‘Digg This’ bookmarklet for Safari

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

I found out recently that most “Digg This” bookmarklets don’t work with Safari.
I think it’s because other browsers use document.getSelection() and Safari only accepts just getSelection().

In any case, this bookmarklet Diggs whichever page you’re looking at, uses the title of the page as the title of your Digg, and puts the selected text in the description.

Drag this to your Safari bookmarks bar: DiggThis

QIP – popular Windows-only multi-IM client

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Ran across this one in
a mention on Slashdot
today.
Qip
is a freeware, Windows-only multi-IM client, like
Trillian
and
Pidgin-formerly-Gaim.

Alas, it is not open source like Pidgin is, so I don’t see a point unless it’s a lot more featureful or something.

Coda

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
coda
Coda

Panic, the creators of “Transmit” and “Audion”, have released
Coda,
a new web development IDE.
It has a slightly steep price at $US 79.

They’ve licensed
the SubEthaEngine
from
the Coding Monkeys,
so multiple people can collaborate easily on a web site.
I think this was an excellent idea.
Small developers should be helping each other out like this more often.

The IDE includes a terminal you can put into pane in the IDE.
It knows how to ssh to sites and upload all your files.
It looks pretty nice!

installing wordpress on a Mac using MacPorts

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Note to self: when setting up mysql on a Mac using MacPorts (formerly Darwin Ports), install mysql with the following:


% sudo port install mysql5 +server

That bloody little “+server” part was a royal pain in the ass, let me tell you.
I would think that mysql installs would be servers by default.
There should instead be a special “+client” flag to prevent server installation!
Egad.

Oh, and for some reason, the wp-config.php did not like the host name localhost.
Instead, use 127.0.0.1.

DirectX Revisionism

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Iain dugg
an article about the upcoming DirectX 10 specification.

Let me rephrase the opening of the article more accurately. The original reads:


Microsoft’s DirectX application programming interface (API) was first introduced in 1995. DirectX was designed to make life easier for software developers by providing a standard platform developers could use to easily make multimedia software and game programming for the Windows Platform.

Before the arrival of DirectX, developers had to program their software titles to take advantage of features found in each individual hardware component. With the wealth of devices on the market, spanning from input devices to graphics and sound cards, supporting every hardware device on the market was a tedious, time-consuming process.

The only fatual part of that is the first sentence about DicrectX coming out in 1995.
Here is my rephrasing.

Microsoft’s DirectX application programming interface (API) was first introduced in 1995. DirectX was designed to lure software developers into using a proprietary, Microsoft-owned API, providing vendor lock-in and reduced availability of games on other platforms.

Before the arrival of DirectX, developers were using OpenGL, a cross-platform, standardized 3D graphics library that allowed developers to take advantage of 3D graphics without requiring deep knowledge of that hardware.

DarwinPorts is now MacPorts

Sunday, October 8th, 2006
MacPorts

MacPorts.org
is the new home for the project-formerly-known-as-DarwinPorts.

I’ve mentioned DarwinPorts here a couple of times before [making the most of “ls”] [Fink and DarwinPorts docs].

I’ve recently had to re-install all my ports because of the move to Intel.
The old ports worked fine most of the time.
But after an uptime of a few days or so, something would break, and I would start getting errors about programs being “the wrong architecture”, even though Rosetta is supposed to handle it all.

Ah well, I might as well get as much Intel stuff as I can so my Mac runs nice and fast.
I’m now happily set up with MacPorts and have installed native versions of subversion and jove.
:-)

MacPorts has joined the wave of people dumping CVS and Bugzilla in favour of
Subversion
and
Trac.

Open Source panorama software

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
tony-cottage-03-pano
Tony’s Cottage

I am asked every now and again what I use to make the panoarmas I occasionally post to Flickr.
Well, until recently I used some OEM software – Canon PhotoStitch.
Then my brother-in-law Tony told me that Photoshop could do it.
I was flabbergasted because he was right!
So I used Photoshop to do this picture, which is Tony’s new cottage, appropriately enough.

Tonight I discovered some open source software that may also do the job.
I haven’t used them yet, but thought I would post about them in case anyone else was interested.
They are
hugin,
autopano-sift,
and
enblend.

I (or maybe Iain if he beats me to it) will post more when I’ve tried them out.
Or maybe Jeff will give it a shot.
Who knows?