Aug 2003

Big Nerd Ranch updates for Panther, Xcode

MacCentral: The Big Nerd Ranch “will launch its revised Cocoa training class next month. The class has been modified to incorporate the new features of Panther, the upcoming version of Mac OS X, and Xcode, Apple’s new developer tools.”

NetNewsWire 1.0.4v2: proxy fix

A minor update to NetNewsWire 1.0.4 was posted. If you use a proxy server, and NetNewsWire 1.0.4 didn’t download subscriptions, the new version should work for you.

If you’re already using 1.0.4, and it’s working fine, then there’s no need to download this update. We’d recommend skipping it. It just fixes a special case.

NetNewsWire 1.0.4 Ships

Highlights of this release include using Web Kit (the Safari HTML renderer) for HTML display, custom style sheets, displaying differences in updated items, performance boosts, TypePad support, support for gzip compression, and more.

For more details, see what’s new in NetNewsWire 1.0.4.

Four Mice for Huevos

In the latest Macworld Mac Gems, Huevos got four mice. This was unexpected but welcome. (Huevos is free, by the way.)

A Mac User's Guide to the Unix Command Line, Part 3

Kirk McElhearn writes for TidBITS on copying, moving, and deleting files via the command line.

MacMerc: Down and Dirty with NetNewsWire

Jon Gales presents a bunch of tips on using NetNewsWire. A favorite is the idea of having an “incubator” group where you put new subscriptions, provisionally, before deciding if you like them.

Aggregators Attack Info Overload

Wired News: “Maniacally wired netizens who read a hundred blogs a day and just as many news sources are turning to a new breed of software, called newsreaders or aggregators, to help them manage information overload. Many now say that their news aggregator is as indispensable as their e-mail client.”

Interesting article. I think I was slightly misquoted about sales of NetNewsWire. The “five figures” part refers to the number of users of NetNewsWire and NetNewsWire Lite: the number of users is at least a five figure number. Just wanted to clear that up: not a big deal, really.

New wave of newsreader software makes sense of the Web\n

Dan Gillmor on newsreaders: “Every morning I learn the latest from a variety of news organizations, Weblogs, newsletters and other online information sources. But I don’t use my e-mail program or go surfing from Web site to Web site.”


Adds word auto-completion to BBEdit, TextWrangler, and a few other applications.

Version Control on Mac OS X, Part 2

Kevin O’Malley for O’Reilly: “In this article, you’ll get a chance to apply this knowledge by using one of the most popular version control systems, Concurrent Versions System (CVS), on a sample project under Project Builder.”

Lockergnome’s RSS Resource

RSS news. Cool.

PerversionTracker Design Awards

Categories: Best in Show, Best Torture of Users, Best Misuse of Technology, and Best Use of Real Ultimate Power.

Updated RSS Flow Numbers

Tim Bray updated his stats on RSS requests for his site: “Here are the stats for August 5th, on which ongoing was updated only once: 11,526 GET requests, of which 8,901 returned the no-change (code 304) and 2,625 returned the data (code 200).”

This is a reminder: one of the best ways to reduce RSS bandwidth on your site is to make sure it supports conditional GET requests.

Interview with RSSJobs Creator

Phil Wolff interviews Steve Rose: “I started playing with the RSS format, creating some feeds for my own personal use, and I thought this would be useful for checking a local University’s job board. I wrote a quick java servlet to parse the new job listing and return the results as RSS. It was so cool!”

Apple Public Source License now free-certified

MacMinute: “Apple’s Darwin team has announced that version 2.0 of the Apple Public Source License (APSL) has been certified as a ‘Free Software License.’”

NetNewsWire Search Scripts 1.0

Rob Jorgensen released a set of AppleScript scripts for doing searches in NetNewsWire and generating HTML pages with the results.

John Gruber on Andrew Stone

John writes: “When I last wrote about Andrew Stone, I accused him of dishonesty regarding his blatantly inaccurate anti-Carbon propaganda. I’ve reconsidered, however. I don’t think he’s dishonest, but rather that he’s in a deep state of denial.”


Syndigator is an RSS reader for Linux that uses the familiar three-pane layout.

Keychain Framework

It’s an open source “Objective C Foundation-based framework for accessing Keychain and Security services under MacOS X.” Sounds useful.


Rendezvous for Windows and Linux. Cool.


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