My bandwidth consumption tripled ever since I installed SimpleViewer. It turns out that its image pre-loading is so aggressive that even casual visitors trigger hundreds of Kbytes in transfers. I'm going to wait to see if the dust settles, e-mail the developer (again) asking for some way to disable large image preloading, and cut down on the thumbnail count.
While I do that, here's some news to keep you entertained:
- Pixelhuset has yet another stunning desktop wallpaper up. I've been using one of his Middle Earth images for over a year now. Go see the pretty pictures. Now.
- The Dashboard Widget Contest winner was... a wiki. Now that's interesting - I was expecting an RSS reader of some sort. Guess it's not trendy anymore.
- I finally went through my mailing-list backlog and found a spanking new release of PyObjC (1.2), just when I've gone back to work.
- Yet Another Macworld Expo rumor hit the net today. Yes, yes, we all know about Keynote not being the bee's knees anymore, and AppleWorks needing a major overhaul. And yes, Apple really ought to announce some new software this time around - all the other rumors are about hardware, so it makes sense. Just about. Even Gruber seems to think so, and Slashdot has the story, complete with recent naming changes of some products and the obligatory GIMP, OpenOffice and LaTeX references.
- The Sub-$500 Mac Rumor has reached CNN. Strange to see this sort of thing percolate up the media chain like this.
- The Samsung music phone has been made public. Actually, it's the "Samsung WMA phone", since it runs Magneto, the new Microsoft smartphone revision. I don't expect ever laying my hands on one.
- There's a MIDP app called Blooover making the rounds. It's supposed to be a proof of concept of Bluetooth's insecurity, but being Java, it's more of a blueprint to building your own snarfer... Expect rogue versions to pop up on the net within a week, and the clueless press to go into hysterics.