Minimal News Update

I would think the house never had as much traffic (both physical and electronic) as this Saturday, thanks to family and friends calling in. And me trying to get some work done... Oh well. I've already resigned myself to the fact that nothing much is going to get done this weekend, and just spent my last few hours reinstalling my G4 from scratch and cleaning its keyboard.

Here's a few interesting bits of news I spotted since yesterday:

  • has been updated to version 1.0 - which is now US$19.99
  • Lite has been updated to version 2.0b22, which means is in the Trash bin. I only use a "standard" RSS reader as a backup to anyway...
  • Melo called me to, among other things, let me know about mairix (a kick-ass mail indexer) and the way he got it to work with . Being a heavy IMAP user too, this is definitely something I will look into when I find the time. It's not Spotlight, but I have this idea of getting it to work with ... We'll see.

Update: Nicholas Jitkoff (he of fame) just dropped this script snippet on me (line breaks inserted for readability, might need some more tweaking later):

using terms from application "Quicksilver"
        on process text theString
        do shell script "mairix " & theString
        tell application "Mail"
                set selected mailboxes of (make new message viewer
                   with properties {mailbox list visible:false})
                   to {mailbox "Results"}
        end tell
end using terms from
  • Melo also e-mailed the bunch of us this link. I've gone through all of this , but the "new items" script is a nice touch. I've been using -enabled versions of for months now, but it never dawned on me to hook my Drop Box folder...
  • Looks like Mozilla Sunbird has reached 0.2. I wish would take a hint and have both read and write to /WebDAV servers.
  • also got a (much delayed) update, which sadly removes kernel 2.4 support. Well, at least it can now directly mount portions of the host filesystem.

Finally, a short tip for anyone wanting to clean their old keyboard (as I just did, since my old G4 will be picked up tomorrow): A damp cloth with nothing but water and a smattering of alcohol will do wonders.

The keys pop off easily if a soft lever is slid under them (I used a small paintbrush with a long, flexible wooden handle), and the only real trouble is patiently scrubbing off the keyboard and keys themselves one by one. Remember, keep the alcohol content of the mixture way down and don't get any on the clear plastic (the polycarb seems to be impervious to alcohol, but you never know).

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