Interesting Links, September 2009

Interesting links for September 2009.

  • Firefighting Aircraft Pics – Excellent photos of firefighting aircraft on the Station fire. Fly safe, guys!
  • Snow Leopard Features Suggest It’s a Touchscreen OS – If you’ve got one of Axiotron’s awesome Modbooks, and you’re running Snow Leopard, you may have already stumbled across a few features that make your Mac so much easier to use. It’s unlikely Apple had Axiotron in mind when it included these features, though, so what’s the real story here? On TheAppleBlog. Thanks to @DonPerrault for sharing the link on Twitter.
  • Must-have / essential applications on Mac OS X (10.6 – Snow Leopard) – Interesting list of applications that a Snow Leopard user might want to have on his system. By Trent Lloyd.
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: the Ars Technica review – Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard has landed. This time around, Apple goes light on the glitz in favor of some heavy work under the hood. John Siracusa dives deep into Apple’s new OS offering to see what’s new, what’s still the same, and whether it’s worth upgrading.
  • Fahrenheit 747: World’s Biggest Fire Extinguisher Douses L.A. County – The deadly fires that have blackened more than 105,000 acres around Los Angeles prompted authorities to call in the world’s largest fire extinguisher — a Boeing 747 that can drop 20,000 gallons of retardant over a swath of land three miles long. On Wired.com. Thanks to @BWJones on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Copyright Myths Debunked – FINALLY! Someone has written a fun and factual article about copyright, debunking all the myths that people continue to believe. On Art + Law + Blog. Thanks to @PattyHankin on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Snow Leopard’s Four Best Improvements (for Civilians) – Most of Mac OS 10.6′s changes are deep in its underpinnings for developers to put to good use. But what do the rest of us get out of Snow Leopard? Modest, but nice, improvements to the everyday Mac workflow. Note: This isn’t a thorough Snow Leopard review. It’s a boiled-down, “what’s in it for me” rundown for time-strapped folks who want the bottom line. On Lifehacker.
  • MacJury #913: Passing Judgement on Snow Leopard (Part 2) – More MacJurors weigh in on the newest version of Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard. This panel discusses why Snow Leopard looks better and what that means for graphics professionals as well as the casual user, why the transition to Snow Leopard is “important but not urgent,” and the issues surrounding QuickTime 10. The panel also discusses why the newest version of the Mac OS will force developers to stay focused, and share some of the best new changes to existing features. Featuring yours truly as one of the jurists.
  • Old WordPress Versions Under Attack – Otto42 of OttoDestruct, a key WordPress developer and supporter, reports that there is an “attack” on older versions of WordPress right now. The number of sites hit by this is growing every hour. Protect your WordPress blog now: UPDATE NOW!!! On Lorelle on WordPress.
  • How to Keep WordPress Secure – Right now there is a worm making its way around old, unpatched versions of WordPress. From Matt on WordPress.org.
  • If Architects Had to Work Like Web Designers – This is why I don’t do Web work for other people. Brilliant! On DigitalSurvivors.
  • Fonts for web design: a primer – Modern CSS provides web designers with an unprecedented level of control over online typography. Restrictions are still imposed however by the limited number of “common” fonts–those typefaces that are generally available cross-platform. This article looks at the fonts web designers have available to them, and also considers their suitability for various tasks. On dev.opera.com.
  • 15 Places to Make Money Creating Your Own Products – A roundup of 15 great print-on-demand sites that will help you create and sell everything from t-shirts to clocks, from books to skateboards, from board games to fabric. On Mashable.com.
  • Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – A Wired.com product review.
  • How to Build a Hackintosh with Snow Leopard, Start to Finish – Detailed instructions for putting Snow Leopard on a netbook for under $900. On Lifehacker.
  • Snow Leopard Is Less Secure but Safer than Windows, Say Experts – The title says it all. Read more on Lifehacker.com.
  • Upgrading Your Mac To Snow Leopard Using Your USB drive – Jeffry Thurana Explains how to upgrade a Mac without an optical drive. On MakeUseOf.com.
  • Found Footage: Snow Leopard hidden features, great video by a 16 year-old – Matt Fisher has created a video on hidden features in Snow Leopard and although we have covered some of these before, this you have to see. In four minutes and twenty-nine seconds Matt covers more content than most people can cover in an hour, and he does it with grace and total clarity. On TUAW.
  • Snow Leopard: what’s to love (or at least appreciate) – A list of improvements in Snow Leopard that you might not initially notice. On TUAW.
  • Use New Expose Features in Snow Leopard – In Mac OS X 10.5, you could combine the use of Expose’s Application Windows mode and the Command-Tab application switcher by first activating Expose and then pressing Command-Tab. When you selected another application and released Command-Tab, that application would come to the foreground in Expose mode, revealing all its windows. Alternatively, you could release just the Command key, and cycle through all your applications (while still in Expose mode) by just pressing the Tab key. Read more on PCWorld.com
  • 50 things that are being killed by the internet – Tasks that once took days can be completed in seconds, while traditions and skills that emerged over centuries have been made all but redundant. The internet is no respecter of reputations: innocent people have seen their lives ruined by viral clips distributed on the same World Wide Web used by activists to highlight injustices and bring down oppressive regimes. Here’s the list on Telegraph.co.uk. Thanks to @EstherSchindler on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • 50 Essential Web Typography Tutorials, Tips, Guides and Best Practices – The title says it all; the article has links to 50 resources. On Speckyboy Design Magazine. Thanks to @EstherSchindler for sharing the link.
  • How-To: Resurrect Your AppleTalk Printer in Snow Leopard – Did Snow Leopard leave your old AppleTalk printer out in the cold? Grab a hot cup of cocoa and warm your printer up with some of these handy tips to continue to use your classic AppleTalk printer with your state of the art operating system. On The Apple Blog.
  • Three Useful Snow Leopard Links… – Author and programmer Dave Mark shares three links to software you might want to install on Snow Leopard. (I use 2 of the 3.) On Dave Mark’s Blog.
  • 18 Resources to Help you Write Better Blog Titles – This is one I really needed and should study. I write the crappies blog titles. But it’s an important skill to master if you want more hits. Thanks to @estherschindler for tweeting the link. On Bloggusion.com
  • The interactive Dan Brown plot generator – For those of you who can’t wait another moment for Dan Brown’s next blockbuster, Slate has your fix: an interactive Dan Brown plot generator that takes a city and a shadowy organization and spits out the plot of the next volume in the Robert Langdon chronicles. Thanks to @publishingtalk on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Lucky White Girl: The anger of the right – The teabaggers were here on Saturday. They marched, they rallied and they were really, really angry. Read more on Lucky White Girl. Thanks to @PattyHankins on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Install Snow Leopard on Your Hackintosh PC, No Hacking Required – If you’re not comfortable with command-line hacking, you can now install Snow Leopard on your Hackintosh with just a few point-and-clicks. On LifeHacker.
  • Bermuda Triangle plane mystery ‘solved’ – Two of the so-called Bermuda Triangle’s most mysterious disappearances in the late 1940s may have been solved. On BBC News. Thanks to @Swoopy on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • The Snow Leopard appreciation society – “A lot has been written about Snow Leopard since its release two weeks ago: but maybe the best way of describing Apple’s latest operating system update is by comparing it to a second-hand Volkswagen I owned a couple of years after finishing university.” Read more on ZDNet.com.
  • Snow Leopard Gives 50% Performance Boost When Running Optimized Software | Cult of Mac – Snow Leopard can give your Mac a 50% performance improvement when running optimized software, a developer has found. On CultOfMac.
  • QuickBooks update adds Snow Leopard support, bug fixes – Intuit has released the QuickBooks 2009 for Mac R8.2 patch, adding Snow Leopard support to the small-business financial software. On MacNN.
  • USA Today slants coverage to favor airlines – USA Today on Thursday published a slanted, one-sided front-page story designed to whip up negative sentiment against general aviation and to perpetuate public misconceptions about GA. NBC’s “Today” show did a companion story that also ran on the MSNBC cable news outlet which was equally as negative, although it was somewhat more balanced in its presentation. AOPA presents the facts here.
  • Pew Science Knowledge Quiz – Pew Research Center – To test your knowledge of scientific concepts and recent scientific findings and events, we invite you to take this 12-question science knowledge quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with the 1,005 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions. You’ll also be able to compare your Science IQ with the average scores of men and women; with college graduates as well as those who didn’t attend college; with people who are your age as well as with younger and older Americans. On The Pew Research Web site. Thanks to @BrianDunning for tweeting the link.
  • Teen birth rates highest in most religious states – U.S. states whose residents have more conservative religious beliefs on average tend to have higher rates of teenagers giving birth, a new study suggests. On MSNBC.com.
  • Flight Status, Flight Arrivals, Flight Departures and Airport info – Great site for tracking flights from your mobile phone or smart phone. Free, no special software required. Works from desktop browser, too.
  • Report: Nine Scientifically Proven Ways to Get Retweeted on Twitter – Nine most effective ways to get retweeted on Twitter. On FastCompany. Thanks to @WeberBooks for sharing the link.
  • The Most Controversial Magazine Covers of All Time | Webdesigner Depot – We’ve put together a collection of magazine covers that have stirred up controversy through the years. These covers can serve as object lessons for what to do and what not to do both with design and editorial. On WebDesignerDepot. Thanks to @giaghani on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • See Hidden Files in Snow Leopard’s Open and Save Dialogs – Business Center – PC World – Many of OS X’s files and folders are hidden when working with the system–most of the Unix-only folders, such as /usr, /etc, and /bin, for instance. If you want to always see these hidden files and folders, you can do just that. On PC World.
  • Snow Leopard tip: Minimize to icon – Now you can minimize windows “behind” their parent app’s icon. Here’s how. On TUAW.
  • Inside Snow Leopard’s UTI: Apple fixes the Creator Code – Snow Leopard’s abandonment of Creator Code metadata, used to open a file with its creating application, has some users are worried that Apple has killed off a core Mac-centric feature. Instead, Apple has invented a superior alternative for the old Creator Code in order to support a variety of new features. Here’s why, and what the new Uniform Type Identifiers offer. On Apple Insider.
  • 8 Moon-Landing Hoax Myths — Busted – Forty years after U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, many conspiracy theorists still insist the Apollo 11 moon landing was an elaborate hoax. Examine the photographic evidence, and find out why experts say some of the most common claims simply don’t hold water. On NationalGeographic.com. Thanks to @petapixel on Twitter for sharing the link and kudos to @BadAstronomer for getting quoted so many times.
  • Chrome for Clunkers – Google’s ingenious plan to spruce up outdated versions of Internet Explorer. On Slate.com.
  • The angry evolutionist – More Americans believe in angels than in evolution–and Richard Dawkins isn’t going to take it anymore. Thanks to @DonPerreault for sharing the link. On Newsweek.com
  • Center for Inquiry: Free Speech – Some governments and institutions–and even some individuals–want to keep certain topics off limits. This is especially true with religion. In many places, discussions and questions about religion are discouraged, even punished. But how can we come to our own conclusions about religion if we can’t freely examine and discuss it?
  • How to keep your mouth shut – The trick to keeping your mouth shut is to hold the desire to effect change above your desire to tell people how wrong and bad they are. The later almost never leads to the former. By Scott Berkun. Thanks to @Jodene on Twitter for sharing the link.

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