Blogroll Dive: 4/17/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Bryan had a “blogging epiphany” about quality vs. quantity.
  • Owen revealed the secret behind Asymptomatic’s new shelving.
  • Michael ruminated on the Empire’s suicidal, yet effective, assault on Echo Base.
  • Khaled reviewed Amélie.
  • Kaf celebrated his blog’s forth anniversary.
  • Jim proved that “Apple does in fact recommend permissions be repaired after a system update under certain circumstances.”
  • Chris reported on the launch of Google Calendar.
  • And, Angsuman published a comprehensive list of WordPress v2.x filters for both plugin and theme developers.

Favored Freeware: SafarIcon

SafarIcon allows you to change Safari’s user interface by installing icons as well as other application resources such as nib files and localization files. SafarIcon automatically downloads and installs a set of high quality icon themes. SafarIcon copies all graphical elements of Safari’s user interface from its own themes into the Resources folder of The application previews the new icons in a simulated browser window. SafarIcon also gives you the option to install Brush Metal, Aqua or Unified appearances of both the browser and download windows with optional installation of a New tab button. In addition, it allows you set various hidden, but useful preference settings for Safari that are not accessible to the user through Safari.

Pros: If you use Safari and desire a change of scenery, then SafarIcon is for you! The ability to set Safari’s hidden preferences is definitely a welcome addition.

Cons: None significant.

Categorized as Freeware

Blogroll Dive: 4/10/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:


Favored Freeware: NightShift

NightShift automatically downloads and updates WebKit, the Safari HTML rendering engine, to the latest nightly version. No user intervention is required, everything is fully automated.

Pros: If you use Safari, or any other WebKit-enabled application, and like to live on the edge, then NightShift is for you! NightShift will automatically download and install the latest development copy of WebKit, but not before it creates a backup copy of your previous WebKit installation, just in case.

Cons: NightShift makes living on the edge easy, but nightly builds are not for everyone. Sure, some nightly builds offer new features and new bug fixes, but others offer plenty of new (and sometimes critical) bugs. This is, of course, to be expected. Bugs are part of the development process. If you want to live on the edge, you must be willing to accept the consequences.

Categorized as Freeware

Run Windows on Your Intel-based Mac

Apple has released Boot Camp, which “provides a straightforward means of letting your [Intel-based] Mac run Windows.” According to MacMerc:

Boot Camp simplifies Windows installation on an Intel-based Mac by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and install Windows from a Windows XP installation CD. After the installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.

Boot Camp has been released as a public beta and is available on a trial-basis for a limited time only. Apple plans to include Boot Camp as a feature in the next major release of Mac OS X.

Categorized as Technology