Apparently there is some other stuff going on.
Have just enjoyed the 60 day trial of Mobile Me. Having a house full of Macs which will be joined, I do not doubt, at some time by an iPad all that syncing and sharing stuff is just the job. Mostly I was using the picture gallery which, combined with a dinky WordPress plugin, provided a quick link from here to there.
One of their suggestions was to purchase a box from the Apple Store, have that delivered by snail mail, discard the disc and packaging into the recycle bin, and type in the included activation key. [W:Cloud computing] eh! It’s the future!
In the past I have purchased QuickTime Pro and Aperture activation keys from the Apple Store but alas a Mobile Me activation key is not availabe.
So, for now, I have given up and rolled my own using the Gallery software.. Perhaps not as pretty as Apple’s but it does the job. A bit of PHP in the widgets over there (->) adds an image and a link. A bit of FTP adds a straight through connection.
Finally caught a Magic Mouse which is as good as anticipated. I did not have a problem with the old [W:Apple Mighty Mouse] although a lot of people complained about them. I have a Logitech wireless mouse that I used with the old Mac but never got around to setting it up with the new Mac – the Mighty Mouse that came with it has done the job.
I did add Magic Prefs but have not really needed the extra pinches or swipes as yet – but will experiment with configuring it for flying X Plane. Magic Prefs added yet another icon to the ever leftward expansion across the menu bar so here is a quick check of what they are (admittedly some could be removed as they are never used and I have no idea why they are there 😉 )….
From the left….
Magic Prefs – adds extra controls to the Magic Mouse
Spam Sweep – Within minutes of launching the demo Spam vanished… purchased minutes later.
Library Books – Monitirs your library account and reminds you when stuff is due back.
Savvy Clipboard – expands the usefulness of the clipboard.
BwanaDik – any software named after a Zappa song must be good.
Scribblet – fuss-free aide-mémoires. Updated to Version 2 today.
Weather Dock – Saves having to look out of the window 😉
Growl – pops up and tells you what you are listening to on Spotify, or when you have email, or when NetNewsWire has just refreshed etc. etc.
Caffeine – Keeps your Mac awake.
iStat Menus – Monitors the system if you enjoy watching that kind of thing. Who doesn’t? 😉
Universal access – some of the other stuff needs some of this stuff to be on so they can do their thing.
AppleScripts – Tweak you Mac to do what you want, when you want, how you want it done.
Bluetooth – Lets Magic Mice talk to Macs
Spaces – multi desktops thingy
Spell Catcher – monitors your typing and corrects your spilling milkshakes.
Time Machine – auto back up and then some.
AirPort – wifi monitor
Date & Time – this is why you buy a Mac 🙂
User Account switch – what it says.
SpotLight – search everything everywhere.
Apple’s Snow Leopard update of Mac OS X was first announced on 9th June 2008. It was released on 28th August 2009. Some companies took a day or two to release an update to their own software so it was better integrated with the new OS. Some took a week or so. Rainmaker released an update to their excellent Spell Catcher X software on 13th January 2010. Is this a record?