Meet the unemployed programmer who kept sneaking into Apple to finish his project

Great and inspiring story. Ron Avitzur worked to fulfil a passion, not just to work his 40 hour week and take home a cheque at the end of the month. Graphing Calculator exists on OS X as Grapher.app, in the Applications/Utilities folder, albeit with a completely re-written codebase.

I love this excerpt:
'On the last day of the canceled project, Avitzur’s manager called him into her office to say goodbye. He hadn’t completed the length of his contract, but the company would pay it in full anyway.

“Just submit your final invoice for what’s left,” she told him. That’s when it clicked: If Avitzur didn’t submit the invoice, his contract stayed in the system. And if his contract stayed in the system, his ID badge would keep getting him in the front door.'

Read Julia Dahl's full article at Mental Floss
Posted in Category Bits and Pieces by Nathan Querido

Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Homage to Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

As bands go, there aren’t many that touch Pink Floyd. The epic Shine On You Crazy Diamond is a nine-part composition that bookends the Wish You Were Here album. To me, the song and especially it’s title, befits Steve Jobs the man, his death and his legacy. In recent weeks, he has become endearingly known as The Crazy One, in reference to the now famous Think Different video ad campaign.

... three weeks have passed since Steve's untimely death and when I first heard the news, I was initially shocked, which I thought I would be, and then sadness crept in, which I didn’t expect. I was speechless. How often do you feel sadness for someone you never knew or met? I started putting this post together on October 7th, and found that after a few days, I couldn’t string a cognitive sentence together. I decided to let it simmer for a while. And over the last few days, it’s been easier to write, as I’ve felt the need to express my disbelief, mostly out of enduring respect and growing admiration for Steve.

There are maybe 5 major events that define the last 10 years of my life, and on a professional level, two stand out: starting QUERIDODESIGN and buying a Mac. And they go hand in hand. As a company we are known among our clients, partners and friends for being wildly passionate about nearly all things Apple. We wouldn’t do what we do, or be where we are without Apple and the products they’ve created. You wouldn’t be reading this if it wasn’t for Steve and Apple.

UPDATE: Heartbreaking Eulogy for Steve Jobs, by his Sister Mona Simpson
Posted in Category News by Nathan Querido

A Fix for TextMate's Find in Project

TextMate is, in our opinion, by far the most comprehensive text editor for programming on OS X and we don't know many developers who would use
anything else. It's become the default standard, taking over from where
BBEdit left off.

The 'Find in Project' feature is great, but if you're working on a large project,
which say includes images and videos, searching can crawl to halt, literally
taking minutes to complete within a substantial project. It's more than
annoying but luckily there is a fix.
Posted in Category Tips and Tricks by Nathan Querido

iTunes 10: a hit and a miss

Apple is generally consistent with their User Interface (UI) design and mostly follow their Human Interface Guidelines but one application where they continually seem to ignore this and totally throw consistency out the window is iTunes. And no more so than in the latest version: iTunes 10.

Each major version shows off new features and more often than not, UI changes. I'd wager that Apple may be using this as a springboard to test future User Interface concepts on millions of users, as they did with the dreaded Safari 4 Beta. Once in a while, some of iTunes best ideas appear within OS X, for instance the refined, minimalistic sidebar in Finder or in Mail.
Posted in Category Bits and Pieces by Nathan Querido

32-bit Python support in Snow Leopard

The default installation of Python on Mac OS X Snow Leopard is version 2.6.1.
It transpires that Python on Snow Leopard executes as a 64-bit application by default.

Daily we use this awesome yet simple Python script, which helps us join any file, for instance a Pages or Numbers document, with a pre-defined PDF template. In our case, this PDF template contains our Letterhead and the script is executed as a PDF Service, showing system wide from the Print dialogue sheet via the PDF button.

For this PDF Service script to work, it needs to use Python as a 32-bit application.
Open a Terminal window and run:

To revert back to 64-bit mode, just change the boolean to “no”, or even delete the “Prefer-32-Bit” key.
Posted in Category Tips and Tricks by Nathan Querido

Turn on the Copiers: bitextender.com cloned

Earlier today I was Skype'd by David Zülke lead developer of Agavi and Managing Director at Bitextender GmbH. We've worked closely together on a few projects,
one being agavi.org's site design/brand and the Bitextender company site. It turns out that some Polish based company copied Bitextender's site, the HTML, CSS,
graphics and all and didn't even bother changing the CSS comments and mailto addresses. The only 'custom' addition they made was adding a language navigation
to the right of the logo. Yuuck..

More on David Zülke's blog

UPDATE: since David's pushy email, they've taken the site offline. Screenshots FTW!
Posted in Category News by Nathan Querido

Story of Tapbot iPhone developers Mark and Paul

The 3 Tapbots apps: Weightbot, Convertbot and Pastebot are 3 of the best, most
unique, elegantly designed interfaces on the iPhone. They are also exceptional, highly functional apps and I sometimes play with Convertbot just for it's interface.

A highly recommended read at Cult of Mac

Posted in Category iPhone + Objective C by Nathan Querido

Gore's Choice

It turns out Al Gore as a great typographical eye (apparently) and a sense for graphic
design. The design studio mgmt were chosen by Gore to design his new book
Our Choice, the sequel to An Inconvenient Truth. mgmt had settled on the
typeface Brioni for the body text, however after reviewing the proofs, Al Gore
didn't like the numeral one and wanted it changed.

mgmt turned to the creators of Brioni, typotheque and they agreed to make
the modifications.

'Al was right. The new numeral is a lot less confusing when combined with letters. We already changed it for all other weights of Brioni. We’ll call this ‘Gore’s choice’.

An excellent read and more on how these modifications are now known as
Gore's Choice http://www.typotheque.com/news/gore_s_choice

Posted in Category Graphic Design by Nathan Querido

Show hidden files in Snow Leopard's Open and Save dialogs

Here's a helpful little hint I picked up over at MacWorld: files and folders are hidden out-of-the-box in OS X and this tip makes it easy to show hidden files and folders in Open and Save dialogs windows.

The Hint
In any Open or Save dialog in Snow Leopard only, use the following keyboard combination 'Shift-Command-Period' to show hidden files and folders. Toggle the same keyboard combination to hide hidden files and folders. Nice and simple!
Posted in Category Tips and Tricks by Nathan Querido

PassShark - iPhone style password masking using MooTools

PassShark.js is a free and easy-to-implement password masking class developed using MooTools. Inspired and based on the excellent iPhone and iPod touch password dialog.

This is our first officially released MooTools plugin, with many more already in development. PassShark is a small component in a series of Form based plugins, specifically being created for the next major release of Ether.Flex CMS, v2.
Posted in Category Javascript by Luis Merino