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

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