September 30, 2002

I'm still searching for an IRC client on OS X that doesn't suck. Ircle is filled with tons of confusing options and has an utterly over-complicated UI while missing simple features. AthenaIRC is a joke that never works right. Snak seems ok, but still seems clunky with dialogs. Someone needs to write something with the brain-dead simplicity of iChat. If only I had the time.

Phoenix is coming along nicely, but it seems to be causing a lot of backlash in the Mac community for people that just want a browser-only version of mozilla (the Mozilla OSX drag-and-drop install doesn't allow a browser-only option). I guess Chimera isn't an option for them, for some reason. Not sure what to say there. I'd be curious to know what niche people think Phoenix fills that Chimera does not.

The Chimera mailing list has reached that special point where every disagreement turns into rascist name-calling and flame wars. It's disappointing, to say the least. As an admin, I feel I have certain responsibilities, but at the same time, I'm not the thought police. One would think we're all adults. Perhaps some are just more adult than others.

My blogs are so boring. Sigh.

Posted by pinkerton at 10:22 PM

September 22, 2002

For some reason my weekends simply aren't relaxing. They're over way too quickly. I need my sabbatical.

Tonight's Sopranos, two words: cat yak.

If XUL is so cross-platform, why isn't Dave Hyatt, long time mac nut and savior of the Mac platform, making Phoenix for the Mac? Traitor!

Posted by pinkerton at 10:15 PM

September 19, 2002

It seems that ABC is setting us up for yet another disappointment. I'm talking about Push, Nevada. The premier episode grabbed my attention, but in true ABC fashion, its regular timeslot puts it up against CSI. My prediction is that Push will only last about four episodes (maybe six) before ABC execs get tired of looking at bad ratings and cancel the show. When will they ever learn?

Something else that grabbed my attention is how spectacular Melissa Stark looks this year on Monday Night Football. Oh my goodness. I mean, she was always a babe, but now....

So many bugs in Chimera. One step forward, two steps back. Sigh.

Posted by pinkerton at 11:41 AM

September 15, 2002

While it does bother my sensibilities that Catherine Zeta-Jones is doing cell-phone commercials, anything, and I mean anything that gets her on my TV screen is ok in my book. Purrrrrr.

Posted by pinkerton at 1:12 PM

September 10, 2002

Magnolia. Still watching the extras disc. Three hours, and for some reason I'm watching the extras disc. Of course, there's really only about 10 minutes of material on this disc. Not sure why they even bothered. The acting in this movie is definately worth mention, especially Tom Cruise's performance. If you watch closely, most of his scenes are done without a cut which must have either been a bitch to edit or a true indicator of his talent. Then, of course, how could i not mention beautiful Felicity Huffman in her minor role? Shoe money tonight! What brings this movie home to me is that I recognize many of the outdoor shots because of the time I've spent in North Hollywood and Studio City. In parting, I have one thing to mention: Frogs!?!?!?

Chimera 0.5 came out today. We're getting there. I'm adding a patch from an external contributor for Keychain support to remember passwords (after i clean it up and fix all the memory leaks). That will be nice. Heck, we should just take that in mozilla and toss the single-signon wallet bullshit. It's nice and it just works without tons of crappy code.

Thank god it's football season. I thought it would never get here.

I'm sorry, i have nothing mozilla-related to bitch about tonight. I'm sure I will tomorrow. Please hold your cards and letters

Posted by pinkerton at 12:08 AM

September 8, 2002

After a week vacationing on the sunny beaches of Playa Del Carmen, I'm back and ready to go. Time to start making Chimera kick some real ass. In my day-to-day usage, there are some pretty annoying bugs that need serious attention. I'm not quite sure why people think it's the best thing since sliced bread. Perhaps Mac users really are that desperate for anything that doesn't totally suck.

Jinglepants writes:

Text editing - if you use Chimera on the Mac, you'll see that the textfield widget is easily the most painful part of the entire application. It's buggy, slow, misbehaves, and doesn't edit the way you'd expect. This is IMO Chimera's top usability problem"

Hrm, if this is really our top usability problem, I think we're doing pretty well. I'm not sure it's buggy (i'm using it now to compose this), but I agree it's slow and needs spellcheck suport, or simply a rewrite to native a native widget....and miles to go before i sleep.

The 3 things that are the top of my list are (in this order):


  1. Keychain support for passwords
  2. A cocoa embedding framework (which hyatt blatantly destroyed, ahem!)
  3. Native text widgets

One week to the season premier of Sopranos.

Watched Blade II last night, and while it's a so-so movie whose target audience is obviously not the Academy Award Nominating Committe, the interviews with the director are hysterical. I'd recommend the 2nd disc just on those interviews alone. Tomorrow night's movie (you think i'd watch anything other than HBO on sunday night?) is Magnoila, of which I've heard many mixed reviews. We shall see.

I really need a girlfriend. While traveling with friends is fun, resorts on the Mayan Riviera are definitely geared towards couples. Sigh. Any takers?

Posted by pinkerton at 3:27 PM