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Software Announcements

Some very cool apps were released/upgraded recently. Just wanted to send out some props here.

First, Daniel Jalkut has been working on MarsEdit 2.0 for quite some time, and I have to say the results are spectacular. The blog post window has been much improved, and now includes the ability to add new blog categories without going to my WordPress admin interface. This feature alone is worth the upgrade price. Overall, the app seems a lot slicker, and blends into Tiger very nicely.

Next is Gus Mueller’s newest application, Acorn. I was fortunate enough to be shown a demo of a beta version back at C4 last month. This really is a good alternative to Photoshop Elements. It’s easy to use, has a very clean interface, and has some advanced features like Layers and Core Image filters. Definitely give Acorn a look-see, and take advantage of the introductory pricing offered.

Summer Update

It’s been almost two months since I’ve posted here, so to avoid the risk of this blog becoming a dinosaur, I thought I would post an update.

Katrina and I returned from our 6-7 week road trip in the beginning of July. We drove out to California at the end of May, and stayed with family for several weeks (also hitting WWDC, of course). On the way out there, we took the northern route, hitting Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, the Tetons, and the Salt Flats. On the way back, we started in Santa Monica and drove Route 66 all the way through St. Louis, taking the freeway the rest of the way home after running out of time. We’ll have to drive the rest of Route 66 from St. Louis to Chicago sometime soon. Overall, it was quite a trip. Watch my Flickr stream for photos of the trip.

Been working on finishing up DynDNS Updater 2.0, which will hopefully be ready soon. The app is looking pretty good. A lot of smaller details have been improved upon since beta 5, that collectively improve the application quite a bit.

Trying to spend some time working on Seasonality’s international forecast as well. I’ll post more on this at a later point in time, but I’ve created some cool imagery and animations that I’ll be using to tweak the forecast generator to make it more accurate.

C4 is coming up this weekend! I’ll be taking off for Chicago tomorrow for a weekend of Indie fun. I’ll be showing an entry for the Iron Coder Live contest…which reminds me I still need to fix a bug or two there. Should be a blast. I’ll most likely be keeping my Twitter feed up to date more than posting here about stuff.

Speaking of Twitter, I started Twittering (is that a word?) a few months ago, and I’m hooked. If you don’t know, Twitter is a place to post Tweets, which are short bits of text (no longer than 160 characters), usually telling others what you’re up to. My first thought was how much time I would be wasting by doing this, but the whole idea is that posting a Tweet is supposed to be really quick. It provides some nice breaks throughout the day, and the community building around the site is pretty amazing. Check out my Twitter page, and if you’re interested, sign up and start using Twitter yourself.

That’s all folks…

C4 Abridged

Daniel Jalkut of Red Sweater Software posted a nice write-up of the conference, complete with a summary of each presentation:

"Live from Chicago (recorded earlier), it’s C4 as heard by Daniel Jalkut, October 21-22."

C4 Followup

A great time was had at C4 this past weekend. My trip started out Friday when I met up with John before the conference. I haven’t seen him since this past June, so it was great to hang out again. We went to this excellent Chinese food restaurant, and he showed me around the area a bit that afternoon.

The conference kicked off Friday evening with Wolf giving an introduction and Gruber following up with what was almost a UI state of the union address. After that everyone piled into a couple of busses to head over to Jaks. There I got a chance to talk with Elliot, who has been beta testing Seasonality now for almost a year. He’s working on a new add-on feature for Seasonality that I’ll post more about later.

Saturday kept the ball rolling with some excellent presentations by Brent, Aaron, Gus, Steve, and Brian. Brent talked about web services, and dropped a few references to Seasonality during his presentation (thanks Brent!). Gus gave a great introduction to Lua, which looks like an awesome embed-able scripting language. I’m toying with the idea of adding Lua support in Seasonality. Aaron gave some tips on how to get started with Cocoa and talked about going after the enterprise market. Steve talked about the programming language he created, Io, and how it handles concurrent programming, which was pretty cool. Finally, Brian gave a pretty good overview of Subversion and where the project is going in the near (and far) future.

All this great content was concluded with a panel led by DB. Several topics came up during the talk, like suggestions to Apple from the independent developer standpoint, what technologies and frameworks are under/over utilized, and of course some shouting over DRM. 😉 Afterwards everyone headed over to Gino’s for some grub. Speaking of grub, the food at this conference was much better than WWDC. Jamba Juice was brought in Saturday afternoon, plenty of caffeine was available at all times, and the other meals were excellent.

Since the content of this conference isn’t under NDA like Apple’s WWDC is, there were a lot more people taking photos of the sessions and events. You can check out my photos here. John Gruber got a shot of me looking like I’m about to attack. 🙂 I look a lot friendlier in a photo James Duncan Davidson took of the audience.

Thanks go out to Wolf for doing an excellent job of putting the conference together. Here’s hoping for a C4 2.0 next year.

C4

I’m getting ready to head off to C4 tomorrow morning. I was pretty excited when I first heard Wolf was putting together this conference, and signed up the day after he publicly announced it. With people like Wolf, Gruber, Brent, Gus, and DB all presenting there, along with some people I haven’t met (Steve DeKorte and Brian Fitzpatrick), this should be a really good conference. Things have been pretty crazy here the past few months, so it will be good to get away from the usual work and spend some time socializing with other developers.

While I’m in the Chicago area, I’ll also get a chance to spend some time both with John and my cousin, so that will be pretty cool as well. I’m hoping to have some time left-over for photography, but we’ll have to see how it goes. The Chicago Marathon is this Sunday, so that might give me a chance to practice some action photography.

Anyway, if you see me at C4, be sure to say hello.

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