Moving on up….

We’ve just “completed” our move to new offices.  It’s a little larger, a little nicer, and so far, I’m very happy with it.  We’ve got the place wired for gigabit Ethernet, VoIP, plus wireless for the laptops, and it should be pretty slick.  Only snag, thus far, is Verizon (our ISP).  We’ve got our telephone line installed, which is really only used as a dedicated line for faxes, but the DSL connection still isn’t syncing.  So, for the time being, we’re working from home.

Sorry posts have slowed down recently (though, when have we ever posted fast?), as we’ve been taking vacations and getting this move pushed through.  Hopefully we’ll be returning to normal soon!

The future of AJAX web applications

There’s an interesting opinion up by Joel Spolsky, a software developer and founder of FogCreek Software, about where the direction AJAX-based web applications are headed. He makes an interesting, and I feel very apt, comparison with the olden days of mainframes and Lotus 1-2-3, and the current state of the interactive web. For instance, he likens the idea of sites like Google’s Gmail with Lotus 1-2-3, where the development team spent all of their time writing code and optimizing it for the current day’s limitations, rather than looking ahead and adding new wiz-bang features that would give them their “long-term competitive advantage.”

And I think Joel is completely right. Gmail, for one, has been stagnant for the last three years or so, and haven’t been preparing for the future. Check out this blog article from Lifehacker about a comparison between Gmail and Yahoo Mail. Their conclusion? Yahoo Mail has spent the last two years innovating and adding all sorts of new features, while Gmail has very little improvements (except, perhaps, incrementally increased storage levels).

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Apple iPhones reduced in price

iPhoneYesterday, Apple dropped the price on the 8gig iPhone (that killer, must-have gadget that’s apparently been selling like crazy since being introduced), along with new product announcements in their iPod lineup. Unfortunately, it looks like this price break puts a lot of us early adopters in a tight spot: those of us who shelled out the full $600 for the 8gig models are now realizing the price of purchasing early: about $200.

If you’re not already aware, if you bought your iPhone within 10 days of an announced price break, you’re entitled to receive the difference from Apple (provided you claim this within another 14 days of the announcement).

Should Apple reduce its price on any shipped product within 10 calendar days of shipment, you may contact Apple Sales Support at 1-800-676-2775 to request a refund or credit of the difference between the price you were charged and the current selling price. To receive the refund or credit you must contact Apple within 14 business days of shipment.

Sadly, we at Draconis bought out iPhones 16 days before the announcement: 2 days later and we would have qualified for that rebate. But I’m not bitter over it: I love my iPhone, was willing to part with the full price without expecting any kind of rebate, and anyway, these things are out of our control. Anyone else in the same boat as us?

Hiding a mounted volume on MacOS

Quick note here, that’s especially useful to people using BootCamp on their Macs and don’t want their Windows-formatted partition appearing on their desktop. To hide it whenever the Finder starts (it will still be mounted, but not visible on the Finder), open the Terminal and run the following command:

/Developer/Tools/SetFile -a V /Volumes/Untitled

Replace the “Untitled” with whatever the volume name is listed as in /Volumes. Note also, that you will need to have Apple’s Developer Tools installed in order for this to work. It’s free, but a fairly large download. Hope you find this useful!