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Apple as “Software Government”?

With the advent of Apple’s App Store for the iOS platforms (iPhone & iPad), Apple has not only a monopoly, but also the right to dictate what software is available to consumers while collecting a 30% fee. This model has yielded billions for the company and enabled many small developers to be discovered in a virtual sea of applications. This idea of an App-store is so lucrative and popular on mobile devices that Apple is bringing it back to the Mac in their new Operating System “Lion”.

The direct downloads from the internet have proven a revolutionary distribution system, lowering the cost for packaging and shipping of physical software. Online distribution, however fragmented, still has a way to go to be perfected and needs a unified way of discovery, purchase and download. The following reviews the positives and negatives of this centralized App Store offered by Apple:

The Positives:

  • Eased distribution for developers and consumers
  • Potential for developer based software stores reduced and or eliminated
  • Centralized Software Updates
  • Software Discovery Model similar to Apple’s “Genius” feature
  • Unified login, payment, and download method
  • Better quality control of applications

The Negatives:

  • Apple control flow of apps, licensing, updating
  • Reduced developers control of retail
  • Potential Price Markup to cover 30% fee from Apple
  • Potentially inhibition of developers and software
  • BigBrother awareness of your installed applications

Apple, a company who has built its fortune on open technologies has a clear goal for a monolithic, closed, proprietary, centrally-controlled, environment of software and hardware. The future of development on the Mac platform is at a crossroads, and only the future holds the answer to the best course to travel.

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ExpanDrive vs Transmit 4

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Overview
Lots of programs do ftp, some cost and some don’t, some are feature packed and some are slimmed down, some are tied to an editor and some are independent. I always find it cumbersome to rely on built in ftp of programs like coda and dreamweaver since I edit in a variety of editors. I also hate going to a different program to make updates to a site I am working on in another program.

Enter ExpandDrive and Transmit 4 which offer the solution I have been looking for. How so you ask? These applications actually mount your ftp site like it is a drive on your computer and you can open the files in what ever you like. I have been able to do that for years with the finder you say? Well, the finder is slow, bogs down your computer while you interact with the ftp, and does not have the features to do a good job of ftp.

Features:

FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDav:
Both have the ability to mount ftp sites, sftp, amazon s3, and webdav as drives but Transmit 4 does this much faster and I mean much faster.

Interface:
Expand Drive and Transmit 4 both have a menu bar drop-down interface and mounted drives that show up in the finder, however their similarities end there. Transmit 4 has a fully featured ftp window showing local and remote locations, the ability to sync files(my favorite feature) various finder window type functions and much more. Transmit 4 is really a fully featured application that does not get in your way as opposed to a simple utility.

Transmit 4
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Expand Drive
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Speed:
This was a virtual no contest as I found ExpanDrive to be sluggish not only to itself but to my entire computer. Transmit 4 came out with blazing speed and elegance that was just unmatched and I was able to get work done faster then using dreamweaver or coda without being tied to their editors.

Price
Transmit 4: $34.00
ExpanDrive: $19.95

Winner
Transmit 4 is our winner by its clean interface, super speed, ease of use and its great feature set. The guys at panic should be proud of what they created because they made my life a whole lot easier. Great try on the part of ExpanDrive and if it was not for the speed and lack of a true interface the guys at ExpanDrive could have given Transmit 4 a run for it’s money.

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New Mac heist Bundle

A FREE Machiest Bundle! No Way! I love free so I would not pass this up but I must say that honestly I really only found 2 useful apps in this bundle. I will spare you my talking about the others so here it is.
ShoveBox and Twitteriffic are the only apps worth Mentioning and here is why.

ShoveBox:
Give you and easy menubar way to create and organize information snippets on your computer. I find this to be far superior to using Stickies because it is alway in my upper right hand corner and I can assign quick keys to it. It is also light weight and fast

Twitteriffic:
Simple easy to use menubar interface that keeps me from using a web browser to tweet.

Now for my random rant
My biggest friction point with the web is the browser. I hate it!!! Any desktop app that reaches out to the web for one single purpose already has one points with me.

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PayPal X Conference

Today IDCA is at the PayPal X conference in SF and will be live blogging about what is seen here today.

The big announcement today is that Paypal is opening their platform to developers at www.x.com . They seem to have taken a note from The open source community and FaceBook. The people at PayPal realize that they can not innovate as fast as the world is moving, so why not get the world to work for you for free. This idea of crowd sourcing is not new but we will see how well this concept works around making money. People don’t seem to have a problem working for the man if they are able to make their own income and determine their own destiny, so it seems. Apple, Google, Sun and others have all caught on to this and created platforms that they really control but still give the feeling of openness.

Here are some photos from the expo.

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Death of GeoCities

I must ask for a moment of silence as we morn the death of GeoCities.

When I was young and ruff around the edges, my first web building memories were with GeoCities. I remember how free and how open Mr. Cities was with everyone . The internet was a different place then with its
under construction signs, visitor counters and animated gifs. I say with a heavy heart that I will sincerely miss your file by file uploading system and you unicorn riddled sites. With that said we will miss you Mr. Cities or as your friends so dearly called Geo.

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Setting up a Drupal with Mac Journal

Drupal tutorials
I know from personal experience this is painful to set up and hopefully this tutorial will help you get up and running with Drupal and Mac journal. Setting up remote clients with Mac Journal made my purchase worth it’s weight in gold.

Drupal Set Up

Log in: to your Drupal Site
Goto: Administer >Site building > Modules
Click: Enable the Blog and Blog API
Click: Save Configuration

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Goto: Administer › Site configuration > BlogAPI
Click: Blog Entry
Click: Save Configuration

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Mac Journal Set Up

Go to Journal: Edit Blog Server

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Name your Blog and Set up

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Click: “Manual Setup”

The next page should auto complete.
Select: Type: “Movable Type” or “Meta WebLog”
Click: “Reload”
Click: The Drop-down arrow next to “reload” and select “blog” for the Blog ID
Click: “OK”
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When you are ready to share and entry
        Goto Share: Send to: “Your Blog

Drupal tutorials

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Setting up a WordPress with Mac Journal

As soon as I bought Mac Journal I wanted to figure out how to do this. I could not find enough documentation on the Mariner Software site to do this so I figured I would help people out by making this tutorial.
If there is anything unclear pleas contact me by leaving a comment on my blog.

Word Press Set Up

  1. Log in to your word press blog
  2. Scroll down to the Menu: Settings – Writing
  3. Click: Enable the Atom Publishing Protocol.
  4. Click: Enable the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols.

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Mac Journal Set Up

Go to Journal: Edit Blog Server

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Name your Blog and Set up

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A valid blog should be found
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The next page should auto complete. Then click “Ok”

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When you are ready to share and entry
        Goto Share: Send to: “Your Blog”

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MacJournal

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I am a sucker for a good deal. I am also a sucker for something that is a good deal and improves my life. I have been looking for a way to chronicle my thoughts on and offline. Because I participated in the Mac Heist earlier this year and got MarinerSoftwares Paperless I go and additional deal on MacJournal. Online I have used WordPress, Drupal. Offline I have use Word, Pages, TextEdit, Stickies and Text mate. I loose the motivation to write easily dealing with online software though I will spend allot of time figuring them out. Offline I love how useful and easy to use Pages and Word can be but it looses its charm in the cut and paste to the blog or website. Enter Mac Journal! Out of the box I started to write my ideas even before I figured out how to put them online. Dragging and dropping images was just as easy as word or pages. I also love the fact that I can have multiple journals and have a different set up for each, in one easy to use window.
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After I got over the initial charm of a really focused software package I started to want to use it for what I bought it for, Blogging. This is where the learning curve got really steep and I found the limitations of the documentation and information. To be clear this software is capable of uploading its content to WordPress, Drupal, Blogger, BlogSpot or any where that uses the Atom, MoveableType, Live Journal or MetaWebLog Protocols but is not an easy endeavor to say the least. Of course I started with the hardest of them all posting to my drupal blog and I got it to work: Drupal MacJournal Tutorial. I don’t like how MacJournal sets up and edits servers because there is there really no intuitive way to edit the list. They should take a note from Coda, Dreamweaver or Transmit on easy of use as MJ uses terms hard for web people to decipher what they mean. Over all I like MJ and would will offer some online training for it soon as there is a lack of know how on the blogging portion of it

Drupal MacJournal Tutorial

WordPress MacJournal Tutorial

One of MJ Strengths is its ability to record audio. Example Below

BTW this post was written in Mac Journal
http://www.marinersoftware.com/sitepage.php?page=85

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