Linus Torvalds Interviewed on FLOSS Weekly

Thanksgiving weekend has afforded me some time to catch up on my backlog of podcasts. With the exception of Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show, all my favorite podcasts come from the TWiT network.

Episode 88 of FLOSS Weekly is an interview with Linus Torvalds and is well worth a listen. Linus is spectacularly interesting both with regard to his thoughts on programming and his opinions of the open source movement in general.


Use the built-in iPhone sleep timer

Searching the App Store for a sleep timer yields a half dozen or so competing results, but did you know iPhone has basic sleep timer functionality out of the box?

I’m not sure how long this feature has been around, but tucked away in the Clock app that ships with the phone is a Timer feature. When the timer finishes, the default action is to play a ringtone, but by tapping the “When Timer Ends” button, you can change this behavior to “Sleep iPod.”


Facebook "for good" promotes world peace

As opposed to “Facebook for evil.”


Snow Leopard Password Prompt After Screen Sleep *BOO*

I was pretty excited to upgrade my 17” MacBook Pro to Snow Leopard. So far it is exactly as Apple markets it: some nice polish to the OS and some cool new technology under the hood.

My list of complaints quite short, but number one has to be the new practice of requiring a password to wake the screen from sleep. In past versions of OS X I could require a password to wake the computer from sleep and screen saver which suited my needs perfectly.


PassAlong on iPhone Application List

iPhone Application List was kind enough to list PassAlong on their fine site.

A sincere and warm thanks to them for helping me get the word out about my nascent app.


PassAlong: Now available on the iPhone App Store

After finally clambering onto the iPhone bandwagon this past June my interest in developing for the device reached an all time high.

It’s probably evident when browsing my body of work, but my favorite hobby projects tend to solve very specific problems that annoy me personally. I make a living writing code for other people, so it is very satisfying to me when I get to apply my professional skills to a personal endeavor.

I therefore find it very fitting that PassAlong, my first iPhone app to be available on the App Store, is an app that I wrote simply because I wanted it to exist.


View Average iPhone App Approval Time

iPhone Developers Only: The iPhone Developer News page now displays the current average approval time for Apps submitted to the app store.

Finally, a decent excuse to use Web Clips.


Enable Caps-Lock on iPhone Keyboard

Having recently been welcomed into the fold of the iPhone collective, I have been overwhelmingly satisfied with the user experience.

That being said, I have hit a few walls while trying to figure out where some elusive features are tucked away. Apple had to enlighten me on how to get google maps to orient itself using the compass for example.

I was also left wondering how to enable Caps-lock on the iPhone keyboard. iPodObserver writes that the feature is strangely disabled by default but once enabled, double tapping the shift key toggles caps-lock.

To enable the feature, Tap Settings > Tap General > Tap Keyboard > Tap the Enable Caps Lock slider.



Use iPhone headphone microphone with a MacBook Pro

I just remembered this interesting tidbit regarding the use of the microphone on my shiny new iPhone headphones with my shiny new MacBook Pro:

Yes, it’s true—these new MacBooks work with your iPhone headphones. If you click the button on your iPhone headphones, iTunes pauses. Click again, and the music resumes. A double-click advances one track, and a triple-click moves back a track—just like on the iPhone. What’s more, the headphones’ built-in microphone appears as the input device “Microphone port” in the Sound preference pane.

At the time this was published, I didn’t have an iPhone or a compatible Intel Mac so I didn’t pay much attention. Now that I do, this is pretty nifty.


Jonathan Coulton interviewed on Lifehacker

I knew there was a reason that I identify so much with JoCo’s tunes:

Over the years I’ve sort of set up this system where other people can talk to a machine, and that machine will make sure that I hear about it. (laughs) That’s the only way it works for me, because if I’m responsible for remembering something, it will be forgotten.