Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

iPhoto 6: party like it's...1996?

To sum up, the “photocasting” feature centers around a single undocumented extension element in a namespace that doesn’t need to be declared. iPhoto 6 doesn’t understand the first thing about HTTP, the first thing about XML, or the first thing about RSS. It ignores features of HTTP that Netscape 4 supported in 1996, and mis-implements features of XML that Microsoft got right in 1997. It ignores 95% of RSS and Atom and gets most of the remaining 5% wrong.

Details in Apple' mailing lists archive (via Tao of Mac)

Man, I really miss Mark’s blog…

Oh, please...

There was no respect in McLaren’s announcement. It was not pleasant at all. There should be more respect in Formula One. Ron Dennis has not won the world title for seven years so now he wants to manufacture good news.

So said Flavio Briatore. Then there is another, from the big mouth of Hans-Joachim Stuck, former F1 driver:

Ron Dennis would sell his grandmother if he could. He does not know the meaning of words such as honour, or conscience.

What a load of bull shit.

Every F1 team boss is constantly trying to lure great drivers into their teams. There are rumours going around that Ferrari is chasing Raikkonen for 2-3 years. Toyota tried the same. There were rumours that Ron Dennis repeatedly contacted M. Schumacher. It goes all the time, sometimes it works, sometimes not.

But what really pissed me off here is that I remember that back in the early 90’s there was a team boss just entering F1, who had great public image - agile, rock&roll, make-it-fun attitude. It was Eddie Jordan, last of the great run of private F1 owners. And at that time he had a contract with young promising driver called Michael Schumacher. The contract was solid, but not solid enough. Using certain legal loopholes, the team boss of then financially very strong Benetton team, managed to snatch M.S. from Eddie’s hands, at the start of the season.

That team boss was Flavio Briatore. The same dumb-ass that now shit-speaks to whoever wants to listen about Alonso-McLaren deal. But unlike the M.S. case back then, Alonso had no contract with Renault beyond 2006 and was free to do anything (read: be snatched by best deal-maker).

Sore looser.

"Get more XX" should open in tab

One of most advertized Firefox features is tabbed browsing. Why then FF opens this annoying new window when you click on Get More Extensions in the Extensions panel, Get More Themes in Themes panel etc?

It should open in current tab (if no URL is opened in it) or new tab (if current tab has some URL loaded, apart from about:blank).

How to install Logitech MX900 drivers on Windows 2003

More on the fun world of software companies doing stupid things in its install software. I own Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse, which works great. The software that comes on the CD is 1.04, and newest version is 2.22. I was hoping that new drivers would have support for double-click on the wheel (they don’t. suckers.) and wanted to install them on Windows Server 2003 SP1.

That particular version behaves much like XP would - even Media Player 10 is included in this SP1. However, Logitech’s driver install checks for OS version, sees that it is not 2000/XP and quits with message that I should go to Logitech web site and look for appropriate version. Well, I did - and there is nothing for my OS.

Now, the most idiotic part of this is that it does not gives you the option to continue. It should tell me “if you continue you may fuck-up your system and render it useless, do not do this blah blah”…in lawyerish, of course. It does not. So I pay €50+ for this mouse and can’t install driver update? Niiice…way to go Logitech.

Luckily, there’s a workaround. Right click on setup file (setup222enu.exe here), Properties, Compatibility tab, check “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and choose “Windows XP”. Ok all. Then start the file, ignore the message about administrator rights (I am installing as administrator, you…) and finish the install. Restart, all is well, drivers installed.