Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

San Marino GP

What a fantastic race end. In total contrast to last few seasons when there are excitements at the beginning and becomes dull afterwards, this race took off in its final stages. Undoubtedly thanks to great Ferrari/Bridgestone package. I’m not mentioning Schumacher who drove the car because no driver can’t do 2s/lap gap on its own.

It seems that Bridgstone’s were consistent throughout the race and got better with time, while Michelin runners had too to put up with less than stellar behavior of their tyre. It was obvious that all Michelin runners kept the same time gap in the last 20 or so laps, while only Schumacher gained 2s per lap, passed Button - in a really spectacular way, kudos for him for that - and then got behind Alonso for the last 12 laps.

No F1-live, this race will not be remembered for amazing drive put in by Michael Schumacher, but because of amazing drive put in by Fernando Alonso. It’s nothing spectacular to drive objectively faster package (saying car only will not do justice here) and gain places.

Bloody amazing! Nothing else can be said for fantastic driving performance Alonso gave today. Keeping obviously faster Ferrari, driven by extremely motivated M. Schumacher, at bay for twelve final laps… That was the deed that reminds of the late Senna and his fight with Mansell more than a decade ago when Mansell drove the technologically best car ever made.

Schumacher’s move to remember is taking over Jenson Button - almost full speed through two connected corners and through the small gap left unguarded by Button. Experience yes, but also great driver instinct.

The saddest part is Kimi’s early retirement. He was, without the doubt, giving best performance whole weekend and too see him out so early took away a good deal of excitement. Bad luck still seems to like the company of my fav team. :(

Using Shuffle without iTunes

This is a quick summary post; I want to emphasize two free, open-source apps with which you can fully use iPod Shuffle, without iTunes.

Apple StoreiPod shuffle database builder is great little app, mere 8kB in size, that makes the Shuffle as easy to use as any other MP3 player. Copy this program to Shuffle, copy your songs to Shuffle in any way and any structure you want, start rebuild_db.exe and…done. The songs are ready to use. There’s no ownership-transfer nonsense, no troubles, nothing. All software should be as this one.

There’s also a source code included - a small Perl script for your coding pleasure.

It sure made Sean Shrum happy, as he quickly followed with Shuffler - free random auto filler, effectively replacing iTunes’s Autofill option. It requires few minutes of setup, but it’s straight-forward to use after that. This application is also very small (236kB) and can be conviently kept on the Shuffle.

There’s no more excuse to use Wind…err, iTunes. iPod Shuffle is now really the best Flash disk/player in the market.

Overlapping Windows

I’m in danger of becoming tab-fanatic. It’s not my fault, really. All the stuff presented here, either as Sparks or hidden away as casual posts are the fruit or consequence of my day job. The curse of working the job you love is that you don’t leave it in the office. I encounter the problem and instead of working on it for few days, I take it home and finish it up in the wee hours.

And for some reason, I often encounter tabs. Tabs are self-contained and can easily be extracted from the layout where they are used. As such, they make perfect post-topic.

It’s hard to do something new in tabs domain. I thought that too when few months ago (yes, that’s how much it took me to write this) I looked for tabs that overlap each other. You see, all the various tab techniques around the Net, no matter how graphically different they are, share one common attribute. The linked parts of the tabs do not overlap, like the following well-known examples illustrate.

the usual lists

The area you hover will change only part of the screen occupied by li and/or a. It does not change anything outside that block. And I need to implement just such design.

overlapping tabs

Bahrain Grand Prix

Great racing today in Bahrain. :) Thanks to Pedro De La Rosa, entire event was very fun and exciting to watch. Spaniard, driving a very stable and fast McLaren, continually tried to overtake, made errors and recovered from them and eventually finished 5th. Particularly fun was his fight with Mark Webber in Williams, as Mark’s car had no problems and Williams outscored McLaren in previous two races.

Renault celebrates in Sakhir