K.I.T. released…

February 16, 2007

K.I.T. (Keep It Together) 1.3.1 was released yesterday.

K.I.T. is one of those information-gathering tools which have sprung up on the Mac. We’re particularly lucky given all the options here. There’s KIT, Yojimbo, DevonThink and lately EagleFiler. All of which come from good developers and are fine products. I use KIT and DevonThink Pro Office. Both do quite different jobs for me.

KIT is my favourite set of smart buckets. Plowing through emails and the web usually means I come across pages I want to keep, documents I need to read, and bits of information that come my way from snippets of texts to images, mp3s to listen to and videos to watch.

KIT eats them all up with one keystroke in the Services menu, Shift-Cmd-K. I love it…

It comes with a set of built in smart folders which sort on the type of data it is, a document, pdf, media or a web archive or link etc. and you can quickly and easily roll your own using tags and ratings.

So I tag, which autocomplete, as each item arrives in it’s Library and I have smart folders set up for each project I have currently. I have one smart folder which captures all untagged items, so I can easily spot items that haven’t been assigned to a project.

So no more saving on the desktop, no dumb unsorted pile of stuff sitting in a folder usually called…Stuff On Desktop…, instead a set of sorted folders with all of the stuff already sorted intelligently for me. It replicates whatever folder structure you’ve set up in it’s Library so you can drill down into that using the Finder and see the same structure. Excellent.

It’s a well-executed program, which just works. A lot of people know Yojimbo, a similar product, which KIT predates. KIT is much cheaper. And the developer, Steve Harris, keeps the updates coming.

Highly recommended. K.I.T. at Reinvented


Apple’s iPhone

January 9, 2007

First I think it’s pretty fabulous. They did a typical Apple job on it. Take on a project the rest of the world has sort of done well, and make it incredible. It’s just like the iPod over again.

I wonder what price an unlocked one is… What’s the usual discount providers give, a couple of hundred?

I wonder about the EDGE and the lack of support for 3G. Not cool. EDGE is good but is solely US, right? I hope and presume that an EU model would have 3G.

Don’t think much of 8Gb, especially if it becomes the only widescreen large video they do. A TV show is about half a gig on iTunes, you’d get about three or four episodes on and then you’d be debating whether you wanted more or your music or photos or contacts…

I’d worry about the battery life. That high res screen will chew up batteries. It’s one thing for your iPod to run out of power, it’s another if it’s your phone. And something so interactive…you’d never put it down.

Jesus, it’s made for hyperactive, geeky types with a bit of money.

And I wonder just how many of us will jump on them the first opportunity we get…


Macworld 07

January 6, 2007

And the speculation is in full tilt…

They must feel good about whatever it is… a new computer? Hard to see it, they have a matrix that is now complete and completely Intel. And looking at them it’s hard to see where it would be done. An 8-core MacPro is doable but not necessarily something the world is ready for software wise. An iMac or equivalent would be Apple’s traditional site of change but no one is hollering for that. The tablet market is small…. Steve will never do a PDA…

This for a phone? I dunno… Frankly there’s a bunch of great phones out there now. But the level of chatter is so high, it must be on the cards.

Apple since Jobs return has been pushing its own version of what kind of digital media universe we all live in. With the iTV preannouncement last year, Jobs indicated that the circle was now complete. A vision that media would be created digitally, distributed digitally, purchased digitally and consumed digitally. Oh and they’re all Quicktime files you own. The iTV will likely get a full unveiling.

The iTV will have a cut down version of the OS… What if the phone had the same cut down version of the OS…

I wonder if the phone could stream files the same way the iTV will? So once within the range of it’s iTunes Library it could browse and listen or view videos and photos?

What if a new video iPod could do the same thing?

You could use a phone, your iPod or the iTV to view the media you own on that there computer you own. And the computer could be a PC don’t forget so the whole market is available to you.

I think given the teaser on the Apple site… and the overall direction Apple have taken the big theme will be about how it all joins up.


The Angelus

December 11, 2006

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A short film parodying the Angelus as portrayed on RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster. Backed by The Irish Film Board’s Short Shorts Scheme. A Janey Pictures production.
Formats available: Quicktime (.mov), Flash Video (.flv)
Tags:drama, parody, short, film, irish


Come To

December 11, 2006


A short film by Marian Quinn

A story about Kathy Farrell, an Irishwoman living in New York. A series of stills trace out this woman’s life. A series of scenes trace out her stay in hospital. A stationary camera takes her point of view throughout. In a coma, she lies mute, fading in and out of consciousness as her inept and fussing family or drunken and concerned friends come in and visit, culminating with the visit of her abusive boyfriend.

Format: 16mm colour Sound: Optical Mono Duration: 15 minutes. Festivals include: New Irish Shorts – New York / Film Fleadh – Galway / Raindance – London / Kino Irish Festival – Manchester. A Janey Pictures Production
Formats available: Quicktime (.mov), Flash Video (.flv)
Tags:short, film, drama, woman, drama


The World’s First Web Server

December 6, 2006


The World’s First Web Server, originally uploaded by sbisson.

I didn’t know this but I bet Steve Jobs did. Tim Berners Lee’s original Next workstation.


Trees by Lake

November 28, 2006


TreesbyLake, originally uploaded by Dromahaire.

My most popular pic on Flickr….I think the appeal is the colour in the trees, the red and golds with that large white birch.