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Notices for 28th March 2007 to 21st March 2007

Wednesday, 28th March 2007

One day, when I am dead and gone, people are going to remember me as that complete moron who was still developing for Mac OS 9 long after its “death”. (I don’t believe in a system being “dead” until no-one uses it any more. As such, Latin is not a dead language, especially with all the nutters working on Vicipædia…)

For example, in my archive of old(er) Mac applications I have added a patch that adds two missing file type icons to Photoshop 5: Windows bitmap, and Photoshop image stationery item.

I have also created a kind’ template for ResEdit that allows you to create and edit ‘kind’ resources, which provide customised file type names. I also explain why, although awareness of this system is widespread in North America, people in other English-speaking countries may be unaware that such a feature even exists on the Mac prior to X.

While I was at it, I improved the code on the Misc front page to use unordered lists instead of paragraphs. The page is still a sprawling mess, but at least the code is cleaner.

Tuesday, 27th March 2007

I’ve always sworn that I will not have a blog. There’s nothing sufficiently wonderful about my life to make a blog worthwhile. Yet, it seems that Bug of the Moment has become virtually a blog on software development, in a strange sort of way. It certainly seems to get its fair share of hits.

To ease the trouble of determining just when I’ve found something new and wonderous to post on my “blog”, I’ve implemented an RSS feed for it. Let your feed software take the strain for you.

Oh, and I’ve added a new entry.

Wednesday, 21st March 2007

I have just released what seems to be my first ever public Windows-only application: a filename batch rename tool that uses a list of regular expressions to rename multiple files at once. It uses the same syntax as Batch-RegEx. It is a personal project that I find extremely useful, but as always, once it’s reliable enough, it is worth posting for the public at large.

Like Batch-RegEx, it has many limitations that are simply due to a lack of time or desire to implement but could easily be resolved should any interest arise.

The irony of it having “MacApps” in its URL is not lost on me … one day, I need to find a satisfactory method to rename that part of my site once and for all. Redirect? RewriteRule?