Building notes, projects, and ocasional rants


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Screencast software

I usually use Snapz Pro X and I'm pretty happy with it, but ScreenFlow is amazing. Checkout the screencast, specially the last 20 or 30 seconds. But €79.99? Yeah, only if you are a Pro.

Apple TV as a AirTunes destination

A quick tip that I just read, and I didn't see this mentioned anywhere else: the Apple TV, with the latest software update, is now a AirTunes destination. This is very cool. I can send the music from my iTunes to the big speakers easily now.

High-performance SSH

A very interesting patch to the standard OpenSSH code base, to improve SSH throughput. Something to try in a week or so. There is also a TCP tuning article at the same site worth a read.

Operations Mantras

A big Operations Mantras article by Alan Kasindorf. Loads of interesting stuff, but it does take a bit to digest.

Live Yahoo!

Ok, Live Yahoo! is awesome. It took me literally 3 clicks to have a multi-user video conference going.

git hosting

If you need to host your project somewhere using git, I suggest you try Setup was a breeze, painless and just worked. I was up and running in less than 5 or 10 minutes. I tried a couple of days ago, but I still can't push to a project I created there...

Pretty please, with sugar on top?

I've been using ecto since I started writting this mis-mash of notes. It's good enough and doesn't get in the way. I know where everything is and I don't get lost. With all the publicity about MarsEdit, I downloaded the latest version and tried it out. Although its much more polished than Ecto2, I didn't find any compeling reasons to re-learn a new tool. I loved the Cmd-Shift-D to post (I use that with Mail.

WordPress, king of the community

I can only say that with all these security problems WordPress is having (releases 2.3.3, 2.3.2, and 2.3.1), it truly is the best choice to build a community site: everybody will be able to edit your pages.

Flash vs iPhone

This whole "Flash on the iPhone eminent"-rumors is weird. Given that Flash now supports H.264 as a video codec, maybe iPhone supporting Flash is just that: Apple will support Flash video if the codec used is H.264. If YouTube starts encoding the videos as H264 (maybe as an option at first given that Flash with H.264 support is probably still in the single digits market share), then this makes total sense for Apple to support.

There is a new service starting up,, that provides Git hosting including a very nice Web interface with some cool twists like LightHouse integration. Another cool feature is the read-only Subversion repository of the git master branch. Unfortunately the service is still in beta. I've subscribed for an account, I hope they open up more slots soon.