Beginners Mac Blog explains how to get the summed size of multiple files in Finder:
Some time ago I wrote about why Lion is such an awful development.
Today I would like to – very uncommon for a Mac blog – recomment Windows 8 as an alternative.
Probably everyone of you has already been punished by having to use Windows 7 and I fully agree with you that even Lion is much better than the current Windows edition. However Microsoft obviously has learnt from its mistakes and they really have put a lot of effort in the upcoming release to make it something that is very pleasant to use. If you have had a chance to put your hands on one of the new Windows Phone devices you have already seen what Microsoft is up to. (Even though I wonder what took them so long!)
Windows 8 actually does not come with any great new super duper features but what really is enticing is that they have fixed so many of the things that keept a lot of Mac users from switching to Windows. Let me list some of the improvements:
Appleissimo.com has pointed out this very useful trick/tip:
Originally posted on Appleissimo:
Wouldn’t it be good if you could have access and icons to your most used settings on your iPhone or iPad home screen, without the need to load up the settings app and search for them? For example you may always need to be checking your wifi settings or toggling your airplane mode on and off.
Well it can be achieved, read this quick tutorial and find-out how.
Load up Safari on your iOS device and go to the following web address: iphoneza.co.za/IconSettings/ – Once there, you will see a list of the settings you can get fast access to.
Choose the feature you want to set-up a shortcut for and tap on the link provided. An Install Profile window will appear with the name of the setting, tap on install to add it. A box will appear asking if you want to proceed with an unsigned profile. At this point click on install now, followed by done. You’ll be sent back to Safari, press on the home button, find your new settings shortcut and enjoy having easy access.
MacAppstorm just published an article speculating about the future of Mac OS. They, too, consider it very likely that iOS and MacOS will be merged. However they speak of this from a more customer oriented point of view (unlike me who would immediatley leave the Mac platform if it turns to a larger iPad…)
Anyway I think it is fair to point out somebody else’s point of view while I am preparing my article “Why Windows 8 will be the better Mac OS”
Some time ago I wrote down my anger and disappointment about Mac OS Lion and the way Apple is going. I concluded with the vague notion that Windows 8 might be not so bad. Since then I talked with a lot of people about Lion and the Mac platform realizing even more issues, while also I learnt a lot about Windows 8 and its upcoming features. Taking the risk of receiving dozens of flame mails, let me explain why Windows is taking the right steps and Mac OS is not.
Where Mac OS is going
Monitoring Apple’s moves over the last months I now am convinced that Apple is planning to transform the Mac into a bigger iPhone. I think Apple realized that professional products will never earn them as much money as consumer oriented products like the iPhone. So they will probably merge Mac OS 10.8 with iOS to move all their attention to the just-for-fun consumer users that are already buying iPhones and Apple TVs. There are several striking areas where this can be seen:
The History (skip if you want)
A long time ago everyone on the Mac was using Smultron. Smultron was a really Mac like text editor written in Cocoa. It was easy to use, had all the important text editing features and was free. However after version 3 Smultron was abandoned (yet buggy) by its developer. This year with the start of the App Store Smultron 4 returned as a commercial product for 5 Dollars but has lost all the things that once made it valuable, especially the all-in-one-window design but also features like split views. So for me it was no longer an option to use and I had switched to TextWrangler though that never became a happy relationship.
The interesting part
So much more pleasantly surprised I was when I discovered “Tincta“. Tincta is a new free text editor released some time this summer. But despite being still in the 1.x version numbers it already is a very mature editor. It is a one-window app and has a very similar design as the old Smultron, Kod (also an interesting editor but still in version 0.x) and most other modern OS X Apps. All your open documents are displayed in a sidebar so you can easily switch between them (which I prefer over the tab design in Kod). Continue reading