Archive for the 'Hacking' Category

Usable Keychain Scripting For Lion

Friday, July 29th, 2011

I’m tracking down a mysterious behavior of Safari in Lion, where it seems to fail to enter my password for logins that I’ve saved to the keychain. In the process of looking into this, I noticed that “Keychain Scripting” has mysteriously disappeared from Lion. As far as I can tell you must copy Apple’s scripting addition […]

Picking Off iCal’s Paper Bits

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

OS X Lion brings dramatically redesigned versions of the classic iCal and Address Book applications. Many people, or at least some important decision makers inside Apple, are very happy with these changes. Other folks, such as myself, believe they look and behave like crap. When I first saw the Lion version of iCal, my eyes […]

Bit Hacking

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Lion is the first operating system to require, and to fully take advantage of, 64-bit addressing modes in the Intel chips that power Apple’s Macintosh computers. One of the side-effects of this is that every object identifier in Mac OS X’s Cocoa programming framework (typically an address in memory), is now twice as long as […]

Get Lion

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Today Apple released OS X Lion, aka Mac OS X 10.7, the latest in the decade-long run of incredible updates to Mac OS X. I encourage everybody to upgrade to Lion. I’ve been running it for months in pre-release form, and even while the bugs were being ironed out, I found the experience of using it […]