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Wednesday July 31, 2002
08:36 PM

Or not.

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OK, so, with no takers on my iBook, and with the Apple store refusing a return, I'll be using this machine for a while now. If anyone's interested, I do know where there's a TiBook 667 for sale.

I continue to settle in with OSX, and I get more and more amazed at how 'Right' it is. Heck, even Matt, who tried his darnedest to dislike OSX, seems to be coming around.

My own gripes keep getting answered. I bemoaned the lack of an IRC client that worked the way I wanted. One window, each channel full size, switching back and forth with the tabs, only viewing one channel at a time, with the ability to be on two servers at a time. You'd have thought I was asking for the moon.

In the end, I found Snak, which I had looked at before but couldnt get it doing multiple servers. I tried it again with great success. I still prefer xchat, and have it installed, but this way I don't have to run XFree, and I can cut and paste back and forth. I'm sure there's a way to cut and paste back and forth between aqua apps and XFree apps, but I surely haven't found it yet.

Snak being a Carbonized app, i.e. a MacOS9 application with an OSX wrapper, looks largely like an OS9 app and misses out on all the Aqua sexiness, but it's not that bad.

My only remaining gripe, so far, is the Terminal.app. It works just fine in the default Monaco 10pt font. Try any other font or size and you either get absolutely atrocious font smoothing (to the point of being illegible), or you get a font with massively screwed up spacing (Huge gaps between each character).

I have a folder on my dock filled with a bunch of terminal session files. These files, named SOMETHING.term, when clicked, launch Terminal with the settings in that file. I've got one for every machine I have to ssh to, each one with the Execute string set to something like "ssh ct@foo.com". Works like a charm.

I found a shareware terminal called GLTerm that works beautifully. It comes with it's own fonts and uses OpenGL to render them wicked fast. The fonts are incredibly legible all the way up the scale. Unfortunately, it has no concept of a .term file, so I have no way to trigger it with a command, and my SSH folder is useless, leaving me to type ssh by hand. I think I'm going to try and shake some applescript at it.

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  • The following technique seems to work fine for getting text from one to the other (and back again).

    Aqua => Xfree: select text, copy (ie command-c), click in receiving X-window, then "middle click". (Probably command-click if you're a one-buttoner.)

    Xfree => Aqua: select text in X-window. Click in aqua window and command-v (ie "paste").

    Easier to do than to write! Dunno if it's universal, but it worked in the apps that I tried.

    Oh yeah, the terminal *is* decidedly funky, for reasons beyond font probl
    • That's not working for me in XDarwin running xchat. I can't copy and paste in either direction. I tried every key + click combo I could think of.

      I wonder if it would be possible to port Konsole to OSX native. It would be a chore, but heck, if they can do OpenOffice, they can do Konsole.

  • Carbon is not "a MacOS9 app with an OSX wrapper." And not just because there is no such thing as MacOS, let alone MacOS9, nor OSX (no, I won't shut up about it [perl.org] :). Carbon is first-class citizen on Mac OS X, and a Carbon app is, by definition, a native Mac OS X app. However, that's not to say that Carbon doesn't have problems that Cocoa doesn't have, and Cocoa can take more advantage of Mac OS X features than Carbon can.

    But it's not accurate to say that Carbon is "Mac OS" and Cocoa is "Mac OS X." Both C