iPhone Websites – Fringe Necessity


I am in the middle of rapid prototyping a new Rails based web application for India and we are coming up with multi-platform interface for it and I thought, “why not for the iPhone?”. So I started researching the other sites out there that iPhone compatible and after a bit of search came across a great resource – World of iPhone Links, updated frequently and sorted alphabetically this is the ultimate iPhone sites list so far.
Second in the US (behind RIM) and third globally (behind Nokia and RIM) Apple is now a global force in the smartphone market. Any new web application/service cannot ignore the iPhone or the Nintendo Wii (more on that soon).


XBMC on OSX Project

I hardly run across a software project that really excites me. But when it happens, its euphoric. For the longest time I have been a proponent of the Xbox Media Center (XBMC). Whether its against the AppleTV or Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 (forget the Wii for media), its stood its ground. I even read an interview of good ol’ billionaire Bill Gates praising this open source piece of work. Ever since I have become the proud owner of Jobs’ Macbook I haven’t looked back and had to sever my ties with all things Redmond.
But I just ran into the OSX XBMC Project and I feel like a kid again. I am planning on supporting this development in the small way I can (thank you paypal), so if you want and can, please do! They have just gotten video working and I can’t imagine a consumer release taking more than a few weeks.
Sure I have Perian on Quicktime, YFlicks, VLC, iPhoto and iTunes to take care of all my media needs. But I want to do it all and more under one hood. It’s not really possible and unless Lord Jobs updates Front Row on Leopard with the new Apple TV firmware, XBMC doesn’t even have a real competitor.
My favorite Media Player on my favorite OS! Thank you Elan, Cayce and Scott.
Update: The guys over at OSXBMC just released a full package for v.0.1. Check it out.


Top Mac OS X Leopard Apps

I guess we all have our own list of Mac Apps, here’s mine:
adium.jpgAdium – Multiple IM support. Wish it supported video
alarmclock-copy.jpgAlarm Clock – A simple mp3 alarm clock tied into iTunes
aperture.jpgAperture – Nothing beats this pro photography app
azureus.jpgAzureus – Old habits die hard. No other torrent software allows this level of control.
comicbooklover-copy.jpgComicBookLover – Nice way to manage and view my huge comic collection
appicon.jpgDeskshade – Lock your desktop and show off your wallpapers in a jiffy
entourage.jpgEntourage – When I am not using gmail, this is one I turn to
logo-do-firefox.jpgFirefox – The only browser that matters. ‘Nuff said.
ical.jpgiCal – The funnest calendar app and its free from Apple
logo-copy.jpgInsomniaX – The only way I know to disable the sleep mode on my Macbook
marsedit.jpgMarsEdit – When I need to just write something and publish it, this is my goto app
menucalendariconsmaller.gifMenuCalendarClock – Quick and Easy way to get to my daily meetings
netnewswire.jpgNetNewsWire – A desktop rss feed reader above the rest
adobe-photoshop-cs3-icon-tutorial-14304593.jpgPhotoshop – The be-all-end-all of photo editing apps
secret_folder_icon.gifSecret Folder – Simple and easy way to keep my private folders private
skitchSkitch – Screenshots, graphical notes, design ideas, doodling and sharing all the fun stuff like you couldn’t even imagine before
textmate.jpgTextMate – I don’t know why it’s addictive, but it is and versatile to boot