I’ve been playing Spore a bit. I’ll admit, it’s quite engaging. However, I’m disappointed by a couple of things:
First off, it won’t run on my MacBook. They were kind enough to include a Mac installer, but Spore doesn’t like the graphics hardware in my year-old notebook. If I’d been toting the thing around for four or five years I might be able to understand, but it’s really disappointing that they didn’t provide support for this very popular platform. Hopefully they’ll fix that in the not too distant future.
Second, it tends to hang – at least on my Windows hardware. The first few times I played I never got around to saving my game (it doesn’t take all that long to get through the microbe phase) and, before I got too far into the creature phase the game has locked up on me (in Windows XP and Vista both), requiring a hard restart of the machine.
It’s early in the game, so I’ll cross my fingers and hope for some updates. In the meantime, even with those annoyances, I will have to guard my time preciously so that Spore does not continue to steal hours from things I really ought to be working on.
Things is my favorite GTD tool for the Mac. It will be even better now with Things for iPhone. They got their iPhone version ready (sans a few features) in time for the iPhone 3G release, and even hit the top 25 apps list. I already paid the money for the app – I’ve been using Things on the Mac ever since it showed up in beta, so I was happy to throw them a few bucks in support. I’ll license it as soon as they’re ready to take my money.
The iPhone application looks pretty good, although it is pretty much a straight up iPhone list management tool. It will be better once they get tags implemented, and of course synchronization with the Mac version. I will wait patiently. Things is a fantastic tool.
I really don’t like that iCal takes it upon itself to send an email notification to the meeting organizer whenever I accept a meeting into my calendar. I pull them in from an IMAP client from my office Exchange mailbox, and if the meeting is in there, I’ve already responded to the organizer and don’t want to do it again. I finally found a right way to make it stop.
Find this script and open it with the script editor:
Now look for this function and stub it out with comments:
on send_mail_sbrp(subjectLine, messageText, myrecipient, myrecipientname, invitationPath)
Just type two dashes in front of every line between on send_mail_sbrp and end send_mail_sbrp, then hit the Compile button.
The next time you accept an appointment, iCal won’t send an email notification.
Even better would be to make it give me the option, or open the email so I can cancel it if I don’t want it to go out, but for now I’m happy with this.