Monthly Archives: August 2011

Inside Job


If you haven’t seen Inside Job and you’re interested in gaining a better understanding of the financial crisis of 2008, head over to iTunes and rent it now.

The BBC had a similar documentary on the subject that aired last year, the Love of Money, but I think Charles Ferguson’s 2010 treatment does a much better job at explaining the subtleties involved and is particularly helpful if you’re not fluent with all the financial industry jargon.

Lion tricks and treats

What tiny thing in Lion makes you smile or has caught you off guard?

Have you discovered all these subtle improvements in Lion yet?  My favourites:

  • emails lifting up to top of screen before whooshing off to be sent
  • animation from when a single email turns into a thread
  • ability to add contact thumbs to mail list view (not detail view)
  • loupe for preview
  • signature for PDFs
  • quicklook for spotlight results
  • stateful Terminal
  • swiping through page history in Safari
  • list of recent files in Expose

Data detectors in Lion

How good are data detectors on Lion?  Really good.  Check out this example of their integration in Apple Mail:

Inbox  13527 messages 3 unread

As in Leopard and Snow Leopard, anything that resembles a date or time is picked up if you hover the cursor over it.  But look at the dialog that appears when I accept the offer to add the event to iCal:


The app has read through the entire mail, noted the 2pm, associated it with my chosen date, and combined the two into a calendar appointment.  Not bad!