Fare thee well, CGM.

Computer Games Magazine and its sister publication Massive Magazine were ended yesterday. While the Internet is kicking a lot of print magazines ass, that’s not the case here. Long story short: CGMs parent company, The Globe, got hit with a summary judgement as a result of MySpace suing them for spamming their customers. Rumors are the judgement is between $40-120 million. As a result, The Globe shut down damn near everything, including CGM.

It’s a shame. In addition to writing for them I always enjoyed the magazine. Steve Bauman, the EIC, may well be the hardest working man in the print business. I believe CGM had more edit pages than PC Gamer and put the magazine out with just two people, and the other person, Cindy Yans, left to freelance so Steve and the freelancers were it.

The truly sad part of the tale is it is not due to failing subscribers, the internet, or anything Steve had any control over. Just a messed up parent corporation that he is paying the price for their stupidity. What’s worse that stupidity isn’t even justifiable. I could see it if they expanded into a market that was a bad idea, but they were just fucking spammers.

2 Gig of Ram

I upgraded my Macbook to 2 gig of ram this weekend. I’m amazed at the difference from 1g. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a huge difference. My gaming rig I notice the 2g in games only; not so much in day-to-day stuff. But, with how much I have running on the Mac (Entourage, Word, Camino, Firefox, Adium, Quicksilver, and the real memory hog: Parallels Desktop running XP in a virtual) the computer is much more snappy. Before, it would kind of have that “I ate too much” feeling when I tried to do too much. Now, I barely notice a slowdown.

RSS= Really Shitty Sycnronization?

Ok, I thought this shit was easy, but hear my tale. A tale of three RSS readers: Itunes, Bloglines, and NewsFire. The feed in question: GeekBrief’s HD podcast feed.

Taking the URL (http://www.podshow.com/feeds/hd.xml) and pasting it into the various RSS readers yielded two results:

Bloglines: Saw all the available episodes and let me download them.
Itunes: Got nothing.
NewsFire: Got nothing.

How is this possible? I can see if the feed itself is just messed up, by why is Bloglines the only one that can see this?

Quicksilver Rocks

There’s a great little freebie productivity app for OSX named Quicksilver, and it’s become a staple of my daily use. Simply put, it’s a launcher for OS X. More detailed, it’s a “launch and do something with this” tool.

Here’s its simplest form: I hit CTRL-SPACE to invoke Quicksilver. I then type in the first three or four letters of a program I want to launch (W-O-R-L-D) and “World of Warcraft” appears in a little two-pane window, with “Open” as the default action. Pressing the Enter key then launches WoW. Great, saves space on the old dock.

But, it gets better. Lets say I have a handful of photos I want to upload to Flickr. I go into the Finder, select the photos, hit CTRL=Space again. and this time hit command-g. This puts the selected items into the first action pane in Quicksilver. I then hit the tab key, type in Flickr, and there pops up the action “Upload to Flickr with tags.” I then press TAB to get to the third pane and type in the tags I want. Press Enter and the files get uploaded.

But wait, theres more! As part of my routine I need to upload a zipped file of screenshots to PC Gamer. Now, I could invoke Quicksilver, type in the enough of the name for it to find the file, then press TAB and type in “upload to site” and then tab again and have it choose the PC Gamer bookmark from Transmit. That’s an awful lot of work for a simple thig, So instead I can assign that whole action to what’s called a Trigger. I can tell it to take the Current Selection (so it’s not always the same zip file), tell it to upload to PC Gamer and assign a trigger to it, in this case command-ctrl-‘. Now, when I select something in Finder and press those three keys, off it goes to PC Gamer’s site.

The program rocks.