Quick Observation

February 14th, 2006  |  Published in old and busted

I ended my experiment with living out of my gMail account yesterday (more on that later, I think), moved some messages I accumulated back to my IMAP account on Dreamhost, and rewrote some archiving scripts to make it easier to year/quarter archive messages in my work and personal folders. The DarwinPorts port of the development version of mutt sort of works, and even includes an smtp patch, which would bring to a close one of my longer-standing resentments in a software project.

The real takeaway, though, is that POP is unclean. I would say that using it indicates a sort of moral infirmity, but when I consider the feeble state of IMAP support in so many apps, I have to acknowledge that expecting widespread conversion would be as cruel and unjust as making my mother drop Windows 98 for a release candidate of Fedora.

Also, on the Intel iMac front:

I downloaded the universal binary build of GraphicConverter last week and immediately tossed a RAW file at it so I could revel in the speed. The G4 eMac usually took anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute to load a RAW file, so I was stoked to see what the iMac could do running at native speed. When it took about 30 seconds to open the file, I was sort of bummed.

This morning, on a routine troll of the Applications folder, I noticed that when I installed the UB build, a slight naming difference meant the old GraphicConverter was still around (and still the one, by extension, in my dock). I trashed it and threw a RAW file at the UB build. Jeepers. Much faster. I didn’t even have time to fully imagine how disappointed I’d be if it still proved slow before the file opened.

So now I have three apps in regular use that aren’t available as universal binaries: NetNewsWire (support is coming with the next point release), TextSoap (it works, but not as a contextual menu item or BBEdit plugin) and Photoshop Elements (which may never be converted, since mention of it has been suspiciously absent from Adobe communications about its Macintel roadmap).

I follow the Macintouch messages on problems with Intel Macs with a certain interest, but so far everything has been pretty good. I haven’t, anyhow, discovered any problems beyond missing universal binaries.

So, so far so good.

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