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  • You want to hold Option after switching apps with CMD + Tab

    I’ve set my Dock to hide automatically, which means I rely on the App Switcher to (shocker, I know) switch between apps. A lot.

    Annoyingly, if I switch to an app that has no visible windows, I still need to press ⌘ + N or whatever to make it pop up. I’ve just learned there’s a fix for that. 🎉

    Press and hold ⌥ after activating the App Switcher. It will hurt your fingers, but pressing option will ensure something pops up after switching between apps.

    Now I need to find a way to make this the default behaviour. Anyone?

  • BeOS survived and is now called Haiku

    In a time where I created boot floppy disks and compiled kernels to get my Sound Blaster 16 to work, BeOS was a new operating system.

    It looked slick and promised much lets compiling and more productivity from your computer. Plus it had this awesome 3D teapot. Just look at it. Irresistible.

    Teapot, just look at it

    BeOS ceased to exist almost 15 years ago, but spawned an open-source spin-off, called Haiku, which easily runs on a virtual machine.

    Just get one of the nightlies and run the installer. It literally took less than 10 seconds to complete on my MacBook running VMWare Fusion.

    Looks the same as when I ran BeOS on my Pentium 2.

    Haiku

    Haiku’s last official release came out in 2012, but the nightly I downloaded was (probably automatically) generated two days ago.

    Quite a few apps come pre-installed and more can be added through the package manager. Even old BeOS apps are supposed to work out of the box.

    The most interesting application is WebPositive, a WebKit based browser, which works pretty great.

    WebPositive showing apple.com

    You won’t throw out Windows or OS X just yet, but I’ll probably do what @milend does:

    I install Haiku once a year to see how they’ve progressed :)

    By the way, remember when I installed OpenStep in Virtualbox?

  • Matteo Spinelli designs super pretty keyboards

    After looking at Matt3o’s Massdrop campaign for his WhiteFox Keyboard for over an hour, I pulled the trigger and ordered one.

    Can’t wait to get my €200 (or €255 if customs gets hold of it) mechanical keyboard. ❤️

    WhiteFox Mechanical Keyboard by Matteo Spinelli

    I went with the ‘True Fox’ layout and MX Blues, by the way. Hope I don’t regret the latter, but I chickened out and got MX Browns too many times now.

    Don’t have a Massdrop account yet? Use this: https://www.massdrop.com/r/6GDKB6.

  • I didn't appreciate my old Apple TV enough

    The new Apple TV got me pretty excited when it was announced. My Apple TV 3 wasn’t being used very much, other than when I needed to test something AirPlay related.

    I even bought a Chromecast to stream videos from my phone to my TV.

    With the new Apple TV, I expected to play video games on it, a lot. So I purchased the SteelSeries Nimbus.

    SteelSeries Nimbus

    The Nimbus is now permanently connected to my iPad to play Minecraft. 😁 And I use the Apple TV primarily to watch the Red Bull channel while I’m eating.

    If I’m not mistaken, the Red Bull channel has been on the Apple TV 3 for quite a while now..

    Red Bull channel on the old Apple TV

  • You want the Macintosh 128k (or 512k)

    After watching the new Steve Jobs movie and a few documentaries on the guy, I felt the urge to maybe own an original Macintosh. 🙈

    This is not as easy at is seems, though. Just look at this list of Macintosh models!

    Of course you want one that Steve worked on, which means you can’t get any of the Macs that were made after spring 1985. And you definitely don’t want one of the crappier, cheaper versions (like the 512Ke).

    This basically leaves the Macintosh 128k and 512k. Which are obviously harder to find and often more expensive than their more powerful successors, but hey.

    Macintosh 128k

    Oh, by the way, the disk drive is more expensive to pick up than the computer itself these days..