Shin

VLC 2 vs. MPlayer OSX Extended

VLC 2 has been released for the Mac and it works wonderful. Up until now Mplayer OSX Extended was my preferred player considering as we still watch quite a bit of anime and the old VLC had a habit of choking on some of the more exotic formats used in the encoding of those. Plus Mplayer rendered the subtitles better.
Now it seems the other way around and I’m back on VLC.
I noticed the following oddity as well, in VLC the title is rendered perfectly but in Mplayer it’s cut off which I don’t quite understand as it’s animated and I assumed therefor hardcoded. Even weirder because the rest of the video renders the same in both players without cutoffs in either.

Mplayer OSX Extended


VLC

MailServe Snow

How good is it? Good enough to warrant the upgrade to Snow Leopard. That might be a bit of a bold statement but if, like me, you have a site that’s been online since the dark ages you’re undoubtedly bombarded with spam, in the thousands per day. MailServe Snow finally brings bayesian spam filtering to the table and it’s a sigh of relief. Combining the new spam filter options with an RBL like Spamhaus and my inbox finally feels calm again, for lack of better words. And I don’t need to keep mail.app open at all times to try and filter the junk out. It’s finally all taken care of server side, as it should.

How easy was it to upgrade from MailServe Pro for Leopard? Dead easy. Download, install. Launch the old one, save the config and select deinstall from the menu. Start the new one, load the config and you’re up and running.

I rarely rave about software, but if you have a Mac and want to use it as a mailserver you have to get this. I bought it for Tiger, for Leopard and for Snow Leopard and it’s by far the biggest bang for your buck you can get as you’ll have a fully fledged mailserver up and running in literally minutes.

World of Warcraft trial

Terribly late to the party with a game that was released in what, 2003? But here I am nonetheless, in 2010, trying World of Warcraft. And it’s fun. It’s probably more fun ’cause I’m playing it with Katelynd which makes things a little more social as I can’t really be arsed to talk to people in game.
The graphics are probably nice if only I could turn up the dial, playing it on my Mac Mini is plenty slow already with all the graphical options set to low. On the iMac is looks lovely though.

So… looks like we’ll be upgrading to full accounts this weekend.

(btw, am I the only one who finds great humor in the fact that when you’re dead and you have to walk back to your physical body as a ghost you still have to jump over obstacles like fences instead of being able to walk straight through them?)

Mac photo apps

Here’s a question for the Mac users out there.
I’m taking an average of about 4-500 photos a week and now I’m leaving the last remainder of Windows behind and switching over to the Mac for my last computer I’m on the lookout for a good way to organize my photos and for any good applications to edit them. So iPhoto, Aperture, Gimp, Photoshop, what do you use?

Work in progress... not home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.