Textmate – WTF?

So, um, anyone else out there wondering what the heck is going on with everyones favorite Mac OS X editor, TextMate? The last official update was 1.5.7 (r1436) and there have a few ‘cutting edge’ builds. However, the last mention of the new, leopard only version ( 2.0 ) was over a year ago. There’s nothing in the forums besides ‘when it’s ready‘, but, I mean, come on.

Just kinda sucks. I’ve just started spending more time developing on OS X, so I’ve been working more and more w/ TextMate. However, there have been several new tools announced and shipped recently that make me hesitate to keep investing in TextMate, especially since it may be a dead product.

Meh, back to vi for the time being i guess.

I was hardcore back in the day

Since google published their index from 2001, I decided to do a vanity search and see what I was working on back then. The results?

Beowulf – Initial attempts at creating massively parallel clusters of cheap, Linux based pcs.

PocketPC – programming in assembly or C on my original PocketPC Casio device.

Perl – Establishing the Aurora, IL chapter of the Perl Mongers.

Linux Journal – Bitching about the lack of usable article in a 1998 edition of LJ.

Assembly – Trying to learn Linux assembly programming.

Geez…I was am such a dork….


From ‘Changes‘ by Tahiti 80:

Changes are happening
It’s too late to turn back
Changes are happening
The surface begins to crack
What you had in mind
Is turning into something of another kind

Just dream anything you want to say
Make up the rules for the games you choose to play

Just wanted to let everyone know that I will be undergoing some pretty huge changes in the next month, both personally and professionally. As such, this blog will be changing right along with me.
More info will be coming, but in the mean time, I’ll be making minor changes here and there. If you see something that’s kooky, let me know.

Sensible Defaults

The latest issue of Wired has an interesting section called ‘The Smart List’. Essentially, it’s a list of people that Wired thinks the new president should consult with on a wide range of issues.

One of the more interesting people they spoke with was David Laibson, a behavioral economist at Harvard. When talking about the traditional economic model, he mentions that people get important decisions wrong too often. His solution?

Sensible Defaults

I find this incredibly interesting because our society has essentially made everything flexible and non-constraining for a reason. If you didn’t chose option 1 or option 2, you shouldn’t be forced to take either is the thinking. While that makes sense logically and rationally, it doesn’t work well when you consider that most people are paralyzed by choice. Many will default to doing nothing for fear of making the wrong choice.

The example he uses is 401k enrollment. According to him, if you make people opt-out of a 401k rather than opt-in, enrollment increases over 50%.

“A lot of big problems can be fixed by introducing defaults”

This is true not only in matters of money, but in anything really. The software industry is slowly learning this after decades of implementing absurd complexity & unneeded flexibility. Apple created a Microsoft Office competitor, iWork, built around the philosophy. Do the apps in iWork do everything that the apps in Office do? Nope. Do many people care?



I was looking at a site for a local group here in chicago and found this picture on the homepage. This is the best pic they could find to put up?