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CocoaHeads Sydney - March 5th 2009

I'm excited our Sydney CocoaHeads meetup next week, looking forward to expanding on our great start of 20 odd people (that is 20 or so people, although many of us may also be odd...).

André's talk last month was an interesting delve into Objective-C internals and creative ways to make use of that knowledge. (slides).

This month I am pleased to announce that Nathan Day, who was in our meeting last month, will be presenting something that instead saves you from having to know about some of the nastier internals of the Cocoa framework&#8212his extensive collection of public frameworks.

Nathan was guest speaker at Brisbane CocoaHeads last Thursday and has agreed to make a repeat performance for us.

The location will again be UTS although the room may be different as the semester is approaching, stay tuned for details.

There are details about subscribing to the google calendar on a page in our group:

Or you can use this link to add the March meeting to your own calendar:

I'll update the calendar meeting with the room details etc. when I have them and will also email the cocoadev list etc. closer to the day. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

06:59 AM, 24 Feb 2009 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (0)

Native MacOS Umbrello in KDE4

One of the consistently popular pages on this website is my blog entry about building Umbrello on MacOS. Umbrello is the KDE UML modelling program. UML modelling programs are mostly surprisingly rubbish, so Umbrello being not rubbish is one of the better ones and it's open source to boot.

It has, though, been tough to build on MacOS even just under X11 (as witnessed by the long list of comments on my earlier blog with various configure recipies). KDE4 promises to resolve that with the native MacOS Qt support allowing Mac native applications.

The Mac KDE project has beta downloads of the (nearly) full KDE environment for Mac. All the bits you need are at but note they are hosted on an ftp server that allows you to only download one file at a time, so let one finish before you start the next. No compilation or commandline trickery needed - just installing normal MacOS packages.

After installing the various bits you will find a KDE4 folder in your Applications folder. Here's Umbrello running on my Mac:

There are a few oddities - I could maximise the window, but not drag the window size to anything other than the original or the maximum, but otherwise it seems quite solid.

06:38 AM, 17 Feb 2009 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (5)

The most awesome case mod ever

Such an awesome idea. You could shoe-horn all sorts of awesome things into a Disk ][ case. The working In Use light is a nice touch, but I bet it doesn't make the right sound :)

Disk II Mac with DVD

Via: Cult of Mac.

11:24 PM, 16 Feb 2009 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (0)


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