Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Monday 18 November, 2013

(Cloud) Laptop Computing On The Cheap
Apple's iBooks is a Mess
Floodgap Releases TenFourFox 17.0.11 Firefox 17 Port For Power PC
Tex Edit Plus 4.9.17 Available
Eddie Free OS X Text Editor


OS X Mavericks Adoption Surged, Then Flatlined

TapScape's Ronald Carlson notes that OS X 10.9 Mavericks adoption easily surpassed 10 percent, besting Windows 8, in their respective first weeks of public release. However, new OS X 10.9 installs appear to have stalled since.

He says that according to web metrics firm Sandvine (, OS X Mavericks and iApp upgrades led to a 10X spike in Apple update activity on release day, October 22 - nearly twice the data volume generated by the OS X Mavericks release, but that The Fairer Platform, which has been tracking Mavericks adoption, noted that while first week OS X 10.9 market share hit 12 percent, it has since plateaued at about 15 percent, which is about half the current adoption rate of last years OS X Mountain Lion uptake, even though Mavericks is free and Mountian Lion was a $19.95 upgrade.

The question now is will Mavericks adoption resume its upward climb, perhaps with a 10.9,1 bugfix release?

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(Cloud) Laptop Computing On The Cheap

If you need a laptop and are on a constrained budget, Acer has some new machines that could be just what you need.

That would be their new 11-inch C720 Chromebooks in 2 GB and 4 GB configurations priced at $199 and $249 respectively at with free shipping. That's one-fifth the price of the cheapest MacBook, and less than half that of even an entry-level iPad Air.


Chromebooks are designed to be used connected to the Internet. You can create documents and spreadsheets or edit photos on a Chromebook using Google apps designed for these purposes. The Chrome operating system won't support traditional PC software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, but files created in these applications can be viewed and edited using Google apps on the Chromebook or Cloud-based applications like Microsoft's Office web apps.

The Acer C270s are not speed machines, powered by 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U CPUs, but this new chip's power sipping Haswell technology promises much-improved battery performance with a claimed runtime of 8.5 hours -- just one half hour less than the 11-inch MacBook Air.

These Chromebooks also feature 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution displays, Intel HD Graphicswith 128MB of dedicated system memory, 16GB solid-state flash storage drives (considered adequate for machines running the Cloud-based Chrome OS with which instead of storing your documents, videos, and photos on your computer, you save them to Google's Cloud-based Google Drive storage service), 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and one each USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0, a built-in HD webcam, a full-sized keyboard and a multi-gesture touchpad.


The C720s weigh 2.76 lbs./1.25 kg, boot in less than 7 seconds, and unlike the iPad, support real multitasking, allowing multiple pages to run at the same time, come with 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years and with 12 free Gogo in-air Internet passes (estimated $150 value, redeemable for two years after Chromebook purchase) usable on continental U.S. flights of participating airlines.

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Apple's iBooks is a Mess blogger Warner Crocker says Apple's latest iWork productivity suite is a mess, with removal of functionality that already had happened with Final Cut now afflicting iWork.

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Floodgap Releases TenFourFox 17.0.11 Firefox 17 Port For Power PC

Floodgap's TenFourFox (10.4fx) port of Firefox has been released with some secutiry tweaks.

TenFourFox uses modified Firefox source code, rewritten to remain compatible with Mac OS X v10.4 and the Power Macintosh. It also contains specific optimizations and special features for PowerPC processors.

System requirements:
TenFourFox requires a minimum G3 Power Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.4.11, 100MB of free disk space and 512MB of RAM. 1GB of RAM and a G4 or G5 processor is recommended. Video playback is likely to be poor on systems slower than 1.25GHz; a G5 is recommended. Mac OS X 10.5.8 is supported.

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Tex Edit Plus 4.9.17 Available

Your editor's favorite OS X test editor, Tex-Edit Plus is now available in version 4.9.17. TE+ is a scriptable, ASCII text editor that fills the gap between a Apple's bare-bones TextEdit and a full-featured word processor. It's fast, efficient, and has a clean, uncluttered interface. It's also great for cleaning up text which is transmitted over the Internet.

It also has the best implementation of Apple's AppleScript, a wonderful, Mac-only technology that allows ordinary people to create automated shortcuts with minimal effort. I use it for nearly all of my HYML markup chores, and Doug Adams' official AppleScripts for Tex-Edit Archives is filled with downloadable scripts, and hints, tips, examples, and step-by-step instructions for anyone interested in saving time and avoiding repetitive stress injuries.

Tex-Edit Plus 4.9.17 also supports Apple's new Automator, which has been drastically enhanced for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the latest Mac operating system. With 36 custom Automator actions and unrivaled AppleScript recordability, Tex-Edit allows you to create custom scripts and workflows with the push of a button. Of course, if your time is of little or no value, please feel free to ignore AppleScript and Automator.

Natural-sounding OS X voices are now available. If you use Tex-Edit's speech facilities to proofread documents (or if you want to find out what Eliza really thinks about you), check out the high quality voices produced by Cepstral.

Tex-Edit Plus is shareware ($15), but is not locked, crippled, time-limited, or ad-infested. You can Tex-Edit Plus for free as long as you like and only pay if you want to.

Versions for Power PC and Mac Classic still available as well.

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Eddie Free OS X Text Editor

Eddie is a programmer's editor for Mac OS X and Gnome Linux. Inspired by the Macintosh Programmer's Workshop, Eddie brings some of the Workshops's powerful features into a modern lightweight and capable programmer's editor.

Eddie is ideal for C++/Obj-C development using makefiles and shell tools but can also be used with XCode projects. The Worksheet in Eddie is a full-featured shell that combines the power of bash and the ease of editing in a normal text window-like mode. Eddie is equally capable at editing HTML, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Lua and many other languages.

Originally written for BeOS, it is lightweight, fast and responsive. Currently actively developed on the Mac, it is a modern, fully native Mac app, well integrated into the latest versions of Mac OS X. Beta of a Gnome Linux version also available.

Key Features:
• Full featured editor with an extensive set of powerful editing commands, unlimited Undo and more.
• Innovative keyboard shortcuts such as Smart Swap.
• Worksheet windows with a full bash shell integration, enhanced Tab-completion support
• Precise syntax coloring for C/C++/Obj-C, makefiles, assembly, HTML, JavaScript, Lua, Python, Ruby, LaTeX and many other file formats
• Function popup with full C/C++/Obj-C support, JavaScript, Perl, Lua, Python
• Magic prototyper greatly simplifies C++ and Obj-C development
• Advanced indexer with symbol lookup and completion of C/C++/Obj-C code
• Rich #ifdef balancing, commenting
• Multiple clipboards with an extended feature set for complex copy-paste jobs
• Worksets allow organizing files into project-like groups
• Git and Subversion source control integration
• Support for automatic makefile generation
• Search/Replace supports regular expressions, multi-file, incremental search
• Documents may be opened as tabs
• Windows may be split horizontally and vertically into several panes
• Extensive plugin API gives plugins full control over the application
• Open and save to SFTP servers allows easy remote file editing
• Enhanced regex search in the Find window
• Every keyboard shortcut fully configurable (includes plugin commands)
• Support for source control systems like Git, Subversion, Perforce, CVS
• Optional Emacs-like keymap support
• Super-fast, handles huge files easily

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