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Noticeable Finder improvement in OS X Leopard 10.5

I've finally purchased OS X Leopard 10.5 and I believe the improvement increases my efficiency working with files than in OS X Tiger 10.4. The first improvement that I'm particularly impressed with is the Columns view in Finder. Even with Tiger, I've always liked Finder's ability to navigate my folders in one click and see the content of the upper directories on the left column. The only quirk is that there is no way I could arrange the sort order by Kind so I can easily see folders sorted on top. I am also surprised, however, that Finder sorts the filename kind by its alphabetical definition of the filetype without placing folder on top. For example: a folder called Library (File type: Folder) will still be placed below com.apple.IntlDataCache.le.sbdl (File type: Document) as you can see above. I find it easier to navigate with KDE File Manager or Windows Explorer where folder is always sorted on top. I am disappointed, however, that, the Open Dialog still has no configurable options to sort by Kind. I'm used to seeing folders on top in Windows, KDE, or GNOME environment. This lack of option in OS X oftentimes slows down my day-to-day operation with files. I hope that the next release of OS X address this issue. OS X Open File Dialog Another improvement over Tiger is the Path Bar (breadcrumb) as you can see below. I've always find it difficult to see folders within folders before Leopard comes out, there has never been a path bar (only shown during Spotlight search result) except the Path button on top, which was really quirky. Although the placement of the Path Bar (inconsistent to where address bar should be) is at the bottom of the window, this is still a very much welcomed improvement. I found it difficult working with nested folders in Tiger as I couldn't see which directory I'm located then. OS X Finder Column View
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Moving to Canada sale - Part 1: My Mitsubishi Eterna 1990

I am moving back to Canada by January 2008 and I have to start selling my stuff before Christmas. Among other things is my car - a black, 4-door, 2000cc Mitsubishi Eterna 1990 with 17inch racing tires. The odometer reads 200,589 kms as of today. I'm still using the car so expect a few more kilometres by the time you see it. I've had this car since March 2006 and got the engine all fixed (I spent Rp. 15,000,000 to get it all fixed). I've replaced all the four tires with new Bridgestone in 2006 and the engine condition is still excellent as well. The only thing is that I've crashed the rear bumper against a wall in a Canggu (the street light was turned off) and there's a dent there. Mitsubishi Eterna is a runner, as pointed in this article (scroll down until you find The Mitsubishi Escort Car). It's a fast car and fun to ride. I'm selling this beautiful Eterna for Rp. 38,000,000 (± USD 4,170). Please e-mail me your offer and if you want to make an appointment, please call (0361) 789-5853 first. I'm located in Kuta - just 5 minutes walking distance from Warung Nikmat and Dewa Fitness. As always - First come first serve, but the best offer gets the goods!

Mitsubishi Eterna 1990

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The Beginning

This is the beginning of Prana's blog. I will be mainly writing about web design, software, Apple, and other day to day stuff here. Back in July, I tried to come up with several ideas to mark the day that this blog is opened. Having gone through a few options, I finally decided to engrave my white Macbook for the blog opening. However, it's very hard to find a company in Bali that would (and could) engrave my little Macbook, as it is made of polycarbonate. They said that if it were made of aluminiums like the Macbook Pro, it would've been a lot easier. I have asked around to several companies in Bali here and noone would take it because they fear they would damage this baby. Anyway, I had to go to Singapore for a business trip last month, and I went to the place where I had my last laptop engraved 2 years ago. The old Singaporean guy did a good job for my old BenQ Joybook 7000, but I wasn't so sure if he could do it again for this Macbook due to its material. So I walked in and after a few minutes looking at it, the guy said "No problem". I picked the letters, and voila he did it within less than 45 minutes! He charged me SGD 30.00 (± USD 20) - the same price he charged me 2 years ago. He still remembers me too! I was so happy with the result and just want to share this with you all. The place is called Sing Hee, #01-45 Brash Basah Complex, Singapore. Phone: +65-6337-0732. Don't judge the store by its appearance. It may look like a junkyard but the old Singaporean guy who owns it knows what he's doing. I've walked in to a few other stores in Singapore and Bali and they look more upscale but they couldn't do what this guy did. Check out my engraved Macbook now:

Engraved Macbook (white)

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