"I've used REALBasic to make Phoenix."
Ugh. I'm disappointed. That also might explain why it's such a CPU hog. That's bad enough on a cooperative multitasker like OS 9. It's inexcusable in a preemptive environment like OS X.
Anyhow, my X-Keys Pro showed up today. It's a programmable/macro USB keypad. These were born as PS/2 devices which you programmed by selecting a key, and it read the keystrokes passing by from your regular keyboard, storing them in EEPROM to play back later. They later got a USB interface, and a software app forwarded keystrokes from your system keyboard (ADB, USB, PS/2, whatever) for the programming. After they built my old keypad, they came up with a new approach, that makes the keypad a USB Human Interface Device. The keypad now reports its own keystrokes, and if you want to do macro playback, it's done by host computer software reading those keystrokes. I want to use an X-Keys for my scorekeeping and PA announcer DJ apps, and this a much better solution than macro playback. They call the API for this "SPLAT mode". One of the developer pages explains the meaning of SPLAT:
(SPLAT is not an acronym, it is simply the sound that a toad makes when it jumps to the concrete. We felt that the acronym for “Special HID Input Technology” might be inappropriate.)Funny people, them.
PI is also responsible for the spooge-worthy RailDriver train cab control.
My Griffin RadioShark also arrived. Griffin builds some nifty, nifty stuff. The Shark is a USB AM/FM radio receiver. It does have an antenna jack, which I need to receive FM stations here in the Poway valley. The Mac software to drive the thing is damned cool. I wish it would let you keypad in the frequency for speed, instead it gives you a slider. BUT, that slider works like the dial in an analog-tuned radio. As you drag it, you hear the radio tune through all the stations! And not in stroboscopic skip fashion, either!
I bought the Shark because I couldn't listen to the radio in the computer room. It's nearly impossible to find a standalone stereo radio tuner anymore, and I decided I wanted something I could use as a TiVo-esque time-shifter too.
Michael Jackson is a free man. Warren Ellis sums it up as only he can.
I had the MythTV box record the last three episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. Unfortunately, it didn't get the series finale, for reasons I don't understand. With tvtorrents.com gone, I don't know where to look to find it, and I'd actually like to. The two episodes I saw were very, very good. I know they were building to a finish, but even something half as good as these were way, way better than the pilot and what I saw of the first season. I'd actually like to see the last season or two now.
They changed the orchestration of the theme music a bit. Unfortunately, it's still gay. I mean it, it sounds queer. Sibilant and limp-wristed. Fuck that, man. This is SPACE EXPLORATION. On a STARSHIP. The theme music needs to be ballsy and triumphant. I thought it was cheap for Next Generation to steal the ST:TMP theme, but at least that music was bold and powerful. (Best themes: STII:TWOK and STVI:TUC, and TOS.) The theme music must be able to go up to a thug gangster and yell "YO MOTHAFUCKA WEEEEEEEEE!"