Fancy Terminal.app with `git branch` name and `git status` icons

@RyanStewart recently tweeted about using git on the command line. Ryan refers to a post by Railsdog, which offers a nice solution to see on which branch you are working in a given folder ( which contains a git repo ).

I took this approach one step further and added some nice colored icons that represent the status of the current git repo:

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Soocial: sync that contact

Soocial is the latest kid on the syncin’ contacts block. You can use it sync contacts across Mac, PC, phones, Gmail, … It seems to work ok for me across OS X and Vista – I synced Gmail, Outlook and Address Book.

One problem for some people are pictures. Contacts with pictures can’t be synced for the moment, but that doesn’t affect me.

People on Tweakers.net are a bit scared about the privacy issue; who gives you the right to store other people’s contact information online at a third party’s server? That’s a valid point.

The upside of Soocial is the cancel button. You can cancel the account any given time. This makes it perfectly possible to create a big backup of all your contacts using their tools and then cancel the account again. So, no privacy issue there, given they actually destroy all the data off course.

One counterattack could be to make their software open source or to make it possible for people to install the package on their own servers. But is using your own server safer? Sometimes it could be, but a lot of times it isn’t.

Before I pressed the cancel button I took this screenshot to show you the clear cancellation policy of Soocial.

Give it a whirl. Maybe you’ll like it. A lot.

iTunes crashes with M-Audio Firewire

I have an M-Audio Firewire audio interface attached to my Mac Pro so we can place speakers in the different rooms at the office.

M-Audio Firewire Audiophile

After this device was installed iTunes started crashing:

Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGBUS)
Exception Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE

First I switched my sound preferences to the built-in speakers. iTunes seemed to be running fine on those settings. So I did a hard reboot on the M-Audio and things are running smoothly again ( with sound coming from the M-Audio box again off course ).
Very funky problem, but hopefully it has dissapeared for the time being.

Update: there is an other problem with the device.
When pressing the volume buttons on the Mac keyboard the sound start jumping around.
Not exactly the behavior you would be expecting from a semi-pro soundcard.
M-Audio has stated in their KB that it is not an intented feature of the M-Audio device drivers.
M-Audio Knowledge Base

*sigh*