Archive for January, 2004

CHM Viewer 1.1.4 Released!

Monday, January 26th, 2004

Fixed problems opening some files with improperly defined indices, now loads Microsoft MSDN magazine archives, and will now work on Jaguar systems as long as the Safari browser is installed. Available here.

Linux article published!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2004

Linux Journal finally published an article I wrote for them… available here.

CHM Viewer 1.1.3 Released!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2004

Been getting great feedback from users! Thanks! Keep the comments coming! This release fixes a few things, adds keyboard shortcuts to change text size and show/hide the drawer. Also displays a different icon in the content and index views if a link is determined to be broken. Enjoy!

CHM Viewer 1.1.2 Released!

Friday, January 16th, 2004

Released an updated version of my CHM Viewer utility for the Mac. Fixed up a few bugs, improved some things. Been getting great feedback, and I’m glad people find it useful. If enough people register, I’ll probably add support for search and some other things.

CHM Viewer 1.0 Released!

Sunday, January 11th, 2004

Well, I finally got this thing released. Yeah! It’s a pretty nice viewer utility for Microsoft Compiled Help (.chm) files. No search or index capability yet, but it let’s you browse and jump around using the table of contents. I’ll continue to add more features as time goes on. You can download a free trial version here.

Let me know what you think… enjoy!

New PC notebook…

Sunday, January 11th, 2004

Ya, I’m a big fan of the Mac, but I still need to get things done in the world of the ‘Evil Empire’… so, when shopping around for a new machine I decided to go with a Compaq X1000 Centrino.  It arrived the other day, and I love it!

After reformatting and getting rid of all the crap vendors put on factory fresh machines these days, I attempted to install Windows Server 2003.  When configured properly, it makes a great client OS.  Unfortunately, many of the drivers (written for XP) wouldn’t install right.  So, instead of beating my head on the wall, I simply took the easy way out and put XP Pro on it, applied SP1, and then applied the gazillion or so patches… took forever. I’m in the process of installing my apps now.

The 1.5GHz Pentium-M is quite speedy, and battery life is over 4 hours, similar to my 1GHz G4 Powerbook.  I love the screen and am so happy I selected the 1680×1050 WSXGA+.  I was a little worried about how small things would be on a 15.4″ widescreen at that resolution, but it is incredibly clear and crisp.  I couldn’t believe how clear movies looked when playing DVDs on it.  The ATI Radeon 9200 is a nice mobile graphics processor, and the performance is great!

I went with a huge 80GB drive (to dual boot Linux) and also loaded it up with 768MB of RAM (I had a 512MB stick laying around, added to the 256MB already on the machine).  Also got integrated 802.11b and Bluetooth… I might upgrade to a 802.11g card eventually, but I really don’t need the extra speed.

There is even a community forum site just for this machine at  Lot’s of tips and helpful hints, including all sorts of pictures of the insides of the machine.

So, the total cost was $1400 after $100 rebate + tax (CA strikes again!), included free FedEx shipping.  Found the deal at, a good site to keep an eye on if you are looking to buy something.

Coming soon!

Friday, January 2nd, 2004

Well, just putting the final touches on my first commercial Macintosh program.  It’s really challenging to roll out a product all by yourself… you have to write the code, test the code, manage system configurations, manage source code control, write the documentation, edit the graphics, setup the webpages, create the utilites to generate the licenses, manage the licenses, process the payments, handle any technical support issues, and last but not least, handle all marketing aspects of the product.  Whew! Somebody, beer me!

Anyway, as a recent “switcher” from Windoze, I’ve been wanting a utility like this for quite some time on the Mac.  And, I wanted it to work as well as the other great software typically found on the Mac platform. As this is my first Cocoa application, I’ve spent an incredible amount of time testing things.  I’m finally happy with the results, enough to call it version 1.0!

Hint: I’m so tired of breaking my back carrying these heavy things only to find that I don’t have the one with me that I need. Any guesses? Tune back in on Monday to find out the answer…