On Thursday night Apple pulled Mountain Lion out of a hat. A select number of journalists and bloggers had been given early access to a developer’s preview version for about a week and kept them quiet. These lucky ones got to see Apple’s next major operating system for the Mac and all of them published their reviews almost at the same time, giving Apple maximum coverage on the web and surprising everyone else.

Unlike in years past, Apple this time did not reveal its upcoming Mac OS X version on stage in front of a large audience with full press coverage. Instead it did things very differently.

As John Gruber noted in his impression of the unveiling, Apple’s Phil Schiller told him that Apple was starting to do things differently. Like not giving early access to New York Times for one. David Pogue was once among Apple’s most favored journalists but not this time as Apple shunned the Times for its scathing series of reports on the working conditions of Foxconn’s factories in China which made Apple’s products.

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Here it is, as promised. Now it’s actually 2008 calendars, up from 2004.

Here it is, as promised. Now it’s actually 2008 calendars, up from 2004.

Ever since Apple opened the beta version of Mail and iCal on MobileMe last year, my list of calendars in iCal (Calendars, not calendar entries) has been piling up. 

I’ve got to the point of having more than 2000 calendars in iCal and that was causing the app on the Mac as well as on MobileMe to take such a long time in opening. 

The MobileMe calendar actually would give up after several minutes and I haven’t even bothered to open iCal ever since. If I need to input anything into the calendar I would use the one on my iPhone instead and made sure it doesn’t sync with iTunes whenever I sync the iPhone.

I let my MobileMe account lapse last March and figured that would be the end of it. Having ignored iCal for months, I thought I might try Lion’s calendar for a change, completely forgetting that I have more than 2000 calendars, so it took a while to open and left me wondering until it finally opened and showed me my monster list.

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Lion’s All My Files icon. Read the quotes.

Love is all around icons

Love is all around icons

When it comes to web browsers I tend to stick to just two at a time and I keep same two browsers for quite some time, sometimes it can take years before a better one comes along or they cease to be as useful, functional and practical as I need them to be. 

Anyway, if you’re the kind of person who not only changes browsers often but find the need to switch your default browser every now and then, Switchlet is an applet that lets you do just that easily.

The default browser handles all the URL actions you perform on other apps, for example clicking a link in Mail or in a Twitter app, or anywhere else. While this applet doesn’t give you the ability to change the destination browser for a particular link, it’s one step towards that and saves you from having to copy and paste.

On launch, it automatically places itself on the menu bar and lists all the browser apps it finds on your hard drive. It seems like a handy little app.

The downside is if you’ve already got a highly populated menu bar, this adds yet another resident and you can’t command+drag it to reposition the icon.

Switchlet works in Mac OS X 10.6.

finermac:

You can blog to Tumblr with myTumblr, a full-featured blogging client from MOApp Software Manufactory built just for Tumblr, entirely from the keyboard. A series of shortcuts let you pick which type of post you want to start (ex: Command+1 for Text, Command+5 for Link), and you can tab through all the fields like tags and the body of your post. When you’re done, Command+Shift+D ships the post off to Tumblr, just like it sends a message in Mail.