April 2006

Monolingual for OSX

In high school, I didn’t want to learn French, and in the part of Canada I come from, your choices for non-English languages are: French. So I took some other class, which probably had an educational value about as dubious as French. Now, I look at totally cool-looking french RPGs like Vermine and go “Man, not learning French was really dumb of you.”

So, really, I’m not that proud, but it does mean I can take great advantage of Monolingual for OSX, a rocking piece of freeware that will root through the language files in the system and various applications and delete the non-English ones that you choose. This little app immediately saved me over 1GB of space on both my laptop and desktop — nothing to sneeze at, especially if you like having a small boot partition.

If you try it out, be sure to read the FAQ! There’s a “gotcha” with regards to Adobe applications, but it’s one of those great gotchas that is easily worked around … if you read the FAQ.

MacZOT.com and SubEthaEdit

BLOGZOT 2.0 on MacZOT.com is some wacky promotion where, if enough people blog about SubEthaEdit from CodingMonkeys. MacZOT and TheCodingMonkeys will award $105,000 in Mac software to bloggers.

I’ve not used SubEthaEdit, but from what I know about it, it has some really great collaboration features, but is also a fine text editor if you don’t need those features.

This is an interesting promotion that seems pretty simple on the surface: A percentage of people that get the application for free — if the goals are met — will go on to be future customers and evangelists, while a certain percentage will use it but not ever bother to upgrade to a new version. Another group will dislike it, but only a very small portion will dislike it and complain about the quality: it was free, after all.

And, of course, the nature of the promotion means it will be frequently talked about in the Mac “blogosphere” until the next shiny thing comes along.