I let OS X handle downloading and installing the latest JDK via System Preferences -> Software Update. Some Java software require that JAVA_HOME be explicitly set, so where should it point?
Having somewhat recently migrated to OS X, I’ve decided to move from Thunderbird to OS X’s built in Mail.app for it’s OS integration features.
One nice thing about Thunderbird is it’s plugin architecture. Here’s a seriously exhaustive list of plugins for Apple’s Mail.app that might even surpass that of Thunderbird: Apple Mail Plug-ins and Tools.
Some of you using Windows XP and OS X in the same environment may have encountered this. In order to have a Mac and PC both able to write to an external USB drive, the disk must be formatted Fat32. Windows XP will not let you format a Fat32 disk larger than 32GB as one partition.
I’m a big fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done style of productivity jamming. It helps me finish what I start. That’s a good thing. I also love tinkering with software. Sometimes that’s not a good thing. I’ve tried a million different web and desktop applications for organizing my stuff, probably to the detriment of actually getting stuff done.
Cute I’ll admit, but perhaps too techy to explain to Grandma. It does however represent something meaningful, ie the second coming of innovative web technologies, web based applications, and now more experienced business and engineering professionals ready for another go at internet fame and fortune.