Monday, December 15, 2008

Multitouch gestures on new firefox beta for Mac

Last week I downloaded the new beta of firefox for my mac (3.1b). I usually don't download beta versions of products I use regularly, but the the fact that I could use multitouch gestures on the trackpad of my macbook was reason enough to try it. I am really pleased I did. It is even better than what you can do in Safari. So far, they have implemented:
  • swipe: move three fingers on the trackpad on any direction
  • twist: rotate two fingers
  • pinch: move two fingers away or closer to each other
And the actions you can perform with the different gestures:

  • Swipe Left: Go back in history [press Cmd to open it in a tab]
  • Swipe Right: Go forwards in history
  • Swipe Up: Go to the top of the page
  • Swipe Down: Go to the end of the page
  • Pinch Together: Zoom out
  • Pinch Apart: Zoom in
  • Twist Right: Next tab
  • Twist Left: Previous tab

It is available on Mac's with multitouch trackpa, including the Mac Book Air, the MAc Book Pro's releaed in early 2008, and the new laptops released later in 2008.

Download it and enjoy!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas FM! What the... well, it's for a good cause

Imagine my surprise yesterday when I got into a shop in town and after the usual Christmas song finished, on came a DJ announcing that we were listening to Christmas FM, Ireland's first all Christmas Radio Station, broadcasting on 89.9 FM.

That sounds crazy!!!

But hey, what the heck if you want to feel christmasy, just tune to Xmas FM, on the radio or on the web, and the most important thing is that it is for a good cause. All proceeds from their broadcasts will go to aid the ISPCC.

Check them out on

Friday, December 5, 2008

My Favourite Albums of 2008

A number of bloggers are coming out with the list of favourite albums of 2008. The swear I'm not Paul blog has a link to some of them on this post. Here is mine, somewhat different from what you will find out there. When I started, I thought I would only be able to pick 2 or 3, but I had trouble stopping at 15. Here they are:
  1. Asia - Phoenix. (The return of the original 80's supergroup lineup!)
  2. Marillion - Happiness is the Road
  3. The Raconteurs - Consolers for the Lonely (Check their wensite... pretty cool retro stuff)
  4. Polar Bear - Polar Bear
  5. Light Speed Champion - Falling of the Lavender Bridge
  6. Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
  7. Lisa Hannigan - Sea Sew
  8. Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
  9. Aimee Mann - @#%&*! Smilers
  10. Alanis Morissette - Flavors of Entaglement
  11. Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns
  12. Fight Like Apes - Fight Like Apes and the Mistery of the Golden Medallion
  13. Cat Power - Jukebox
  14. Coldplay - Viva la vida
  15. Curios - Closer
Not sure if these two count as they are live albums, which can be seen as greatest hits, but I sure liked them:
  • Suzanne Vega - iTunes Live: London Festival '08
  • The Police - Certifiable
As for the my favourite albums that I bought this year, they are a couple of old Porcupine Tree albums. I discovered PT last year, I am not sure how they flew under my radar for so long. But that's a story for a different day:
  • Stupid Dream
  • Lightbulb Sun
2008 has been a great year for music!