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A Simple Approach to App Localization using Xcode, XLIFF and Objective-C

When it comes to localizing applications for iOS or Mac OS, things get pretty quickly messed up and cumbersome. The tool support by Apple is – friendly spoking – lacking consistency. Especially if you are updating your code and want to update the localization, things get hairy. I do not want to go into detail here because otherwise this post would never end. I would rather like to provide a (simple) solution.


Use Intel iMac 17″ Core2Duo with External Display Only

Recently, I had the problem that the TFT display module of an 2008 17″ Intel iMac refused to work properly: The whole image was inverted and the right half stayed completely grey.


ReBirth for iPad

I really liked ReBirth from Propellerheads back in the 90ies. However, I have not heard much of ReBirth (and of the good old Roland 303 and its companions) since then. Now, ReBirth is back on the iPad (although there is also an iPhone/iPod Touch version of it only the iPad version seems just right) and it feels just like a flashback to the old times. Astonishingly, the sound of ReBirth is still fresh.

Anyway, I really like the way in which the video aboce outlines the functionality or the rather complicated synthesizer touch GUI.

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MBP Keyboard Assembly: Backlight illumination with FTIR

Today I have made an interesting discovery: my 2008 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro is using frustrated total internal reflection (FTIR) for the illumination of its keyboard.

The background to this discovery is that I spilled a bit of salad dressing into my keyboard (pro tip: do never try to show someone the salad you are currently eating via skype) and since then some of my keys are not working reliable anymore. To be more precise: Some keys I must push two or three times until they produce the letter. Thus, I wanted to look if I could clean the keyboard and what kind of keyboard I would need if I wanted to replace it. I used the MBP iFixit guide to achieve the disassembly (and as I have been a lucky guy also the reassembly).

Anyway, when I removed the keyboard compartment from the MBP’s body I discovered that it consisted of four parts:

MacBook Pro Keyboard Parts
MacBook Pro Keyboard Parts