Appetizer, AppDotNet on your Mac is a different kind of social platform.

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For members: is an ad-free social network.

It’s your real-time feed, a home for meaningful conversation, where you control your data. Find the apps you love and make your own. Connect, play, and discover.

For developers: is the open API you can trust. is your new platform, a backbone you can rely on. We’re the pipes you can build your web, mobile, and desktop apps on. Our API is here for you, and we won’t shut you out. Find your audience.

For those of you interested in the founding of this new social network – ie – which aims to be a successfull open platform/source clone of Twitter and more and have willingly paid the 50 (or 100) dollars needed to be part of the show Appetizer can be a nice, and free as in speech, native client for your Mac computers ..

MOU, a Markdown editor for web developers

I’m on vacation in these days and I’m starting playing with some things I left behind in the last working year. Markdown is one of those and and, together with iaWriter editor for iOS and the Day One application for Mac and iOS I’m starting to struggle with it.

MOUapp is a nice, and free (as in speech) editor for this syntax, with an high and interesting set of features to try out. Don’t miss to do test it if you’re into Markdown gear too!


How-to extract content from iPod, iPhone, iPad: DeTune

DeTune, installation Last week, once again, I found myself in the situation to have to restore an iPod (a 1st generation iPod Shuffle) which seemed bricked, but it was not.

Before restoring the original firmware I wanted to back-up all of it’s content on my machine, being away from the owner’s iTunes library. In the past I’ve used various tools to do such things, with expod as the preferred one.

The development of this app is still going on, and with the new tools used to create it it has come the necessity to change some of it’s core code and leave expod to OS X systems up to Tiger (10.4) and create a new tool for OS X 10.5 and above. This tool has been named DeTune.

Once you download and install it, launching it you will be presented this window, with an empty list…
DeTune, 1st lauch
then you connect your iDevice, with iTunes opened in the background, and the application’s window becomes populated. To work at it’s best DeTune need you to have enabled the disk mode in the iPod’s preferences. Also, it will warn you about being bounded to another iTunes library. I’ve found that the best practice is to ignore this warning and go back to DeTune which will look like this:
DeTune, recorgnizing my iPod
Clicking on the left sidebar on the type of content you want to backup (Music in my case) you’ll see the iPod content’s:
DeTune, track list
We are nearly there.

Now to backup this content all we have to do is to select the entire list and then, fulfilling the best tradition in Mac OS user interface, drag them to a folder of our choosing.

Voilà! The iPod is now ready to be restored!

Note = to the post’s use I’ve made the necessary screenshots using my (more recent) iPod Shuffle.