Mail Unread Menu 3.4

Mail Unread Menu has just been updated to version 3.4. This release primarily adds support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It can be downloaded from the normal place. Full release notes below.

  • New Features
    • Added a mechanism for enabling the mail bundle on beta versions of OS X.
  • Fixes
    • Updated mailbundle for use with 10.8.

MLB Standings 2.0

I just released an update to the MLB Standings widget. This update uses a new data provider, since the old one was removed and caused the old widget to no longer work.

You can download it at the MLB Standings website.

Mail Unread Menu 3.3.3

Mail Unread Menu has just been updated to version 3.3.3. This release primarily fixes a long standing bug that would cause the application and Mail to hang when there were a large number of emails in the inbox. It can be downloaded from the usual spot. Full release notes below.

  • Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that would cause Mail to hang when there are a large number of emails in the Inbox.
    • Fixed a potential crash when updating the count.

MLB Schedule 2.14

I just released an update to the MLB Schedule widget. The only change here was to fix a major bug with the widget that didn’t correctly load past game results.

You can download it at the MLB Schedule website.

Status Screen Saver 1.4

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I just updated Status Screen Saver to version 1.4. I added four new modules: one for iChat and three for Things. The update can be downloaded from the product page. Full release notes below.

  • New Features
    • Added module for iChat .
    • Added three modules for Things .
    • Added ability for modules to know when the screen saver started.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed the iCal To Do module for use in Snow Leopard.
    • Fixed the speed of the scrolling.

Mail Unread Menu 3.2.2

Apple has added some new functionality for mail plugins in Snow Leopard that requires us to have a whitelist for each version of Mail that is known to work with our plugins. Unfortunately, this means that I need to release an update to Mail Unread Menu pretty much every time there is a Mac OS X update, like there was today with 10.6.1. Unless there is a very major change to Mail, the Mail Unread Menu plugin doesn’t need to be changed in order to maintain functionality, so it’s not difficult for me to release these updates, just tedious.

All of that said, there is a new version of Mail Unread Menu available now, version 3.2.2. All it does is update the Info.plist in the mailbundle file, to provide compatibility for Mac OS X 10.6.1 and Mail 4.1. You can download it at the Mail Unread Menu website.

Snow Leopard Application Updates

Snow Leopard BoxJust a quick note to mention that I’ve updated Mail Unread Menu to version 3.2 and Status Screen Saver to version 1.3. These changes have been made to provide support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Both of these versions of the applications require Snow Leopard to run, which will be the case for all versions of the applications going forward. The FAQs for each application contains details about Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatible versions.

All other applications and widgets should already be compatible with Snow Leopard.

Mail Unread Menu 3.2

  • New Features
    • Added the ability to show each account in the mailbox list.
  • Changes
    • Changed how return values are received from Applescripts, ensuring more stable execution of scripts.
    • Changed the mailbox selection script to improve functionality with mailboxes contained within multiple accounts.
    • The unread count is now updated when a message is opened in a separate window.
    • Built application requiring Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed a handful of small memory leaks.

Status Screen Saver 1.3

  • New Features
    • Updated the screen saver to build in 64-bit mode, requiring Snow Leopard to run.
    • Added module for Skype
  • Changes
    • Replaced the one Time module with two modules, for 12 hour and 24 hour time.
    • Updated the icon for the NetNewsWire module.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed a handful of small memory leaks.

NetNewsWire and Instapaper Updated

Just a few days ago, Marco Armet made some great updates to Instapaper. Included with these updates was a change to the structure of the “Read Later” URL, which makes the URL much shorter and much easier for Marco to update. As a result, my “Read Later in Instapaper” NetNewsWire script needs a bit of an update in order to work properly. You can still follow the steps at , but use this AppleScript file instead of the old one.


iMacQuarium In July 2005, I needed a hobby to keep myself occupied during my first summer home from college. I put out an ad on CraigsList for a cheap iMac shell and decided to make an iMacQuarium, using the directions available from I even decided to update a blog (using Blogger) with the status of building my own aquarium. (Oddly enough, designing the blog was my first experience with the latest amazing web technology: CSS) After just three posts and about halfway done with the project, work stopped and the empty shell and assembled pieces of plastic were put into the closet.

Just two weeks ago, after moving the pieces around to three different homes, Christine casually mentioned that we should finish up the project and I wholeheartedly agreed. (I now live about 5 blocks from where I first bough the shell, which was 30 minutes away from where I lived at the time.) Fortunately, the tank was already waterproof and it was just the final touches that were needed to finish the product. I finished fitting together the tank and the iMac shell, added a small IKEA lamp and a Whisper brand air pump and filter, added some plants and gravel, and we were in business. The final piece of the puzzle was an aquarium stand, which I quickly threw together with a 2′ square piece of plywood and three IKEA desk legs.

There are now three lovely goldfish swimming around inside of a blueberry iMac in my living room. And it only took four and a half years to complete.

Fish Fish iMacQuarium

MLB Schedule 2.6

I just went ahead and released an update to the MLB Schedule widget. The largest change is that the widget is now using an alternate data source if the primary source doesn’t have any information. This is crucial for Spring Training information, since the primary source doesn’t have exhibition games. So, you should now be able to see Spring Training games for your favorite team in the widget.

You can download it at the MLB Schedule website.

  • Added in an alternate source for information, which includes Spring Training games.
  • Updated the look of the team names.
  • Fixed issue when there is no game channel for a future game.

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