Safari Download Manager: The End of an Era

by on Nov.01, 2015, under Mobile, Projects

This post has been a long time in coming.

As you all may have noticed by now, Safari Download Manager hasn’t been updated in some time. There is, in fact, a fairly low chance that it’ll ever be updated by Francis or myself again. By and large, we’ve parted ways with the world of consumer tweak development by getting normal jobs and working for reasonably normal companies.

SDM specifically (and tweak development on the whole) is a pretty important part of our lives. While I can’t speak for Francis, the experience I gained in working on it was instrumental in my growth as a developer. In cutting my teeth and rewriting the bad parts of the codebase I grew, and it was this that helped me secure a professional position as a software engineer. I couldn’t be happier with what I’m working on, but it and Francis’ job preclude spending a lot of time maintaining SDM.

With that in mind, we’ve made the decision to release it as an open-source project! We want people to have the opportunity to learn and grow from both our mistakes and our triumphs. With the notable exception of the branding (the delightful icon, that is), the entirety of the codebase is now under the 3-clause BSD license: you can use the code however you please so long as you retain the license/copyright attribution and do not use its name to endorse or promote any derivative software.

In the interest of transparency, I’ve undergone painstaking effort to preserve the integrity of its history—every misstep, bug, and fix should be visible in detail. While it’s a little old, it’s my hope that SDM can still shine as a beacon of best (or at least alright) practice in tweak development. Countless hours spanning many late nights over the years were dedicated to its design and development, and it’d be a shame for that all to go to waste.

There’s a lot of super-cool stuff in there:

  • SDM works fairly seamlessly on iPhoneOS 3.1 all the way through iOS 5.x. There are a couple issues with 6.x support, but it generally worked “alright” there as well.
  • Support for Safari’s BrowserPanel implementation (a carefully-choreographed dance to ensure that various UI state transitions work and don’t break user interaction.)
  • Crazy-flexible preferences with customizable contents.
  • more, of course, but it’s hard to list everything

You can find the source here.

See You Space Cowboy..

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Cache or Check?

by on Sep.17, 2009, under Annoyances, Mac OS X, Mobile, Projects

On September 9th, 2009, Apple unveiled the (disappointing) updates to their iPod line, and released to the world iPhoneOS 3.1. The first, while notable, is nothing interesting in comparison to what they’ve done in the latest release of iPhoneOS.

With the latest release of their desktop operating system, OS X, Apple made great improvements to the system’s speed and application load times (supposedly, I’ve heard mixed reviews of Snow Leopard.) iPhoneOS 3.1 brings in these new enhancements, further streamlining the software on their mobile devices.

The single most impressive, noticeable change I’d like to discuss today is library caching.

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WordPress for a New Year

by on Jan.02, 2009, under Projects

The title says it all; This combines my love of (read: veiled interest in) talking about random things online with my love of having a new toy to play with.

Plus, Howettblog® is now completely located on the HowettNET server!

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CMS Refresh

by on Sep.04, 2008, under Projects

I’ve been toying with this idea I’ve had for a little bit now (on the order of… thought of it last night and then slept.)
I think I’m going to either…

  1. Re-write the CMS’s display code in HTML5 (Here‘s part of the spec)
  2. Re-write the CMS from the ground up using the same database format (for the most part)
  3. CMS? What CMS? Oh, you mean that place? I’m surprised you still get hits there!

My first thought was #1, #2 came a couple minutes ago, and #3 has always been there in the background.
I know nobody reads this (read: nobody will ever read this) but I’d like your opinions!

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