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Notice: This program is PowerPC only and will not work with Lion 10.7
or any later version of Mac OS X. I do not use an Intel Mac, and have no
plans to create a Universal version of this software.
You are welcome to use it with 10.6 and
Welcome to the Country of OMAN (OldMacAppNet)
Now updated to version 0.4 (20121030)!
Welcome citizens of OMAN! For too long, the Intel infidels (for
ease of discussion we will refer to them as Intelfidels) have downtrodden
us, the PowerPC faithful! But no more! We will cleanse them with fire!
And until we do that, we will use our own tools to access the best new
microblogging site, and certainly the most expensive!
Power Mac citizens of OldMacAppNet, claim your birthright! Because Allah
knows you PAID for it! ($50/year)
- Log into Alpha.app.net.
- Start OMAN. An App.net chevron appears in the menubar. Click it and
select Authenticate... from the dropdown.
- Your browser will automatically pull up an authorization URL. Authorize
- On the next screen, this site will tell you what your bearer access token
is. From the App.net chevron, select Enter token... and paste it
- Welcome, fellow Power Mac dweeb.
The basic OMAN menu appears at right. Click the App.net chevron in the menu
bar and a menu appears with basic options and as many posts as your
screen can vertically display from the desired
stream or feed (right now defaults to global, since the global App.net
feed is awesome).
To keep OMAN fast, the feed is cached and fetched in the background whenever
you interact with the menu. The feed is timestamped. To force a refresh,
click on Refresh now. You may need to wait a few seconds; if the
menu is blank, it's still loading from the server. However, the menu will
also auto-refresh according to an internal heuristic whenever you open it up,
so in practice it will not be very far behind unless you weren't using OMAN
for awhile (in which case the app will sleep).
You will notice that posts are cut off horizontally. This is a "feature."
Macs with screens smaller than 1024x768 will probably not do well with this,
so try to use a resolution of at least that size. (You can read the full
post in a dialogue box; we'll discuss that in a minute.) The amount shown
is approximately 60% of your horizontal screen resolution, so a G5 with a
1920x1080 screen will show a lot more than the iMac G4 these screenshots
were taken on.
If you select Post, you can post! Ha! Isn't that awesome! Just type your
post into the dialogue box. There will be a
brief pause after you post while the timeline is brought up to date.
If you reauthenticate (because you accidentally deauthorized it or whatever),
you should click Change token... and enter the new bearer access
If you click Switch to whatever stream, it will toggle
back and forth between your personal and the global stream, and your
mentions. There will be a
brief pause while the timeline is brought up to date.
If you click Quit OMAN you will quit the application, but you
should also consider that you will forfeit any benefit in the afterlife that
being a loyal follower of OldMacAppNet confers. I'm just saying.
Selecting Sultan Posts
If there is a
sultan certain post you want to reply to, display
in full or interact
with, select it from the menu. By default, you will get a reply box (left).
The text field is already prepopulated with the person who posted, and the
full post is displayed.
If you just wanted to read the whole post instead of the abbreviated
version in the drop-down, just click Cancel.
If you wanted to reply to that user, add your reply and click Reply. There will
be a brief pause after you reply while the timeline is brought up to date.
Mahdi Powerful Stuff
If you click More Options, you get ... more options! There are always at least
Pick the option and click OK, or Cancel if you changed your mind.
Souqs To Be You
OMAN is a very basic, probably buggy in some serious ways, application.
This is an alpha. Feel free to try it out. Don't expect much more than what
you see here. In fact, don't even expect that. Some features will have to wait
until the App.net API
is better defined.
New in 0.4:
New in 0.3:
- Internal systems update only.
New in 0.2:
- Reposts are editable.
- Updates generate much less unnecessary CPU activity.
- Most of the issues with spurious mangled posts in the menu should
now be fixed.
Here are known bugs that will, at some point, be fixed:
- You can choose between mentions, global and personal feeds.
- The number of posts downloaded is now based on your screen size.
- In More Options, you can look at anyone's profile mentioned in that post.
- Refresh Now actually works like you expect it to.
- A locking system reduces the amount of overfetch and time spent waiting
for a fetch to complete.
Things that can't be fixed:
- Apostrophes appear as backticks in the menu due to a limitation in Tapir,
the library used for constructing the chevron menu. I need to fix this bug
in Tapir first. It's doable when I get a roundtuit.
- Entering more than 256 characters in the text box for posting and replies
has "undefined behaviour."
- Dots appear for UTF-8 characters in the timeline because of limitations
with AppleScript, which is used to construct the dialogue boxes. You can
post UTF-8, but you can't display it (though the Conversation
view can bring it up in the browser as a workaround).
Joke's Over: Download It
OMAN requires a G3 Power Macintosh, but it will be slow; a 1GHz G4 or better
is advised. Although it may run with 10.3.9 or 10.6.8, only PowerPC 10.4
or PPC 10.5 are supported. Remember: this is a PowerPC app. It will not run
under 10.7 or any later version of Mac OS X.
Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or
This is a joke and is not associated with the actual country of Oman,
which I understand is very beautiful and awesome and awesomely beautiful and
did I mention this is a joke and please don't send me any nastygrams?
I have always had the deepest respect for the Sultan of Oman.
Nothing but respect, homes. Nothing but respect.