There's a good post Charles Miller on the 15 minute test. I agree (though with IDEs I have a 2 hour test).
I've been meaning to blog this for a long time (too busy to blog these days it seems) but I had a great time in a bar in London recently with rebelutionary and various other folks. Like proper geeks, we both got our Macs out (his 12" and my 17" not unlike Apples TV advert) and Mike showed me all kinds of groovy Mac software.
One killer tip - which I'd never figured out before - was you can drag the Applications and Documents folder (and your home folder too, heck any folder you like) onto the Dock and hey presto you've something resembling the 'start' menu bar on windoze. Probably obvious to most OS X users - I'd just never quite figured out how to do it. You need to drag it to the right hand side of the Dock - maybe thats what I was doing wrong before.
The other tip which was equally impressive was VoodooPad. Charles, this could be a good alternative to try out instead of Tinderbox and Spring. Its basically a WYSIWYG editor for Wikis. Kind of. Its quite wacky but basically you just type and wiki-words form before your eyes & you can make your own personal wiki site (all in one document) you can browse around & edit in place which can then be exported to XML or even an iPod for reading on the move if need be.
Pretty cool! Shame I can't use VoodooPad as a front end to any wiki. One day all wikis should work like this. Its scriptable too which could be interesting...
Anyways, expect some Java related posts soon! :)