Archive for the 'Mac' Category

Which new Mac Pro? The old one.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

So with the new Mac Pro coming out, I’ve been torn between getting one of those or live with my old Mac Pro early 2008 for a while longer. Now, just estimating the price of the new Mac Pro, adding in a Thunderbolt drive storage and two Thunderbolt screens, the sum is way beyond what […]

Mountain Lion for free?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

I’ve downloaded and installed Mountain Lion (10.8) on several machines now, but I never paid for it. No, I didn’t pirate it, I got it from the App store, but it never gave me a chance to pay. Looking up the transaction in the App store via iTunes, I see this: In other words, I […]

Invisible failure

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Today I noticed the RAID utility icon in the dock and I couldn’t remember having started it. Weird. Clicked on it and this is what I see: (Click the image for full size.) Oh, sh*t, a drive just died. “Just” died? No, not really, it died a week ago, and I didn’t notice. That’s not […]

A platform too many

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

With the new iBooks and iTunes U app, I’m missing a piece of the puzzle. Just as truckloads of schools have given the kids MacBooks, Apple rolls out the new textbooks to iPads only. Are we supposed to switch over the schoolkids to iPads now, and lose the OSX apps they use? It would seem […]

Netbooting on OSX SL Server

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Once I got tftp working on IPv4, I still couldn’t get the Macbook client to download the boot or image files. Wireshark showed that the client didn’t get any file when it sent “acknowledge data block 0″. Nothing. So I installed tftp-hpa from Macports, hoping that would solve my problem, which it didn’t. But a […]

The first thing you should do on a new Mac

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The very first thing you should always do on your new Mac is to make sure you run as non-admin. This protects you against most malware out on the net, since it makes it very difficult to install anything without you knowing about it. It doesn’t exclude it entirely, but it makes a major difference.

Macport and mono

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Just a heads-up: Macport quit working on my machine. Link errors, missing architecture in sqllite3 dynamic libs or something. After much agonizing, I began to suspect mono, especially since the sqllite3 library port wanted to link against was in the mono path. There’s a shell script in mono called that does a fine job […]

If all else fails, try Preview

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

I’m totally amazed at all the things Preview does in OSX Snow Leopard. I already use it for knocking out backgrounds, using the “Instant Alpha” tool in the “Select” dropdown. But what happened today is more interesting. To my everlasting regret I got me a Canon Lide 60 scanner a couple of years ago. Canon’s […]

OSX Mail and IMAP tamed

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Oh, boy, this wasn’t easy. I’ve been trying for years to get my email life organized. The problem is this: I’ve got almost ten different email accounts I subscribe to tens of mailing lists I want mailing lists to be automatically moved to dedicated folders I want the same folder setup on different machines I […]

3.3.1 with a twist

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

The by now famous paragraph 3.3.1 in the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement for iPhone OS 4.0 says that “Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited”. Which, of course, ruins the day for Adobe and Flash CS5. The idea was to have Flash scripts run […]