Mac

Communism on MacBreak Weekly

This morning on the way in to work, I was listening to the MacBreak Weekly episode 283 entitled, “Author, Author.” I had always suspected Leo Laporte was smoking crack. Now there is no doubt. I don’t know if I can ever listen to him again. Maybe if I take a little break I will be able to circle back around to it. In other news, I declared podcast bankruptcy and erased about 7gb of podcasts I will not have time to consume.

Lion Finally Installed (…and Here’s Why It Was Failing)

After a tremendous ordeal of trying to install OS X Lion on my January 2008 Mac Pro, I finally had a breakthrough. I discovered what appears to be a hardware incompatibility. To properly tell this story we’ll have to go back in time. In January of 2008 when this model of Mac Pro was available (version 3.1) it was definitely the cat’s meow. I bought a true boss of a system too.

Saving iPad Documents to Dropbox

This is a crosspost from The Cat Convention. If you’re not familiar with Dropbox by now, you should be. Dropbox is what MobileMe‘s iDiskaspires to be one day. For now, it isn’t. For the uninitiated, Dropbox is a fantastic cross-platform bit of code that synchronizes files across all of your computers. It also provides a look into the folders via a web browser if you should need it. They also offer an iPad app that allows you to browse and download files to local applications such as Pages.

Attempted Virus Attack on Safari

Tonight I was browsing through my normal websites with Safari on my Mac when suddenly, this window took over my entire browsing experience (click to go full screen on it). I either got this from macdailynews.com, macnn.com or msnbc.com. I’m not sure which. I did a force-quit on Safari and moved on with my life, but still… beware.

WWDC Sold Out in Six Hours!?

Guess who didn’t get a ticket? There’s absolutely no way I will ever be able to purchase a ticket through my corporation if the windows is down to the hour. No way. I was going to be lucky to pull a purchase within 48 hours. Apple needs to expand this conference and offer paid developer accounts a first right of refusal.

Drobo Still Takes Forever to Rebuild?

I’m guessing from the amount of hits on the Drobo article from 2009 that people are still having problems with Drobos rebuilding the array in a decent amount of time. Ever since I got a DS4600 using standard RAID-5 I’ve been quite happy. Rebuild times on a 6TB volume are about 2.5 hours. Note: the volume is only about 1/3rd full, but it’s still way more data than what was on the Drobo in 2009.

Could a Bug be Deliberately Coded into an Open Source Project for Financial Gain?

For some bizarre reason, the thought at the top of my head last night at bedtime was… “I wonder if sometimes… open sourcedevelopers deliberately code bugs or withhold fixes for financial gain?” If you don’t follow what I mean, here’s where I was: often times, large corporationsor benefactors will offer a code fix bounty or developmental funding for an open source project they have come to rely upon. What if an open source developer were to deliberately code a bug into an open source project or withhold a fix so they might extract some financial support with this method?

Backing up Snow Leopard Server with mlbackups

Apple‘s Snow Leopard Server product is one lovely implementation of UNIX. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using it for the power and simplicity that it offers. I’ve loved using Apple’s operating systemsthanks to the combination of UNIX power and elegant design. Snow Leopard server is no exception to this rule. The barrier to entry with Snow Leopard server was lowered when Apple reduced the price of the product to $499 USD and offered an unlimited client version only.