• Snow Leopard Comes in the Dark and Kills Your Tiger

    by  • 2008/11/21

    Apple’s Snow Leopard (10.6) operating system is due out in the next quarter according to slides shown recently at the LISA conference. It adds a small handful of features but it’s mainly an architecture, performance, and bugfix release. Leopard (10.5) is pretty buggy and Apple readily admits it’s not what an OS should be....

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    New server

    by  • 2008/11/08

    This blog is on a shiny (ok, flat black, really) new server, with much faster everything, and it’s a half-U low-power para-virtualized beta product I’m working on (more on that to come, now that I have room for pictures!). Just typing this it’s immediately apparent that there’s way more snappy (live preview with round-trips...

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    The OpenSSL / GPL Debate

    by  • 2008/10/22

    GNOME has a good page describing some of the concerns with linking GPL’ed software against the OpenSSL libraries. Debian believes that as long as OpenSSL and the GPL’ed software are delivered on the same medium or in the same distribution, the GPL’s ‘accompanying clause’ is invoked: There is some disagreement about what this exception...

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    Presidential Debate to mp3 HOWTO

    by  • 2008/10/16

    To get the presidential debates as mp3’s: go to the (www.youtube.com/cspan) Play the debate (before you go home, e.g.) Pull the debate .flv file from your cache (e.g. FlashTmp0) run it through ffmpeg to extract the mp3 To get the file from your cache, figure out where the flash cache is and...

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    Geek

    by  • 2008/10/14

    Saw this train car at Clark’s Trading Post: and it made me think of SSL certificates. I think that qualifies me as certifiably hopeless.

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    My Last Mac

    by  • 2008/10/14

    From today’s new Macbook announcement: 11:01AM Q: Concern about the glossy screens. Are you going to offer another option? A: Steve: We're going all glass -- we won't offer another version. Phil: You offset the reflection by the brightness, and consumers love it. One of the great things about a notebook is you can...

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    Anybody Heard of CISSE 2008?

    by  • 2008/10/13

    I got a spam today advertising a ‘virtual conference’ called CISSE 2008. Apparently they compiled at least part of their spam list by harvesting the Mozilla Bugzilla database. Their address harvester had trouble with basic e-mail parsing but got enough of my address there to positively identify the source. It’s apparently organized by: Tarek...

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    The End of CD-R

    by  • 2008/10/13

    I noticed today that quality CD-R media has crossed the price line with quality DVD-R media, and is now more expensive than DVD-R*. This means for daily data archiving purposes CD-R is dead. I’m ordering one last hundred pack for specialty use in machines that cannot handle DVD-R (very old computers, CD players, and...

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    Leopard is Still a Turkey

    by  • 2008/10/08

    I’ve been writing a short note here after each minor release of Mac OS X 10.5, noting the major problems with it, and 10.5.5 is unfortunately no different. Today I applied it to my main machine’s Leopard install and tried two fairly simple operations: * delete a partition with Disk Utility * install Software...

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    iPod Command-Line Sync on Mac OS X

    by  • 2008/10/07

    This will sync any attached iPods if iTunes is running: #!/bin/sh osascript <<_END_OF_UPDATE tell application "Finder" set processList to get name of every process if processList contains "iTunes" then tell application "iTunes" to update (every source whose kind is iPod) end if end tell _END_OF_UPDATE It can be called from a cronjob to keep...

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