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Mail’s Ugly Icons

I set my parents up last night with Mail on their new Mac. Previously, they'd been using a shared Entourage database between users. It worked well, except that sometimes my dad would delete or mark mail as read when there was no reason to do so, and my mom wouldn't see it. Years ago I […]

Excel's been giving me crap every time I quit it, with the compile error listed in the subject of this post. The fix? Remove the "PDFMaker.xxx" files (where xxx is a varying TLE) from the Microsoft Office 2004: Office: Startup: <AppName> folder. I'm glad to be rid of those stupid toolbars and the error that […]

Dual 800 Dies, iMac G5 Ordered

Last night, my parents lost power for a little while. When the power came back on, their Dual 800 "QuickSilver" G4 refused to. Today, they purchased (via me) a 17" iMac. I think they'll be happy with it. Right now, I'm trying to find an external FW drive enclosure. I don't know if I'm going […]

In iTunes 4.6, you could request the currently playing song with an AppleScript on loop. Every ten seconds or so, you could say "hey, what's the current tune?" This is how Recent Tunes worked, in fact. When iTunes 4.7 (I think it was 4.7.1 specifically) came out, it pushed out notifications on its own. You […]

Taboo

Woohoo, Taboo! This not only fixes the issue of closing Safari windows with tabs open, but it also fixes the issue of that stupid, annoying warning.

Hey look, it's something Apple should have done itself: Widget Manager! Mac OS X 10.4's widget management process is, in a poor word, "bad." Widgets are automatically installed in ~/Library/Widgets (if you've allowed Safari to do so), but you have to quit the Dock or double-click the widget to get the widget to appear. Want […]

Bah to Tiger’s Dictionary

Not Bah: Dictionary Look-Ups From BBEdit, Mailsmith, and TextWrangler. Bah:

I took advantage of this offer: 30 free iTunes songs with the purchase of an AirPort Express. Since I'm moving to a new house soon - and one with a much bigger area - it'll be nice to have "extended coverage" just by plugging something into the wall. Carey and I will be able to […]

“Reduce File Size”

Preview offers a "Reduce File Size" option in the save panel when I choose "PDF" as the file type. When I choose it and attempt to save the file, Preview promptly quits without so much as a standard crash dialog and the file fails to appear. Suffice to say, this feature appears to be borked. […]

Dashboard Widgets .com

Y'know, dashboardwidgets.com is really gonna have to get rid of this crap if they hope to be of any use to anyone… phpBB : Critical Error Could not connect to the database Eight times out of ten the site seems to be down.

rsync as Backup Tool

I don't think rsync is gonna cut it as a nightly backup tool. The thing crashes every time I try to run it: About 500 lines of this came out before rsync quit: sync(1556) malloc: *** error: can't allocate region rsync(1556) malloc: *** set a breakpoint in szone_error to debug rsync(1556) malloc: *** vm_allocate(size=1069056) failed […]

With Safari 1.x, I could download files left and right without many problems. After Apple fixed some of the bigger holes (i.e. the whole auto-mounting of disk images that launched applications), I thought things were fine. Then, I downloaded a few .dmgs and .tar.gz files with Safari 2.0. Every freaking time I download an application, […]

Tiger Passwords

In less than a day working with Tiger, I've noticed one annoying thing: I sure as heck have to put my Keychain password in a lot more frequently. Safari, PulpFiction, Adium, and Entourage seem to ask for my password every time I ask them to do something. Perhaps this will quiet down in the next […]

I don't remember reading that Apple had moved away from PDF as the default screen capture, but every time I capture a screen in Tiger I get a PNG. I'm not sure how I feel about this yet, but I do know I don't remember reading about it.

I'd like to do a nightly backup from one hard drive to another. For years, I've used psync to do this, but it tends to leave empty folders on the destination disk where applications used to be. It was as simple as this: /usr/local/bin/psync -d -q / /Volumes/DiskTwo

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