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Archive for February, 2008

My Time Machine Backup Drive is Full

A few days ago, my Time Machine drive filled up. I back up a 500 GB drive nightly to another 500 GB drive. My main drive (and the exact, full, bootable backup) have 130 GB free. Since I began backing up my Time Machine drive shortly after Leopard's release back in October, I'm fairly impressed […]

iPhone Sync Speed (Time)

Occasionally, syncing contacts on my iPhone takes minutes. Like 5-10. Other times, it takes 30 seconds. I sync with .Mac and Entourage (just the contacts), but I don't think those matter. The .Mac syncing is always on, and disabling the Entourage syncing doesn't magically speed things up. FWIW, I have only 54 contacts in my […]

10.5.2 and AirPort Network Drops

Since updating to Mac OS X 10.5.2, my computer will randomly and semi-frequently drop its AirPort connection. This has never been a problem before. I'll usually notice because Safari will complain that it's not connected to the Internet. I look at the signal strength in the menu bar, notice it's gone completely dim, and click […]

From "SquareTrade, a firm that specialises in electronics warranties, has found that of a sample of 1000 Xbox 360 consoles, the failure rate was 16.4 per cent." Normally consumer electronics try to shoot for failure rates of 2-3% or less, if I remember correctly. I have a hunch that 16.4% is even a little […]

Protected: Replacing the ATI Radeon 1900XT in the Mac Pro

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In no particular order… Free Software for Apple Employees If you're an Apple employee (with an or email address), simply drop by to claim a free copy of Cyndicate or Scorecard (or both!). It's our gift to Apple employees for all the hard work they've put in, and it doesn't matter if […]

Now that Aperture 2.0 is out ((I still hope mine ships today so that I can play over the weekend. I ordered at 6:08am PST yesterday, after all, and have two-day shipping.)), with "image adjustment plugin support," I'm curious what kind of plugins people might want to see made. My personal list is rather short. […]

A few people have asked (here, here, and in email and IM) about submitting photos for or joining the Photo Battle Blog. I'd like to accommodate the requests, and if possible, I will - just not at the current site. In fact, given the relative success of the project, I'd like to propose a little […]

QuickTime Player Keyboard Focus Bug

I've come across a bug in QuickTime Player, and only yesterday while watching about 40 of Aperture 2.0's tutorial videos did I discover how to reproduce the bug 100%. This bug certainly existed under 10.5.1 (and prior to QuickTime 7.4.1), but remains today under 10.5.2 and the latest system software and QuickTime updates. Anyway, here's […]

Aperture 2.0 Out

I'm going to wait for my upgrade version to arrive (I paid for two-day shipping, hoping to get it by Friday), but based on the Aperture pages and some "first impressions" posts by others, here are my first impressions.

Sometimes I just want to view all the comments on a particular entry. Why does WordPress make this so damn difficult? I swear, as soon as I figure it out this time, I'm editing my templates to make the URL a one-click type of thing. The only place this URL is given to you is […]

Got a Neck Guard

Needless to say, I went out and bought a neck guard today. What's most incredible is how lightly he seems to have been struck by the skate. It wasn't a slicing motion and it wasn't even firm enough to push his head or neck backwards. Another video can be found here.

Purchasing Video Game Soundtracks

Two games I've played recently - NHL '08 and Burnout Paradise on the Xbox 360 - have some interesting songs on them. You know what would be nice? Being able to instantly and easily buy some or all of those songs ((Or even getting a free copy included with the game, though that's obviously so […]

CoreImage Transcoding

CoreImage: slow? We're finding that as we work on Rivet the bottleneck isn't the network, but the image itself. We're performing two operations: resizing (to the larger of 1920 x 1080) and compressing (currently, the options are none, 90, 70, 50, and 30). These operations all seem to take about the same amount of time, […]


X360 is now named Rivet. And that's all I have to say about that now. Hopefully we'll have a beta in the next week or two. P.S. Scorecard for Windows is nearly done.