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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 gamesindustry.biz: "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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Now that Aperture 2.0 is out1, with "image adjustment plugin support," I'm curious what kind of plugins people might want to see made. My personal list is rather short. Great noise reduction (there are a few good ones out there). A complete HDR plugin. A panorama stitcher. A plugin that can flip images horizontally and […]

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 songs1. Unfortunately, the current means of acquiring these songs goes something like this: find a […]

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, […]

Rivet

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.