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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, 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

Tiger Installed

So, I've installed Tiger. I'll update this list as I find things out. Not much is surprising, as I've been playing with Tiger for awhile now. The Delicious Library widget doesn't seem to work. Why can't I make it so that the dashboard "dash" stays visible all the time? I "imported" my settings and things […]

Still No Tiger

Amazon screwed the pooch a bit, so I'm downloading Tiger from my developer account. Despite the warning that "Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger Build 8A428 is a pre-release version of Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger," it is the same. Absolutely no stores in the Erie area carry Tiger. None. The closest copy I can imagine […]

I bought QuickTime Pro 3. Then 4, then 5, then 6, if I remember correctly (one of them may have been a free upgrade). Now I have to buy QuickTime Pro 7, too, and there's no upgrade pricing available? What if I buy Tiger (which I will obviously be doing)? WTF?

Safari Bookmark Bar Shortcuts

It seems that since upgrading to 10.3.9 and Safari 1.3, the keyboard shortcuts cmd-1 through cmd-9 no longer work when using the number pad. They continue to work with the "top row" number keys. Has anyone else verified this?

I wonder if I can renew .Mac for the special "limited time" price of $69.95? If I can, I wonder how I would do so. Has anyone done this? I can't seem to do it through .Mac, and proceeding partway through the checkout at the online store indicates they'll send me a box (which has […]

Mysterious Cron Issue

This comes from a friend of mine in need of some help. I'll reproduce what he emailed me as best as I can (in terms of presentation, I mean): I created a simple shell script to kill a running process (MSN Messenger) by name. When run independantly it works without issue. When run via crontab […]