Is Smaller Better? Is Smaller Better?

Posted by mradcliffe on 2008.02.03 @ 22:39

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Epia EX small

In the past couple of months I thought about spending some money on either a Nintendo Wii or a multi-purpose media box (not to mention my anxiety over buying an unmodifiable blackbook). Over the past 3 years I’ve looked at smaller cases as “better”. Before that it was always the full tower case that provided more room and ease-of-use. In this vein I’ve been looking at the world of mini-itx for the past several months.

VIA created the mini-itx specification for itself, but since its creation other companies started creating motherboards with this spec and recently so has Intel. The spec allows for a low-power consumption CPU, which is great for point-of-sales machines, thin clients, and more. The other use of mini-itx, popular amongst personal users, is as a Home Theater PC (HTPC) or media center. [more...]

Mac OS Xodus

Posted by cwright on 2007.12.27 @ 10:50

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(First, yes I do realize the ‘X’ in ‘OS X’ is pronounced “ten” not “ecks.” I simply like the portmanteau.)

With the release of Leopard, I discovered the need to migrate my existing Tiger system onto an external drive. I needed it to be bootable, and I wanted to have a little discontinuity as possible. Apple generally makes this pretty easy, but it’s still a bit involved. I write this article from my migrated system, currently booting Tiger off of a USB drive. [more...]

Zero Grams of Trans Fat Binaries

Posted by cwright on 2007.12.19 @ 00:36

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tons of xcode build targetsPeople like their applications to work. Even better, they like them to work, even when things change. For the WinTel world, this isn’t a big deal (Vista aside ;), because the underlying CPU architecture hasn’t really changed, from a program’s point of view, in the past two decades. Unless you have a weird program that’s designed for AMD’s 3DNow! instruction set and you switch to an Intel CPU, or perhaps an application designed for a more esoteric old SIMD architecture, your application should run just fine (as long as your Operating System is ok with it).

Mac OS X doesn’t have the luxury of working on the same underlying CPU though, so things need to be handled a little bit differently. The solution Apple came up with was [more...]

fAIL: The Self-Replicating Network Connection fAIL: The Self-Replicating Network Connection

Posted by mradcliffe on 2007.12.11 @ 08:55

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Good morning gentle readers. I opened up my craptop this morning to witness the struggles of what seemed to be a laptop battling cancer. No, this was not another case of opteron cancer. Instead I found that Windows, unable to cope with my Cisco Aironet 350 wireless card, was creating network connections one after another in the system tray. [more...]

The Feast, it's Ruined — My Quest For Eggo Waffles The Feast, it's Ruined — My Quest For Eggo Waffles

Posted by mradcliffe on 2007.09.13 @ 07:09

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Updated: now with response.

Eggo Waffles

I thought to myself this morning — I want an Eggo Waffle. You see, I have never had one, but have always been interested. There were some in the freezer that Robert had bought, removed from their packaging because of his space-saving ways.

Naturally I found the need to prepare an Eggo Waffle to the correct specifications as I wanted to make sure that I was having the correct Eggo experience (microwave, toast, pan fry, what?). To my surprise the feast was ruined (credit for the title), and breakfast was not magically delicious. [more...]

iPhoto-Thunderbird Bridge

Posted by cwright on 2007.08.22 @ 05:59

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iPhoto logoFor years, iPhoto users have been stuck using a limited number of email clients to send their photos easily. This was mostly remedied by the iPhoto Mailer Patcher, but it left out non-applescript aware applications because, after all, iPhoto uses applescript to interface with them. One of the more notable omissions is Thunderbird.

Finally, this void has also been filled, via the iPhoto Thunderbird Bridge. It’s still quite primitive, but all the basics are there for iPhoto-Thunderbird integration.

If you’re an iPhoto/Thunderbird user, give it a whirl.

Paper Is Bad Records gets a makeover

Posted by bbinkovitz on 2007.08.20 @ 18:12

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Paper Is Bad Records, Inc.Paper Is Bad Records, Inc. was formed with no fanfare whatsoever back in 2005 by some of the people behind Tuesday Afternoon at China Wong Buffet as a venue for production and distribution of the resulting DVD. The DVD was a huge success and we all became rock stars. In our decadent complacency, we never got around to making a website for our one-hit-wonder. [more...]

Leaky NSSpeechSynthesizer

Posted by cwright on 2007.07.23 @ 16:34

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NSSpeechSynthesizer, the Cocoa class responsible for giving applications a voice under OS X, is leaky. Creating and destroying thousands of instances of this class slowly consumes all the available memory in a system, leading to degrading performance and eventual application instability.

The disappointing part is that this bug was first noticed almost two years ago. [more...]

Announcing: kineme.net

Posted by cwright on 2007.07.10 @ 16:24

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screenshot of kineme.netThe Kineme Quartz Composer patches now have a proper home at http://kineme.net/, including forums, bug reports, comments, and feature requests — complete with voting!

Along with the new site, a few new patches are available as well based on requests from users.

NSURLConnection's sendSynchronousRequest enforces minimum 30 second timeout? NSURLConnection's sendSynchronousRequest enforces minimum 30 second timeout?

Posted by smokris on 2007.07.10 @ 15:47

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While writing the new Image Downloader (Blocking) QC patch for CoreMelt, I ran into what appears to be a bug in Mac OS X’s NSURLConnection framework — if you construct an NSURLRequest and specify a timeout of less than 30 seconds, it’s ignored when you perform a [NSURLConnection sendSynchronousRequest:returningResponse:error:]. The request takes at least 30 seconds to time out, contrary to what the documentation suggests..

Steps to Reproduce: [more...]