MacBook Update

I’ve had my MacBook (white) for a few weeks now. And I strongly suggest you get the glossy screen if you don’t work with over head fluorescent lights. The screen is so bright and nice I can’t go back to my older LCD panels any more- they look horrible. Also my G5 now seems so…

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OSX 10.4.7 and JDKs

The recent 10.4.7 update switched the JDK to java 5.0. If you still need to use 1.4.2 for some reason, its still in there. Here is how you change it. It’s just a symlink in /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions chac:/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions dillera$ ls -l total 40 lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 5 Jun 10 22:20 1.3 -> 1.3.1 drwxr-xr-x 8…

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MacBook LCD Screens- Gloss or Not?

There is a large amount of chatter regarding the new glossy LCD screens on the MacBooks, and the option to have one on your MacBook Pro. I found an amazing link to page that describes what the technical differences are, and why you want one or the other. It seems to me that it comes…

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Tiger is Good

Archive & Install is da bomb. Everything just works so far. I only have to upgrade VPN Tracker it seems. At this point I have no gripes, and I like the new mail (it seems way faster to me), but I should have just deleted all my existing email and let IMAP re-sync… instead Mail.app…

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Napoleon Dynamite Soundset for Adium

I hope you are using AdiumX for your messaging needs on the Mac. But wait– now that iChat does jabber natively, perhaps it is a worth a look, once I get Tiger. But back to the matter at hand– namely AdiumX. How are you alerted via sound regarding changes in status? Might I suggest you…

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Day Three- Still No Tiger for Me

So I still don’t have Tiger. Having fought so hard to keep my 10.3.9 machine working with firewire and usb, I’m actually able to resist the lure of a new Mac OS X operating system. I know it will make me angry. I’ve been hearing bad things about the new Mail.app. Which I rely on…

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Memory Sticks

The Good news: the MS Duo fits nicely in my generic USB all-in-one reader that I have on my G5. The Bad news: the MS Pro MagicGate 256 that I have won’t fit in the PSP. It seems that the Duo standard is not only half as big in length, its half as wide also…

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Linus Torvalds uses PowerPC not Intel for Linux

From Slashdot, who got it from ZDNet Australia: “As to the why … Part of it is simply that I wanted to try something else, and I felt like there were enough people testing the x86 side that it certainly didn’t need me. Part of it is that I personally believe there are two main…

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Apple, please buy Tivo

I hope this turns out to be true. I’m sick of reading about the Tivo Deathwatch… I love my Tivo and I’m not ready to invest the time and energy in Myth TV. Apple will do it right, and they should be flush with cash by now, after making their 40% on all the ipod…

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Treo650 BT DUN and the Mac

The authoritative how-to is at Trevor Harmon’s site. Thanks Trevor. Update on Feb 23 ’05 – I only ever used this once. It wacked the hell outta the T650. Nothing permanent, just massive reboots and it never worked. I’ll wait for PalmOne/Sprint to do the right thing……

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More SATA in my G5

I was just notified of my G5DriveBracket shipping, so I went out and ordered the SATA card I’ll use with it. I got the SATA card from FirmTek for $69, which is a nice deal, since Sonnet sells the same card for $99. I read about stuffing more drives into your G5 at Barefeats. They…

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My G5 is Fixed

All the trouble, toil and worry that I’ve had with this new Apple G5 was finally solved by calling Apple, putting up with the BS of the first level techs, getting to a 2nd level and calmly trying to explain the issues with this damn thing rebooting on its own. I’ve tried new harddrives, clean…

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Apple 10.3.6 OSX and Disappearing Firewire AIT Drives

Damn Apple and their shoddy upgrades. I heard about people losing Firewire drives with the 10.3.6 update, but I was thinking disk drives… so why did it take over a week to finally put 2 and 2 together and understand why my Retrospect backups were failing… on my external AIT firewire drive? It wasn’t showing…

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G5 UniProcessor Update

I got bit by the 5.1.5f1 Uni Processor Update on a 1.6G Mac, but not as bad as some. See the massive thread at the Apple boards. Funny, now the thread is locked. So apple released a fix today, and I’ve applied it– we’ll see what this does. Bottom line: Never install a firmware update…

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Glutton for Punishment or A Fool and His Money

So as soon as I heard about Information Appliance Associates BlackBerry Sync I went over and purchased it. I had already been completely burned by their PocketMac PocketPC sync a few years ago– It didn’t sync right and removing it caused my Mac to not be able to login (it messed up something in the…

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G5 ReBooting Problems Resolved

Well, it been weeks now, and I’ve had no rebooting. The trick? I re-installed a fresh os on a drive, then copied my home folder over and started installing apps. Actually, its surprising how well the Mac is congregating applications these days: i was able to just copy the apps from one drive to the…

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G5 Rebooting Saga

Unfortunately today my G5 again rebooted. It was up for over a day. So it has nothing to do with the hard-drive, or any corruption of any file. My next step is to move its mains plug around to another house circuit. There is talk that the PMU will act funny if there are line…

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Tame your Email with Mail.appetizer

Stefan Schüßler has written one of the most incredibly cool add-ons for Mail.app that I’ve seen. If you know anyone with a PC, then you’ve probably seen Outlook 2003. Have you noticed the cool translucent new mail notification it offers? When new mail arrives (it may only work with Exchange mailboxes) it momentarily floats up a…

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Cool App: Colloquy

A really cool open source IRC client for OSX is called Colloquy. It’s very scriptable, has nice features and looks cool. Similar to Adium, this is quite extensible and has a flexible plugin architecture that has spawned some cool stylings for the gui already. Features are: buddy list, DCC support, AppleScriptable, totally open source (they…

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G5 PMU Rebooting Update

So resetting the PMU on my G5 actually seemed to make it worse: it started rebooting about every three hours, instead of every other day. Perfect. I posted to Apple’s boards, hoping for some info but nothing so far. In desperation I cloned my boot disk over to an external FW800 drive. I used SuperDuper!…

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Nice OpenSource Editor for Mac: Smultron

I found this really cool editor today on What Do I Know’s Sidebar. Peter Borg has written a very nice, small Cocoa edior that has syntax colorization support for many scripting languages. I refuse to pay for the crappy BBedit and Textwrangler, and I was resigned to usingTextEdit. Smultron relieves me of this issue once…

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Desktop G5 Rebooting

This is driving me nuts. I’ve had this G5 (single cpu, 1.6G) for a few months, and now it’s started rebooting randomly for no apparent reason. I finally looked in the logs today and found the culprit: Jul 23 18:56:31 localhost kernel: ApplePMU::PMU FORCED SHUTDOWN, CAUSE = -122 Googling “PMU FORCED SHUTDOWN, CAUSE “ gave…

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