Bill Eccles: August 2009 Archives

Is the option to keep the most recent version of a file new in the MobileMe preferences (shown below)? Or have I not noticed it before?

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Snow Leopard (MacOS X 10.6) really doesn’t offer a whole lot of new features. But some of the refinements, such as the AirPort “searching” ping! are just plain nice.

Before 10.6, clicking the eject button next to a mounted volume in the Finder’s Sidebar yielded no action until the volume was actually ejected. And if something was using a file on that disk, it would warn you about that fact and then do nothing. You just wasted two clicks.

Now, if you click the eject button, the volume is immediately grayed out. And it stays that way until it’s not busy anymore, at which point it gets ejected. Or “put away,” if you remember that terminology.

Updated: Aw, crud. Turns out I was wrong about that busy thing. Finder still insists on telling you that you just wasted a click. Poop. gray_disk.jpg

And when a server gets disconnected, as often happens when I go from LAN to VPN mode, you can tell MacOS to ignore the fact that it lost the connections to those volumes, as shown below.

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Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Now with 20% less pestering!

The other day, I noticed that the magnifying glass indicated when spotlight is busy indexing files.

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But that’s old news since it applied to Leopard. Today, I noticed that, though it seems to take a lot longer to connect to my AirPort network, Snow Leopard animates the process of searching for a wireless connection. The AirPort symbol “emits” a ping that goes out and comes back in as it searches. I tried to record it with QuickTime’s screen recorder, but it doesn’t record the menu bar.

Or maybe that’s old with Leopard, too, and I’m just noticing it because Snow Leopard takes longer to find a network. Anybody got a clue?

Well, fixing this gripe alone is worth the $29 that Apple is charging for MacOS X Snow Leopard. I use that dialog box constantly and the changes in it address all of my previous concerns.

In my previous post on the subject, I complained that the dialog box pops into existance with two active-looking controls. (Problem 1.) No more. Only the text field is highlighted, and tab takes you to the list box where…

…no item is highlighted, but pressing the down arrow selects the first item in the list and then down from there. Pressing the up arrow selects the last item in the list and then up from there. That solves Problem 2, and it’s more intuitive than my original suggestion of using a grayed-out item (which may or may not have matched the item in the text field, so Apple’s one up on me there).

Problem 3 is solved, too, as resizing the dialog box no longer deselects anything that shouldn’t be deselected.

Alas, Snow Leopard doesn’t fix Problem 4. I won’t hold my breath, but I think that fix is just around the corner.

Updated: Looks like at least Problems 2 and 3 were fixed prior to 10.6, sometime in one of the later 10.5.x releases. But I’ll still pretend they were fixed in Snow Leopard to make me like the little kitty all that much the more. Besides, Problem 1 is a big one, and I’m glad it got fixed in 10.6.

It’s not a surprise since it was announced many moons ago, but MacOS X Server 10.6, a.k.a., “Snow Leopard,” is Intel-only.

What this means to you, friends, is that I will not be able to provide you with updates on whether or not your PHP installation will be broken by system updates and on whether or not your Time Machine backups are really all there or not.

Sure, that lovely aluminum box in the basement simply radiates strength and beauty simultaneously, but its dual PowerPC G5s are, sadly, Motorola and not Intel processors. (I rather like Motorola’s processors. But they screwed the pooch a few years back and there are just too many other good processors out there, including Intel’s, to be dogmatic in my loyalty.) And I can’t quite justify buying an Intel Mac for the family E-mail and web server… even though all it’d take is one of them new Mac minis… hmm…

(Snap out of it, Bill! Quit daydreaming!)

Or even a refurbished Mac Pro…

(I said stop!)

Hey! Refurbished 20” iMacs are only $850… shipped!

(Will someone please hit him?!)

Great. The President takes a vacation at taxpayer’s expense when most taxpayers can’t afford to take them this year.

For the rest of us who work for a living—especially my wife, who is working twenty hour days to afford his government and to save as much as possible before his health care and tax nightmares set in—this is insulting.

This here is some really funny stuff. While the article itself is funny (do not drink milk while reading it), the comments that follow are even funnier.

I’ve always wondered why Jabba lived in a world of sand. When you’re a giant slug, I’d think somewhere a bit… slimier or wetter would be better.

And I wonder if anybody ever sprinkled some salt on him just to see if he noticed. For that matter, did Jabba ever drink beer?

This script will look through a bunch of tracks selected in the iTunes window and will attempt to clean up the “feat” (which takes care of “feat.” or “featuring”) info in the Artist field. It’ll try to make it look nice by making it say “(with so-and-so)” instead.

It’ll make this: BeforeCleanup.png look like this: AfterCleanup.png in one swell foop!

Download the script from here, unzip it, open it with Script Editor, and read the instructions contained in the script.

Clean Up Featured Artist Info.zip

Feel free to comment below.

(By the way, the artist I’m showcasing here is my mom’s cousin, Dr. Bette Stalnecker performing with The Jordanaires.)

This script will look through a bunch of tracks selected in the iTunes window and will attempt to move any information in the track name that follows the words “feat” (which takes care of “feat.” or “featuring”) or “with” and moves that info to the Artist field. It’ll try to make it look nice by making it say “(with so-and-so)” in the Artist field.

It’ll make this: BeforeMoveScript.png look like this: AfterMoveScript.png in one swell foop!

Download the script from here, unzip it, open it with Script Editor, and read the instructions contained in the script.

Move Featured Artist Info.zip

Feel free to comment and stuff below.

(By the way, the artist I’m showcasing here is my mom’s cousin, Dr. Bette Stalnecker performing with The Jordanaires.)

At a recent Town Hall meeting, Our Dear Leader said he wouldn’t sign healthcare reform legislation that raised the national debt a dime over the coming decade.

And he means it!

Good.

So let’s take him up on his word (he means it!) and demand that Congress add a “revoke if this has added a dime to the national deficit” clause into their massive piece-of-crap healthcare reform bill.*

And if Our Dear Leader had the cojones to do it himself, we wouldn’t have to tell our Congress to do it for him.

Click here to contact your Representative.

Click here to contact your Senator.

(I am left wondering how he’ll ensure that the costs are delayed by ten years…)


*Any healthcare reform bill that doesn’t even mention tort reform is 100% crap. Be sure to mention that in your letter.

Good news!

Instead of a 1000-page health care “reform” bill, all we need is good ol’-fashioned lawsuits like this craptacular claim.

Let’s get some things straight, people:

Swine flu is milder than regular flu.

And it might kill you. But so will the “regular” flu..

And if you are unhealthy in general, you have a better chance of getting sicker and dying than other people.

Glad to know that Blame Somebody Else is alive and well.

Tort reform? We don’t need no stinkin’ tort reform!

MacOS X Server Security Update 2009-004 appears to be PHP neutral.

Through not-so-rigorous testing (i.e., comparing the results of “php -i” before and after the upgrade), I have determined that the latest update appears to change nothing in my PHP installation. Your mileage may vary.

I passed an Aston Martin DB-9 this morning, and, Man! am I sore!

Here’s why.

Did this really happen? Yes.

And if you thought healthcare was some screwed up system, you ain’t ventured into the realm of patents yet…

Hogwash: Blogger Doesn't Know Jack

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Article here.

Douglas Karr is the President and CEO of DK New Media, LLC. DK New Media services large and medium-sized businesses in online marketing, social media and search engine strategies.

But he doesn’t know the first thing about Apple and the iPhone, as he so aptly demonstrates.

The premise of his piece is that Apple is waging war against people and companies who are using the iPhone and its infrastructure in ways that Apple didn’t intend for them to. Whether or not Apple is “waging war” is not the subject of

The 10.5.8 update doesn’t appear to touch your custom StdExclusions.plist file if you updated it according to a previous post on this subject. But it also doesn’t fix the inherent problem.

The file I refer to is

/System/Library/CoreServices/backupd.bundle/Contents/Resources/StdExclusions.plist

and under “ContentsExcluded” is

/private/var/spool

the default location for the mail store. You’ll want to make sure that’s still commented out.

MacOS X Server Update 10.5.8 appears to be PHP neutral.

Through not-so-rigorous testing (i.e., comparing the results of “php -i” before and after the upgrade), I have determined that the latest update appears to change nothing in my PHP installation. Your mileage may vary.