Posts Tagged ‘Mac OS X’

A Purpose DrivenŽ review in the making…

Thursday, December 18th, 2003

Charles Sebold over at is currently reviewing The Purpose-DrivenŽ Life. He’s already done Day 0 (Introduction) and also Day 1.

It’ll be interesting to see the points Charles brings up as his analysis of the book unfolds over the next month or so, especially considering what some others have had to say about the book.

I’ve read his web log (the Living Torah Journal) for a while now and have found that he has a lot of great insight (in addition to being a fellow computer geek, one who uses Linux and Mac OS — and even Emacs).

Mac OS X 10.3.2 released

Thursday, December 18th, 2003

Now that I have a Mac laptop again, it’s nice to see that Lord of the Rings movie. (:

GNOME 2.4 almost in Fink

Friday, December 12th, 2003

It seems that GNOME 2.4 is almost in Fink.

In case you’re wondering, Fink is a package management system and software repository for Mac OS X. Recent versions of KDE have existed in the apt-gettable repository for a while now, but GNOME 2.x hasn’t really been added yet, so this is a welcome pre-announcement. (:

How my girlfriend saved my laptop (without knowing it)

Sunday, November 2nd, 2003

The other week, I added an account to my Mac laptop specifically for Julia. Well, things went wrong after installing Panther, (Mac OS X version 10.3), and my laptop became unresponsive. Because I had previously added Julia as a user before I upgraded, I decided to log into her account and run the user administration tool. Her account is not an admin-enabled account, but from logging in using her user, I was able to add an alternate administrator account (after giving the system password), clean from any preference problem.

After adding the new administrator account, I quickly logged in using "fast user switching" (which I had also just enabled). From the temporary account, I was able to move files around (specifically the preferences) and isolate pretty much any problem. Through trial and error, I finally managed to get my computer back to a working state.

Interestingly enough, my work computer also had a similar problem and I can thank Brent for being an additional user there.

On both machines, programs would hang and crash time and time again. On my Mac laptop, the character palette would launch unrequested each and every time I logged in, too. It was almost comical, except that the system would become unresponsive, unable to even log out or shut down most of the time (getting it to do so took a long time and was sort of like a game of Russian Roulette rebooting).

I suppose that I could have booted the machines into single user mode, but rebooting each time to test that a changed worked (or not) would have been slow and aggrevating.

Moral of the story: add a user wthout much configured before (or immediately after) upgrading Mac OS X! It’s good to have another user account there just in case anything goes wrong.

So, big thanks to both Julia (for my laptop) and Brent (for the work box) for having me make users for them on my Macs. (:

The spiffy skatters desktop set-up

Friday, July 25th, 2003

My friend Steve Ruff, also known as "skatters", has a really cool set-up for his "control center". He has three large monitors, with the middle apparently a flat-panel. The left-most screen is hooked up to a Dell running Red Hat Linux 9 with Ximian Desktop 2. The two to the right of it belong to a PowerMac running Mac OS X in a dual-head manner.

The backgrounds on his displays are from my "Quick Duke Trip" set.

Check out a photograph of his computer command center. It rocks!

Internet Explorer for the Mac is pretty much dead too

Saturday, June 14th, 2003

Microsoft is killing off Internet Explorer for the Mac. The company already pronounced the Windows version of IE dead not but a short while ago.

In other Microsoft-is-killing-something-off news, the company has bought a Linux-based anti-virus company and has killed their product too.

Discontinuing the two products also will play into competition and influence, simply because Microsoft has a very large presence within the world of computers. The impact will not be as great as with Internet Explorer for Windows being shelved, however.

The death of IE for Windows is a huge blow to web standards. We’re going to be stuck with a broken browser for around seven more years (if Longhorn makes its estimated debut in 2005), as it takes a few years before a browser can be considered "phased out". Think of Netscape Navigator 4.x. The old Navigator browser is just now going away — and only after tons of effort.

At least Mac OS X has Safari and does not have to rely on Internet Explorer any more. Thankfully, the lack of IE on Linux has furthered Mozilla’s development over the years. As Mozilla is available for all platforms, we can hope that adoption might be increased over time. With more people raving about it, hopefully more and more will install it on their computers. We can hope. Still, even if 75% percent of the web browsing population suddenly switched to Mozilla overnight (a very optimistic number), there still would be around one-in-four using Internet Explorer. Such a dwindled number would still be a large enough percentage to care how sites look in Microsoft’s non-compliant browser. That’s quite a bit of market influence to be tied up in one company, especially one determined to be a monopoly by the courts of the land.

Security alert!

Sunday, February 9th, 2003

Confused about the Homeland Security Alert System? You’re not in bad company; many police across the nation sure are. You can find out more straight from USA Today or read CNN’s meaning of the colors.

For those with a Mac, there’s even a Homeland Alert status applet for Mac OS X now, complete with a screenshot.

Besides the fact that the system is mostly meaningless for color-blind people, there are many who think the system needs lots of improvement.

Personally, I don’t think the system is much good at all. Maybe I’m misstaken about the whole thing, but it seems to benefit the news media first and foremost, and does not change the impression or plans of any would-be terrorists. An attack can still happen if we are in blue or green "terroritory". People are getting searched everywhere now. If the country goes into an even higher state of alert, is everyone supposed to get stripsearched going to the supermarket?

Besides, without consulting a chart or anything, which color is the current graphic? Is it yellow, red, or orange? It’s not so clear in that graphic that had a gradient that seems to go from red in the center to yellow in the periphery.

Other countries seem to do fine without any Star Trek-like colorized propaganda meter. I think that terrorism is a very bad thing, but having even more facets of our lives being ruled in terror is exactly what any terrorist would want. The little alert status just adds to the fear which is already too prevalent in our society.

Please share your views on this matter by posting a comment below. I’d love to hear what others think about this matter.

By-the-way, we’re currently in a state of orange hair alert. *grin*