BeOS is the new Amiga

June 4, 2003

I hate to say this about something I once loved, but the BeOS — or more accurately, the community that is still around it — is becoming the Millennial version of the Amiga.

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NoteTaker vs. NoteBook

May 13, 2003

Aquaminds NoteTaker has deservedly received some good press recently. But as it happens, it has a competitor from the same family tree. Circus Ponies NoteBook is based on the same source code, from a product originally written for NeXTSTEP. It’s just been released, and has a competitive upgrade price of only $10 — a no brainer.

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I need a calendar

May 12, 2003

I was recently trying to give someone a date for an upcoming event, and I didn’t have a good way to put a calendar in front of my face while sitting at my computer here at home. I don’t use iCal, because it doesn’t synchronize events with my Outlook schedule on Windows at work, making it essentially useless; for just a monthly calendar, it takes too long to launch. I want something very small, with a clean, simple interface. I don’t need a scheduler, I just want a small, navigable monthly calendar.

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Mounting disks in Mac OS X

April 26, 2003

This might be so obvious it’s not actually a tip, but I just learned it today. This is a tip that’s useful if you have more than one hard disk in your Mac OS X system. With more than one disk (or partition), it’s occasionally useful to unmount a hard disk, either to “hide” it from some activity or utility you’re using, to run a disk checking utility on the unmounted volume, or just to keep down the clutter on your desktop. But how do you get it back, without rebooting?

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Mac OS X ~/Library permissions

April 22, 2003

Note to future self: the next time you re-install Mac OS X from scratch, remember that the reason why PHP cannot access include files in your ~/Library/WebServer folder is because the permissions on the ~/Library directory forbid read access to all but owner.

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Mac OS X system migration

April 21, 2003

As part of my hard disk replacement, I decided to do a complete reinstall of the operating system for my Mac G4. This is different from the Archive & Install project I undertook last year, I actually installed Mac OS X 10.2 onto an erased hard disk, created my account from scratch, and have been re-installing all my software, and copying over settings and documents as I need them.

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DHI 78-80

March 26, 2003

Daily Home Improvements: hardware upgrades, scraping up crap, and for sale!, a 19” Trinitron monitor!

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More info on Archive and Install

September 24, 2002

Apple has published a (brief) Knowledge Base document discussing the Archive and Install feature for upgrading to Jaguar. The document’s short on details; I think you’ll find my series of articles is more informative.

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