Archive for May, 2005

The Experience Mirror Project

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Flying Thing

Reflected Blob

Seen on the EMP while waiting for friends at Folklife.

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Pouty Ben

Pouty Ben

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Some pictures from this weeks weblog meetup. Sorry, no wookies.

Tiger still has some issues for me. Mail.app is still terribly slow reflecting that the status of mail messages has changed, either by showing the new mail notification in the dock for minutes after items have been deleted as spam or not showing the notification when new items come in.

X11.app has some issues with copy and paste, so that pasting from an xterm to aqua sometimes crashes the xterm with a bad atom error message. I’d never seen this before Tiger,and reverting to Panther’s X11.app helps a bit.

widget on the desktop I really like the dashboard, but especially the ‘dev mode’ setting. (see item 2 here) The setting allows you to drag dashboard items off the dashboard layer and into a floating layer above the rest of your windows. I’m using this for an ambient monitor of a server, a green dot if it’s up, red if it’s down. On my bigger display, I’ve got the weather widget shining light or raining on whatever window is under it. Someone should hack this so that the window underneath starts to ripple an run.

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Monarch on a fern

Monarch on a leaf

Julia on a flower

Monarch on a leaf 2

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Tiger Impressions

UPS was nice to me on Wednesday, delivering a shiny new lens for the camera and a DVD of Tiger. Three installs later, I’m pretty happy with Tiger.

On the desktop, a g4/400. Ancient machine, has 10.1 through 10.4 installed and runnable, as well as 9 and 9.2. While adding a new drive for Tiger, I discovered that the dual drive Oxford 911 firewire case doesn’t boot off of the second drive. That’s only a minor issue, as I have a ton of other partitions to work from.

On the ibook/500, we did an upgrade install, pretty much uneventful. It’s had a couple of issues attaching to the airport network when waking from sleep, but that seems over now.

The tibook was going to be an upgrade install (after a full backup), but drive errors forced the wipe of the os partition. So that became a clean install. My home directory was on a separate partition, so it was unaffected, but I do still need to go find all the little bits and pieces that I’ve installed all over the place, (python stuff, subversion, mysql, postgres, imagemagick, …)

All in all, it’s not a huge update. It seems faster in most cases, shinier in almost all cases. I’m starting to poke around with CoreData, which was the real driving force behind the upgrade right now.

My one major disappointment is mail.app. It’s always had some issues with my mail server (dbmail) but it’s worse with this version. It churned on importing my existing messages (100k) overnight, then all morning hammered the server downloading everything again. It’s taking far too long to deal with junk mail or anything that’s not in the main inbox. That said, it is snappier for my one pop account, so I may need to rethink what I’m using as a mail server.

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A couple more Zoo Pics

Komodo Dragon

A Komodo Dragon


One Hippo, all alone


The Jaguar

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At the zoo…

Wandering around the zoo last weekend, we found Tigers and Penguins, but there were no Longhorns to be found. Perhaps they haven’t shipped yet?

Big cats

Penguin belly flop

And trying very hard to be respectful of this otter, but I only got the hind half.
Respectful of otter?

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