Jun 24

Jun 24

This is a portion of an OS X Leopard screen when trying to connect to a Windows network share. Look closely at the picture below, and try to find the easter egg.

Leopard failing to connect to a Windows Share
Jun 15

Jeremy Clarkson BBC’s Top Gear website have a new featurette / game that allows you to play the part of Clarkson and Hammond and sort through placards with cars on them and place them on the Cool Wall. Each car you place on the Cool Wall will entice Clarkson to give his judgement on your choice, and his opinion on the car itself. If you register (which I haven’t done) you can save your walls and you can also contribute in a Web2.0-ish communistique effort to have the peoples’ choice in what car is cool and what isn’t. In other words, other people can see your choices.

So, if you have 10 minutes to kill, enjoy it at the Top Gear Cool Wall.

Jun 10

45865_f260.jpgThe Most Outlandish Computer Comparison Ever!

Awesome comparison, I really enjoyed reading this and the extent that these guys went through to measure the performance of both machines. Naturally the whole comparison is flawed simply because of the ‘generation gap’ between the two machines, but it’s all a joke and I was thoroughly entertained by this.

PS. I know that this article is a little old now, I haven’t really had time (read: couldn’t be bothered for a few days) until now to update my blog. Sorry.

May 28

Courtesy of The Register, a well-written analytical piece of the age-old discussion of which operating system is more secure: Windows or Linux.
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May 24

Courtesy of GlenWolsey.com, a Flickr collection of the “top 10″ multi-display Mac setups. I don’t agree with the 1 x 30″ and 1 x 20″ together photo (labeled “Credit: pasdecontraintes”), not that it isn’t cool or anything, but that is really just two mis-matched monitors connected to the one computer. Not that interesting, and definitely not “top 10″ material in my book.

My favourite? The first picture with the Apple logo on the wall (very Apple store-ish :P) and the last with the 3 23″ Apple displays — very nice indeed.

May 16

A friend of mine brought to my attention a news article that was published (at least online) by The Australian newspaper on May 15th, 2007 by Andrew Colley, in regards to how a telecommunications analyst company called Market Clarity has declared that the state of broadband in Australia is much better than perceived. So much so, that Australia’s broadband scene apparently has jumped ranks from 17th in the world to 6th. I’m sure the federal government and the opposition will rip into this report to get the juicy morsels of “facts” to debate about on no end.
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May 14

Just a quick video of my A1200 booting up. According to the video, I flick the switch at the 15sec mark, and it boots completely at the 27sec mark, making it from switching on to desktop in 12 seconds.

I’d like to see a modern computer do that :)

May 12

Well I had plonked the trusty Commodore 1084S monitor that has been with us since our Amiga 1000 back in 1988 on my Ikea Jerker add-on shelf, and decided to connect it to the A1200 that I had made some room for on my desk and use the machine with its original hardware and peripherals.

Naturally, the A1200 performed like a champ, and once I figured out how to install the Compact Flash/PCMCIA drivers into the system, I instantly had 1GB of flash RAM available to the machine to use as an extra disk. To tell you the truth, I struggled a little with the installation of the drivers, as I expected and looked for any missing steps or configs I thought I would have needed to adjust, but no all I had to do was just copy the files across and reboot. How’s that for It Just Works(tm)? Remember this is a machine designed back in 1992, and it’s accessing 1GB Compact Flash cards formatted as FAT32 volumes.
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Apr 28

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have made a small but important change to the way comments are now handled within this blog. I had installed Akismet for WordPress to thwart comment spamming attempts, and although it is a very good plugin and has been very effective, it wasn’t until recently that some of the spam messages would filter through.

I did the responsible thing and let Akismet know that these new messages are also spam (if you are familiar with how Akismet works, you would know that all spam messages are filtered against a known list that is stored on Akismet’s servers, and new spam that filters through can be reported so this list is updated all the time), but the fact that these spam messages are filtering through at an increasing rate goes to show that the comment spammers are picking up their game.

So I have added a Captcha system, I’m sure most of you out there are familiar with how this system works. A random image with random characters will appear below the text area and you will need to enter in the characters shown for your post to submit successfully. This extra step in human intervention will ensure that only humans with (somewhat?) good intentions will have their messages submitted, while the automated spamming comment bots out there will be knocked back. And for those who hire humans to submit comment spam, well their efforts will be slowed down and most probably filtered by Akismet which is still enabled, which will allow me to counter these attempts.

Oh, and I changed the theme of the blog as well :) Something a little more Mac-Web2.0ish. The side menu is collapsable and draggable as well.