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Software developer. Polyglot. Maîtrise. Mostly O(log n).


Feb
27
comment How can I extract data from Toshiba Satellite with a dead Windows installation?
That's a good point. And too bad I can't +2 for Spinrite, it's legendary in data recovery…
Feb
27
comment How can I extract data from Toshiba Satellite with a dead Windows installation?
That's what I've been doing. However, the drive seems to be failing, so I was curious if there was some other way I might be able to copy more efficiently: something akin to Apple's firewire tethering.
Dec
28
comment Linksys WRT54G2, what revision is this router?
@Sarge, thanks. For new users of this hardware, some of which has several bar-codes and numbers, it just seemed necessary…
Dec
21
comment What options are there for generating custom text snippets on the Mac?
Moses, please re-tag this question with "mac" as well, and consider adding it to the question subject line. :)
Dec
21
comment Syncing bash profile between computers
Clever question!
Dec
20
comment Mac OS Desktop coordinate problem
I don't understand your question. You say that "each monitor goes from 0,0" but the implied "but not to…" is missing. What's "totalDesktopWidth"? Is that a variable is a program you're writing? As an aside: of course your screen isn't going to have a total width of 0…
Dec
13
comment iTunes causes the entire system to crash when downloading some media OS X
Thanks for your response. I +1ed it for "not iTunes", though it actually is. Sort of. I've updated my question with the (as of yet solution-less) cause. Thanks for taking the time to respond!
Dec
5
comment On unencrypted public wifi, what kind of real danger am I in?
While Joel's answer is true, sensitive information should always be tunnelled anyway. If you're worried that your IM traffic is being intercepted, get Adium or Pidgin with OTR, for example. MITM attacks can come from more than just your hotspot.
Dec
1
comment Ipv6 routers for home and smb
+1 for dd-wrt; been using it since it was in beta and love it. Would +2 for stating that few ISPs can actually handle IPv6. @MikeJ, don't worry too much. When your ISP needs to start using IPv6 they'll push hardware on you.
Dec
1
comment Why does my iTunes use so much CPU time?
I've often asked myself that question! Do you have a lot of Smart Playlists? Those are supposedly CPU hogs (though given the event-driven nature of cocoa I'm not sure why that would be). What you might do is start Spin Control (from the Developer Tools package) and sample iTunes when it hangs, which should be often, and take a peek at what it's doing. As an aside, I'm currently importing a CD with error correction AND playing the already-imported files AND importing (restoring from backup) iTunes Store TV shows and I'm only at 36% CPU usage.
Nov
30
comment Mac OS X: Best Way to Make an ISO from a CD or DVD
Yeah dd is the fastest, it is the disk druid, after all! :)
Nov
30
comment iTunes causes the entire system to crash when downloading some media OS X
SpinControl crashes when I try to view the logs. What a disaster... Great suggestion though.
Nov
23
comment How can I lock the mouse and keyboard but see the screen?
Wow. I love this answer!
Nov
23
comment iTunes causes the entire system to crash when downloading some media OS X
With this problem, do you see the AirPort menu item grey out as the connection is lost and recovered?
Nov
23
comment iTunes causes the entire system to crash when downloading some media OS X
Spin Control! Why didn't I think of that... Great suggestion Everett: I'll give it a shot.
Nov
17
comment iTunes causes the entire system to crash when downloading some media OS X
Also, when I do clean installs, I never restore podcasts or iTunes U media from backups: I re-download them anew.
Nov
17
comment iTunes causes the entire system to crash when downloading some media OS X
Hi Randolph, as I said, I've had this problem for many versions of iTunes and OS X. I've always done clean installs, so essentially, yes to your first question. As for re-creating my library, I have done so from Time Machine backups, but I can't feasibly re-create it from scratch. Disk surface is fine.
Jul
20
comment Hungry Time Machine
Wrong! The only two things I listed that are excluded by default is Safari's cache and system logs, the latter of which is of trivial size on a home computer. Furthermore, almost everything else I listed aside from system logs would be included in the backup, like Firefox's caches, which are not stored in (~)/Library/Caches but in ~/Library/Application Support. Admittedly, that is a pretty cool, so +1 for teaching me something, snark notwithstanding ;)
Jul
15
comment Isolating external hard drive failure?
Thanks alexandru, I totally forgot about DW. I'll give that a shot. And no, I didn't disconnect the drive without unmounting it. I do use the drive a lot though, so it's certainly not inconceivable that I've burnt something out…
Jul
15
comment Isolating external hard drive failure?
Nope, silent save the fan. Should have said that to begin with.