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September 14, 2011

Blake.

I first met Blake when he was literally just a kid, maybe 7 or 8 years old. His dad taught at my high school and was one of the reasons that I really started to enjoy the creative and technological intricacies of media production and photography. Blake’s dad ran the media centre, the school’s television … Read the rest of this item

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October 22, 2008

OS9. WTF? VNC. FTW!

No, you’re not seeing things … that’s a small sliver of 4D’s WebStar 4.4 running under OS 9 (9.1 to be exact, not Classic). This post could be simple documentation of my attempt to unify the administration of the servers residing in my basement. That would be absolutely true. But in all honesty, I’m just … Read the rest of this item

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December 29, 2006

Several years late and a dollar short.

MacNN reports that Big Blue has finally released an OS X-savvy version of its venerable Lotus Notes collaboration suite. The press release states: “ … with IBM Lotus Notes 7.0.2 for OS X, Mac users have the collaboration power they’ve been waiting for … ” Mac users? As in multiple? Shouldn’t that read “ … … Read the rest of this item

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October 28, 2005

Finder poppin’ good.

Sweet mother of crap. After several years in software stasis (and quite frankly stating that he wasn’t even working on Macs anymore…) the indubitably talented Turly has resurfaced with an OS X savvy version of FinderPop. This contextual menu extension still makes my life more pleasant during those regressions back to OS 9 and Classic … Read the rest of this item

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December 1, 2003

By your command.

Mad props to Phil Dokas who managed to absolve me of one more niggling OS X quirk that had been stuck in my craw. He pointed to this handy tip on how to reinstate Command-N as the default keyboard shortcut for creating a new folder. The beautiful thing about this tip is that it doesn’t … Read the rest of this item

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May 20, 2003

Got time for a date?

Thanks to this slightly dated thread over at Mac OS X Hints and a brief refresher on standard Unix date and time formatting, I now have the day and date alongside the time in my menubar clock. Gosh, I’m feeling positively Now Utilities all over again. Why simple things like this have been left out … Read the rest of this item

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May 20, 2003

Pixel imperfect.

Since I first mentioned how I was tinkering with various OS X Finder settings to customize the views, I’ve had a few requests from viewers wanting to know what my windows looked like using 9 point aliased fonts. I’m reasonably happy with how the text labels look on the desktop, but the list and column … Read the rest of this item

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February 23, 2003

Stop your whining.

Oh dear. The startup drive on this server is beginning to sound like an F-15 winging its way to some Kuwaiti air strip. Fortunately, the entire server gets backed up nightly alternating between two incremental images on a completely separate drive. None of my hostees need to worry about their data being irretrievably strewn amidst … Read the rest of this item

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March 23, 2001

Got Fonts?

In the earlier releases of Mac OS X, there was a curious little fellow that lived in the Fonts panel called the “Buy Fonts” button. A few eyebrows were raised and collective mumblings were shared between onlookers of the typographic variety, and then the “Buy Fonts” button quietly slid out of view and out of … Read the rest of this item

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.

January 31, 2001

MacHTTP lives!

Somewhere around four years ago, before I moved this site onto the Quadra 950 that’s running the show right now, I used MacHTTP on a cute little IIcx with an infinitesimal 8MB of memory. MacHTTP was the original web server software for the Mac and after a six year hiatus, it seems to have resurfaced … Read the rest of this item

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