Saturday, August 12, 2006

Heard a faint Quack !!

I thought .... if I am ever going to get out of my Ubuntu non-booting mess, I am probably going to have to re-install, maybe Breezy .... so I should try to backup my configurations.

I installed a filesystem extension for ext2 for MacOSX, started the Cube in Target Disk Mode, plugged the firewire from the Cube to my iMac running MacOSX and tried using the extension to mount the Cube's Linux partition.

Interesting, it said it could not mount because of disk corruption, and suggested I use to fix it (I was astonished!!).

Anyway, it tried to fix it, said it had failed, but the disk mounted ...... I copied my config files and thought .... I wonder if it will boot now?

Well .... it did !!!!

So now I have a working machine again ..... but is it going to be reliable ?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


As a follow-up to my remarks about CalDAV yesterday ......

Hardmac reports that Apple have setup MacOSForge, with a project called Darwin Calendar Server, an implementation of CalDAV in Python.

Monday, August 07, 2006

The duck still twitches

The bug that is stopping my old Mac Cube running Ubuntu seems to have been found before the 6.06 release, which is not great ...... also it is found in fedora core apparently.

A solution is in the source code now, ready to be released in 6.07.

Do I wait? Or do I try to compile a pre-release?

WWDC 2006 - First thoughts

Time Machine
- Please Deity, let it be based on a standard Subversion repository .... and btw. how does it work with other apps than the ones that were demo'd?
Mail - Stop adding stuff like pretty templates to it and make it more reliable please. RSS in my in-box, mmmmmm (not).
Spotlight - Across networks, great, but does it let you type into the search box yet, without being interrupted by the search?
iCal - Calendaring API ... good, we will get more integrated apps from 3rd parties ....
CalDAV - Lovely but can I do this cross-platform?
MacPro - I'd love one, but only X2 ? So, four Intel core are only twice as fast as two G5 cores?
Dashcode - If I can use the tools outside of a widget context, then great ! Does this mean Safari also gets a debugger ? Drosera ?
Alex - still pronounces 'Apple' like Steven Hawkins.
Core Animation - Yummy ...... where's the apps ...... we have seen so little for the other Cores ......
iChat - Tabbing looks useful. Hopefully the screen sharing is based on VNC. Maybe all this new stuff will work with Jabber/GoogleTalk one of these days?

Missing :
MacBookPro - No upgrade to Merom? That will disappoint some friends .....
iMac - No upgrade to Conroe? That will disappoint me!
iChat-Voip - Was heavily rumoured ... in a way I am glad they did not add it, they would likely have screwed it up by tying it into .Mac or something .......
Metal - YES !!!! There seems to be less brushed metal, I hated it !!

Maybe I am getting bitter in my Mac old age ..... but I hope that underneath all of the razmataz of the "family features" of MacOSX Leopard, that Apple have improved on the stability, reliability, responsiveness of Tiger, resolved some of the many bugs (the Finder being the biggest).

Funny how I setup a versioning filesystem on Ubuntu, it dies, then Time Machine is announced :-/

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Ubuntu: Dead Duck

How enthusiastic I was about Ubuntu in my last post :-)

Ubuntu gradually white-screened more and more on reboot, shutting down and starting up ......
Now I cannot even boot off the installer CDs !!

I tried resetting the PRAM.
I tried what is suggests in yaboot.

I have a non-standard video card in the Cube, but it obviously works and I can't see Ubuntu caring what was originally in a machine as old and obscure as this.

I am disappointed now :_(

Friday, August 04, 2006

Trying Ubuntu

Two blog entries in one day !!!! My readers are going to flip !!!

I have a gorgeous old Mac Cube, it was not doing much .....
A recent upgrade to QuickTime crashed half way though, trashing the hard disk, bummer !

A dear friend and Über Geek had recommended I run Linux here (I plan to to setup Asterisk to run a Voip PBX) so I decided to take the plunge and install Ubuntu.

It went really smoothly, Grandma could have done it.

Basically you download an ISO of the install CD, burn it with something like FireStarter FX, stick the CD in the Cube, reboot holding down the 'C' key and in a few minutes you are up and running.

If you like what you see, there is an installer on the CD to put this on your boot drive.

Within a short time, I had Apache 2, mod_dav_svn, mod_ssl and mod_dnssd configured and running providing me with a secure, versioning webDav file repository, mountable in the MacOSX Finder and accessible from SVN clients, with the added bonus of everything accessible via Bunjour (ZeroConf).

I would say that this rocks !!!

As a desktop platform, it is not even close to MacOSX 10.0 for many reasons, but the ease of setup and update of server processes is far superior. My guess is Ubuntu will go far!!!!

Google Photo Sharing

Google just released photo upload tools for MacOSX for their Photo Upload site, Picasa.

I just posted this album of largely random photos from my recent holiday in Holland as a test.

In holland
Aug 4, 2006 - 23 Photos

First impressions ?
I do not think Flickr need to be too worried yet .....
A free Picasa account has a higher space allocation than the free Flickr one, but the levels of community participation in Picasa do not seem close ...... if that is important to you .....
Hey! I have not even worked out how to view photos from other users yet ;-)