Tag: mac

New MacBook Air

As I’ve mentioned on my CanuckInBermuda site, I just bought a new 11” MacBook Air. This thing is slick. It is based on Flash storage, and it is tiny, quiet, and responsive. The keyboard is great, which Apple always seems to get right and the trackpad is perfect as usual.

I have the same resolution in 11” as I do in my 15.6” work laptop. Sharp to say the least. However, one thing I noticed after I installed a few of my usual apps was this strange blipping noise which would intrude on me at seemingly random times. I knew it was coming from somewhere but wasn’t sure what. In fact, I could remember something like this happening before on my last new machine. So the purpose of this post is to remind me when I get a new Mac again that it is Skype which is the culprit. By default it has a notification sound whenever someone on my list signs in. Argh. Not useful at all really.

November 9, 2010

Snow Leopard: SSL config clobbered

So today I sit down to do a bit of work on my website only to find that my local version of the site won’t load. It is saying that it can’t reach my server. Well, since the server is running on this very machine, it was clearly an issue with the server software. And I realized that since I recently upgraded to Snow Leopard, it was likely something with the Apache configuration files.

Long story short, it was the SSL configuration file. It is located at /etc/apache2/extra/httpd-ssl.conf and it had been overwritten with the default file. So it pointed to a certificate that didn’t exist. It was thanks to Time Machine that I was able to quickly recover from this. Otherwise I would have had to remember the changes I had made. Let this be a warning to anyone else who hasn’t already upgraded and who has customized the SSL config. This could manifest itself as a server that won’t start (bad) or as an improperly configured security setup (worse).

September 13, 2009

MacHeist 3 bundle

Since my usual M.O. is to mention all of the bundles of Mac software I am aware of, I guess it is high time that I mention this one. For anyone I haven’t contacted directly or who saw over Twitter, there is a new MacHeist bundle available. The third annual in fact, and unlike most or all of the others, MacHeist donates a portion of the sales to charity. In this case, 25% of the sales, and so far over $400,000 has been raised. The trick to the bundle is that the more they sell, the more extra software becomes available. And periodically throughout the life of the promotion, they will add additional apps to maintain interest.

So if you haven’t, you have a little less than 2 days to head over and pick up $800+ worth of software for only $39. You would spend that at one nice meal out. And almost $10 goes to charity (you can choose which from a list, or split it evenly).

I will admit that some of the apps in that list won’t appeal to everyone. There is a $300 3D animation application for example. There is also an app which is used with iPhones and iPod touches, so if you don’t have one and have no intention, then that isn’t useful. Likewise for iSale, the eBay application.

However, if you haven’t purchased a bundle before, this might be a good time to start. There are a couple of great apps for editing photos (something that most people find themselves needing to do). There is also a program call SousChef, which is used to organize and share recipes. Or more important for people like me with no culinary experience, you can search and download recipes from a large, growing collection online. And it will generate a shopping list for you.

There are also a couple of games included, such as the surprisingly fun and addicting World of Goo. However, perhaps my favourite application that I’ve had a chance to try out is Times. This one was just added as a bonus application just yesterday. Simply put, it is a news reader. Not that there aren’t other options, even free ones, available, but this one strikes a balance between function and fun and ends up with a fantastic result. This is one which I will continue to use. Basically, instead of an email like interface of feeds and headlines and a display pane, Times looks and behaves like a newspaper. Really it needs to be seen for full effect, so check out the screen shots, or better yet, own it yourself when you buy the bundle.

But hurry, there isn’t much time left.

April 5, 2009

Mac Bundle Box

Just a heads up for everyone, there is another Mac Bundle Box happening now—until 12 March. Over $300 worth of software for $49. Honestly though, there is only one item there that I personally want but you may feel otherwise. If you have been following along with the MacHeist missions, you would have access to some other software which is quite similar to this stuff—for free. I also suspect that there will be another MacHeist bundle soon, so you might want to hold out for that.

The one thing that I do like the look of is Code Collector Pro which seems to be like iTunes but for my code snippets. And it supports/uses TextMate bundles so it can highlight all of the languages that I use. It is only $25 on its own, so I might just buy that alone. :)

March 7, 2009


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