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...only so much of a VHS VCR I am willing to disassemble without much, much better instructions than I have. Made the picture output on the Samsung SV5000W a little better for now by flexing around where it apparently loses ground due to cold solder joints.
It may be better to get a different device to get my PAL VHS tapes converted, but for now I can at least do some.
In the 'What were they thinking' department|
I'm OK with shooting myself in the foot, but I don't need an Operating System to do it for me!
Apple has this neato concept called Time Machine - relatively painless backups. Which are all well and good when your files are backed up. Sadly, Apple quietly and behind the curtains chooses not to back up some files and directories.
It seems that Apple doesn't think that the tabs a user has open in a browser count as user data. Even though Safari provides a setting so you can choose to have your tabs re-opened when Safari restarts. Nice when something goes belly-up. Sadly it doesn't always work - you get the sad message that Safari couldn't open your tabs.
Now, as we all know, session persistence needs to maintain state on some form of persistent storage - generally a file for things like this. So, track down the file, restore from Time Machine and suddenly you have an Uncle called Bob!
Only it's not there. The directory in question is most likely /Users/liam/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/com.apple.Safari.savedState/ - which you won't find in your Time Machine backup.
If you run this command you will see that an application (most likely Safari (yes, the same application that YOU TOLD TO KEEP THE STATE INFORMATION)) has set a flag in the file metadata to not back up this directory:
sudo mdfind "com_apple_backup_excludeItem = 'com.apple.backupd'"|grep Saved
If you see this returned:
/Users/liam/Library/Saved Application State
Then your data is not being backed up.
Mind you, this isn't as bad as the senseless and careless deletion of emails by the configuration of email accounts in IOS - where some random engineer decided it was entirely reasonable in his mind to to set a default delete policy on the Trash mail box. So you get to field cries of 'where's my mail gone' from the people (and there are many of them) who use the Trash mailbox the same way they use their office trash - a place to put things that you probably don't want but that you keep about until spring cleaning just in case you ant to find something.
Got HTTPS and webmail working on the Snow Leopard Server... You'd think the gui tools would let you do so - but no, it's vi and the SquirrelMail config files.
Interesting iPod observation|
If I sync my iPod Color from the firewire port, then plug it into the USB port on the same computer using same library iTunes will claim that my iPod was previously synced to a different iTunes library!
Well, I thought it was interesting... :-)
Window activation suckage|
Am I the only one that would like the window I am currently typing in to remain the active window? I really don't need the act of putting in a CD to change the focus of my keyboard to iTunes.
One of the macbooks has a hardware issue. The MacbookPro5,4 is the first SATA II drive controller from Apple - capable of 3Gbs speed. For all firmwares upto and including 1.6 Apple didn't allow the controller and disk to negotiate beyond 1.5Gbs. When 1.7 came out most 3Gbs disks would now negotiate at 3Gbs, but perform like rubbish. Spinning beachball of doom on every disk operation taking minutes to complete.
There are nominally 3 ways to fix this - first is most limited. Get Apple's disk. It's small and slow though.
Second option is the most black magic - rumour has it that if you replace the sata cable with a blessed one all will be sweetness and light. This requires trying to find the 'right' bit of unmarked ribbon cable from bad photos on ebay, then pray and play.
Third is to get a disk that is modded for this computer. OWC (www.macsales.com) have a 1TB disk with special firmware to work with this model of Macbook Pro with the 1.7 and higher firmware. We went with this option, and it fixed the issue.
Or so it seemed. We have been experiencing weird freezes of the computer requiring a power-off to resolve. This plays merry havoc with the iPhoto database. So on the weekend I started the iPhoto Library Manager rebuild process, which creates a brand new database and migrates all the metadata from the old DB to the new. The iPhoto claimed there were 34,xxx photos in the library, the iPhoto Library Manager thought 35,xxx.
Around the 5,000 photo mark the Macbook froze. Power-off, reboot, let iPhoto recover it's database. Rinse and repeat multiple times. Sometimes it wouldn't get as far as 5,000 but it didn't get any further on any attempt. Got to the point of making sure the AppleTVs were off (so they wouldn't start reading pictures for their slideshows), all the other applications were closed. Still it hung. I was ssh'd in running top at one point, and top was still executing showing that iPhoto and iPhoto Library Manager were still running but not burning any CPU time. Interesting. If I quit top and tried to run any other command the shell would hang. I could ctrl-C and abort the command - so my shell itself was still executing, just couldn't load anything new.
So everything was pointing to the disk going away in some regards. I dug around in my USB key drives pile and found the one with the 1.6 firmware installer and down-reved. It took all day, but after the down rev the rebuild managed to complete all 35,xxx photos - approx 150GB of data copied, metadata created and written etc.
So just have to not let Apple Update upgrade the firmware and live with a 1/2 speed SATA bus. Half speed and reliable better than full-speed to frozen!
Drats. My phone interview with the hiring manager didn't happen as he was called out to an emergency meeting. Now he's out until the end of the month.
Oh well, as Michael Valentine Smith 'said' "Waiting is."
Oh, what a night.|
Couldn't sleep - took a long time to get to sleep. Was woken in the middle of the night out of a screamingly not-nice nightmare. Took a long time to get to sleep, slept fitfully. Alarm stopped the unpleasant dream that had not yet developed in to a nightmare.
Look at calendar this morning, and day starts with a one and a half hour project goals meeting. Had I but realized then dreams could have been worse I guess :-)
Got pinged from Linkedin, and an initial interview by HR :-) Nice finish to the week.
Had an HR dept do an initial phone interview, so one small step.
Found another job to apply for that I think I am a good fit for, so a possibility there.
Talked to a recruiter - so maybe some action from another front.
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