Building simplicidade.org: notes, projects, and ocasional rants

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ping melo.mobi

[email protected]:melo $ ping melo.mobi PING melo.mobi (melo.mobi): 56 data bytes ping: sendto: No route to host ping: sendto: Host is down ping: sendto: Host is down ping: sendto: Host is down ping: sendto: Host is down ping: sendto: Host is down ping: sendto: Host is down ^C — melo.mobi ping statistics — 12 packets transmitted, 0 packets received, 100% packet loss My mobile phone is dead. Replacement hasn't landed yet. If you need to contact me, use Jabber.

Googla Apps for Domains

Google Apps for Domains is looking very very good. Pedro switched today, and I would to, but right now I depend on IMAP (I use offline mode a lot), and there is no support for it, even on the Premier Edition (the one I would be using myself). I've read some comments that IMAP would have less than ideal mapping to the current tag-based approach of GMail, but for me, thats a non issue:

Macbook Pro shuts down

Houston, we have a problem. This is happening to me to. After the 10.4.9 upgrade, when I'm using battery, the Macbook just shuts down without any warning whatsoever. Crap. Update: Today I got this behavior with a TiBook G4 at work, very weird. This could point to a problem with the 10.4.9 upgrade. Articles I'm following about this: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=892757&tstart=285;http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=867275&tstart=240 (this is a good one, might have find my problem);http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=863919.I think I have a swollen battery.

Quicksilver Proxy objects

Recently, Merlin Mann did a show about Quicksilver Proxy Objects. If you have problems getting that to work, follow the excellent mini-tutorial about enabling Quicksilver proxies and application menus by Robert Daeley. In fact, you should read the short tutorial before watching the show.

Quicksilver Proxy objects

Recently, Merlin Mann did a show about Quicksilver Proxy Objects. If you have problems getting that to work, follow the excellent mini-tutorial about enabling Quicksilver proxies and application menus by Robert Daeley. In fact, you should read the short tutorial before watching the show.

Countdown

April 6 is just around the corner... Fun!

Either you like it or STFU

Publico is one of the largest newspapers in Portugal and they also have an online version. I was reading a piece on solar energy and at the end I found this: (for the portuguese impaired, the text before the checkbox asks "Did you find this article interesting?". The checkbox label is 'Yes'.) Now, I can understand what the person that designed this was trying to do (at least I think I do), but how can I say "No, I did not like the article".

Local networking

In my new work setup, one of the things I did was to upgrade the switch between the two laptops to a D-Link Gigabit switch (less than €30 at a local discount shop if I remember correctly). I did some benchmarks to compare the speed of copying a 2.4 Gbyte Parallels XP image in several scenarios: On the old TiBook, local disk to local disk: $ time cp winxp.hdd winxp.hdd2 real 3m24.

450k

About Google server farm: Even today, Google is serious about exerting total control over the servers in their now-massive server farms. They build their own high-efficiency power supplies, and conduct fascinating, public research on disk failure. Current estimates put Google's server farm at around 450,000 machines - and they're still custom built, commodity-class x86 PCs, just like they were in 1999." Thats a lot of juice. (via Google Operating System)

In my workspace I use two laptops to increase the number of screens available (low quality picture of the setup I use). I have everything the way I want it right now: the mouse, keyboard and clipboard are in sync using Synergy, and all my backup apps are installed on the Tibook (SuperDuper! and Retrospect, the best backup application for your small network), including the big external disks. They are connected with Gigabit ethernet so transferring files is a breeze, even gigabyte sized files.