Author: brad

  • The shame of Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit

    Many credit Microsoft’s Mac support for saving the platform in the late 90’s. This is very true, but while they did this it’s important to keep hold of the more objective view of their Mac support. It’s whitewash. Microsoft’s motivation to support Apple in its hour of need was clear. Antitrust proceedings forced Microsoft into […]

  • HOWTO: Leopard Time Machine over iSCSI

    UPDATE If you’ve arrived here looking to use iSCSI with Time Machine, I’ve switched to another more robust method. I’ve run into some of the same problems as commenters below, and I’ve become convinced the iSCSI angle is too risky for now. Open a terminal and run: defaults write TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1 Then you can […]

  • HOWTO: Leopard install with Giga Designs G4 upgrade

    One of my Macs is a 2001 vintage G4 733 with a dual 1.8GHz G4 upgrade. This should fit well within Leopard’s minimum system requirements, but the CPU upgrade I’m using presented a complication. Without a kernel extension from Gigadesigns called ‘Giga-Meter’, MacOS recognizes the upgraded CPU’s as ‘PowerPC 60? 467MHz’ and therefore won’t update […]

  • iPhone native apps

    Evidently the intention has been to allow third party apps on the iPhone all along. This is good news – while the current selection of web apps are higher in quality and usefulness than the unofficial native apps, official support will result in some vendors stepping up and creating some good stuff (and as mentioned, […]

  • iPhone – Part Deux

    There’s been a lot of overreaction in the press regarding the latest iPhone firmware. Thankfully it’s beginning to die down as reporters are realizing they’re standing up for hackers and unlockers, and people who generally aren’t interested in supporting the corporate interests of their sponsors, but I digress. Lots of articles were published slamming Apple […]

  • iPhone.

    So I got an iPhone last week, after having read enough reports of successful unlocks and an increasingly long list of custom applications. I saw one in person for the first time just prior, and was basically sold. My current smartphone is an HTC Mogul, known in Canada as the P4000 from Telus. I evaluated […]

  • Linux for everyone? Not so.

    Great review here from Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal. An unbiased look at some of the things techies don’t mind doing, but your average user would find utterly stifling. Check this out.

  • Solving a QuickTime for Windows “annoyance”

    One long-standing issue people have with QuickTime for Windows is its apparent insistence on becoming the default handler for video and images in IE and throughout the Windows environment, despite the setting of file associations to the contrary. Even if you set everything up to open in Windows Media, for some reason QuickTime is still […]

  • Well, he might have said it…

    “We choose Gentoo… not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because that goal will serve to measure and organize the best of our energies and skillz, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and because of the pJE4R.” — John F. Kennedy

  • Home movies with Linux: Not Ready for Prime-Time

    UPDATE: I had originally titled this article “Home movies with Linux: Beginning the exploration (of things Linux can’t do)”, but have since changed the title to be a bit more fair. It is a given that Linux isn’t suited to certain tasks, but rather than show these things up as embarrassing shortcomings I’d much prefer […]