Youtube: Nikon D600 Sensor Dust Time-lapse.
Nikon’s got a manufacturing problem, looks like.
arstechnica: Inside Team Romney’s whale of an IT meltdown.
The best money could buy? What a fiasco.
Macworld Lab Tested: The Mac mini, maximized with Fusion Drive.
Whenever Apple debuts such new tech—I can’t help it. I wait for bug reports, software fixes and version 2 (speaking of the FD, not the Mini itself).
Lifehacker: Most Popular Desktop Computer Speakers - Klipsch Promedia 2.1.
They’re nice. I have a set here from last Christmas. I can’t recommend them.
Problem is, the DIN connector is fragile and the speaker that houses the volume controls has issues. The pots go bad very fast. Crackling when you adjust volume after a couple of weeks … and sometimes speaker dropout. I’ve had to take them back once already for a swapout. Now? I don’t touch the volume. I don’t touch the subwoofer control unless absolutely necessary. Damned things are fragile as all hell.
Klipsch, fix the engineering problem. Lifehacker, pay attention to your commenters.
Coding Horror: Do You Wanna Touch?
“The received wisdom about touchscreen interaction with computers was that it didn’t work. That you’d get ‘gorilla arm’. That’s why we had to have special tablet devices. But Surface proves that’s not true; typing and touching are spectacularly compatible, at least for laptops.”
CNet: Feds uphold jailbreaking laws.
“The key developments are that people cannot copy DVDs for personal use, jailbreak gaming consoles for customization, or jailbreak tablets.” So, you can’t back up your DVD’s to other media. That sucks.
Coming down hard on iPad Mini.
Why all the vitriol? I hear a couple of things from clients repeatedly. #1, “I wish Apple made a smaller iPad. It’s too heavy to use for long periods.” And #2, “I’d like to have 3G/4G/whatever on my [non-Apple] tablet.” And a ‘loose’ #3, everyone drools over Apple’s apps. I’d say Apple’s filling a hole in the product offerings. Nothing more, nothing less. Some seem to expect whiz-bang innovation every rollout. Can’t happen.
arstechnica: Amazon Web Services outage once again shows reality behind “the cloud.”
“The takeaway for anyone considering cloud hosting for your website or application is that there is no magic pill, and just because something is ‘in the cloud’ doesn’t mean it can’t come crashing down to earth when there are problems.”
Colossal: The First-Ever Glimpse Inside Google’s Data Centers.
Impressive. Reminds me of the last frames of “Indiana Jones”, where they put the Ark of the Covenant.
Engadget: Txtr Beagle aims to corner low-end e-reader market for $13 (video).
Cheap hardware tends to blow a market wide open.
CNet: Apple’s OS X 10.8.2 arrives with Facebook in tow.
Apple, you need to split software and hardware setups. One for people who want play/entertainment, and those of us who want to WORK.
I’m such computer trailer-trash. Decided it’s time to move the old wrecks out of my back yard. I’ve got … believe it or not … *seven* EIGHT computers to recycle, three large 20” plus monitors, one TWO smaller monitor(s). I’ve got everything going back to my Quadra 840AV … PowerMac 8100 … 6100 (not mine) … G3 … G5 … a Compaq … a Sony Viao. Maybe I’ll take a photo, just to prevent myself from ever doing it again. I’m going to yank, label and store the hard drives, in case I ever need anything on them.
Note: Not literally my back yard. My garage and my ‘business’ closet.
AE Tuts+: An Introduction To The RED Scarlet And Epic.
For all as interested as I.
Server ‘upgrade’ today.
I’d been watching, wondering when the host would dive for either a new set of RAID drives or entire server setup. They went whole-hog, and it took much longer than they expected (I was supposed to be back online at 7AM this morning). The server’s getting torqued by everyone checking their sites at the same time, so I’m going to hold off on updates until that traffic and the CPU load scores dip a little.
I think everyone’s wrong. It’s gonna be an iPod Touch Max.
CNet: Why I regret buying an iMac.
“The iMacs run very hot, which does not help hard-drive life. The issue though is not the failure, but the expense and inconvenience of replacement. It’s design over practicality.” There are videos online. Search Youtube. But iMacs DO run hot. The answer is SMC Fan Control, for me. And a table fan pointed at the bottom of the system. AND AppleCare. YMMV.
iMac is back.
The graphics card swapout seems to have solved all my issues. Very happily back to my ‘normal’ state again. All handled under warranty.
iMac delivery, at your service.
Goes back in for a graphics card and/or logic board swapout. SO glad I didn’t dump my previous 24” iMac. Production’s not affected at all. Backups! Always have backups!
Later: Graphics card only.
Thought my drama was over. Brought the 27” home, and within five minutes of startup ... grey screen again. This time, a kernel panic, “CPU not responding.” Sounds like logic board to me. Yet it behaves when it’s at the shop. This, I fear, is going to be a loooooooong repair process ...
OWC Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis.
If you’ve got a Thunderbolt port (Mac Mini, iMac, Macbook), OWC’s got an expansion chassis that brings Mac Pro benefits to your system. Boss.
Macworld: Adonit Jot Touch Accessory Review.
Linked for the fact that this review doesn’t just put the stylus under their microscope, but all the popular touch-sensitive apps. If you have any creative interests in this vein, bookmark this baby.
Techs were boggled over my iMac—it runs fine for them. Until they ran the more extensive diagnostics. So far, the hard drive fan is consistently failing, kicking up the heat in that section of the logic board. They’ll leave it running overnight, to see if anything else fails. Hard drive’s fine, system software is fine. Purely hardware issues. I hope to be ‘back to normal’ sometime Wednesday morning.
Macworld: Developers dish on iCloud’s challenges.
I think, given my 5-month-old iMac’s recent breakdown, cloud services are going to become very attractive and more popular as time goes by. It is in Apple’s interest to get the API right, sooner than later.
So, I think it’s hardware. Soon as the system tries to load any information-bearing screen (any screen other than an Apple symbol), it goes grey. I can hear the hard drive churning loading the various screens in the background, and then resolving to a quiet, waiting state ... the iMac just can’t show ‘em. Firewire ‘target mode’ allows me full access to the hard drive ... so I don’t believe it is drive related. I do have 16G of Crucial memory installed, but I don’t believe modern iMacs use this RAM for video display.
Calling the local Apple warranty outfit this morning. Good thing I didn’t sell my old 24” iMac. And it’s still configured as a primary - only six months behind in files. Didn’t realize how accustomed I’d gotten to the speed boost and larger screen. Moreso, the features of Lion (I love multiple desktops. Just love them). I’ll have to suffer with the reverse-mouse-scroll and 4G of RAM for a week or two, I suppose.
So postings here will be catch-as-catch-can as I readjust to the new reality.
It’ll be quiet here today.
Installed an update to MAMP Pro, Flash ... and found my 27” iMac displaying grey vertical bars later in the evening. Restarted to green vertical bars. This morning, grey screen of death. After zapping PRAM, I briefly got a desktop, only to dissolve into blue vertical bars when I dove for the Dock. Using ‘Target’ mode to be sure I’ve got all my files, then a Lion Recovery experiment will take place. It may be the display hardware, but I’d like to rule out software first.
So it’s gonna be quiet on the blog today. If it’s hardware, I’m not happy. A six month old iMac shouldn’t do this.