A digital filmmaker named Dennis Liu has made an amazing video for The Bird And The Bee’s lovely song “Again & Again”. The set? His Mac desktop. You sort of have to see it for yourself to understand; luckily, Dennis has dropped it on YouTube so that the world can see it in low-reshi-res glory:
This is just awesome. Kudos to Dennis Liu for such a creative approach. (via TUAW and MacRumours Forum).
With my MacBook only being a couple of weeks old there are still a few kinks to iron out in the Nine Four IT infrastructure, one of those being printing to a shared printer on a Windows machine which I affectionately call ‘Oto’.
After having tried a number of drivers that are pre-installed with OS X and had no luck I decided to Google my problem and discovered a Tech note on the apple website which suggested that the drivers I needed could be installed from the OS X install disc. I followed the instructions and ran the installer, at this point OS X hangs completely, no access to the finder, no spinning ball of death, nothing. A few minutes pass with no further activity and I decide to force a hard reboot.
On restarting everything seems fine, I get the log-in prompt, enter my password and up pops my wallpaper, and then after a long wait, the spotlight and then after an even longer wait… nothing. I restart again, I get the same thing.
This is where the power of Google comes in handy, as does having a Windows machine called ‘Oto’ sitting around. I Google ‘spotlight appears doesn’t start up os x‘ and bam the first hit is a blog post by a guy called Philip McClure which talks about the exact same problem.
After a lengthy and very interesting read I take the advice of one of his commenters and download a little shareware app called Onyx. I drop it onto a USB drive, copy it across to the MacBook (To start in safe mode hold down the shift key on boot), install it and then use it to safely delete the Spotlight index, as this apparently is what is causing my problem.
I restart my MacBook, log-in, the wallpaper pops up then after an excruciating wait (which I can only assume is spotlight rebuilding it’s index) everything is back to normal. Panic over!
Update: Argh! It happened again on Wednesday night (11/07/07) but was easy to sure thanks to Onyx.
Update: The Spotlight index got corrupted ‘again’ today (31/07/07) but was again easy to fix with Onyx. Twice in one month is a bit much though. :/
At that time I was well and truly convinced that I would never again be tempted by a Mac. However, back in October last year I took delivery of a shiny new MacBook.
My reasoning was that working with a number of clients who were Mac based, I needed to be able to verify the compatibility of any code I produced in Safari (The default Mac OS web browser). I had also for a long time been considering purchasing a laptop for use in client meetings and at training sessions. I weighed up the options and originally looked at purchasing a HP laptop and then bagging a 2nd hand Mac Mini off eBay for browser testing.
Balancing up the pro’s and con’s of each option it soon became clear that my investment would be much better made in a single machine and so the MacBook it was.
7 months later and I’m a total convert. I couldn’t love my MacBook more and I’m looking forward to replacing my Dell desktop which I use predominantly during the day with a higher spec Mac later this year.
Hoorah, after having to suffer a month as a ‘new media’ type working on a Apple Mac here at Bite CP I took delivery on Friday of a shiny new Dell PC. Now. I’ll be the first to admit that I kinda fancied the idea of working on a Mac. After all OSX is sooooo sexy, it simply blows XP away.
But, and this is the big one. I think it’s true to say that more than 90% of web users are PC based. So, why on earth would I go to all this effort to make life that much harder for myself. Testing, testing, testing… it’s all about the testing. When you have to deal with the likes of Internet Exploder it’s so much easier to be on a PC. So, it’s back to what I know best… where regardless of the annoyances I feel comfortable and warm.
The Mac is still there for testing on Safari (Not that is misbehaves that much) but beyond that my short lived time as a Mac user has come to and end.