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Musing about software, servers, and the awful, awful mess that is technology.

Fix iMac’s Throttled HDD Fan

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To breathe some new life into my aging iMac I bought and installed a 256 gig SSD. That worked great, but unfortunately the SSD doesn’t have the Apple temperature sensor, and so the cable is now on my desk.

Unfortunately, when the Mac can’t determine the temperature of the hard drive, it acts with the best intentions and absolutely stomps the gas of your hard drive fan. Continue Reading…

Implementing Pretty AJAX

circuitsAJAX – Asynchronous JavaScript And XML. Even in the age of web apps and slick websites, AJAX is still a neat party trick to pull. What’s even neater is the ability to animate with it; i.e. make your website look like a native application. If you can do that magic, you’re adding a ton of awesome points to your site, not to mention making everyone on a data plan very happy with you. Continue Reading…

A Word on Atrocious UI

updaterI’ve been meaning to write about this for awhile but the problem always presented itself in especially annoying ways when I’m at work (and you know, working) plus in general I don’t like taking screenshots of stuff at work and publishing them because of personal reasons.

However, this finally popped up on my iMac at home and now I will pull the trigger and bitch. Continue Reading…

Terminal_Errors-545x400Hey everybody!

As anyone who knows me knows, I’m a huge fan of automation. Any task that I can make a computer do well that I don’t then need to do, in my mind, is a damn good idea and a good investment of time. One thing I always wanted to do was minify my CSS and JS for this site and the others I have. It uses less data on my server, easier for you all to download, in the case of JavaScript it’s a minor performance bump, etc. All good things. Continue Reading…

Thoughts on Super(phish)

wallnotfoundRecently it came out that Lenovo had, in the midst of me personally realizing they were putting out quality hardware at absurdly good prices had in fact preinstalled literal adware and accidental malware into their computers. Forbes wrote about it here, CNET here, and it read like a typical Sony style “Sorry about that! Not about doing it, about that we were caught.” corporate foot bullet until I got to this little byte from the mouth of Lenovo’s CTO: Continue Reading…

How Ease-of-Use Promotes Mastery

Terminal_Errors-545x400I think this article, Why We Should Design Some Things to be Difficult to Use, has to be one of the best Wired pieces I’ve ever read. This article perfectly articulated a sentiment that I’ve had for a very long time, and probably my only complaint with the general direction of computing, specifically the trail blazed by Apple.

Apple makes their way on making their products insanely easy to use, and this is a former Apple-hater who called them “computers for people who hate computers” for a very long time. I’ve opened my eyes since then and recognized their usefulness, plus the ease-of-use that I’m about to rant about does mean a lot of positives. That said… Continue Reading…

Mike-RoweThis started out as a Facebook post. I wanted to get it down to a size reasonable for that venue, but I found myself cutting and cutting away pieces I liked until I couldn’t do it anymore, and I still had a fat wall of text. To that end, blog entry! Been too long since I updated this anyway, which was it’s own adventure and I’ll be writing up something on that end soon. Continue Reading…

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Hey everyone, back to give you some useful advice. If you want to skip the lead up and go right to the fix to this, click here.

The Story

While many folks enjoy the benefits of one ecosystem or another be it Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft’s new Outlook.com, or Google’s…whatever they’re calling it this week, the android thing, folks like me oftentimes find ourselves using different devices at different times. For instance, right now I have a Windows Phone and two iPads (one from work, I’m not that crazy). And that’s just mobile, get into computers and I’ve got two Macs I regularly use, along with three PC’s in the basement alone with one more in the living room, and one linux machine that makes the rounds as well. All this means my cloud based data is constantly jumping from one thing to the next. Continue Reading…

Windows 10 First Impressions

I’m writing this from a freshly installed copy of Windows 9 10. As part of their new way of doing things, Microsoft has released the current builds of Windows 10 to the public to test as they like. This seems to be a new popular tactic, as Apple did the same with OSX Yosemite with the same goal in mind; getting early feedback from the users.

It’s no secret to any developer that no matter how well considered any application (or in this case, Operating System) is, you never know quite how well it’s going to do until you hand it off to your user base. Even with their struggling in recent years, Microsoft’s user base is still massive, and as we saw with the debacle over the huge redesign behind Windows 8, very vocal indeed. Continue Reading…

Why I’m Not Playing Destiny

DestinyAs a long time Halo, and therefore Bungie fan I was excited like mad when they announced their first title after leaving Microsoft’s Armada; Destiny. It’s the most expensive game ever made, clocking in a budget of $500 million. Maybe the most anticipated too, excluding Duke Nukem 3D. Unfortunately, it also shares another attribute with Duke in the horrific disappointment found by may who played it. Continue Reading…

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