Thursday Jan 24, 2008

mail.app, offline, BAD, mmkay?

A warning and complaint to all:


Offline support in Mail.app in 10.5.1 (and 10.5.0) is a DISASTER!
Actions performed offline (filing) DO NOT get synced when you connect
back up. Further, every time you send a message it warns you that
you're not connected! I lost 2 hours of email work on the plane.
Apparently only 50% of the 40 emails I sent actually found their way
out, I can't tell what is what, and who has seen whom. It's a disaster.
DO NOT USE mail.app for offline.


darn it.

Monday Jan 21, 2008

Mac Software Bundle

Yes, it appears to be a bad deal for the developer. It's a great deal for the user though.

The MacHeist software bundle takes 14 apps and sells them for 90% off - $49 total. And that's a real discount - not some ginzu knife discount. I personally had purchased 1passwd in the past for the indicated price. I've already received my money's worth - Snapz Pro X is a great way to do screencasts, and costs $69 alone.

Ensuring they are buzzword compliant, they also have a viral marketing aspect - refer people to recieve additional software. Clearly they're roped me in to it. Finally, it's marketing genius that they give 25% of the order to charity - help you assuge your guilt somehow? Turn buying into a community action? Either way, it's really worth checking out, and taking advantage of. The deal ends Wednesday.

Referral link - MacHeist
Direct link - MacHeist

Wednesday Oct 31, 2007

It lives, it lives!

CONGRATULATIONS!

A huge group of people have pulled off the impossible. They have managed to release a developer preview of Open Solaris in October. 8:32PM PST 10/31 shall go down in history!

I immediately downloaded and ran the image in VMware Fusion 1.1RC1 on my 24" Santa Rosa iMac. Booted fast, and I was running. LIVE CD! Hooray! Ran the installer, enjoyed myself a trivial process, and waited ~20 min for it to finish.

Sadly, there is some weird weird bug that I've run into before that all the recent solaris builds, including Opensolaris exhibit - they hang/take forever to boot. Waited ~5 min and it finally started it's thing. Sure enough, it's got a nice bash shell, it's snappy, firefox works, the package system seems to have packages, and it's even running ZFS by default! I was even going to drop the output from "zfs list" here, but realized without VMware tools there's no easy way to copy/paste between opensolaris and OSX, and I'm not in the mood to type it all in, nor FTP/SCP it around. So trust me, or just run it yourself!

Took the mandatory screen shot too:

Wednesday Oct 17, 2007

Recursive VM

Recently decided to try out VMWare ESX.
  • ESX offers two management interfaces, a desktop client or a browser interface. Neither support the Mac.
  • It looks like you must use the "Virtual Infrastructure Client", a windows app, to get started using ESX
  • Took me a little bit to figure out how to get ESX running inside Fusion. Virtualization.info had some good pointers. Watch out if you're copying from the web for "smart quotes". Curly quotes will crash VMware right quick

The results: a really silly screenshot. What, you may be asking, is that? It would be Joomla appliance from rPath running on ESX running on Fusion, with the VI client running on Windows running on Fusion. It worked amazingly well, though joomla booting was a bit slow - about 30 min.

In case you're wondering, the key lines to add/edit in the vmx file are:

scsi0.VirtualDev = "lsilogic"
ethernet0.virtualdev = "e1000"
monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = TRUE
monitor_control.vt32 = TRUE

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