So much of this site is notes to my future self … You use XLD to rip. You configure XLD like HydrogenAudio says to configure it. You use XACT to transcode. I write this note so I don’t have to bother Hunter next time.
Don Melton has a few fun anecdotes about what it was like working for Steve Jobs. The text does serve to press home that most people need editors for their blog. (I’m certainly in that group.)
My Lion-ready scripts for routing junk mail to the FTC’s site still work, but I have a high crash rate when using Mail Act-On 3.x to initiate that script. The crash logs say that MAO is to blame for the crash, and perhaps that is so. But it also feels like I’m screaming into the… Continue reading No Future Support for Junk Mail Scripting
Who knew that my white screens weren’t hardware-induced but rather an artifact of never wiping and reinstalling a machine that I’d been carrying over for six or seven years, from my first mini until now?! I’ve been down six months because I was convinced that it was hardware.
Like a lot of people, I’ve been affected by the Heartbleed bug. Most frustrating to me is that I got to spend a couple of hours on Tuesday afternoon futzing about with SSL certificates to make sure that I wasn’t vulnerable to the attack. I’m taking a little free time on Friday afternoon to do… Continue reading Heartbleed Hell
What I really want is for my online backup systems to be smart. If I’m off of my home networks, I should be allowed to say, “Don’t back up again until I get home,” rather than having to look at the three services I now use and say, “Pause for N minutes.” I forgot this… Continue reading When to back up
Go into Calendar on OS X and look at an appointment. Put an address in that appointment — best done from your Contacts — and you get this: You can get travel times! You can set travel times based on addresses in your Contacts, and if you have two adjacent appointments at different places, you… Continue reading OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 Discontinuities Drive Me Crazy
DAMN RIGHT I’M GOING HERE AGAIN. Why? Backups have saved my bacon yet again. I have something new in the system. You got new stuff for Christmas, and now is the time to start backing it up so you can quit worrying about it. A pretty young woman and I had a conversation about this… Continue reading How I Backup My Macs: December 2013
Your filesystem’s job is to know where the data is on your disk. Just as it is important to back up your data, it’s also important to know that your computer knows where it is, for two reasons: 1) you need to be able to access the data and 2) you need to be able to back up that data. If your filesystem stops doing its job flawlessly, you are on the road to being screwed.
I was on that road, cruising at highway speed. Backups kept me from crashing and burning.
Remember when I wrote in 2011 about how I back up my Macs? Remember how that was an update on my backup setup from 2009, which added off-site backup? Remember how that was influenced by John Siracusa on Hypercritical? Well, I started backing up to Amazon’s AWS Glacier a few months ago using Arq, which… Continue reading Be Serious About Backups