Ignoracious

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  1. Apple's on-screen keyboard (Keyboard Viewer) isn't a good replacement for a keyboard. I think more of it as a variation on the Character Palette application. And Apple must know about this, because Keyboard Viewer isn't part of Universal Access (though many think it is). For instance, key-combos like Command-Q for quitting an application don't work in Keyboard Viewer. I wanted an application to emulate a real keyboard on screen, because my computer table is "width challenged". There are times I want to use my Wacom Intuos 3 tablet and put away the keyboard (which normally stands on top of the tablet). Still, I need a keyboard, because most graphics software assumes there is one connected to the Mac (I just don't have proper access to it, because it is pushed aside). My Intuos 3 has 8 keys on it, but often that isn't enough, and it's easy to mistake one key for another (no labeling). I found this neat shareware application, called VirtualKeyboard, which can be found through sites like Versiontracker (link to VirtualKeyboard). It works like a real keyboard, but with a disabled person in mind (with the default preferences you can't type as fast as on a real keyboard). However, you can tweak the key repeat preferences to suite an able person (see screenshot). And then you have to get used that the key modifiers (Control, Shift, Option, Command, and Escape) are sticky for one key press (there's also a Lock key, which locks Shift), which makes sense if you select keys with a mouse (or other pointing device, like an art tablet).
  2. Nah, I don't see a use case for Google Wave. Many have offered me GW invites and I have declined all. Who knows, once Google is removed from the product, and my ISP starts offering a Wave service.
  3. I personally think that for local backup of Terabyte drives Blu-Ray is useless. 50 GB doesn't cut it anymore in these days. You'd need 20 of them to do a full backup, and partial backups are a pain. Backup isn't some voodoo, but a strategy to recover from a fatal data loss. If you're not able to find those B-R discs (intact), it defeats the purpose of backing up. I could be wrong, but I think that Blu-Ray is too little too late. Torrents and newsgroups make it too easy to circumvent DRM, and there is no reason to price those discs so much higher than regular DVDs (which are overpriced anyway). And if they "force" me to buy B-R, because it's the only format with those extra features, screw those extras. I'm not going to buy something that will be obsolete in 2 years time.
  4. This sticky so exemplifies the silliness of invites. It's just a marketing gimmick, nothing to get excited about. Now how about giving me a Google Wave invite? Anyone?
  5. Triggered by a post on this forum, I started to investigate this Facebook. Their website states: Why would I need to do that? I connect with the people around me by talking to them. So what reason would there be for me to join this Facebook? I don't get why people get so excited about it.
  6. Hate to quote regulations, but in the General Terms of Agreement of the AppleCare Plan, it states: So, it is highly unlikely, IMHO.
  7. Yes, in my experience if you visit malicious websites, those sites download files in the background if you have JavaScript enabled. There is nothing you can do about that than to disable JavaScript. This is why Windows users shouldn't visit such websites, nor click on links in e-mails. Mac users should already adopt this behavior for the time virus writers will target the Mac OS X operating system. It will happen one day, that is for certain.
  8. Apple being one of those developers, you know.
  9. You should realize that if you have a catastrophic failure on that external, you lose both partitions. It is a single point of failure. You should have at least two (physically) separate copies of your original data to have some degree of protection against data loss, preferably geographically separated. Online storage counts as a backup copy as well.
  10. The problem with keeping all you files on the same drive is that you have a single point of failure (the one drive), especially if you have crammed as much data on a disk as you seem to have. I would seriously consider a payed external photo management solution, such as Flickr or Smugmug and let those services deal with the storage problems. How many times do you watch very old photos of many years ago? I guess hardly ever. So you just as well could store those off-site, next to a local archival copy, e.g. on DVD, and free your internal hard disk of the burden of storing files that are hardly ever read by you. Or switch to Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture, which both aren't such hard disk space hogs as iPhoto is. I'm sure you can cut your Library in half by just letting those apps deal with your photo library.
  11. I want to help a friend to avoid using MobileMe by letting him use the webspace from his provider. To troubleshoot his site made in iWeb, I created my own iWeb minisite and published it on both MobileMe and the webspace from my own provider (different from my friend's). It just looks aweful on my own webspace (see screenshots) It seems that special characters like é aren't written as é Instead, the utf-8 character is used, and if your web server doesn't support it, the text will look aweful. MobileMe version: http://web.me.com/rvanbelzen/ My providers version: http://members.home.nl/rene.van.belzen/hardlopen/ Does someone know of a workaround for this?
  12. Before my friend asked, I never used iWeb, because I don't like the lock-in model of the application. However, he is only somewhat tech savvy, and prefers the drag and drop features of iWeb. I guess that if his provider hasn't set up the web server properly, like my provider hasn't, he should buy a yearly subscription to MobileMe, or buy RapidWeaver and brush up on his English.
  13. I think that in the long run, the silos that most social networking sites are will be opened up. We have seen this with e-mail. Long, long ago, when you were on one e-mail provider (say AOL), you couldn't send mail to another e-mail provider. Microsoft and even Apple had ideas to have their own Web environments. However, the open source movement has won, and nowadays both the WWW and e-mail are truly world-wide. I suspect something similar for social networking sites, otherwise they will be a footnote in history, clinging to their proprietary silo model. If people want it to be open, it will happen.
  14. Yes, hard disk manufacturers love Apple for having created Time Machine.
  15. iPod touch isn't the cash cow it used to be. That must be it.
  16. I was so ready to buy Spore, but after reading the many negative reviews on Amazon and BoingBoing, I'm not so sure anymore. The reason is DRM. If you buy a song with DRM, you can play it back as long as the vendor of the playback device supports the DRM. We've seen many examples where vendors stopped supporting their DRM, and, so doing, frustrated buyers, who thought their purchase was final. However, in fact, the purchase wasn't a purchase at all, but, in fact, a rental. It has lead to a whole cottage industry of honest buyers trying to circumvent copy protection, effectively making them into criminals (DMCA states that attempts to circumvent copy protection is illegal). It seems you can't uninstall the Spore software, and can install it only three times. After this, you supposedly have to convince E.A. to let you reinstall the software one more time. The reasoning is probably that this would prevent piracy, and secondhand use of the software. However, it seems to me, that DRM typically hurts honest consumers, because AFAIK Spore already has been cracked (DRM removed). So, while I'm enthusiastic about the game, I don't want to support the DRM strategy by the game industry. My Question: Can any of you share their thoughts in this thread about DRM in games in general, and in Spore specifically?
  17. Then we'll have to wait and see what security researchers have to say about this.
  18. Since the introduction of the iPhone, Apple Special Events aren't so special anymore, so I was pleasantly surprised by what they had to offer. Speakers on the iPod touch, sweet. My advice: don't be an Apple fan boy anymore, and just enjoy the happy shiny products Apple ships. I don't like Apple particularly, but I do like Apple products. However, I'm not going to let Apple ruin the fun by expecting great products at their presentations, and being let down, because Apple couldn't live up to the predictions of the rumor sites. Apple's strategy is to be very secretive, let people guess what products they'll see, and then show it to them. It's a childish game, played by mothers and their infants or toddlers (Peekaboo). I'm not falling for it anymore, not since Apple introduced the iPhone.
  19. @Joshr: On BoingBoing there was an article about those Amazon reviewers clobbering Spore: Amazon reviewers clobber Spore DRM The comments are interesting. The Mac version seems to use Cider (comment #20), which is an emulation layer (like WINE). Cider is made by Transgaming Technologies and has an entry on Wikipedia. And yes, Cider includes SecuROM, or will include it very soon, so it's just as bad (or will be shortly) as on Windows, it seems. Edit: I remember hearing on Buzz Out Loud last Friday (episode 804) that you can uninstall Spore, and that you'll get an install credit in return. So, it seems you can install Spore on three different machines. Not sure if this is actually the case, but if it is, it is not as bad as I portrayed it earlier. However, the DRM will contain a root kit, by Sony no less, that takes over your system and can do whatever it wants with it. Dr. M is evil.
  20. I advice against putting both your Time Machine and SuperDuper! backup on the same hard disk. If the hard disk fails, you may lose both backups. Furthermore, hard disks are cheap, so it using two hard disks is very affordable. Of course, it all depends on how much your data is worth to you (especially if you lose it).
  21. When I bought my external HD I had to format it specifically for Time Machine, in something that is called GUID, because I have an Intel Mac. Time Machine will not work reliably with any other format.
  22. I don't seem to be able to update to XCode 3.1, because it is now required for online memberships to enter a name of a company or organization. I'm not with a company or organization, so what should I enter in this field? I did a Google search and it didn't give me any clues how to get around this requirement.
  23. That works. Thanks! I guess because XCode 3.1 is the same for Mac OS X and the iPhone SDK, Apple wants you to register a company or organization name, in case you register an app in the App Store. I don't intend to, because I have no particular interest in the iPhone at this moment (neither as a user, nor as a developer). The Mac platform is mature and reasonably open for third party developers (and hobbyists like myself). The iPhone platform not so much, unless you go with the jailbreaking community. Edit: Sorry for being such a blabbermouth. I just couldn't resist expressing my thoughts and feelings about developing for the iPhone. Oops, there I go again!
  24. I see two possibilities: you installed new applications in ~/Applications instead of /Applications you created a simple non-admin account, instead of a regular non-admin account (don't know the English terminology); the simple user account has restricted access to applications I'm sure there are other explanations to the phenomena you experienced. I've never set up a Guest account (IIRC I've disabled it, for security reasons), and perhaps this type of account has limited access to Applications as well.
  25. Of course, we don't know what Apple is going to do with the touch, but it is unlikely that they are ever going to give it voice input. It would resemble the iPhone too much, which would create confusion among customers. I expect built-in GPS sooner than a built-in microphone.