Planet d00dism

January 08, 2012

43 Things

Work for Apple

Derik DeLong adopted this goal

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

Blog Supplemental

Fixing “Copy Address” in Mail on 10.6

Clearly an "Improvement". Jeebus Apple.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

Mac worm

Putz of last week. The article is rife with errors and comes to a dubious, moronic solution. The guy's site has a splash screen, need I say more?

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

H&R Block Goofs on Its Own Taxes

Ooops. Glad I used Turbotax.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

Hack your own WiFi web radio boombox

Very cool. I want to make one.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

Calista Flockhart might be Gollum

Wow, just wow. That's terrible.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

Slashdot | New Secure IM Client from NTT Due this Year

And the world yawned. Jabber and Sametime have had this from the beginning.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

$121,900 House Gets $8 Million Tax Bill

It seems to me, that's not quite right.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

Inappropriate Responses

I constantly say "Good, and you?" even if I asked first.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

fastr - a flickr game

Another terrific time waster.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

NETGEAR Skype Phone

All it needs is a WiFi connection? Now this will give Skype some momentum.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

All Consuming

A story about "Mezmerize"

Mezmerize
by System of a Down

Pretty weak album overall. It’s extremely short and the songs generally don’t offer anything new or particularly good.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

A story about "We Were Soldiers (Widescreen Edition)"

We Were Soldiers (Widescreen Edition)
by Randall Wallace

The movie has some good moments, but it dragged a lot in the middle. It’s simply not as good as some others.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

A story about "Cool Hand Luke"

Cool Hand Luke

This movie is the very embodiement of the classic genre. I don’t think there’s a single bad thing I can say. I’m also now convinced that Paul Newman is the man.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

A story about "Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel"

Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel
by Jonathan Safran Foer

Best book I ever read.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

A story about "Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide, Second Edition"

Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide, Second Edition
by Dave Thomas

The writing style of this book is both informative and interesting, being neither boring or overly comical.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

A story about "Hotel Rwanda"

Hotel Rwanda
by Terry George

If you’re ok with a really serious movie, check this one out.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

A story about "The Da Vinci Code"

The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown

I’m about halfway through the book. It’s starting to get pretty interesting but still seems to suffer from trying to plod the reader along with a carrot.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

A story about "Leave a Whisper"

Leave a Whisper
by Shinedown

To be honest, the acoustic tracks that are part of the bonus section are the best.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

A story about "Kalifornia"

Kalifornia

Brad Pitt should never do that awful, awful southern accent again.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

A story about "Ocean's Twelve"

Ocean's Twelve
by Steven Soderbergh

I really liked Ocean’s Eleven, but I had a problem paying attention through the film. It felt like just more of the same.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

A story about "13 Conversations About One Thing"

13 Conversations About One Thing

Another Netflix selection that I had high hopes for. Unfortunately, it didn’t do all that much for me. I barely paid attention.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

Netflix

Shipped: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy


Shipped on 01/06/12.

When his father opts to sell the family vacation house in the Hamptons, a sophomoric 30-year-old (Jason Sudeikis) realizes the home's tradition of summer parties will soon end. So he decides to go out with a bang -- with many bangs, actually -- by throwing an orgy. Enlisting the help of his best pals, he sets out to make the dream a reality in this rowdy comedy, also starring Will Forte, Lake Bell, Leslie Bibb and Michelle Borth.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

Received: Our Idiot Brother


Received on 01/06/12. Go to http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Our-Idiot-Brother/70167133 to rate it.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

Shipped: Priest


Shipped on 12/31/11.

In this horror-thriller based on the popular comic book series, Paul Bettany plays Priest, a man-of-the-cloth hell-bent on rescuing his niece while taking down a horde of rampaging vampires in the process. With a terrific cast that includes Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Christopher Plummer and Brad Dourif, this is a genre-bending apocalyptic action movie that's every bit as wild and blood-soaked as its source material.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

Received: The Change-Up


Received on 12/31/11. Go to http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The-Change-Up/70184053 to rate it.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

Received: Hanna


Received on 12/31/11. Go to http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Hanna/70142823 to rate it.

January 08, 2012 10:00 PM

December 28, 2011

Twitter

d00d: Screw you movie industry and your dummy menu items that tell me to buy the full movie. There's a reason people hate you.

d00d: Screw you movie industry and your dummy menu items that tell me to buy the full movie. There's a reason people hate you.

December 28, 2011 11:39 PM

October 31, 2011

Twitter

d00d: Power outage killed my Belkin UPS. Replacement UPS suggestions for a 2006 Mac Pro?

d00d: Power outage killed my Belkin UPS. Replacement UPS suggestions for a 2006 Mac Pro?

October 31, 2011 11:05 PM

October 27, 2011

Twitter

d00d: @rudyrichter You still looking for someone to take a shot at reworking the GrowlMail prefs?

d00d: @rudyrichter You still looking for someone to take a shot at reworking the GrowlMail prefs?

October 27, 2011 02:05 AM

October 23, 2011

Twitter

d00d: RT @davetisch: Super shady - @jetblue raises prices automatically if you come back to check - new browser resets this - SHADY… thx @tech ...

d00d: RT @davetisch: Super shady - @jetblue raises prices automatically if you come back to check - new browser resets this - SHADY… thx @tech ...

October 23, 2011 12:38 AM

October 21, 2011

Twitter

d00d: If you're wearing flip flops to the airport, you're not a smart traveler, you're an unsanitary moron

d00d: If you're wearing flip flops to the airport, you're not a smart traveler, you're an unsanitary moron

October 21, 2011 07:50 PM

October 20, 2011

Twitter

d00d: Guh, turned on Google contact syncing in Lion only to discover that iCloud won't be sullied by it. Disappointing.

d00d: Guh, turned on Google contact syncing in Lion only to discover that iCloud won't be sullied by it. Disappointing.

October 20, 2011 07:42 AM

October 17, 2011

Twitter

d00d: @danfrakes UI decay by attrition. A sad, oft-repeated story.

d00d: @danfrakes UI decay by attrition. A sad, oft-repeated story.

October 17, 2011 10:59 PM

d00d: @danfrakes iPhone. Sadly, only my lady friend has an iPad.

d00d: @danfrakes iPhone. Sadly, only my lady friend has an iPad.

October 17, 2011 10:30 PM

d00d: @danfrakes @chartier I'm confused as well then. When I swipe right in article lists, I get three icons (one of which is the trash icon)

d00d: @danfrakes @chartier I'm confused as well then. When I swipe right in article lists, I get three icons (one of which is the trash icon)

October 17, 2011 10:29 PM

d00d: @chartier @danfrakes Swipe to the right, tap center button, tap second button in list at bottom of screen. MUCH harder now.

d00d: @chartier @danfrakes Swipe to the right, tap center button, tap second button in list at bottom of screen. MUCH harder now.

October 17, 2011 10:24 PM

d00d: @chartier @danfrakes Yes, I realize that's where it is, but compare: Swipe to right, tap right side button to...

d00d: @chartier @danfrakes Yes, I realize that's where it is, but compare: Swipe to right, tap right side button to...

October 17, 2011 10:23 PM

d00d: Maybe I'm missing something, but Instapaper 4.0 has made it significantly harder to do my #1 task: archive

d00d: Maybe I'm missing something, but Instapaper 4.0 has made it significantly harder to do my #1 task: archive

October 17, 2011 07:56 PM

October 08, 2011

Twitter

d00d: RT @flargh: I feel bad for the dog, but this is awesome. http://t.co/g3UXPDBz

d00d: RT @flargh: I feel bad for the dog, but this is awesome. http://t.co/g3UXPDBz

October 08, 2011 09:42 PM

October 07, 2011

Twitter

d00d: If you though Gawker's articles were terrible, you clearly haven't read the comments. I'm dumber for having read the site.

d00d: If you though Gawker's articles were terrible, you clearly haven't read the comments. I'm dumber for having read the site.

October 07, 2011 06:22 AM

October 05, 2011

Twitter

d00d: @danfrakes I'm glad CNN decided to use iJustine using sex appeal to sell herself as a source in a tech article

d00d: @danfrakes I'm glad CNN decided to use iJustine using sex appeal to sell herself as a source in a tech article

October 05, 2011 08:01 PM

October 04, 2011

Twitter

d00d: BREAKING: Apple iPhone event breaks the internet, more when anything not Twitter comes back

d00d: BREAKING: Apple iPhone event breaks the internet, more when anything not Twitter comes back

October 04, 2011 05:34 PM

October 03, 2011

Twitter

d00d: I talk Growl 1.3, open source, and the Mac App Store with @The_Tick on Macworld http://t.co/mBBXkyle

d00d: I talk Growl 1.3, open source, and the Mac App Store with @The_Tick on Macworld http://t.co/mBBXkyle

October 03, 2011 09:19 PM

October 01, 2011

Twitter

d00d: In the other universe, you have frosty breath when you're cold instead of the air around you. #fringe

d00d: In the other universe, you have frosty breath when you're cold instead of the air around you. #fringe

October 01, 2011 02:23 AM

September 30, 2011

Twitter

d00d: Applebee's unclear on concept. Baked Haddock described as "Haddock fillet dipped in batter and golden fried." http://t.co/UFruBoAQ

d00d: Applebee's unclear on concept. Baked Haddock described as "Haddock fillet dipped in batter and golden fried." http://t.co/UFruBoAQ

September 30, 2011 10:37 PM

d00d: @rudyrichter Oh, probably, I'm in the process of updating it. :)

d00d: @rudyrichter Oh, probably, I'm in the process of updating it. :)

September 30, 2011 04:13 PM

March 26, 2011

Flickr

I didn't know iPod recycling was a big problem

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March 26, 2011 01:00 AM

January 20, 2011

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Snow even on the trees

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January 20, 2011 01:51 PM

November 15, 2010

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November 03, 2010

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Turkey palooza

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November 03, 2010 01:15 PM

More turkeys

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November 03, 2010 01:15 PM

October 16, 2010

Flickr

Kiki's turn with the toy

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October 16, 2010 11:40 PM

Graf with his new toy

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Graf with his new toy

October 16, 2010 08:05 PM

October 01, 2010

Flickr

Dog toy, before and after

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October 01, 2010 06:54 PM

May 03, 2010

d00dism

Let’s try not to be too glib

From How Wired.com Tracked the iPhone Finder:

In response to Wired.com’s scoop identifying the finder of the lost iPhone prototype, many have asked me how we did it. The process of uncovering digital footprints to identify Brian Hogan was indeed challenging and enlightening, so I thought I’d tell the story here. Heck, it might even teach police officers a thing or two so they don’t have to kick down doors.

Wired certainly deserves some credit for breaking the story. Initiative in this day and age of blogs usually get you the good kind of attention. However, it doesn’t give you free license to be a jackass and make smarmy comments that make no sense.

The facts are that:

  1. The police were able to search Jason Chen’s home because what they did can be considered illegal unto itself.
  2. There is no data to suggest that the police seized his drives to find the iPhone finder.
  3. Breaking the door down is completely justified because no one answered the door. Why? Because otherwise every two-bit cyber thug would simply ignore the police knocking on the door, delete all their data, and then let in the police. At which point, the police would be criticized and called inept for not breaking down the door. You’re naive if you believe otherwise.

Wired, kudos on your exclusive and please tone back the glib.

May 03, 2010 03:15 PM

April 28, 2010

d00dism

Saying it without really saying it

If you were confused about whether Apple was still committed to the Mac, their lack of Apple Design Awards for anything Mac pretty much says it all.

The Apple Design Awards 2010 recognize iPhone OS applications that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation, technology adoption, and quality.

April 28, 2010 01:35 PM

April 27, 2010

d00dism

Use a garden hose instead of a fire hose

I’ve been spending some time revisiting GTD and Inbox Zero. Several of the themes are important and in particular, the idea that your time is finite is probably most important. As I get older, my time becomes even more limited. I’m not sure how to explain this, but there it is.

As this is the case, the content you consume needs to match your limits. Trying to consume more than you have time for simply frustrates you and leaves you less time to consume the content you actually enjoy.

Be passionate about your content

When you’re going to invest your time into something, make sure that it’s something you truly enjoy. Watching movies because a bunch of anonymous strangers think it’s a great movie, listening to podcasts because they’re about a subject your care about, or watching TV shows because you liked precious seasons are not rules that you must obey. Those motivations are great ways to home in on content you might like, but it doesn’t mean you will like it.

Podcasts are probably one of the best examples to examine because they’re almost entirely free, serialized, in directories with ratings, on any subject you can think of, and are obtained easily. Your first motivation is to subscribe to everything popular or concerning a subject you’re passionate about. Remember though, your tastes won’t align with everyone else and podcasts can be drivel in spite of the subject matter.

You want to be passionate about the content itself and not just because of the original motivation to check it out to begin with.

Stop worrying losing content

The fact is, that unless something was created by you (your own blog, your photos, your paintings, your own podcast), you have no reason to archive it like a librarian. That content isn’t going to disappear off the face of the earth if you don’t consume right away or hold on it “for later”.

It’s the internet age! If you aren’t holding on to it, you can rest assured some geek, somewhere, with too much time on his hands is. Not only that, he’ll be willing to post it to a half dozen places at a moment’s notice. Barring that, everything is being put on DVD (Bluray) now. Podcast authors want to feel immortal, so their back archives will be available forever.

Discard piles

You ever hear the phrase “same shit, different piles”? That’s more true than you realize. If you’re amassing piles of stuff, there’s a reason for it. You don’t like the content. You think it’s shit.

Let’s just ignore edge cases where you’re saving it for someone else or you’re catching up.

Those 15 episodes of the latest season of Law and Order are telling you that you really don’t want to watch them. Those 100 podcast episodes sitting in iTunes are telling you the same thing (and for the love of everything holy, don’t manual refresh feeds when iTunes notices you’re not listening and stops downloading on its own). Heck, that Netflix disc that’s been sitting next to your TV for weeks as you watch and return disc after disc is dying to be sent home.

You can quickly sort out some of the stuff you have the least interest in while freeing up the most bandwidth in one shot. Free yourself as well as your DVR’s hard drive. Delete the stuff collecting in a clump.

This is not a job

Consuming your content is not a job. Don’t feel obligated to consume if you aren’t getting excited. Did you subscribe to a podcast because it was about something you liked but feel dread about playing that latest episode? Are you only listening because it’s filling up your iPhone/iPod? Stop listening. You should be anticipating the next episode, not dragging through it. Your doing this for enjoyment, not out of obligation (financial or otherwise).

I don’t know if I can stress this enough. Too many people continue to take in the same crap because they feel they should or because they’ll be left out if they don’t. Neither is true. Be Thomas Jefferson about it. Throw it away. If it comes back to through someone know or something you enjoy, it was important. If it didn’t, it wasn’t important to begin with. Save your time for the fun stuff.

April 27, 2010 06:52 PM

April 21, 2010

d00dism

Quick iPhone time-saving tip: App Store

Put you App Store icon on a less frequented page. You’ll feel less compelled to check for updates and look for new apps.

April 21, 2010 09:18 PM

April 19, 2010

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April 06, 2010

43 Things

Exercise regularly

Derik DeLong adopted this goal

April 06, 2010 11:00 PM

How to learn to cook

Derik DeLong wrote about How to learn to cook:

"Not that scary."

How I did it: Lots of practice and watching a more experienced cook.  I bought some books, read up, copied everything my friend did and it wasn't long before I got the lay of the land.

It took me 6 months.

It made me Happy

April 06, 2010 10:45 PM

All Consuming

A story about "I Heart Huckabees"

I Heart Huckabees
by David O. Russell

Watching this movie late at night probably wasn’t a good idea. It was entertaining, but I wouldn’t watch it again.

April 06, 2010 06:30 PM

April 03, 2010

Twitter

d00d: @thoughtsimple Ha, not really. I understand the excitement over a new toy, but honestly, the best the iPad has to offer won't be for a while

d00d: @thoughtsimple Ha, not really. I understand the excitement over a new toy, but honestly, the best the iPad has to offer won't be for a while

April 03, 2010 11:15 PM

d00d: I didn't regret waiting until the iPhone 3G and I won't regret waiting until the ipad price drops

d00d: I didn't regret waiting until the iPhone 3G and I won't regret waiting until the ipad price drops

April 03, 2010 04:05 PM

April 02, 2010

d00dism

Fighting Stupidity with Stupidity

Cory Doctorow wrote a piece on why he won’t be buying an iPad (which extends to why you shouldn’t either. I don’t agree with his article, but the vehement arguments against some of his have been equally asinine.

Joel Johnson wrote an otherwise brilliant piece that says:

So what if you can’t make iPad programs on an iPad. I don’t complain I can’t make new dishwashers with my dishwasher.

Doctorow doesn’t outright call this out as an issue, but it fits with the theme of what he wrote. The problem is this is analogy is flawed. Let’s see if you can tell the problem with it if I put it in mathematical format.

iPad programs : iPad :: dishwasher : dishwasher

It becomes rather clear, doesn’t it? It’s essentially saying that iPad programs are iPads unto themselves. Let’s make it even worse.

Apologies to Dan Jalkut (I love MarsEdit; don’t hate me), but this gem is even worse.

“You can’t write apps for the device.” Yeah, and you can’t publish a book with a book. Or write a pen with a pen.

Joel’s analogy almost worked because he started talking about appliances. It goes wrong from there, but the groundwork is there. The above is just wrong from the get-go.

This isn’t to say I agree with the concept. Is it important to be able to develop iPad applications using an iPad? No. The ability to create content for a platform using the platform itself isn’t important. It’s really not. Computers are one of the few (if only?) devices that do this extensively. Let’s use some other (slightly more valid) analogies to argue against this idea.

You can’t make PS3 games using a PS3. You can’t make movies using a Bluray player. It’s easy. I’m sure you can come up with some as well.

The fact is that for consumer devices (which the iPad is), it’s not important to be able to develop content for it with the device itself. I agree with you. But I’m also begging you all to stop using bad analogies to argue this truth.

April 02, 2010 11:07 PM

Twitter

d00d: @blankbaby A delicious ending. And far better than cutting to commercial. Take that people on TV!

d00d: @blankbaby A delicious ending. And far better than cutting to commercial. Take that people on TV!

April 02, 2010 07:29 PM

d00d: @chartier Loved the piece, didn't love the analogy. I'd compare it more to making PS3 games on a PS3, or movies on a Bluray player

d00d: @chartier Loved the piece, didn't love the analogy. I'd compare it more to making PS3 games on a PS3, or movies on a Bluray player

April 02, 2010 07:24 PM

d00d: @blankbaby can I join you? We can talk about how I'm an inferior human being for not getting one right away

d00d: @blankbaby can I join you? We can talk about how I'm an inferior human being for not getting one right away

April 02, 2010 07:18 PM

d00d: @GlennF ah, I always just use the machine.username.member.mac.com address

d00d: @GlennF ah, I always just use the machine.username.member.mac.com address

April 02, 2010 06:35 PM

d00d: @GlennF I still like using Back to my Mac to ssh directly into my computers, was the laptop not connected with Back to My Mac?

d00d: @GlennF I still like using Back to my Mac to ssh directly into my computers, was the laptop not connected with Back to My Mac?

April 02, 2010 06:09 PM

d00d: Attention LotR fans: http://shirt.woot.com/shirts/13218

d00d: Attention LotR fans: http://shirt.woot.com/shirts/13218

April 02, 2010 03:37 PM

d00d: Fascinated by the interest some companies are taking in the iPad that had none in the iPhone/iPod Touch

d00d: Fascinated by the interest some companies are taking in the iPad that had none in the iPhone/iPod Touch

April 02, 2010 02:23 PM

d00d: @jsnell Interesting, curious that it's iPad only for now then. An iPhone isn't ideal, but good in a pinch (the resume helps)

d00d: @jsnell Interesting, curious that it's iPad only for now then. An iPhone isn't ideal, but good in a pinch (the resume helps)

April 02, 2010 05:53 AM

d00d: @jsnell Any reason you can tell that it couldn't work on an iPhone?

d00d: @jsnell Any reason you can tell that it couldn't work on an iPhone?

April 02, 2010 05:47 AM

April 01, 2010

Twitter

d00d: I'm looking for a "mark all goofy April fools stories as read" button in Google Reader

d00d: I'm looking for a "mark all goofy April fools stories as read" button in Google Reader

April 01, 2010 03:10 PM

d00d: Had a problem with Netflix and it was resolved on the phone in under 3 minutes, other companies take note: this is how it should work

d00d: Had a problem with Netflix and it was resolved on the phone in under 3 minutes, other companies take note: this is how it should work

April 01, 2010 01:57 PM

March 31, 2010

Twitter

d00d: Signed up for my alma matter on LinkedIn, now I get spammed with email at least once a day, peachy

d00d: Signed up for my alma matter on LinkedIn, now I get spammed with email at least once a day, peachy

March 31, 2010 10:48 PM

March 25, 2010

Twitter

d00d: @chartier Or they could rename the iPad the GiPod.

d00d: @chartier Or they could rename the iPad the GiPod.

March 25, 2010 03:33 PM

March 24, 2010

d00dism

My horribly incomplete backup plan

It’s been a long time since I took a hard look at my backup situation, but a series of blog posts in my reader has caused some naval gazing.

A long time ago in a computer far far away

My backup plan was once dead simple. I used CCC or Super Duper to create a clone of my boot drive whenever I thought of it. Sometimes I was good and did it weekly, sometimes I went months without.

Thankfully I had no crashes during this period. I never had to experience the frustration of losing a month of data.

Let’s do the time warp again

Time Machine! I was so excited when I finally got a drive to use with it. I turned it on and got frustrated any time it monopolized my I/O attempting to back up. Honestly I can’t tell you if specifically Snow Leopard fixed it, but I haven’t gone searching for the Time Machine menu to stop the backup for a long time.

I still did my Super Duper backups, but it became less of a priority because it wasn’t automated.

Disaster

It finally happened. I lost my boot drive (which was under warranty thankfully). I could cool off the drive and get a few minutes of work, but not enough time to do a Super Duper backup and I/O just made it die faster. I was using my Super Duper drive to temporarily back someone else up.

Luckily, I had a Time Machine backup ready to go. That was almost not the case as just weeks before I finally replaced the power supply on my Time Machine disk (thank you OWC for quick diagnosis and replacement).

It was time to see if the machine would do its job.

It just worked

Once I got my replacement boot drive, it was time to stick in the SL disk and try the restore. As you can already guess, it worked. I selected my Time Machine disk and initiated the restore.

Your mileage may vary, but Time Machine is now my preferred method for incremental and bulk backup. There are a few reasons why.

  1. I don’t have to do anything to keep it up to date. Seriously, no matter how many calendar reminders or OCD you are, backup plans fail when you need to do something on a schedule rather than the machine do it for you.
  2. It protects you from your own stupidity. Clones are great, but they won’t help you dig out a file you deleted three weeks ago unless you either didn’t backup since then (shame on you) or you keep a clone rotation large enough to have a backup old enough (expensive and impractical for most as well as having the problem of requiring lots or manual interaction).
  3. You can do a bulk restore easily despite it not being a bootable disk. Stick in your Mac OS X install DVD and you can do it with a few clicks.

The moving target

Time Machine works great if you have a desktop or regularly connect your computer to a series of peripherals, but I haven’t chained a laptop down like that in years. Needless to say, the cloning plan I used on my MacBook wasn’t working for me.

I could in theory use a Time Capsule to use Time Machine for this situation. Problem 1 is that I’m cheap. Time Capsules are expensive. Problem 2 is that assuming I could get it accessible using Back to My Mac behind my FiOS router, it’s not really supported.

The solution was to use Crashplan. If you use their software to backup to another computer belonging to you or a friend, it’s free. I have a computer that’s on a lot with lots of storage and it’s own backup plan in place! I installed the software, told the Mac Pro to use a specific hard drive as the destination, and initiated backup from the MacBook.

Now anytime the two are on at the same time, the MacBook will back up to my Mac Pro regardless of local network or over the Internet proximity. Crashplan has fantastic in the background incremental backup. It meets the requirement of doing its work without me.

I only have it set up to back up my home directory, but I don’t store significant irreplaceable data anywhere else, so at worst I reinstall and then restore my home directory.

The Achilles heel

As written (correctly) elsewhere, my backup plan is incomplete. One fire at my house would wipe it all out. More specifically, my plan doesn’t include offsite backup.

When I finally stop being cheap (can’t help it), I will probably sign up for Crashplan’s subscription service. I have two options for that.

  1. I purchase the single computer plan and backup only the Mac Pro. That actually covers both computers.
  2. I buy the family plan and set both computers to use it. The MacBook would still back up to the Mac Pro as well because assuming I connect it to my network, restoration would be much faster from the Mac Pro. It also lets anyone living with me back up their computers.

I’m not saying my plan is a blue print for everyone else. I am saying that you need to consider the profound importance of a backup strategy that requires no action on your part. The biggest risk in any backup plan is always you. Backups are for the improbable situation. The most probable unfortunate event is you failing to connect your backup drive and running your backup software. Take it out of the loop, or at the very least, make it a redundant bonus.

March 24, 2010 08:42 PM

Twitter

d00d: @jsnell Oddly enough, despite it's speed issues and lack of a good web browser, the stability was so damn good, I switched

d00d: @jsnell Oddly enough, despite it's speed issues and lack of a good web browser, the stability was so damn good, I switched

March 24, 2010 04:58 PM

March 23, 2010

Twitter

d00d: Got sent to Technorati on a link today, when was the last time they were relevant?

d00d: Got sent to Technorati on a link today, when was the last time they were relevant?

March 23, 2010 08:20 PM

d00d: Just recommended an iPad to my parents (because it actually fills exactly their needs)

d00d: Just recommended an iPad to my parents (because it actually fills exactly their needs)

March 23, 2010 07:39 PM

d00d: RT @nick: I hope you all defriended anyone who's against health care reform, because it's wise to sequester yourself from all opposing p ...

d00d: RT @nick: I hope you all defriended anyone who's against health care reform, because it's wise to sequester yourself from all opposing p ...

March 23, 2010 05:01 PM

March 22, 2010

Twitter

d00d: @ejacqui I'm told on good authority that Fig's in Boston makes a Fig pizza that tastes just like Peking Duck on pizza

d00d: @ejacqui I'm told on good authority that Fig's in Boston makes a Fig pizza that tastes just like Peking Duck on pizza

March 22, 2010 11:46 PM

d00d: Gah, why is it so hard to figure out if I can use BTTM in all its glory with an AEBS and FiOS?

d00d: Gah, why is it so hard to figure out if I can use BTTM in all its glory with an AEBS and FiOS?

March 22, 2010 11:42 PM

d00d: @rgriff Very nice Rob! I'm expecting great things.

d00d: @rgriff Very nice Rob! I'm expecting great things.

March 22, 2010 09:01 PM

d00d: @danfrakes I'm hoping it turns out to be a real success for Rob.

d00d: @danfrakes I'm hoping it turns out to be a real success for Rob.

March 22, 2010 08:53 PM

d00d: @danfrakes You mean it's not good to declare war on your own userbase?

d00d: @danfrakes You mean it's not good to declare war on your own userbase?

March 22, 2010 07:22 PM

d00d: And no, I don't count "Republicans are evil, uninformed bigots" and "This bill is clearly win for everyone" as real information.

d00d: And no, I don't count "Republicans are evil, uninformed bigots" and "This bill is clearly win for everyone" as real information.

March 22, 2010 06:55 PM

d00d: I'd love a "turn off politics tweets" option for a day or two. No one I follow is giving me any real information.

d00d: I'd love a "turn off politics tweets" option for a day or two. No one I follow is giving me any real information.

March 22, 2010 06:53 PM

d00d: Wells Fargo, What part of me not calling back the first two times you left voicemail made you think calling the third time was a good idea?

d00d: Wells Fargo, What part of me not calling back the first two times you left voicemail made you think calling the third time was a good idea?

March 22, 2010 04:00 PM

March 21, 2010

Twitter

d00d: And seriously, you signed up at Disqus to do that? http://disqus.com/fuckdifuck/

d00d: And seriously, you signed up at Disqus to do that? http://disqus.com/fuckdifuck/

March 21, 2010 10:01 PM

d00d: To the dingus at 84.63.126.122 in Germany, I know the f-word and spamming it on comments on an old post is infantile

d00d: To the dingus at 84.63.126.122 in Germany, I know the f-word and spamming it on comments on an old post is infantile

March 21, 2010 09:58 PM

March 20, 2010

Twitter

d00d: I rage out every time iPhone podcast downloading fails when "processing" that last bit of data

d00d: I rage out every time iPhone podcast downloading fails when "processing" that last bit of data

March 20, 2010 12:23 PM

March 19, 2010

Twitter

d00d: Hmmm, BusyCal doesn't automatically bring in iCal calendar groups

d00d: Hmmm, BusyCal doesn't automatically bring in iCal calendar groups

March 19, 2010 06:18 PM

d00d: For some reason, my iPhone can't connect to Twitter.com over 3G.

d00d: For some reason, my iPhone can't connect to Twitter.com over 3G.

March 19, 2010 04:35 PM

d00d: @chartier Could take the cheap way out of the comment problem. Install Disqus on your WordPress Blog, import all the comments, then switch

d00d: @chartier Could take the cheap way out of the comment problem. Install Disqus on your WordPress Blog, import all the comments, then switch

March 19, 2010 04:34 PM

d00d: Scumbags at TheiPhone AppeReview http://bit.ly/d4nL0f

d00d: Scumbags at TheiPhone AppeReview http://bit.ly/d4nL0f

March 19, 2010 01:27 PM

March 18, 2010

Twitter

d00d: @danfrakes now you need to share your favorites

d00d: @danfrakes now you need to share your favorites

March 18, 2010 10:50 PM

d00d: Thinking about buying BusyCal so I can use Google Calendar to edit my MobileMe stuff, can't find any valid coupons though

d00d: Thinking about buying BusyCal so I can use Google Calendar to edit my MobileMe stuff, can't find any valid coupons though

March 18, 2010 06:24 PM

d00d: Nothing I love more than unsolicited financial advice from Wells Fargo. Stop calling me.

d00d: Nothing I love more than unsolicited financial advice from Wells Fargo. Stop calling me.

March 18, 2010 06:01 PM

d00d: Totally loving the Instapaper support in Tweetie the last few days

d00d: Totally loving the Instapaper support in Tweetie the last few days

March 18, 2010 05:22 PM

d00d: @danielpunkass They have one, but it just publishes to Facebook. Based on what they said, I don't think they see value in improving it

d00d: @danielpunkass They have one, but it just publishes to Facebook. Based on what they said, I don't think they see value in improving it

March 18, 2010 04:36 PM

d00d: @dmoren You had to remind me how nice it'll be today as I'm stuck in an office building.

d00d: @dmoren You had to remind me how nice it'll be today as I'm stuck in an office building.

March 18, 2010 12:48 PM

March 17, 2010

Twitter

d00d: Got a quick half hour of God of War 3 in last night. Fantastic so far.

d00d: Got a quick half hour of God of War 3 in last night. Fantastic so far.

March 17, 2010 02:07 PM

March 16, 2010

Twitter

d00d: @danielpunkass On just one question?Doesn't make any sense to me, but then again the week before notice in the mail didn't either

d00d: @danielpunkass On just one question?Doesn't make any sense to me, but then again the week before notice in the mail didn't either

March 16, 2010 03:38 PM

d00d: Why does the census need my age on April 1 if I'm telling them the date of my birth?

d00d: Why does the census need my age on April 1 if I'm telling them the date of my birth?

March 16, 2010 01:26 PM

March 15, 2010

Twitter

d00d: @GlennF Yojimbo's use of a single large database makes it unsuitable for use with Dropbox barring a near full rewrite

d00d: @GlennF Yojimbo's use of a single large database makes it unsuitable for use with Dropbox barring a near full rewrite

March 15, 2010 11:22 PM

d00d: @MikeTRose problem with replacing iDisk with Dropbox type mechanism is you effectively kill syncing on apps utilizing it's WebDAV nature

d00d: @MikeTRose problem with replacing iDisk with Dropbox type mechanism is you effectively kill syncing on apps utilizing it's WebDAV nature

March 15, 2010 11:19 PM

March 11, 2010

Twitter

d00d: @FiOSTV Fair enough, that will be huge when it is released, keep up the good work!

d00d: @FiOSTV Fair enough, that will be huge when it is released, keep up the good work!

March 11, 2010 05:39 PM

d00d: @FiOSTV Will the list of drives be big enough to be able to shop around effectively?

d00d: @FiOSTV Will the list of drives be big enough to be able to shop around effectively?

March 11, 2010 05:28 PM

d00d: @FiOSTV What's the plan then? Only certain drive enclosure and drives are approved?

d00d: @FiOSTV What's the plan then? Only certain drive enclosure and drives are approved?

March 11, 2010 05:23 PM

d00d: @FiOSTV Honestly, once it was enabled, I'd just go buy the cheapest enclosure I could buy and slap a big, cheap drive in it

d00d: @FiOSTV Honestly, once it was enabled, I'd just go buy the cheapest enclosure I could buy and slap a big, cheap drive in it

March 11, 2010 03:46 PM

March 10, 2010

Twitter

d00d: @chartier Isn't that functionality in the latest betas?

d00d: @chartier Isn't that functionality in the latest betas?

March 10, 2010 09:53 PM

d00d: @danfrakes I'm looking forward to trying Dropbox sync out, any thoughts on it bein app? Call me old school, but I liked it as a pref pane

d00d: @danfrakes I'm looking forward to trying Dropbox sync out, any thoughts on it bein app? Call me old school, but I liked it as a pref pane

March 10, 2010 08:46 PM

d00d: It's trying to figure out whether an older but higher end line of Sony tv us better than a later but lower end line one

d00d: It's trying to figure out whether an older but higher end line of Sony tv us better than a later but lower end line one

March 10, 2010 08:39 PM

All Consuming

A story about "Rescue Me: The Complete First Season"

Rescue Me: The Complete First Season
by Adam Bernstein

I blew through most of the series over the course of a couple days. Now I’m prepared for the second season premiere on Tuesday. Great series.

March 10, 2010 06:00 PM

March 09, 2010

Twitter

d00d: I've come to realize I don't regret my Office to iWork decision at all

d00d: I've come to realize I don't regret my Office to iWork decision at all

March 09, 2010 05:55 PM

d00d: Hey, anyone else hear about this census thing? I got something in the mail saying it's coming soon... in the mail

d00d: Hey, anyone else hear about this census thing? I got something in the mail saying it's coming soon... in the mail

March 09, 2010 01:45 AM

March 08, 2010

Twitter

d00d: Tiny bubbles under my iPhone's screen make me sad

d00d: Tiny bubbles under my iPhone's screen make me sad

March 08, 2010 03:47 PM

March 05, 2010

Twitter

d00d: It seems to me that Android's biggest failing right now is the fact that OS updates aren't released for all phones at once

d00d: It seems to me that Android's biggest failing right now is the fact that OS updates aren't released for all phones at once

March 05, 2010 03:09 PM

March 04, 2010

Twitter

d00d: @flargh must go Facebook Fan it then

d00d: @flargh must go Facebook Fan it then

March 04, 2010 05:53 PM

d00d: @flargh I've tested, quite there is nothing. I keep a bottle anywhere I'll be for more than a day.

d00d: @flargh I've tested, quite there is nothing. I keep a bottle anywhere I'll be for more than a day.

March 04, 2010 05:28 PM

February 25, 2010

Twitter

d00d: @flargh Ah, ok, wasn't sure if perhaps you'd gotten a sneaky peek. I demand a review so I know whether to spend a trivial amount of money.

d00d: @flargh Ah, ok, wasn't sure if perhaps you'd gotten a sneaky peek. I demand a review so I know whether to spend a trivial amount of money.

February 25, 2010 02:44 PM

d00d: @flargh Graphics look good. Have you played them yet Peter?

d00d: @flargh Graphics look good. Have you played them yet Peter?

February 25, 2010 01:14 PM

February 24, 2010

All Consuming

A story about "The Da Vinci Code"

The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown

Everyone is jumping all over this book because it’s successful and they’re not. That’s for the record.

I’m getting closer to the end and it’s starting to get more interesting, though the tangents are getting more frequent. I’m hoping the ending ties them all together.

February 24, 2010 10:30 PM

Twitter

d00d: Reading a certain video game blog editor's Twitter has made me realize that he hates his readers/commenters. That's a sign to step away.

d00d: Reading a certain video game blog editor's Twitter has made me realize that he hates his readers/commenters. That's a sign to step away.

February 24, 2010 09:55 PM

February 23, 2010

Twitter

d00d: This is probably my last year with Vonage. Paying $80 on top of my yearly bill (1/3 of it) for fees is too much.

d00d: This is probably my last year with Vonage. Paying $80 on top of my yearly bill (1/3 of it) for fees is too much.

February 23, 2010 09:27 PM

d00d: @flargh how did I know you'd respond?you're right, styrofoam cup is the key.

d00d: @flargh how did I know you'd respond?you're right, styrofoam cup is the key.

February 23, 2010 08:08 PM

February 19, 2010

d00dism

Behold the wonder of IMAP caching

I’m a fan of Low End Mac‘s Mac catalog. It’s a quick and easy way to go look up vital stats about old computers, such as when they were released, the original specifications, and the original price. I’ve settled many quibble’s using its information.

However, their other columns present sometimes out of date, and sometimes even wrong information. For example, Charles Moore often writes about the failure of IMAP. This goes back years, but let’s check out the latest installment.

Why am I not an IMAP fan? Guess I’ve spent too many years with slow Internet access and prefer to have my email archives on my hard drive and accessible without being online. Not many wireless hot spots in this neck of the (literal) woods, and with IMAP your messages remain on the central mail server, whereas POP downloads all messages in your inbox onto your computer where you can access them for reference whether you’re online or not.

I appreciate that IMAP can be a good choice for people who need to access email from multiple computers, but for my own accounts where that is more convenient, I use Gmail with POP access configured to leave the messages on the Gmail server, which seems to me the best of both worlds.

The entire argument centers on the idea that IMAP doesn’t allow for email reading and searching when you’re not online. That would be a great argument against its use in some cases (as it is for webmail) if it were true. It’s not.

The fact is that IMAP email clients for as long as I can remember have cached the contents of your IMAP account. Mail.app does it. Entourage does it. Thunderbird does it. There may have been cases in the long past when this was turned off by default, but I can’t remember the last time I had to check the “Cache my mail” option.

If you’ve ever watched Mail.app’s Activity Viewer when working with an IMAP account, you’ll notice it making a series of connections as it traverses your folder structure, downloading headers, and the message bodies of all your email. It writes them to your disk and from that point on, if you try to look at that email and you’re offline, it simply reads it from the disk.

It seems totally obvious if you take a moment to think about it. When you do a Spotlight search, it goes through all your email trying to find that phrase. Does it really seem practical or even possible (when accounting for speed) that it would be prodding a server for all that information every time you did a search? Of course not.

The fact is that there is no good reason to use POP over IMAP anymore. None. Well, that is unless you have a hankering to use Claris Emailer again.

February 19, 2010 03:01 PM

February 18, 2010

All Consuming

A story about "White Noise (Widescreen Edition)"

White Noise (Widescreen Edition)

Do not watch this movie in a dark room with really good headphones all alone. I made this mistake and one scene severely freaked me out due to great use of tension and stereo channels.

Spooky.

February 18, 2010 05:30 PM

February 10, 2010

All Consuming

A story about "The Da Vinci Code"

The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown

So, I finished the book last night. I had a scant 60 or so pages left in the book last night and for some inexplicable reason, I felt compelled to finish it. I layed in bed, watching the clock increment in 15 minute blocks as I read intently. Great book, but I felt like ass this morning.

February 10, 2010 03:30 PM

January 25, 2010

d00dism

Google Gears maintenance isn’t a priority for Google

The recent Firefox 3.6 update made me re-examine my add-ons as always. What struck me as odd was that Google Gears wasn’t compatible. Clearly that was a mistake. Google couldn’t possibly ignore the chosen browser of most of the tech elite.

It’s not totally ignored no. Indeed there’s a ticket for the problem. It has a Medium priority. Medium? Not working with Firefox isn’t that important?

That got me thinking. The last time I checked, the latest Safari in Snow Leopard wasn’t supported. Still true. Also has a Medium priority.

So, it’s not supported on Safari in Snow Leopard, the latest Firefox, or Chrome for Mac OS X. That leaves… nothing. No Snow Leopard support using the latest browsers.

There’s two conclusions. First, Google Gears isn’t a priority for Google. Second, Mac OS X support isn’t a priority for Google. Take your pick.

Edit: Turns out that I missed the Google announcement that Gears was effectively dead in favor of HTML5′s storage capability. While a move to a standard is good, nowhere on Google’s Gears site does it mention this fact. Indeed this fact probably makes all non-security Gears tickets a “WONT-FIX” but it’s very poorly being communicated and does nothing to address the fact that today’s sites with offline capabilities still use Gears.

In order to get any satisfaction as a Snow Leopard user, you’ll need to download Firefox 3.5.x. That’s a little backward.

Update: Finally, some kind of acknowledgement.

January 25, 2010 03:04 AM

January 19, 2010

All Consuming

A story about "The Sopranos: The Complete Second Season"

The Sopranos: The Complete Second Season
by Allen Coulter Tim Van Patten

Netflix hasn’t been doing so hot lately and the last disc in the season came yesterday but it wouldn’t play more than halfway through the first episode. Hopefully I’ll get the replacement to watch this weekend.

January 19, 2010 09:00 AM

December 18, 2009

43 Things

Learn to play the guitar

Derik DeLong adopted this goal

December 18, 2009 04:30 AM

watch the IMDB.com Top 100 movies

Derik DeLong adopted this goal

December 18, 2009 04:30 AM

spend more time outdoors

Derik DeLong adopted this goal

December 18, 2009 04:30 AM

go see the daily show live

Derik DeLong adopted this goal

December 18, 2009 04:30 AM