That January feeling

It’s a new year and time to get up and go after the Christmas break, however, for us students at Aber uni (as well as other students I’m sure), we look forward to a bunch of exams in stuff we can’t quite remember (perhaps we drank too much or ate too much turkey or something).

As I write this I’m one exam down with two to go. Yesterday I had Architecture, C and UNIX, not that there was much UNIX stuff in there :( This exam centred around the Motorola 68HC11 micro-controller, it’s assembly language and the like, how CPU’s work, broadly, and a bunch of stuff on the C language. I am sitting here awaiting 9am when I’ll be heading up to campus to undergo my second exam: Hardware. This too is centred around the Motorola 68HC11, but it covers more hardware features such as the workings of flip-flops, memory address decoders and the like. I must admit, I’m really not looking forward to it.

Roll on Thursday! Last exam in the afternoon then I’m free for a whole week! Then I’ll be having coding week…

Christmas update...

Merry Christmas to you all!

Over the last few weeks I have been updating my site #! - A place of geekery. I’ve written some new tutorials for people who want to learn some common UNIX tools. All the usuals are there, cd/ls/pwd/etc but I have also detailed some other looks such as SSH/SCP/RSYNC

I haven’t really been doing much else on the site, I need to continue the Java tutorial at some point…But I’m also planning on learning Python, bought the book and everything, just need to properly sit down and read it…

Oh yes! Just remembered, the site has moved! We are now <>

2D Dock in Leopard

Have you upgraded to Leopard and decided you really don’t like the new 3D ‘shelf’? Never fear! Apple have given us two options…

First option Our first option is to open System Preferences, open the Dock preferences then place our Dock on the left or right of the screen:

Second option We have another option for you if you want your 2D Dock at the bottom of the screen. We have three steps, first step is to open your Terminal, next type in: defaults write no-glass -boolean YES Next type: killall Dock This should look like this in your Terminal screen:

Once you have done this you Dock should look like this: If you want to revert back to the 3D Dock simply type the following into the Terminal: defaults write no-glass -boolean NO killall Dock

There you go, your 2D Dock in Leopard.

Here's to the crazy ones...

A fellow Mac User has pointed me to look at with Coverflow. Blown up it looks like this:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.

_You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.** Because they change things.**_ -

The poem seems to be created by Apple for use as an advert: Clicky for YouTube - Thanks to CC on the MacUser forums.

As for John Appleseed, there is a Wiki on him here, I’ve linked you down to the place where he concerns Apple Inc.

I wonder who Kate might be…


The 26th October: about 11am, I received a small box from a man who travelled in an Orange lorry. With great eagerness I signed the form and ripped open the packaging to find a shiny box containing a DVD on it. On the DVD was Apple’s latest edition of OS X: Leopard, Mac OS 10.5.

Thirty minutes it took me to install Leopard, while it was installing I perused the net looking for all the applications I used to have. With a restart I was launched into the Leopard Welcome sequence, swirling through space (like the background in Time Machine). After this I was taken to the set-up screens where I chose my language, set up user accounts etc…

Leopard launched me into my desktop environment where I sat for a while in awe. I quickly installed all of my previous applications and copied over some library folders, I was really surprised that when copying the Adium folder I just re-launched Adium and it recognised all my previous settings, down to how big the contacts window was!

With my applications installed I made my way familiarising myself with the new Finder and System Preferences interface…

Finder Finder has had a nice remake, with various useful bits down the left hand side, I think I prefer the old Finder window, but the bits across the top are useful.

Coverflow is good, can’t see it being hugely useful, but it shows how the technology has been developed and can be used around the system.

All the menus have also had a make-over, it now has roundy corners<img src="" width="128" height="100" />

Dock The Dock has, of course, had it’s re-modelling, the new 3D shelf has been long awaited by some Mac users, and has already been condemned by others. Looking at a hack which allows the user to bring back a 2D Dock, I really think I prefer the 3D shelf…

Stacks Stacks are brilliant! I develop Java and C applications for university and I use two versions of the Eclipse IDE, I now have these in a folder somewhere on my system, the folder was plonked onto the Dock and it turned into a Stack, I now have easy access to my IDEs and it only takes up one space on my Dock! I also create the odd website here and there, having a Stack with all of my browsers in is great! They splay out and I have easy access to the apps with only one space in the Dock taken up!

So, things that don’t work…There has been news of BSODs on Leopard, if you read this, the lesson to learn is to NOT do an upgrade! Do a archive and install, or a fresh install. Other than that, all my Apps work, I have had trouble installing Fink, and such things that Fink installs for you, such as Lynx browser…

Other than that, I have had a very enjoyable experience to date with Leopard, I look forward to Apple releasing the incremental updates to add new features.