Rejoice. It’d be interesting to take a peek into the future and see where we’re at the next time this date comes along.
VLC 2 has been released for the Mac and it works wonderful. Up until now Mplayer OSX Extended was my preferred player considering as we still watch quite a bit of anime and the old VLC had a habit of choking on some of the more exotic formats used in the encoding of those. Plus Mplayer rendered the subtitles better.
Now it seems the other way around and I’m back on VLC.
I noticed the following oddity as well, in VLC the title is rendered perfectly but in Mplayer it’s cut off which I don’t quite understand as it’s animated and I assumed therefor hardcoded. Even weirder because the rest of the video renders the same in both players without cutoffs in either.
More of a note to self seeing as my iPhoto library is already close to 60GB and just keeps growing, if you ever get any glitches with your iPhoto library due to database corruption, thumbnails going wonky or what not; start iPhoto while keeping the Command & Option keys pressed launches the screen shown above with plenty of repair and recovery options.
A further explanation of all the options can be found here.
Yay, we survived the parade. Or more specifically the weather. Yesterday was the big carnaval’s parade in Heerlen, and about two hours before we were heading out it first started to rain like mad and then a torrent of snow started coming down. We were half tempted to stay at home but seeing as the kids were already dressed up and eager to go we braved it anyway.
Luckily once we got there it eventually eased off and everyone had a good time. I must say, having a cute 2 year old is awesome in the candy department as they all came up to Amy to give her lots while she was standing there waving and dancing around cute as a button.
Out of nowhere Apple has posted a sneak peek at the next version of their operating system, dubbed Mountain Lion.
For those who have been following the development over the years there aren’t any real surprises, it’s just a very well orchestrated part of the whole master plan. I love iCloud and this is very much bringing all the pieces of the puzzle together in a way only Apple can. iCloud isn’t some hard drive in the sky, it’s an invisible (mostly) and yet integral part of the whole Mac experience. So now the Mac gets Messages, Reminders, Notes & Game Center apps working just the way they do on your iPhone and iPad and syncing through the cloud. A notification center that looks yummy and means I can do away with Growl. AirPlay Mirroring for those of us with big screen tv’s to watch our movies and stuff on.
One announcement that made me chuckle is Gatekeeper. I didn’t see that one coming but it’s a stroke of genius. How to permanently shut up all the idiots who think any day now OSX will get hacked and flooded with viruses? Simple, give the OS a setting that only AppStore approved software can be installed and run, no matter where you downloaded it from. 1-0 for Apple.
So yeah, looking forward to it, no word yet on pricing but I’m guessing another $29.95 release. Or they could give it away for free being the new overlords of the world. Oh, and Mountain Lion is coming this summer. Keep blurring the line Apple.
Speaking of which, I so hope Apple would start their own cel network. They’d pwn.