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R.I.P. OS X Server

Oh come on Apple.
“macOS Server is changing to focus more on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network.” Whomever came up with that sentence should be fired on the spot.
OsX Server is changing in the sense that you could change a car by taking off the wheels, the engine, the exhaust, bash every window in and use the carcass as a planter.
No more mail server, no more dns server, no more web server, no nothing.
That’s another nice big fuck you to your customers Apple.

Anyway, seeing as this site runs on the same thing it means it’s time to look at alternatives and roll up my sleeves.

iTunes 12 sidebar

iTunes 12 Sidebar

I’m confused. I keep seeing posts complaining about the missing sidebar in iTunes 12. What?

No APC on Yosemite

OPcache

After upgrading to Yosemite it turns out APC is gone, and no longer installable. Yosemite comes with PHP5.5 for which there is no APC.
But the new PHP comes with opcache which you just have to enable by adding the following to your php.ini:
zend_extension=opcache.so
On my site here it basically cut my page generation times in half straight out of the box. If you like some pretty graphics and an interface to manage it (and you run WordPress as well) grab the ‘OPcache Dashboard‘ plugin.

Samsung TV Plex app problems? Round 2

After the latest (involuntary I might add, seriously, I wish it were possible to disable these updates) update of the Samsung Plex app I was once again greeted with horrible lag, crashes and all things fun. Setting the buffers to auto improved it slightly, but it was still pretty bad. This time the magic fix turned out to be updating the Plex Server app on my computer, which for some reason made everything better even though it was only a minor release. So if you run into the same problem…

Samsung TV Plex app problems?

If you’re using the Plex app on your Samsung tv it may have updated in the past week or so. And if, like mine, this resulted in movies starting to glitch, stutter and even ultimately crash your tv (gotta love progress, crashing and resetting tv’s) give this a try:
Go to preferences, then select player, you’ll see 3 buffer settings. Set all 3 to 1MB and try watching something again. That did the trick for me.

VLC Mac anime player settings

For some reason lots of anime these days comes with the primary audio set to english, with a secondary japanese audio track. For people like me who think that’s blasphemy it means having to switch audio tracks and enable subtitles on every episode we watch. This can get annoying after a while.
In VLC this is easy to remedy.
Go to Preferences > Audio and put this is in the ‘Preferred Audio language’ field:
JP,Japanese,Jap,392,any
This will automagically select the japanese audio track in anything you want to watch and fall back to ‘any’ if it can’t find any tracks matching JP, Japanese, Jap or 392.
Then go to the Subtitles & OSD tab and enter ‘any’ in ‘Preferred Subtitle Language’.
This will turn on and display any subtitles found in the show you’re trying to watch. Of course this could be narrowed down more specifically to certain languages but it works for me.

 

The Art of Tron

Cool article by Josh Nimoy who worked on creating software for generating special effects in Tron: Legacy.

I take representing digital culture in film very seriously in lieu of having grown up in a world of very badly researched user interface greeble.

Nice read to see how much thought and attention to detail went into creating even the smallest effects.
I hope the sequel is coming along according to plan.

Why Amazon doesn’t scare Apple

“A recent survey of 18 Android phones released since 2007 showed discouraging results: Over half of the devices surveyed stopped receiving OS updates from manufacturers less than one year after initial release.” CNN/Wired

Textorizer

Textorizer is a program that allows you to make pictures formed with text.
http://lapin-bleu.net/software/textorizer/

It definitely takes some getting used to and lots of experimenting, but the results could be interesting, especially when mixed with some good old Photoshopping.

Work in progress... not home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.