Shin
2013-04-04

LucasArts no more

LucasArts

Dum dum dum, another one bites the dust. In their infinite wisdom Disney decides to shut down LucasArts, there goes another game company.
“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games,” LucasArts parent company LucasFilm said in a statement. Yeah… rough translation: “Fuck making quality games, we’re going to whore out everything LucasArts ever made to anyone willing to pay for a license, like Electronic Arts.”

2013-04-03

Big Webstats

Big webstats X111.com

Nifty looking, but rather inaccurate.
Just looking at the Social Buzz section I can see Facebook likes and shares are missing, the same goes for Twitter back links. So if you use it to analyze your own site take everything with a rather large pinch of salt, but fun to see nonetheless.

Also I think they’re more interested in generating backlinks for their own site as I received word of this through my contact form…

2013-04-02

How to clear iTunes of all unused iOS apps

iTunes app cleaning

With so many apps you can try and discard on your iPhone or iPad you can get a huge library of them in iTunes as iTunes doesn’t delete them and keeps updating them even, and it’s a pain in the rear to have to manually go through them all to see which ones you use and which ones you don’t.

  1. Get rid of all the iOS apps in iTunes;
  2. Go to the app section in iTunes, select all, delete.

  3. Clear out any extra apps you may have;
  4. Quit iTunes and check the Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Mobile Applications folder for any remnants.

  5. Re-import the apps from your iOS device(s);
  6. Start iTunes again and File>Devices>Transfer Purchases from (the name of your iOS device), repeat for any iOS device you have.

And of course make sure to make a backup beforehand in case anything does go wrong.

Game of Thrones sigils for the Internet

House Facebook Sigil

There are 11 more here.

2013-03-30

Winamp for Mac

Winamp for Mac

This month’s edition of hell freezing over; an official Winamp for Mac.
10 years ago, when I couldn’t stand iTunes and thought it was the biggest pile of crap compared to the Windows version of Winamp, I would have been so happy if this got released. Now, not so much. For one iTunes in its current version is a different beast, it works perfectly for me. And this Winamp version is very much beta, just a barebones player without any options, no eye candy and not exactly a pixel perfect interface. No equalizer either. It’s only 0.81, so there’s hope, but maybe it’s just too little too late.

2013-03-27

Spam training in Mountain Lion Server

spamtrainer

For some reason Spamassassin in Mountain Lion Server isn’t set up for scheduled spam/ham training, even though the hooks are there for it.
So you can a) configure that correctly and schedule it yourself or b) go for Spamtrainer, which works a lot smoother, automagically finds your spam and ham boxes and has enough options to run it as you please.
I really love the -i option which asks you a bunch of questions on how and when you want to run the training and then sets the schedule up for you.

HearthStone tcg

HearthStone

(Im)patiently waiting for the european beta to open for HearthStone,
a Blizzard card game based on Warcraft for Mac, PC (and later on iOS).

2013-03-23

Google Reader no more

Not that I care about Google Reader, but someone should resurrect Gregarius so people can make their own alternatives.
Another fine example about why you should take control of your online presence and stop relying on third party services, especially third party services whose core business is selling ads.

2013-03-22

Back from the dead

mountain lion server

The server is dead, long live the server. Well my trusty old Mac Mini decided to retire to the great beyond and kicked the bucket after 7 years. May it rust in peace. Unfortunately this meant my websites were down, as was my mail. The latter being slightly more important at the moment as I’m still looking for a job. Back in the previous decade I decided against getting the official OsX server software because back then it cost quite a lot (for home users anyway, dirt cheap compared to windows licensing) at $500 for 10 users and $1000 for unlimited users. Fast forward to 2013 and now it’s only $20 for unlimited users for Mountain Lion Server, so I decided to give it a try on my iMac to at least get a working mail server up. Which I did. Neat, and for less money than I’d previously paid for MailServe. Spamassassin, ClamAV, RBL, the works. Still some todo’s in that area, like setting up training for Spamassassin, but nice overall.
So I figured why stop there, let’s see what this puppy can do. Activated the web server, downloaded and installed MySQL which is not included, tweaked PHP a bit (apc is missing from the standard php setup, something I love to boost performance. I had to compile that from source to add it, I should make a follow up post for that) and here we are; back online and faster than before.
I’m sure there’s still a lot b0rked around the site, but so far so good.
Emphasis on the temporary solution as I still need a dedicated server for the lot but at least it’s all running for now.

Work in progress... home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.