Shin

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.

Dell: a brilliant punchline on a 15 year old joke

Easy As Dell

In 1997 Michael Dell famously commented on the state of Apple at the time saying he’d “shut the company down and give the money back to the shareholders.”
Seeing Apple rise to become the biggest tech company in the world while Dell crumbled must have been humbling enough, but now the joke has come full circle as Dell is giving the money back to his own shareholders and going private. Oh sweet karma.

2013 in mobile

Windows Fail

Well waddayaknow, it’s 2013 already. No idea what the year is going to bring, but just the news from the first few days promises that it’s going to be an interesting year for mobile phones and tablets.
Microsoft still doesn’t understand consumers. It’s amazing how they can keep getting things wrong for years on end even with so many examples of how it can be improved. Hell even Samsung is better at copying Apple.

Ubuntu is heading to phones, and while it looks lovely I think Mark’s doing a little too much wishful thinking, not to mention he’s been watching Steve’s keynotes a bit too much, from the choice of outfit, hand gestures and using words like ‘magical’:

‘Ubuntu is the first platform to offer full convergence across mobile, the cloud and desktop computers…’ really Mark? Really? Somehow makes it look less serious and more ‘awww, cute, look at him try’. Which explains the top comment at the moment.

Samsung and others are beginning to realize that Windows Phone won’t be going anywhere and Android isn’t quite what Google promised, and promised, and promised. And so Samsung is looking at Tizen, an Open Source mobile platform. No idea what this is going to bring but at least it’s open and made for the sake of being a great platform, instead of just made for the sake of offering a Google search bar. Hell even Google itself is making better Google apps for iOS than for Android. Sweet irony.

Meanwhile said Google seems to have developed a grudge against Microsoft and is currently blocking Maps from being accessed on a WP device. Which comes after them blocking YouTube access, which comes after cutting ActiveSync support. Ah well, this should get entertaining.

In other news no one really knows what Apple is up to, other than some rumours about the new iOS, a watch/computer and perhaps even an iPhone mini, which doesn’t make much sense to me but who knows.
Let the games commence.

WWDC 2012 Keynote

Hmm, it’s a mixed bag this year. There’s plenty of new awesomeness, just not for me.

MacBook Pro with Retina display
Bloody fast, bloody awesome, bloody brilliant screen and alas, bloody expensive.

iOS6
I’m surprised to see the 3GS is still supported, but weird the iPad 1 isn’t seeing as it’s quite a bit faster than the 3GS. Siri is finally coming to the iPad (yay!), but only the new iPad, not the iPad2 (boo!).
Nice mail improvement to finally be able to insert video and photo in the mail as you type instead of having to compose a mail from the albums app.
Safari iCloud tabs so you can pick up where you left things on your Mac. And an offline reading list for reading on the go is a welcome addition for those of us with crappy carriers (hello t-mobile, I’m looking at you).
No new notifications, no new look, several new apps but none I care about too much at this point.

Mountain Lion
It’s coming next month, it’ll be available for only $19.99 and I’m shit out of luck as my iMac is too old (late 2006 model) to upgrade to it for some reason which I can’t quite understand. So no Airplay Mirroring for me. :/

Mac Pro
Even though it wasn’t in the keynote the Mac Pro line finally got updated with a nice speed boost and quite a price slash. Quite a price slash in Apple terms that is, still way out of my league.

Watch the keynote.

Apple’s new quarterly earnings in perspective

Very interesting read on TUAW about Apple’s earnings report, it puts the plain figures in a very interesting perspective.

During the last quarter, iPhone sales reportedly exceeded sales of all Android handsets, from all vendors, combined.
Apple earned almost $34 billion in revenue from iPhone and iPad sales — in three months. Google’s revenue for 2011 — all of Google, for the entire year — was $37 billion.

The iPad by itself, in one quarter, brought in more revenue than 230 out of the Fortune 500 companies earn in an entire year.

The iPhone by itself, in three months, brought in more revenue than McDonald’s made in all of 2010.

Designed in the US, made in China

Very interesting NY Times article about exactly why Apple, and many others I’m sure, have their products made in China. Bit of an eye opener for everyone who thinks they’re ‘stealing’ jobs away.

“We shouldn’t be criticized for using Chinese workers,” a current Apple executive said. “The U.S. has stopped producing people with the skills we need.”

Apple set to become largest computer manufacturer in 2012

Wow, hell must have frozen over. I remember being called crazy for years when I said Apple would be big. They’re apparently already the number 2, and set to take over HP next year as the largest global computer manufacturer. It’s a crazy world.

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