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Mountain Lion on an older Mac

MLpostfactor

If you’re still stuck on Lion because your Mac isn’t compatible with Mountain Lion you might want to take a look at this project where people have created an app called MLPostFactor. It allows you to install Mountain Lion on pretty much any Mac that can run Lion. It’s still beta software and you have to know what you’re doing (which goes for most things in life) but it looks good, might have to give it a try on our old white iMac.

Custom message OsX login screen

Add a custom message to Your Mac OS X Login Screen to help people contact you if your Mac is lost. Useful if you have a portable Mac.

Front Row is awesome


When Apple released Lion they decided to axe Front Row, a sort of media theater player controlled by the lovely remote that comes with every Mac. Few people seemed to mourn its passing, claiming it wasn’t useful because it only plays iTunes content anyway, saying Plex is so much better, bla bla etc. You, my dear people who believe so, are idiots. Understandable idiots because every monkey seems to have a computer these days, but monkeys nonetheless. (Sorry, I get slightly annoyed reading so many comments from people saying Front Row sucks when they don’t know how to use it in the first place)
You see, Front Row plays pretty much EVERYTHING you could want. And without a lot of work or configuration. Say you download movies, tv series and what not on a nice big external usb drive, which has a big downloads folder. Now the only thing you have to do to make all of this watchable in the comforts of Front Row is:
1. Right click on the folder that has the content you want to watch in Front Row.
2. Select ‘Make Alias’. This will create a shortcut link to the downloads folder.
3. Move the alias link that just got created into the Movies folder in Finder.
4. Start Front Row, go to Movies, and it’ll show the folder with everything it contains. Pick something to watch, and enjoy.

It’s that easy.
Now in case you changed your mind and want to give Front Row another shot, here you can get Front Row enabler if you have already upgraded to Lion.

Day-O

Day-O, a free and simple menu bar clock replacement for Lion.

USB drive failure in OsX Lion and older

Bought a new 2TB external USB drive by Samsung for the iMac. I know Samsung doesn’t like Apple but this is ridiculous. Whenever the computer goes to sleep the drive ejects, and when the computer wakes up again, the drive doesn’t.
Looking into this I discovered this has been a common problem for a lot of people. It seems several brands/models exhibit this behavior. It’s not limited to Lion btw, older versions are affected as well. So buyer beware.

In my case the problem was easily ‘fixed’ by swapping it with one of my Mac Mini’s drives as that one runs 24/7 and never sleeps (being used as a server and all).

Bring back Front Row in Lion!

Front Row is missing in Lion, and that sucks seeing as there’s no good alternative.

Don’t even get me started on Plex, tried it, hated it.
Plex, and other alternatives, might be good if you’re Joe Average, listening to popular music, watching CSI and the newest big hit movie. But the media manager in Plex sucks DONKEY ASS if you like to watch anime, obscure movies and listen to electro and anything not in the mainstream. It’ll mess up your collection, label your anime as some weird 50’s american tv show, show incorrect info on all your albums seeing as last.fm is a mess with 1 page for 6 artists. One… big… mess… So please gimme back a fully working Front Row please!

Until this gets sorted or there’s a better alternative I’ll postpone upgrading to Lion. Snow Leopard’s working just fine, thank you very much.

WWDC 2011

or more specifically, the World Wide Developers Conference opening keynote speech by Steve Jobs and colleagues. Meaning it’s for developers, not end users.
In a nutshell: iOS5 will be awesome, this fall. Lion is going to be awesome, next month for only $29.99. MobileMe turns into iCloud and will be free, costs $25 a year if you want to use the music syncing option.

You can watch the whole keynote here, or download it here.

Or instead of watching the whole 2 hour keynote, which I do recommend, you could opt to check out the 4 minute ‘musical’:

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