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27. January 2006 on 3:57 in Mac by hessi


Let me dedicate the first post on this blog to an extraordinary piece of software I stumbled upon today: MemoryMiner.

Unfortunately, not one of my usual centric sites seems to have noticed it yet. Even more astonishing since MemoryMiner won one of the Best of Show awards at Macworld Expo 2006.

The idea behind MemoryMiner is to link images, persons and places with each other over time. Sounds confusing? Take a look at this amazing demo and you’ll quickly understand what all the fuss is about. Of course, you could use Keywords in iPhoto to implement something, well, not similar, but distantly related on a much simpler level, but Apple really scares the living hell out of anyone trying to actually use them.

One has to admit though that MemoryMiner is a v1.03, and although I’ve seen a lot worse, it has some rough edges. There is a 15-day trial available, and I’d really like to wait for some bugfixes, but today seems to be the last day of the ($45 instead of $60). Bugger…


25. January 2006 on 22:28 in geek by hessi

What kind of jerk buys one song 21 times?


…or: It seems the iTunes Music Store Accounting didn’t think of people who like to collect cover versions of their favourite songs…

I was asked about these cover versions, so here they are in an iMix.

Quote of the day

25. January 2006 on 20:41 in Quote of the day by hessi

Quote of the day:

It could be the case that the consumers of the low-end Dells and $300 Wal Mart laptops sat down, carefully analyzed their computing needs and compared said needs to the specs of the computers, then, using advanced cost benefit and amortization tools, the consumers realized that the value-priced laptop was the ideal trade off between out-of-pocket expense and performance. Either that or they just wanted a cheap laptop.

[ - by Chris Seibold]


24. January 2006 on 18:03 in Mac by hessi

I’m connected, baby!

6. January 2006 on 12:16 in geek by hessi

Live from the ICE 1517, Berlin to Munich, and I just repaired my Mac. Online.
It all started yesterday, as I had the fabulous idea to install FrontRow on my iBook/G4. According to this website, it works - as long as you do not take a look in the comments, which I didn’t, of course.
Turns out, it didn’t work, but ok, I can live without it, so it didn’t bother me. Things started to get weired today in the train as my Mac crashed and I had to start it again. At first I didn’t realize any change, but soon I discovered a lot of free space in my Menubar, which is odd, since it is simply too small for all the stuff I’d like to have there (or have to have there, since Adium, for example, has no option to turn off its Icon - or has it?). The typical steps (repair rights, reboot, add new user) didn’t work, and Console told me the SystemUIServer crashed - every two seconds. Not funny. Fortunately, GPRS still worked, and after some reading, I found a solution which didn’t involve downloading a 150 MB 10.4.5 combo update.
A few minutes later, just arriving at Lutherstadt Wittenberg, my Mac booted into a perfectly working installation. From appearing to repairing the error, it took me 111 km or 58 minutes (the ICE doesn’t get faster as 180 km/h during this part of the journey).
Modern times…