Monthly Archives: February 2010

What you always wanted to know about software engineers

I found this wonderful quote from Jim Reekes while watching the documentation “Welcome to Macintosh”, a film hat I can recommend to everyone!

The people on the outside think that, you know it’s like this wonderful world of Oz or Disney going on and all of us are just all these brilliant, amazing, happy people. And like, it’s not. It’s like a sausage factory, man. You really don’t wanna know how this stuff happens. A lot of it is just bad arguments and politics and working around the rules and not doing the right thing and apologizing for it later, getting fired a few times. I mean, that’s how things got done. It’s definitely, like, don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain. There’s a lot of that kind of stuff. And you really don’t wanna know how this stuff is built. To me, it’s embarrassing, like there’s always big flaws to a lot of the stuff, you know? There was a computer that we shipped where the speaker’s magnet… was right next to the hard drive. Now, when you played a sound it caused the hard drive’s read-write head… to misalign. So in the midst of, like, playing your QuickTime movie your computer would completely freeze because it played a sound. And I’m like, “What kind of engineers do we have around here… that would put a magnet right next to your hard drive?” Jesus Christ, it’s just a… It beeped and it crashed, you know? Then they wanted me… Believe it or not, this was the solution. They wanted me to change the decibels of the speaker. So that it wouldn’t interfere with the hard drive. You’re kidding me. That’s classic. See, you know, engineers are retarded. They have some kind of brain damage that allows them to not have social skills so that they could concentrate long enough to write code. But it’s a disease. That’s why I had to quit. I mean, I’m like an engineer in recovery. I don’t wanna write code anymore. It just makes you retarded. I mean,
Get a girlfriend.
Get a life.

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In case you lost your power adapter…

found via http://www.engadget.com

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What the hell?

A city card I found on the weekend! I do also have “Racism” and “Historical Lies” 🙂 if anyone wants to see them…

you tolerate homophobia

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Move iTunes Libray to iDisk

I’m a Mac user since approximately one and half year. I was really proud to own one of the first unibody MacBooks in my home town. So for that period of time I was completely satisfied with iTunes syncing all my music and stuff to my already purchased iPhone. This workflow got even better with the subscription to the MobileMe service Apple provides. But suddenly after acquiring my second Mac, a Mac mini this time, for having a desktop computer rather than to plug/unplug the MacBook to the external display, a very serious problem appeared: a second installation of iTunes. After I spent quite a lot of time unsuccessfully researching this issue on the web, I came up with an idea. Why not putting my iTunes Library on my iDisk? Due to the genius feature of iTunes and the store history, apple does already know which tracks I own… so what! :> So, before I show how this can be accomplished, let me enumerate the prerequisites you will need in order to move your library to the iDisk:

  • you need iTunes, and a Mac of course 🙂
  • you need a MobileMe subscription, remember you do only have 20GB of storage, so if your library is larger than that you will either upgrade the storage, stop trying, or create a new library with less required space :/
  • you need to turn on iDisk syncing, or you will die while waiting for iTunes to start 🙂
  • and a mid to high bandwidth doesn’t hurt at all

After this has been said, you can start by copying your library to the desired location on your iDisk. Open Finder and drag your iTunes folder (probably located in ~/Music) to your iDisk. To make it really easy I’m gonna choose the same directory on the iDisk. Now, you need to tell iTunes where to find your music. Go to the advanced panel in iTunes preferences and change the iTunes media folder to your new location. After doing so quit iTunes and restart it while holding down the alt-key. A window should pop up, which asks you to specify the iTunes library. Click choose and point it the iTunes folder. You’re done! Congrats!

I’ve used this configuration for a while now and I must say I love it. Always having music, apps, podcast and etc. in sync. So it doesn’t matter if I want to sync my iPhone at home or on the run. But, as could it be different, there is also small disappointment about this situation, for me, at least. I constantly get some MobileMe sync error for the file „iTunes Library.xml“. Seems to me that iTunes changes this file while it’s running and the FileSyncAgent can’t read it because it’s in use. Maybe somebody out there can help me! 🙂

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