Regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) alleged purchases of 2,700 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles and billions of rounds of ammunition, I just got off the phone with a fellow named Mike from Congressman Barber’s (D-AZ) office. Congressman Barber is on the House Armed Services Committee. I was concerned about these reported unusual purchases, and I wrote a letter in February. I asked for answers; they investigated. Here is their answer.
Help Me Win Saddleback Leather November 28, 2012Posted by Robert Harder in : Uncategorized , add a comment
I love Saddleback Leather products, and they have a great tagline: “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead!” They’re having a Christmas giveaway with lots of loot.
Please help me out by clicking through to their homepage often for the next three weeks in December (through 19 Dec 2012). Woo hoo!
iMovie App Runs on iPhone 3GS August 27, 2012Posted by Robert Harder in : Uncategorized , add a comment
I was surprised to see that Apple’s iMovie iOS app runs on my iPhone 3GS (not jailbroken), even though Apple does not officially support it. It makes me wonder if it is just a stunt to get people to buy new iPhones.
Apple IIgs Emulator August 18, 2011Posted by Robert Harder in : Review , 5comments
We all have our own bits of nostalgia when it comes to computers “back in the day.” OK, maybe you don’t, but I do. I have many fond memories of my Apple IIgs and all of its glory. I had a Woz edition with a TransWarp GS, the Hard Disk 20SC, and the good ol’ ImageWriter II. Why let the past go, when you can run old programs on your screaming fast modern hardware with an emulator? On the Mac, the best Apple IIgs emulator is Sweet16, which is still in active development (2011). It even supports printing (to the Mac’s Preview.app). (more…)
Writing Finder Comments from the Command Line August 7, 2011Posted by Robert Harder in : Utility , 1 comment so far
I had some old (we’re talking Apple IIGS era old) files that I wanted to keep around, and I wanted Spotlight to show them if there was a valid hit. Many of the file formats I cannot read anymore, but even a raw dump of the file could at least reveal the information I needed. What I could not find online was a way to write Spotlight-findable data from the command line. My idea was to run the strings command and embed that as a comment. I finally figured it out on my own, and it involves embedding AppleScript in a shell script via osascript. (more…)Utility , 32comments
I finally discovered how to run Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in a virtual machine after I was caught off guard that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion no longer supports Rosetta, Apple’s technology for seamlessly running PowerPC applications on Intel processors. I have enough PowerPC applications (like The Print Shop, my old copy of PhotoShop, and my scanner driver) that I was not going to upgrade to Lion on my home computer, but since I have successfully installed Snow Leopard in a virtual machine, I think I will take the plunge after all (and thanks to this Front Row hack also). (more…)
Check for PowerPC Programs Before Upgrading to Lion July 24, 2011Posted by Robert Harder in : Utility , 5comments
I discovered too late that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion does not support PowerPC executables as Snow Leopard did with Rosetta. I cannot say how long that would have kept me away from Lion, but I definitely would have done some more homework before taking the plunge. If you have not already upgraded, you might want to do a check to see what you might be losing: old printer drivers, scanners, obscure utilities. I have finally lost my scanner, which required a PPC driver in an old copy of Photoshop. Run one of these scripts to generate a list of all PPC-only executables on your system. (more…)
“Ultrafast” video compression with x264 July 19, 2011Posted by Robert Harder in : Utility , 1 comment so far
The fastest video compression I have seen so far is using the x264 command line tool with its “ultrafast” preset. The resulting file has no audio, so it requires an extra step with QuickTime to finish the process. I recently review the compression software Elgato Turbo.264 HD Software Edition, and it was indeed faster than iTunes and QuickTime Player when converting to iPhone-compatible videos, but I noticed that x264 was faster still. Here are the steps you can take for “ultrafast” video compression.
sudo dscl . -delete /Users/rob
when you mean to type
sudo dscl . -delete /Users/proxy
It will slow down your productivity. (more…)
Stream iPhoto over SSH June 15, 2011Posted by Robert Harder in : Utility , 2comments
Many people seem to have enjoyed my post on Streaming iTunes over SSH, and today I needed to access my home iPhoto library from work. It turns out that we can use the same tricks we used for iTunes for iPhoto.