There’s been a lot of buzz on the internet about a method to organise your life with a method called GTD or Getting Things Done by David Allen. I use an simple and elegant solution called Tracks or GTD. It’s programmed in Ruby on Rails, so to set it up can be a pain for the more technically challanged. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to set it up using Locomotive. No terminal commands needed, and you’ll have GTD up and running in no time!
So I have tried Apples new photo managing software called Aperture. I uploaded some pictures into it to have something to work with. I also downloaded pictures
that I had taken during the day. The next time I started Aperture, I got a message that the project I had downloaded needed to be repaired. But when it was finished, there where two folders with the same name. One is empty and the other one had all the pictures. So I delete the empty project. And now I couldn’t open the pictures in the first folder. Thankfully I found the missing pictures in the trash, I guess the deleted folder really wasn’t empty after all. So this program has the same basic design flaw that iPhoto has. One central database with all the pictures in it. One thing you really have to be able to do is to trust your photo managing software, and so far I’m not impressed.
The rest of the program is very nice. If you have a fast machine. Unfortunately the RAW conversion is really bad. And you can’t make Aperture open the raw file in Photoshop CS2 that has a superior importer. That’s plane stupid. I can understand Apple for wanting to use CoreImage for all the processing, but you really need sharpening filters like NIK Sharpener 2, but without a plug-in architecture that’s something that won’t happen.
I realize that this is a 1.0 version of a program and is certainly going to get better. But the idea of using a database for storing pictures seems fundamental for Apples design, and so far I got burned by both iPhoto (twice) and now Aperture. So I guess I’ll go back to Adobe Bridge for manage my photos.
I got fed up with the fan that’s running constantly on my Powerbook 12″ rev b 867mhz after installing the 10.3.8 Update. So here’s how you do it:
- Download Update 10.2.8 and use Pacifist to extract /System/Library/ExtensionsAppleADM103x.kext from MacOSXUpdate10.2.8.pkg to the desktop.
- Do a backup of AppleADM103x.kext from your startup disk at /System/Library/Extensions to your home folder.
- Copy AppleADM103x.kext from your Desktop (the one you extracted from 10.2.8) to /System/Library/Extensions, you’ll need to enter the admin password to do that. Start Disk Utility and do a repair permissions on your start volume. Problem solved. Just for good measure, reset the parameter-RAM by holding down Command-Alt-P-R at startup. My machine now turns on the fans at 148 Fahrenheit instead of 125 Fahrenheit.
For some reason Apple choose to change the temperature when the fan starts on Rev.A Powerbook 12″ after Mac OS X 10.2.8 from 148 Fahrenheit to 125 Fahrenheit. This gives the result that the fan runs almost constantly due to the fact that the powerbook operates normally at 125 Fahrenheit. I did this hack back when Apple changed stuff in the 10.3.2 update, and they haven’t updated AppleADM103x.kext until 10.3.8.
Another thing to note is that I tried to do the Install option from Pacifist instead of the copy to the desktop. That didn’t work. My guess is that it has to do with the kextcache. maybe you just have to do a sudo kextcache -e or similar to get the kext cache to update? Haven’t tried it though.
Just a reminder, I take no responsibility if you do this hack and something goes wrong.