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I hope they replaced the lost shipment with a... 1,309 Views / 17 Replies  
I hope they replaced the lost shipment with a crate of Chester A. Arthur phones.
Posted by CharlesS, on Mar 28, 2019 at 07:13 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I still think this is the best sig image that... 8,331 Views / 75 Replies  
I still think this is the best sig image that ever appeared on this forum:

http://www.charlessoft.com/extraneous_stuff/obnoxious.gif
Posted by CharlesS, on Feb 16, 2019 at 01:18 AM, in MacNN Lounge
lDnS4pkmzis 10,935 Views / 6 Replies  
lDnS4pkmzis
Posted by CharlesS, on Dec 21, 2018 at 02:03 AM, in Feedback
Here's some very welcome news: the battery in the... 23,512 Views / 222 Replies  
Here's some very welcome news: the battery in the new Air can be replaced without having to junk the entire top case.
...
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 7, 2018 at 02:14 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Did you have anything to do with the Saturday... 1,212 Views / 25 Replies  
Did you have anything to do with the Saturday morning cartoon that ran in the late 80s?

Used to love that as a kid.
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 6, 2018 at 03:34 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Installing RAM in those wasn't too hard, but have... 23,512 Views / 222 Replies  
Installing RAM in those wasn't too hard, but have you ever tried replacing the hard drive? You literally need thermal paste....
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 5, 2018 at 10:49 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Is that documented anywhere? Because from the... 23,512 Views / 222 Replies  
Is that documented anywhere? Because from the picture on their site, it doesn't look that bad.

https://charlessoft.com/extraneous_stuff/macmini.png
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 3, 2018 at 02:43 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Huh? They specifically mentioned that the RAM is... 23,512 Views / 222 Replies  
Huh? They specifically mentioned that the RAM is on SO-DIMMs in the keynote.
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 3, 2018 at 12:01 AM, in MacNN Lounge
The Mini's RAM is on SODIMMs, though. So you can... 23,512 Views / 222 Replies  
The Mini's RAM is on SODIMMs, though. So you can just get the machine now, and upgrade the RAM once prices come down. It doesn't all have to be at once.
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 2, 2018 at 11:13 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Oh dear. There's no way I'm following you down... 23,512 Views / 222 Replies  
Oh dear. There's no way I'm following you down that rabbit hole. :P


I've had that conversation with a colleague once, too.

Me: Ooh, is that a new MacBook Air?

Colleague: Yeah, but I think...
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 1, 2018 at 10:45 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Of course Apple sticks with slower technology.... 23,512 Views / 222 Replies  
Of course Apple sticks with slower technology. Does the MacBook Air use the fastest CPU available? Is the Intel UHD 617 the pinnacle of GPU design? Of course not. Neither is the SSD, for that...
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 1, 2018 at 11:45 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I know that was true with the older EVOs, but... 23,512 Views / 222 Replies  
I know that was true with the older EVOs, but when I looked up the 970 EVO, it's listed as MLC, unless "V-NAND 3-bit MLC" is just what the kids are calling TLC these days (admittedly, my terminology...
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 31, 2018 at 02:23 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Yeah, but if you don't actually need that speed,... 23,512 Views / 222 Replies  
Yeah, but if you don't actually need that speed, but just need a lot of storage space, the markup of almost a grand is a bit hard to take (or even the ~$600-$800 markup vs. the MLC Samsung 970 EVO,...
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 31, 2018 at 02:33 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Because they're soldered now. You can find a 2 TB... 23,512 Views / 222 Replies  
Because they're soldered now. You can find a 2 TB SSD on Newegg for around $300 (even PCI-Express: I found an Intel for $330). But of course you can't just swap a third-party drive in anymore, so you...
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 30, 2018 at 10:57 PM, in MacNN Lounge
How? It costs $100 more than the Retina Air, and... 23,512 Views / 222 Replies  
How? It costs $100 more than the Retina Air, and has previous-gen specs.
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 30, 2018 at 03:14 PM, in MacNN Lounge
My sense is that the 12" probably doesn't have... 23,512 Views / 222 Replies  
My sense is that the 12" probably doesn't have long for this world. It hasn't sold that well, has it?


The 13" Pro without the touchbar is the 2017 model. They only updated the touchbar ones last...
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 30, 2018 at 01:55 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Ooooooh.... shiny. :) Thanks for posting... 31,122 Views / 169 Replies  
Ooooooh.... shiny. :)

Thanks for posting this, reader50!
Posted by CharlesS, on Sep 24, 2018 at 10:44 PM, in macOS
I'd expect Time Machine to get a clean rewrite at... 31,122 Views / 169 Replies  
I'd expect Time Machine to get a clean rewrite at some point to take advantage of APFS's features, many of which seem almost tailor-made for TM. It seems this isn't happening in Mojave, but I...
Posted by CharlesS, on Aug 19, 2018 at 12:00 AM, in macOS
Yes,... 31,122 Views / 169 Replies  
Yes, (http://forums.macnn.com/showthread.php?t=91155) it's (http://forums.macnn.com/showthread.php?t=112524) been (http://forums.macnn.com/showthread.php?t=115964) on the...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jul 25, 2018 at 02:24 PM, in macOS
The APFS documents do claim that Apple plans to... 31,122 Views / 169 Replies  
The APFS documents do claim that Apple plans to release the specification at some future date. Fingers crossed.

I do notice that TechTool Pro has added the ability to rebuild APFS volumes, which...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jun 12, 2018 at 01:38 AM, in macOS
You mean other than that new, redesigned file... 31,122 Views / 169 Replies  
You mean other than that new, redesigned file system that we'd been eagerly awaiting for like 15 years?
Posted by CharlesS, on Jun 9, 2018 at 06:51 PM, in macOS
Yeah, and I've read some of those papers, but... 31,122 Views / 169 Replies  
Yeah, and I've read some of those papers, but there are still a lot of question marks that will be cleared up if and when Apple releases the official spec. I'm curious as heck as to how some things...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jun 7, 2018 at 02:04 PM, in macOS
I don't think it is, though. The filesystems on... 31,122 Views / 169 Replies  
I don't think it is, though. The filesystems on Darwin are plugins, not part of the kernel itself. That Github repo appears to be just a mirror of this package:
...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jun 7, 2018 at 10:27 AM, in macOS
They have? Can you post a link? 31,122 Views / 169 Replies  
They have? Can you post a link?
Posted by CharlesS, on Jun 5, 2018 at 10:08 AM, in macOS
http://www.charlessoft.com/extraneous_stuff/finder... 614 Views / 5 Replies  
http://www.charlessoft.com/extraneous_stuff/findercomment.png
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 16, 2017 at 06:14 PM, in macOS
I find that the keys on the K480 are quite mushy... 7,643 Views / 4 Replies  
I find that the keys on the K480 are quite mushy feeling. It's nowhere as nice as the Apple keyboard, to the point that they significantly slow down my typing speed. The newer K780 is much better in...
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 4, 2017 at 06:55 PM, in Mac News
The various 32->64 bit transitions are hardly... 52,425 Views / 161 Replies  
The various 32->64 bit transitions are hardly comparable here, since those were simply upgrades to a new version of the current architecture, not a jump to a new one. In each case, the new processor...
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 4, 2017 at 02:10 AM, in macOS
You're forgetting a huge one, though: (5)... 52,425 Views / 161 Replies  
You're forgetting a huge one, though:

(5) Compatibility with Apple's existing third-party software library.

When Apple switched from 680x0 to PowerPC, and from PowerPC to Intel, in each case...
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 3, 2017 at 10:28 PM, in macOS
It is very easy to do; just choose Edit ->... 52,425 Views / 161 Replies  
It is very easy to do; just choose Edit -> Convert to APFS.

The lack of automatic conversion for HDDs is a non-issue.
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 3, 2017 at 08:20 PM, in macOS
Thanks! 52,425 Views / 161 Replies  
Thanks!
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 1, 2017 at 02:00 AM, in macOS
Done—it's now recompiled for Sierra. I think I... 52,425 Views / 161 Replies  
Done—it's now recompiled for Sierra. I think I didn't use any APIs that will break it there, but since I haven't tested it, no guarantees.

The other disclaimer is that if I ever do make this into...
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 1, 2017 at 12:33 AM, in macOS
One thing that is pretty cool dedup-wise is that... 52,425 Views / 161 Replies  
One thing that is pretty cool dedup-wise is that I can confirm that the file clones are block-based rather than file based. As in, if you clone a file, then add some stuff to the end of the clone, it...
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 1, 2017 at 12:11 AM, in macOS
I do hope that that happens eventually. They do... 52,425 Views / 161 Replies  
I do hope that that happens eventually. They do seem to be rolling things out piece by piece (there still doesn't seem to be any API that I can see for snapshots, and fast directory sizing doesn't...
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 1, 2017 at 12:08 AM, in macOS
Yeah, HS only. I figured there wouldn't be much... 52,425 Views / 161 Replies  
Yeah, HS only. I figured there wouldn't be much of a point on OS versions that can't boot from APFS.


AFAIK APFS doesn't have checksums for files, only for metadata. It's a shame (and it's why my...
Posted by CharlesS, on Sep 30, 2017 at 11:54 PM, in macOS
I got interested by the topic of dedup, and... 52,425 Views / 161 Replies  
I got interested by the topic of dedup, and decided to make a little tool to scan for files that could be deduped on the per-file level, at least:

http://charlessoft.com/CloneClub.zip

Heavy...
Posted by CharlesS, on Sep 30, 2017 at 09:16 PM, in macOS
Here's something kinda cool—somebody reverse... 11,748 Views / 129 Replies  
Here's something kinda cool—somebody reverse engineered APFS.

https://blog.cugu.eu/post/apfs/

BTW, a little caveat about booting. HiC is able to boot from either HFS+ or APFS, but currently the...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jun 11, 2017 at 11:44 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Could be the bundle bit got set on the folders'... 1,589 Views / 5 Replies  
Could be the bundle bit got set on the folders' metadata. If you type 'xattr' without the quotes into the Terminal, then a space, and then drag one of the folders onto the Terminal window, and then...
Posted by CharlesS, on May 12, 2017 at 11:17 PM, in macOS
I think it worked! 1,025 Views / 2 Replies  
I think it worked!
Posted by CharlesS, on May 7, 2017 at 07:56 PM, in MacNN Lounge
macOS can still read (albeit not write) HFS, a... 892 Views / 14 Replies  
macOS can still read (albeit not write) HFS, a format which was obsolete almost twenty years ago. I wouldn't worry too much about that.
Posted by CharlesS, on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:43 PM, in macOS
This does not appear to be true: ... 892 Views / 14 Replies  
This does not appear to be true:

http://www.charlessoft.com/extraneous_stuff/hfs.png
Posted by CharlesS, on Mar 27, 2017 at 07:17 PM, in macOS
APFS doesn't show up as an option in Disk... 892 Views / 14 Replies  
APFS doesn't show up as an option in Disk Utility's "Erase" tab, so I'd say probably not.
Posted by CharlesS, on Mar 27, 2017 at 05:53 PM, in macOS
Who cares who designed it? It was a revolutionary... 2,245 Views / 65 Replies  
Who cares who designed it? It was a revolutionary product.
Posted by CharlesS, on Mar 22, 2017 at 10:13 AM, in MacNN Lounge
PowerBook 100. Popularized the form factor... 2,245 Views / 65 Replies  
PowerBook 100.

Popularized the form factor that's still dominant form for full-fledged computers, 26 years later.
Posted by CharlesS, on Mar 21, 2017 at 09:37 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Poll: If it had a full-sized keypad, non-tiny arrow... 1,116 Views / 14 Replies  
If it had a full-sized keypad, non-tiny arrow keys, and the pgup/pgdn/home/end keys? In a minute.

Otherwise? Eh, it might be useful for software development, maybe.
Posted by CharlesS, on Feb 23, 2017 at 04:02 PM, in Mac Desktops
Typing "caffeinate sh" in the Terminal, without... 30,050 Views / 78 Replies  
Typing "caffeinate sh" in the Terminal, without the quotes and followed by a return, will also cause the computer not to sleep for the duration of time that the Terminal window is open. Somewhat...
Posted by CharlesS, on Dec 8, 2016 at 07:10 PM, in macOS
Well hey, I didn't know about that option, and... 626 Views / 3 Replies  
Well hey, I didn't know about that option, and neither, it seems, did the usage page for csrutil. Thanks. This seems to have worked, although I did get this rather ominous warning: "Unsupported...
Posted by CharlesS, on Dec 2, 2016 at 03:04 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Anyone have a Kernel Extension Developer ID? 626 Views / 3 Replies  
So, I've got a USB audio device that, while a bit old, still works great, except that it requires a driver and the manufacturer doesn't think it's worth updating anymore. The thing, though, is that...
Posted by CharlesS, on Dec 1, 2016 at 06:26 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Oh, sorry about that. I could probably recompile... 784 Views / 23 Replies  
Oh, sorry about that. I could probably recompile it for 10.10, if you need.
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 20, 2016 at 11:49 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Well, compressing the stuff isn't stupid per se,... 784 Views / 23 Replies  
Well, compressing the stuff isn't stupid per se, and I've done it myself with a number of things—but ZIP isn't the best choice of formats to use for things that large, due to the fact that the 64-bit...
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 20, 2016 at 09:40 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I made a little quick-n-dirty search tool to... 784 Views / 23 Replies  
I made a little quick-n-dirty search tool to search through the ZIP file to find as many file records as it can find. Unlike zipinfo, this does a more-or-less blind search for the local file record...
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 19, 2016 at 06:25 PM, in MacNN Lounge
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