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The issue occurred prior to the migration. That's... 496 Views / 10 Replies  
The issue occurred prior to the migration. That's how I initially noticed it; files were missing on the new MBP after the migration, and when I looked on the backup drive to see what was going on, I...
Posted by CharlesS, on Apr 14, 2014 at 01:17 PM, in Mac OS X
The problem persisted even after I migrated the... 496 Views / 10 Replies  
The problem persisted even after I migrated the old MBP to the new MBP, then reformatted the TM disk and started a fresh backup from the new MBP. So the problem is either something intrinsic to Time...
Posted by CharlesS, on Apr 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM, in Mac OS X
Sorry to hear that. I hate when that happens. ... 496 Views / 10 Replies  
Sorry to hear that. I hate when that happens.


Yeah, that stuff is pretty much expected to be not backed up.


Hmm, these things sound somewhat fishy for them to be missing, though....
Posted by CharlesS, on Apr 12, 2014 at 07:19 PM, in Mac OS X
If you go USB 3.0, you might want to look into... 290 Views / 7 Replies  
If you go USB 3.0, you might want to look into UAS/UASP-enabled enclosures. UAS stands for USB Attached SCSI, and it's a new protocol that addresses a lot of the inefficiencies of the old Bulk Only...
Posted by CharlesS, on Apr 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Potential Time Machine issue in Mavericks - leaving out files 496 Views / 10 Replies  
I'm seeing an issue in Time Machine in Mavericks. Basically the issue came up when I bought a new MacBook Pro, and tried to migrate my files from my old laptop on it. Since the Thunderbolt->FireWire...
Posted by CharlesS, on Apr 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM, in Mac OS X
Hmm, that sounds good. Maybe I'll have to set up... 293 Views / 15 Replies  
Hmm, that sounds good. Maybe I'll have to set up another VMWare VM with a CentOS distro on it to play around a bit and familiarize myself with how everything works.

Thanks.
Posted by CharlesS, on Jan 25, 2014 at 01:43 AM, in Alternative Operating Systems
yum --installroot does look promising. Do you... 293 Views / 15 Replies  
yum --installroot does look promising. Do you know if, after you've installed something that way, future invocations of yum update will also update the stuff in your separate installroot, or whether...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jan 25, 2014 at 01:19 AM, in Alternative Operating Systems
MacPorts allows you to specify the directory it... 293 Views / 15 Replies  
MacPorts allows you to specify the directory it installs into, and it's just a matter of one setting in the configuration (I actually had two of them in parallel at one point on my Mac, one for...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jan 25, 2014 at 12:17 AM, in Alternative Operating Systems
It does, but if I've already been told... 293 Views / 15 Replies  
It does, but if I've already been told something's probably going to break something, I'd rather just go about doing this the right way the first time rather than hose things and have to restore the...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jan 25, 2014 at 12:07 AM, in Alternative Operating Systems
Well, not only do I have CentOS and Cpanel,... 293 Views / 15 Replies  
Well, not only do I have CentOS and Cpanel, neither of which I understand well enough to feel truly comfortable with messing with their underpinnings, but also I talked to a person at the web host...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jan 24, 2014 at 11:58 PM, in Alternative Operating Systems
I've got root access, so no trouble with that.... 293 Views / 15 Replies  
I've got root access, so no trouble with that. I'll have to look into whether yum can install in a separate directory. It would be nice to have something like MacPorts, though, where the entire...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jan 24, 2014 at 11:38 PM, in Alternative Operating Systems
Calling besson3c - Something like MacPorts for Linux? 293 Views / 15 Replies  
Hey, I haven't been around here much lately. Does besson3c still hang around here?

The situation is: I've got a VPS account with a web host. The server is running Linux (CentOS) and Cpanel. I want...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jan 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM, in Alternative Operating Systems
IIRC, there's actually a way to get that working... 810 Views / 50 Replies  
IIRC, there's actually a way to get that working on a USB stick, although it's been too long for me to remember specifics. I think it involved the use of rEFIt. Of course, it doesn't matter now,...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jan 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I had a Crucial C300 and it was a great drive... 810 Views / 50 Replies  
I had a Crucial C300 and it was a great drive (still is, actually, other than that I upgraded to a Retinabook that I can't put it in). Extremely reliable, no problems, great support. It did slow down...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jan 21, 2014 at 10:23 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
The "regular" monitors are going to either 1) use... 525 Views / 7 Replies  
The "regular" monitors are going to either 1) use TN panels, which look pretty bad at that size, or 2) have really low resolutions. In Dell's case, it seems to be the latter — the 1080p resolution of...
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 19, 2013 at 04:52 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
That's a mistake IMO. In the case of a... 455 Views / 32 Replies  
That's a mistake IMO. In the case of a software-related disk failure, DiskWarrior might be able to save you, but I'd much rather have a decent backup. And of course, in the case of a hardware-related...
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM, in Applications
DiskWarrior is pretty unnecessary already, since... 455 Views / 32 Replies  
DiskWarrior is pretty unnecessary already, since it's unable to operate on Time Machine volumes due to their directory structures often being larger than 4 GB (DiskWarrior tries to load the entire...
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 15, 2013 at 06:45 PM, in Applications
I recently got a license to TechTool Pro as part... 455 Views / 32 Replies  
I recently got a license to TechTool Pro as part of a MacUpdate bundle that I bought for some of the other apps that were in it. I decided to give TTP a spin to see if it had improved since the last...
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 15, 2013 at 03:01 PM, in Applications
The only Bluetooth mouse I've been able to find... 1,442 Views / 9 Replies  
The only Bluetooth mouse I've been able to find with more than the usual two buttons + scroll wheel is this one:

Razer Orochi Gaming Mouse - Elite Notebook Gaming Mouse - Razer United States...
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 14, 2013 at 02:58 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
High-DPI displays do offer one usability... 3,327 Views / 80 Replies  
High-DPI displays do offer one usability improvement that matters to the average Joe, though — they allow you to arbitrarily scale the UI to any size you like, and it all still looks just as good....
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
My experience has been that 256 GB is pretty... 1,097 Views / 15 Replies  
My experience has been that 256 GB is pretty constraining in this day and age. Since the Retinabook's storage can't be (officially) upgraded, I would definitely not get it with anything less than 512...
Posted by CharlesS, on Sep 10, 2013 at 08:48 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Thanks! I've sent you both PMs. If anyone... 425 Views / 6 Replies  
Thanks! I've sent you both PMs.

If anyone else is interested in testing, please send me an e-mail! I'll add you to the list, so that you get a new build when I send them out.


There's way, way...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jul 13, 2013 at 04:37 AM, in Applications
Pacifist — beta testing — anyone still on Snow Leopard? 425 Views / 6 Replies  
Hey all, a new version of Pacifist is in the pipeline, and it needs beta testers. It's the usual kind of stuff — Mavericks compatibility, Retina Display enabled, performance enhancements. I've also...
Posted by CharlesS, on Jul 12, 2013 at 07:41 PM, in Applications
Six years old and it didn't die long ago? That's... 512 Views / 6 Replies  
Six years old and it didn't die long ago? That's far longer than any slot-loading optical drive I've used has lasted. Count your blessings and get a new optical drive.

I recommend an external,...
Posted by CharlesS, on May 24, 2013 at 01:36 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Getting a newer libcurl shoudn't be that tricky;... 4,222 Views / 12 Replies  
Getting a newer libcurl shoudn't be that tricky; all you'd probably need to do would be to install it from MacPorts, and then use install_name_tool to point the app at /opt/local/lib/libcurl.4.dylib...
Posted by CharlesS, on May 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM, in Mac OS X
Samsung 840 Pro, yes; Samsung 840, no. The... 997 Views / 26 Replies  
Samsung 840 Pro, yes; Samsung 840, no. The regular 840 model is a TLC drive, as opposed to most SSDs on the market which are MLC. TLC drives pack the data more tightly than MLC drives, allowing...
Posted by CharlesS, on May 7, 2013 at 06:00 PM, in Mac OS X
I agree. Apple should switch to their old-school... 1,478 Views / 16 Replies  
I agree. Apple should switch to their old-school naming system. They could have the iPad Performa 475, 476, and 477, all of which would differ slightly in the amount of memory and storage they...
Posted by CharlesS, on Apr 7, 2013 at 12:14 AM, in Mac News
That's an interesting problem. There used to be... 1,277 Views / 16 Replies  
That's an interesting problem. There used to be quite a few USB/FireWire to SCSI adapters on the market, including these:

FireWire(IEEE1394) to Ultra SCSI Converter FR1SX...
Posted by CharlesS, on Apr 1, 2013 at 04:46 PM, in Mac Desktops
He already did pretty much the equivalent of... 1,012 Views / 4 Replies  
He already did pretty much the equivalent of that; dd'ing a drive with the noerror option will cause it to write all the blocks on the disk, skipping bad sectors and writing zeros in their place, and...
Posted by CharlesS, on Mar 11, 2013 at 11:39 PM, in Mac Desktops
I've made a quick-and-dirty Perl script which... 746 Views / 5 Replies  
I've made a quick-and-dirty Perl script which will scan your hard drive, and make you a list of hard links which are linked to the same inode. However, because of points #2 and #3 in my post above,...
Posted by CharlesS, on Mar 1, 2013 at 05:10 AM, in Mac OS X
P: Not really, since the hack works, IIRC, by... 746 Views / 5 Replies  
P: Not really, since the hack works, IIRC, by using the HFS+ Private Data directory to represent the inodes. Hard links are implemented as aliases to those inodes, but there's no way that I know of...
Posted by CharlesS, on Feb 28, 2013 at 01:50 PM, in Mac OS X
It can't be done. Not practically, anyway. ... 746 Views / 5 Replies  
It can't be done. Not practically, anyway.

Hard links are fundamentally different from aliases and symlinks. Symlinks and aliases point to another catalog entry — i.e. an object which shows up as...
Posted by CharlesS, on Feb 28, 2013 at 04:42 AM, in Mac OS X
Performance might actually get worse, out of the... 1,227 Views / 11 Replies  
Performance might actually get worse, out of the box, since the SSD that came with your Mac is probably TRIM-enabled, whereas Apple still disables TRIM support for third party SSDs unless you run...
Posted by CharlesS, on Feb 17, 2013 at 02:44 PM, in Mac Desktops
The Finder sidebar just uses aliases to keep... 1,462 Views / 76 Replies  
The Finder sidebar just uses aliases to keep track of its file and folder references. The trouble is, aliases are used all over the system. So, if the aliases in the Finder sidebar are getting...
Posted by CharlesS, on Feb 5, 2013 at 09:41 PM, in Mac OS X
They're not as fast, but they're very reliable... 1,869 Views / 22 Replies  
They're not as fast, but they're very reliable and have fantastic support.
Posted by CharlesS, on Jan 26, 2013 at 05:55 PM, in Mac Notebooks
You're joking, right? Those OWC drives are just... 1,869 Views / 22 Replies  
You're joking, right? Those OWC drives are just using a stock SandForce controller. They're no different from OCZ or any of the other generic SandForce drives on the market. They're certainly not...
Posted by CharlesS, on Dec 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM, in Mac Notebooks
WD may be using a shoddy FireWire bridge. With... 132 Views / 2 Replies  
WD may be using a shoddy FireWire bridge. With FireWire, I always liked to get a good Oxford-powered enclosure, although these days, with FireWire being phased out, it probably doesn't matter anymore.
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 14, 2012 at 05:12 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Your MBP is the same as mine, so I can safely... 850 Views / 34 Replies  
Your MBP is the same as mine, so I can safely tell you that it has a 3 Gb/s SATA port. Normally, I'd say to go with a 6 GB/s capable SSD, since you might end up migrating it into your next machine....
Posted by CharlesS, on Nov 14, 2012 at 05:08 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Go with Crucial. Not only do they make a... 321 Views / 20 Replies  
Go with Crucial. Not only do they make a high-quality product, but their support is phenomenal. Seriously the best support I've received from a company that I can remember.
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 25, 2012 at 03:51 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
The iPad mini isn't the only thing that's crazy... 3,011 Views / 188 Replies  
The iPad mini isn't the only thing that's crazy expensive. Have you looked at what they want to upgrade the SSD on the 13" Retina to 512 GB? It's a jaw-dropping $800. The price for this machine looks...
Posted by CharlesS, on Oct 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM, in MacNN Lounge
LaCie used to be infamous for having terrible... 287 Views / 9 Replies  
LaCie used to be infamous for having terrible reliability. I don't know if this is still the case, but shifuimam is correct in any case that they are overpriced and not that special, so I'd generally...
Posted by CharlesS, on Sep 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Verbatim has been known for good-quality... 3,202 Views / 26 Replies  
Verbatim has been known for good-quality removable media (i.e. DVD-R, CD-R, floppies) since time immemorial. I have no idea about their SSDs, though. I'd probably go with Crucial, which is a known...
Posted by CharlesS, on Sep 15, 2012 at 09:38 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I've had a Crucial C300 (predecessor to the M4)... 3,202 Views / 26 Replies  
I've had a Crucial C300 (predecessor to the M4) for a little over two years now, and it's been great so far.
Posted by CharlesS, on Sep 5, 2012 at 05:24 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Redownload the 10.8 installer from the App Store... 558 Views / 5 Replies  
Redownload the 10.8 installer from the App Store (click on "Purchases" while holding down the Option key if it won't let you), then once the installer is finished downloading, don't install it....
Posted by CharlesS, on Sep 3, 2012 at 04:54 PM, in Mac OS X
There are actually quite a lot of CD/DVD burning... 258 Views / 14 Replies  
There are actually quite a lot of CD/DVD burning apps on MacUpdate. If you do a search, you'll find some of them.

Here's one that I've been using now and again when I need to work with optical...
Posted by CharlesS, on Aug 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM, in Applications
I think everybody is. 243 Views / 13 Replies  
I think everybody is.
Posted by CharlesS, on Aug 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM, in Tech News
I'd try narrowing down the culprit. 1. Try... 258 Views / 14 Replies  
I'd try narrowing down the culprit.

1. Try using a different type of media. I always use Taiyo Yudens (which are now sold under the JVC brand name, but generally anything that says "Made in Japan"...
Posted by CharlesS, on Aug 18, 2012 at 06:30 PM, in Applications
What did you expect after being continually... 243 Views / 13 Replies  
What did you expect after being continually bombarded with patent lawsuits for the last several years? Apple's hardly been innocent of this.

If I were Google, I'd probably have eventually snapped...
Posted by CharlesS, on Aug 18, 2012 at 03:48 PM, in Tech News
Is there a practical reason for that, or is it... 5,621 Views / 244 Replies  
Is there a practical reason for that, or is it just that way because hard drives are so large that there's no way they could all fit near the motherboard?

Mini-PCIe / mSATA cards like Apple's SSDs...
Posted by CharlesS, on Aug 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Thunderbolt is just external PCIe + DisplayPort,... 5,621 Views / 244 Replies  
Thunderbolt is just external PCIe + DisplayPort, so I don't really see the point. A PCIe or mini-PCIe slot basically is internal Thunderbolt.
Posted by CharlesS, on Aug 15, 2012 at 01:39 PM, in Mac Notebooks
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