Reformatting a FAT32 drive to HFS+ – Never trust a GUI

I bought an external drive for a relative to use with Time Machine. Of course it cam pre-formatted as FAT32 and while this would work it wouldn’t give the best performance, so I wanted to reformat it as HFS+. I fired up Disk Utility, selected Journaled file system and click erase…and error. A bit of…

So much spin I’m getting dizzy

This is kind of old news now, but I have been too busy to post in the last week or so. The chaser “invasion” of the APEC security zone was funny but also extremely alarming. The authorities applied “spin” to the issue, claiming that the security worked as the Chaser boys were arrested and that…

Fascinating Captain

Well, colour me excited. Tonight when I brought up the TV guide on Foxtel I noticed a new entry. Starting from December 1, The SciFi channel arrives on Foxtel.

BOSE – Excellence in customer service

About a week ago my much loved Bose headphones broke – the plastic headband snapped. If they were a cheaper set of headphones I would have just thrown them away, but with a $500 replacement cost I thought it was worth enquiring about repair. I called Bose and was advised that they may be able…

Mac “Large Type” Function

Dear LazyWeb, I am looking for sample code that demonstrates how to achieve equivalent functionality of the Addresss Book “Large Type” option. I have successfully created a transparent NSWindow into which I can place by view, but I am not sure how to put that window on “top” of the screen rather than just on…

Apple…working to keep the skies safe

According to an article in this morning’s Sydney Morning Herald US Homeland Security officials were warned the bombers were plotting to use liquid explosives hidden in sports drinks or other containers in their hand luggage. Once on board, the suicide bombers would detonate the explosives using a battery from a simple device like their camera…

Its not a bed…its an iPod Dock

Whilst shopping for beds recently I came across the Pause by NZ company DesignMobel. The available accessories for this bed include a Bose soundsystem and iPod Dock built in to the bedside table. Microsoft has announced their intention to ship a music player by Christmas. I think it is a good indication of what they…

How much energy is spent producing energy rating stickers?

We just bought a new freezer. It comes with one of those energy star rating stickers stuck on the door. Starting with the new washing machine we bought six months ago I have noticed an annoying trend in these stickers. They used to be made of a kind of plastic that was held on to…