With some rearrangement of the lab computers, I had plenty of cause to use the Migration Assistant in recent times. It’s usually a smooth process, but I have noticed some flakiness recently. The most reliable way to transfer files has typically been to make a direct ethernet connection between the machines. Because the Mac automatically handles crossover, you […]
My Gaggia Classic developed a problem – the coffee holder (properly called the sieve) got stuck. It took me days of episodic attempts to get it off – annoying everyone in the office with bashing and cursing it. Suction cups, my first “inspired” idea, were useless. I finally wielded a meaty screwdriver and loosened it. […]
Betteridge’s law of headlines in full effect. Alex Hern asks if it’s time to swap a Mercedes for a Lada. How surprising that, given Alex has the money to get a Mercedes, he doesn’t bother with the Lada in the end. He could have saved a lot of time by reading this total horror story […]
We use a cluster at the BESSY synchrotron to process data using XDSApp. However, upgrading to macOS Sierra stopped this dead. Logging in to the remote host was fine, but no XDS App appeared. Confounding. The answer is that Sierra moved a component that is involved in X11 window forwarding. The X Window server (ah, SGI) […]
Ever since GlobalSign screwed up and revoked a bunch of correct HTTPS certificates on 13th October, the Guardian website has been rendering as HTTP on my laptop. That means no images, and, worse, ugly fonts. It’s not been a huge problem, because it didn’t affect the iOS apps, and I expected that it would spontaneously […]
El Capitan has been a pretty solid upgrade for Mac OS X but it’s not without its foibles. A major problem, which I tried in vain to fix, was that “Favorites” (sic) disappeared from the sidebar of the system Save dialog. Losing direct access to all the logical places where I might like to save a […]
MenuMeters is broken but also fixed!