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Blob-head Leia!

Here is Princess Leia, from the Lego set 10198 Tantive IV which I recently purchased second-hand for $150 (including shipping). You remember the ship, right? It’s the first ship that appears in the original trilogy of Star Wars, the small white being chased by an enormous Imperial Star Destroyer. If you can’t remember, here’s a 40-second refresher. Anyway… everything was cool with the set, until I noticed Leia’s hair. Leia’s hair is smooth, like melting chocolate. Pretty cool, huh? … No?

App Store refunds trials

Some time ago, I was reminded of an idea I had almost three years ago, which was in essence, a refund system for IOS apps: you buy an app, use it, and if you delete it from your iPhone within a predefined time, say, 48 hours, you get credited for that purchase. It’s still a strong idea, but this one is better: App Store trials Amy Worrall writes: Developers can choose whether to allow a trial of 1, 7 or 30 days, or to disallow trials all together, on a per-app basis.

Volumes (rewrite)

Yesterday I published a short post about my Mac Pro workstation’s hard drive setup. After giving it the overnight test, I scrapped it — it was confusing, missing some important details, and sloppily written. All three can be attributed to the fact I was drunk after a boozy dinner with friends. So I’m rewriting it. Well, not so much rewriting the post, but writing about the post. I wanted to write something about my hard drive setup because I spent a little time tweaking it yesterday to squeeze a little more performance out of my Work and Scratch drives, and I realised the way my Mac Pro storage is configured is ridiculously convoluted, but for good performance reasons.

I can’t believe we did it

I downloaded the iPhone 5 keynote to take with me on the ~28hr flight to Texas. I didn’t watch it until a few days after we arrived. During my viewing, the absence of Steve Jobs became really apparent to me. Tim Cook is (obviously) a great CEO, but not as good a showman as Jobs. This we all know. What I noticed in this keynote more than any other was the lack of excitement on Cook’s part, and genuine wonder.

Adaptation

In case you hadn’t heard from us, we made it — we’re still alive. We had a full week of jet lag (and a few days driving on the other side of the road) but we’ve survived. === I read Daring Fireball very often. In Australia (and Malaysia), I’d wake up in the morning and was able to read most of the previous day’s news (most, not all, because Gruber would add to the page very late in the US evening).

Safari 6

Downloaded the new Safari 6 this arvo via Software Update. Seems very fast compared to 5.1.whatever; loads quicker, scrolls smoother, feels zippier. Good. One of the changes has been to embed the reader badge into the faux-hardware of the browser chrome, which I don’t like. Another is the colour of said embedded reader badge (on left) which I really. I’d love it if it were the dark blue I’ve mocked up (on right). Why? Just easier on the eye-balls; it doesn’t seem to want my attention from the top corner of my peripheral vision when I’m trying to read something on The Internet.

Dropbox > MobileMe iCloud

Dropbox has just announced two-click sharing of files with a download link. This is exciting for me particularly because Apple’s about to discontinue evolve MobileMe into iCloud, and iCloud’s minimum requirements state OSX Lion (10.7), which, after a lengthy trial on our MacMini media server, I hated. For me, there are two parts to this event, good and bad: Good: iCloud with remove the ability to share files with a download link (iDisk). I used this feature a lot and have been concerned with finding an appropriate replacement.

Voyager Q

In the process of ordering parts for the setup up my new Mac Pro, I knew I’d have a surplus of old SATA hard drives. I already had a few extra hard drives in the not-so-cavernous variety lying around, and with all new 3TB drives on order to replace my then current drives, I’d knew I’d have a few more. So I bought myself a Voyager Q. The Voyager Q is like a toaster for your extra hard drives. You pop in a naked drive — 2.5″ or 3.5″ — and it shows up as an external drive on your system.