riverstream project begins

30 June, 2008

It’s begun. Click here.


Snow Leopard to be released near 11 March 2009?

25 June, 2008

The QuickTime 7.6 About screen in Snow Leopard 10A96 says that it will expire 11 March 2009, a Wednesday. Maybe Apple doesn’t want to release it on the 13th, a Friday (get it? Friday the 13th?). If so, this wouldn’t be the first time Apple holds back a product release.

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Booting off a Live CD without a CD or an Emulator

23 June, 2008

Yes, it’s possible to boot off a live CD without any burnable discs or an emulator, especially if you have Mac OS X installed.

  1. Open Disk Utility in /Applications/Utilities/
  2. Create a partition just over the size of the disc image.
  3. Select your hard drive in the left table view and click on the Restore tab on the right.
  4. In the Source field, drag in the image from the left table view or select it through the selection dialog; for the destination, drag in your partition from the left side.
  5. Press Restore.
  6. Reboot, holding down the Option (alt) key.
  7. Select your Live CD partition.
  8. Enjoy your Live CD!
If anyone knows how to do this on other OS’s please leave it in the comments and it may be added here.

Snow Leopard 10A96 Review

23 June, 2008
Screenshots at the end of the post!

I was recently given the opportunity to try out Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard build 10A96. I got some screenshots (see the end of this post), and here’s what I noticed about my experience:

it really seemed a lot faster. With the battery at 98%, there were 5 hours 11 minutes left! Some screenshots were taken of the setup assistant and now instead of the little “Welcome” movie playing at first boot full screen, it runs in a window.

Looking at System Preferences, the Desktop & Screen Saver pane was redesigned, and screen savers only work under 32-bit (or sysprefs can only set the screen saver under 32-bit mode). There is nothing really especially new in the system preferences, except a lot of things only work in 32-bit mode. And as I checked out the Apple menu with System Preferences running, you can force quit the specific app if you’re holding down shift (this is probably in other OS X versions, though).

The Finder was really interesting: now in the path bar you can change folder sizes on the fly, without having to press command+j for the options. It’s also interesting to note that windows’ close, minimize, and zoom buttons have higher contrast/brightness (I’m not really sure of the terms). Also, menu selections are a brighter blue.

Also noticed was a new font panel and options for Spaces allocation in the Dock. Not only that, but the login screen is by default blue instead of the Aurora wallpaper. QuickTime is still version 7.6, not yet QuickTime X. Preview’s PDF sidebar is redesigned and looks cleaner by using smaller font.
The most annoying bugs I found are that dragging a file into a folder doesn’t cause the folder to change into the open folder icon, indicating it’s ready to accept the file, but accepts the files anyway. Also, you can’t drag a file from a stack into the trash anymore.
For “putting a pause button on new features,” Apple was fibbing, but I guess that’s a good thing.


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openSUSE 11 Review

17 June, 2008

I know it’s a day early, but I was able to get my hands on a copy of the release version of openSUSE 11 and I must say it’s a really good distribution! Here are three lists of what I noticed, what I liked, and what I didn’t like about this new release (the GNOME live CD, specifically):
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What I noticed

  • new icon for the home folder
  • boot speed – it was pretty fast for a live CD
  • new OpenOffice.org splash Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us
  • Cheese – like Photo Booth but for Linux-compatible systems (but for some reason doesn’t come preinstalled with Ubuntu)
  • Monsoon bittorrent client
  • Tasque task manager – for use with Remember the Milk
  • Default GNOME, openSUSE 10.2/3 wallpapers, the latter of which are available in HD and non-HD formats (one has greater resolution than the other)
  • openSUSE-related bookmarks in Firefox 3 Beta 5
  • screen resolution applet in the panel

What I liked

  • comes with a “Quick Start” PDF in the home folder
  • automatically recognized my monitor’s best screen resolution
  • latest version of GNOME (2.22)
  • fast OpenOffice load time
  • The GNOME default wallpaper is finally available in a distribution! FTW!
  • Out-of-the-box support for Asian text
  • XGL

What I didn’t like

  • Empty bin and public_html folders in the home folder without explanation (all the distros I have ever used don’t have these)
  • I wasn’t able to get desktop effects running automatically because of my nVidia card… again… (but this can be fixed easily here)
  • Num Lock isn’t automatically enabled, like on every single GNOME distro

Overall, it was a great distro and I really enjoyed it! I would strongly recommend everyone try out the gold master.


openSUSE 11 Review

17 June, 2008

I know it’s a day early, but I was able to get my hands on a copy of the release version of openSUSE 11 and I must say it’s a really good distribution! Here are three lists of what I noticed, what I liked, and what I didn’t like about this new release (the GNOME live CD, specifically):
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What I noticed

  • new icon for the home folder
  • boot speed – it was pretty fast for a live CD
  • new OpenOffice.org splash Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us
  • Cheese – like Photo Booth but for Linux-compatible systems (but for some reason doesn’t come preinstalled with Ubuntu)
  • Monsoon bittorrent client
  • Tasque task manager – for use with Remember the Milk
  • Default GNOME, openSUSE 10.2/3 wallpapers, the latter of which are available in HD and non-HD formats (one has greater resolution than the other)
  • openSUSE-related bookmarks in Firefox 3 Beta 5
  • screen resolution applet in the panel

What I liked

  • comes with a “Quick Start” PDF in the home folder
  • automatically recognized my monitor’s best screen resolution
  • latest version of GNOME (2.22)
  • fast OpenOffice load time
  • The GNOME default wallpaper is finally available in a distribution! FTW!
  • Out-of-the-box support for Asian text
  • XGL

What I didn’t like

  • Empty bin and public_html folders in the home folder without explanation (all the distros I have ever used don’t have these)
  • I wasn’t able to get desktop effects running automatically because of my nVidia card… again… (but this can be fixed easily here)
  • Num Lock isn’t automatically enabled, like on every single GNOME distro

Overall, it was a great distro and I really enjoyed it! I would strongly recommend everyone try out the gold master.


The McCANSA-Brazil License

16 June, 2008

There’s a new license in town: McCANSA-Brazil, short for Modified creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike Brazil. This license is designed for any use, froom artwork to music, from video to source code, unlike many licenses that are more specific. For example, I use this license for all my Flickr stuff unless otherwise noted.

For the more curious, here are the license’s contents:
1. Implications clause
2. Distribution clause
3. License Use clause
4. Agreement clause
5. Source Code clause
6. Morality clause
7. Location clause
8. Brazil clause
9. License Waiver clause

Please note that this license is copyrighted and is not released under itself.