Sunday, April 25, 2010

Unloading mDNSResponder from OS X

If mDNSResponder is getting out of hand you can unload it,

noting that mDNSResponder is part of OSX's DNS resolution, and therefor network discovery (LAN, WAN etc) requires it (at least to some degree - I need to research more - so, not knowing, I've not unloaded it);

ie. no mDNSResponder, no resolving host names.

sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

To turn it back on, just do the opposite:

sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Chrome-Design, yes =) ... no =(

Chrome-Design, originally uploaded by Deezplace.

Well I've been using Chrome as much as possible (on PC/Windows) for the last 6 months, and loving it, but all is not roses, or at least so I've discovered since I got back to my Mac.

1st the pluses (for me at least, and therefor in my order of importance =)

Translation: very handy for when dealing with homepages in another language, Chrome offers to translate the page you are viewing. Saves a lot of cut 'n' pasting or redirection via translation sites.

Without a doubt Chrome has the nicest Tab handling. Moving, separating, merging all done effortlessly and (mostly) intuitive. And judging by the (lack of lag - response) speed these processes occur at, the code behind is much improved. Better use of computer (CPU/memory) resources.

The range of plugins for Chrome (which makes Firefox so enabled) is growing rapidly, although I tend to agree with a friend's comment that this is causing FF to become bloatware-ish/sluggish.

The combination of the address and search bar seems a (long overdue) natural evolution.

The options menu is much easier to navigate than the other browsers I usually use (Firefox, Safari, IE, Opera).

Now, again for me, the negatives.

I can no longer grab the Bookmark button (the star to the left of the address field) to drag that bookmark to my Bookmarks Toolbar. This was an incredibly quick/handy/idiot proof way to grab a bookmark.
Now I can only click that star which invokes the Bookmark dialogue which saves the bookmark to the bottom of the list of entries in the Bookmark Toolbar. #fail
I was able to do this in Windows but now no more =(

No border; whilst I love good eye candy and especially enjoy borderless video playback, Chrome looks great but I seem to have no handles to move the window about.
The title bar having been compressed down to incorporate the Tab area means that if I have tabs across the full width of the window mean I have no (or very minimal) area that I can click-drag the window if I wish to move it.

edit: I've installed Afloat to alleviate this annoyance, all is pretty good so far.

A pet peeve of mine is that OSX windows can only be resized from the bottom right corner, unlike the "grab any side" of MS Windows. The pro that makes up for that is the way I can grab the bottom border to move the window whereas in the MS scenario I can only have the title (or the Move option in the top left corner menu - means more clicks)

If I've missed a workaround for this I'd be happy to hear about it, I've been alt/command/ctrl and right clicking all over the place looking for other means of moving the window but so far no go.

cheers, I'm sure Google will improve past these issues, it's why I vote for them.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Video conversion - Mac, PC, Linux

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. available here

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Big Brother trying hard to squash freedoms

"He’s talking about changing the internet to make everything anyone does on the net traceable and geo-located so the National Security Agency can pinpoint users and their computers for retaliation if the U.S. government doesn’t like what’s written in an e-mail, what search terms were used, what movies were downloaded."

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Stress - who needs it?

Watched a great doco the other night, Stress: Portrait of a Killer, which discussed how much stress humans (try) to cope with now, compared to 100s of years ago.

That your position on the job ladder is enough to give you different health issues to those above you (who will have less issues than you); Folks higher up the job hierarchy (in more dominant positions) have more dopamine in their pleasure centers then folk in more subordinate positions, life just looks better to them.

Stress even seems to effect how (where) fat is deposited on the body, so the typical spreading hips is possibly stress related as well as diet/exercise.

Chronic and acute stress both effect memory.

And an interesting study of baboons, very similar creatures to humans when it comes to stress and it's study, showed a period when a certain troop, due to fatal infection from human's dumed food, lost half their male population. The aggressive Alpha males.

The resultant population actually became more balanced as the norm now was to not be aggressive and possessive. The whole troop as a whole became happier.
Some stuff on youtube

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Misplaced disdain

Antogonism toward other countries, in the shape of holier-than-thou feelings regarding war(s) and the way the perpetrators behave is often misplaced, the result of propaganda and short memories.

I'm reading Colin Wilson's "A Criminal History of Mankind and his details on humankind's history of rage and warmongering is pretty awakening.

See some quotes here regarding European (and American & British) influences on why countries became communist, where the opium trade started (the reason the British *wanted* Hong Kong in the first place) etc.