Monthly Archive for November, 2007

A Chat with Ben and Pete - Episode 5


Kindle and the Australian Election.

We chat about the Amazon Kindle, book readers and browsers on book readers, as well as what the Australian election result means for broadband in Australia. Pete has discovered the Google developer podcast and a new kind of airport wifi.

Interesting links talked about in the show:

Read Tolstoy, Find Russian Women

I’m reading the excellent on Amazon’s Kindle by Steven Levy in Newsweek. The article talks about Google and I decide to check it out again (an excellent resource by the way). The first thing I search for, as always, is War and Peace. The entire book is available but the first thing I notice is the advertising at the bottom of the page, as shown below.

Ads in War and Peace

The article mentions ad sponsored books. Well I’m not sure whether this kind of “targeted” advertising is what I had in mind when I searched for Tolstoy!

A Chat with Ben and Pete - Episode 4


Advertising, Outages, Android SDK and Eee PC.

We chat about Time Machine restores, Back to my Mac still not working, the Rackspace outage, the Android SDK, and Pete has an Eee PC in his hands.

Interesting links taked about in the show:

A Chat with Ben and Pete - Episode 3


GPhone, AWS and Linux.

The big news of the week is the launch of the Open Handset Alliance and the Android OS backed by Google. We chat about its possible effects on the market and the developer scene. Other topics discussed include GMail IMAP, Amazon Web Services and Redhat, the Asus Eee PC, Radiohead and Fedora 8.

Interesting links talked about in the show:

Mac Hell

This weekend I’ve realised that I’m finally in a state of Mac hell. Here’s what tipped me over the edge.

As I’ve described in the , I’ve set up a striped RAID array with two firewire disks connected to my Mac Mini and set that as the Time Machine disk. This being a machine that’s almost permanently on, I’ve set up my other Macs to use this as a Time Machine drive over AFP. While it was supremely slow over 802.11g wifi, it worked.

Since the Leopard upgrade my Mac Mini has kernel panic’d about 6 times, all whilst being basically idle (except perhaps for Time Machine). To isolate the problem I took away the RAID array, reformatted one drive and set that as the Time Machine drive temporarily. Now Time Machine crashes every time it attempts the initial backup, every time at about 120MB in. It doesn’t present an error to the user. It just silently dies. Here’s a snippet of the crash reporter log:

Process: backupd [226]
Path: /System/Library/CoreServices/backupd
Identifier: backupd
Version: ??? (???)
Code Type: X86 (Native)
Parent Process: launchd [1]

Date/Time: 2007-11-11 09:29:54.987 +1100
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.5 (9A581)
Report Version: 6

Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x0000000002678d30
Crashed Thread: 3


Thread 3 Crashed:
0 0x908a5fe4
LSHandlerPref::roleHandler(unsigned long) const + 36
1 0x90894296
_LSEvaluateClaimArray(LSBindingState*, unsigned long const*, unsigned
long) + 268
2 0x90893dc3
_LSGetBinding(LSBindingState*) + 249
3 0x90893c80
_LSGetBindingStateForNode(LSBindingState*, FSNode*) + 484
4 0x90893057 _LSGetBindingForNode + 149
5 0x9087c667 _LSCopyInfoForNode + 2457
6 0x9089849a _LSCopyItemInfoForRefInfo + 124
7 0x90ec4a66 TFSInfo::FetchData() + 82
8 0x90ec5540 TFSInfo::IsApplication()
const + 18
9 0x90ec2bc0 TCopyWriter::GetNextItem() + 344
10 0x90ec28f4 TCopyWriter::Write() + 102
11 0x90ec2482
TCopyWriter::WriteTaskProc(void*) + 70
12 ...ple.CoreServices.CarbonCore 0x965754bb PrivateMPEntryPoint + 56
13 libSystem.B.dylib 0x9424c075 _pthread_start + 321
14 libSystem.B.dylib 0x9424bf32 thread_start + 34

There are numerous threads in the Time Machine with similar problems where the solution reminds me of the time honoured Windows solution… reboot. None of these worked for me, and the fact is that this works on my MacBook at work with a different drive over USB. A firewire issue perhaps?

The Mac Mini no longer kernel panics by the way.

Now what other problems have I had to have this tip me over the edge? Let’s see:

  • My MacBook sometimes doesn’t go to sleep
  • When it does go to sleep it doesn’t wake from sleep half the time
  • Bluetooth drops out all the time and when it works it seems a bit dodgy (people complain about sound being scratchy when I use my bluetooth headset with Skype; works fine with my mobile phone)
  • I had the infamous “Battery not available” bug that mysteriously went away (the didn’t fix the problem initially)
  • My MacBook has a , one that my wife’s Core 2 Duo or ’s 1.6Ghz MacBook doesn’t have

The list continues and it makes my heart break as I’m a big fan of Apple and Mac OS X.

Granted I am an abnormal user, with my mac being my development environment with lots of my own background processes running most of the time, but I never had such problems on PowerPC hardware. I think that Apple are still struggling with the move to x86 given that you see firmware updates being released almost every month.

Bring back the good old days I say!

Update: 10.5.1 does not fix my time machine problem.

Web 3.0 equals no community involvement?

Seeing as that web 3.0 == Mahalo , I’m going to have to take him to task here. I started watching the first as he does know how to generate publicity and I was interested in the Tesla car. I was immediately bugged by the fact that they’re using the same intro and outro music as my beloved . Now I’m sure it’s a podcast friendly sample (although I can’t see any recognition in either podcast) but I thought I’d let them know regardless.

Well comments are turned off for both the podcast and Calacanis’ of the podcast, along with the fact that there doesn’t seem to be any way of providing feedback to Mahalo themselves. In fact, the only way I can see of contacting them is the for the Mahalo search results, which isn’t related to the podcast itself. Do they not want feedback on the content they produce? Does the “editorial” process mean that they think it’s the best content there is?

If this is what Web 3.0 is then count me out. In fact, isn’t this “Web 1.0″ all over again?

A Chat with Ben and Pete - Episode 2


More Leopard and OpenSocial.

We discuss our thoughts on Mac OS X 10.5 a week into installing it. Topics covered include Time Machine experiences, launchd, Mac malware, XCode 3 and more DTrace. The big news of the week is Google’s OpenSocial API and we chat about our thoughts on all things social.

Interesting links talked about in the show: