Installing a RAM upgrade in the Mac mini can be quite a hassle, especially since the machine is pretty tough to open and only has one memory slot. Back when the Mac mini I currently use was ordered in February, we thought 512 MB of RAM would be enough - it turns out working with NeoOffice and Eclipse needs more than "just" half a gigabyte. Read More
Today will go down in my personal Mac OS X history as the day I've encountered my worst problem with this operating system and my Mac in general. It all started this morning when I got up and sat down at my desk to check up on my emails. Mail did work just fine, but the Finder locked up. After a few minutes, the Finder was still not working again, so I decided to restart it down using the Command-Option-Esc shortcut. It would not restart, so I decided to log out and back in again, which did not work - I clicked the "logout" menu item, but there was no response. So I rebooted my Mac and went off to get bread rolls and milk for breakfast. When I got back to my Mac, nothing was working anymore. Read More
Important: Features added to Cocoa in Mac OS X versions later than 10.4 will not be added to the Cocoa-Java programming interface. Therefore, you should develop Cocoa applications using Objective-C to take advantage of existing and upcoming Cocoa features.
Since I just started learning Cocoa, using the Java bridge, this probably does not piss me off as much as a long-time Cocoa-Java developer, but still I am kind of disappointed. You may have read about my recently started project, SMSolutionX, which I am writing ini Java using an API I could easily get help on from my co-workers. This is all going to change now that the Cocoa-Java integration will be discontinued. Read More
If you install the XCode developer tools (current version 2.1 can be downloaded for free) you get access to the processor preference pane which now offers a menu item you can use to disable your second CPU, in case you've got a Dual-CPU PowerMac.
Since I've installed XCode 2.1 recently, I've noted a small entry labeled "Show Processor Palette" in the menu item's drop down list. If you click it, you get a neat little tool to watch your processor usage (I know, there are some out there with a better feature set, but none are as simple or elegant as this one) with the ability to disable the CPU, as mentioned above. Have a look for yourself: Read More
As some of you might know, I work for a small mobile marketing provider here in Bremen, Germany. So, I've got the possibility to send text messages for free, using their gateway, but until now there was no suitable application to do this using my beloved Mac. So, I went out and created one. Read More
During this week (July 4th - July 8th, 2005) I can be found aimlessly wandering the streets of Cologne. I'm here on business for the whole week and I've enjoyed everything except the local beer so far.