First post in Leopard

Finally had the time to upgrade my Macbook to Leopard. The fun part is, for some unexpected reasons, I’ve installed it from a special partition on my iPod 2G with the Firewire Boot. Groovie. As I’ve expected, I’m using Spaces a lot. Stacks also turned very handy to me. Time to buy lot’s of storage for Time Machine. Happy, happy, joy, joy.


A bad day is always a bad day when you’re editing a wiki page, your macbook freezes, you realize that you lost more than 1 hour of work (no auto-save the preview on the mediawiki) and you end up doing grep and strings on /private/var/vm/sleepimage after successfully put the goddamn mac on sleep just before a hard reboot. Another way was to try to recover some data out of the SQLite db cache of Safari. Gosh.

Sun XVM Virtualbox for Mac

If you have a Intel Mac and you are in the need for virtualization, along with Parallels and VMware Fusion you have now a 3rd option: Sun XVM Virtualbox. And it’s free. Check it out. It looks good on the demo. From what I’ve seen, there’s no DirectX support for now (no hardcore games, sorry) and it will not work with Bootcamp. Have to try this and compare it with VMware Fusion. I would really like to see a real-world benchmark on Virtualbox vs Parallels vs Fusion.

Back to Safari

Since the release of Safari 3.1, I’ve lost contact with Camino. The reason? Incredible speed, I can now use some sites that had some nasty Javascript/CSS problems in the past and a cool search on steroids. Love it.

Inside VMware Fusion

If you have a Mac and you’re into virtualization, you must see this presentation on Google Tech Talks, made by Ben Gertzfield, the lead developer of Intel Mac virtualization at VMware. The title is exactly what you’ll expect, a true inside view of VMware Fusion. Oh, and by the way, Ben rockz.

Note: I’m a *very* happy user of VMware Fusion.

iPhone madness

Parece que neste último fim de semana foram vendidos mais de 500.000 (sim, leram bem) iPhone’s. Aliás, foi também o primeiro fim de semana. Era tudo hype não era?

Apple sold around half a million iPhones the first weekend the device went on sale, one analyst firm has estimated.

Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster released a report Sunday night estimating that Apple sold about 500,000 units from 6 p.m. Friday through the close of business Sunday. Going into the weekend Munster thought Apple would sell 200,000 on Friday and Saturday.

Despite low supply at AT&T stores and activation issues, it appears that the iPhone era at Apple got off to a good start. Piper Jaffray said Apple had iPhones available in each one of its stores on Saturday, and in 84 percent of its stores Sunday.

Ninety-five percent of iPhone buyers in San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis (home to Piper Jaffray’s offices) purchased the 8GB model, according to a survey conducted by the firm. About half were new customers for AT&T, at least among the 253 people surveyed for the report.

They will never understand

For those who think that us, the geeks, switched from Linux (or other OS) to Mac because we give up mainly to the shiny eye candy factor, well, I’ll give you today’s example. I’m installing a svn repository solution for a customer, and they wanted to integrate MS Visual Studio with it. I researched a bit and I’ve found a nice plugin (ankhsvn) to play with. Of course, the first thing I need is to install Visual Studio Trial on my XP box. So I went to the homepage, logged in with a Windows Live ID and downloaded the 2.6 Gb IMG DVD file (90 day trial). Great. But now, for the funny part, Microsoft Windows XP does not recognize .IMG files and so, I can’t click on it, or mount it as a virtual drive to install Microsoft Visual Studio. Yes, this is a feature, not a bug, because Microsoft recommends installing a third-party application for reading .IMG files and install Microsoft Visual Studio:

# To install the image directly from your hard drive you will need to install 3rd party software that is capable of understanding *.img file extensions. Popular software programs like Roxio’s Easy Media Creator include a Disk Image Loader application that enables you to mount disc image files in a virtual drive as if they were physical discs in a physical drive. For the example below, we will use IsoBuster 1.8.
# Be sure to set the tool to handle long file names. The default setting for many third party tools does not handle long file names. Some tools extract using the 8.3 file convention. Visual Studio 2005 setup requires the files to be in their long filename format or else setup will fail. This feature can usually be found in the Advanced settings. If you can not find the setting, please refer to the ISO extraction tool help documentation or contact the software vendor for assistance.

It’s from Visual Studio Express Manual Installations, but it applies to other versions, as well. A company that provides software for his own operating system, recommends the luser to install a third party application just to be able to install a trial version, downloaded directly from the company’s homepage. Oh, and on a Mac OS X, mounting .img files as a virtual drive is a no brainer, it’s natively supported with the Disk Utility or DiskImageMounter. Geez, the things I do for money.

Vai vender como o pão às fatias

Retornando ao ipod telefone de que todos falam, a melhor quote que li até agora vem do Seth Godin (who else?):

Two kinds of people in the world…

The folks that want (need!) an iPhone, and those that couldn’t care less. And of course it’s not just Apple and it’s not just phones. It’s every single industry in the world.

You’re not likely to convert one group into the other. What you can do is decide which group you’d like to market to. You can’t do both at the same time, not particularly well, anyway.

Vale a pena ver esta demonstração mais pessoal do iPhone, feita numa reportagem da CBS News (via YouTube). Link do melinho.