Snippet: Convert Mac OS X DVD image to ISO

31 May 2009 | 17:01 | 0 comments | Share

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It is possible to convert a Mac OS X disk image to a DVD or CD-ROM master by opening it in disk image, and selecting Convert from the Images menu. However, this will not work as a disk image in VMware.

To convert a CD/DVD master (extension .cdr) to an ISO with Windows-compatible Joliet file system, issue the following command in the terminal:

hdiutil makehybrid -iso -joliet -o [output file] [input file]

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My winter boy…

17 May 2009 | 00:50 | 0 comments | Share

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Hammond has left to Hobart for winter, so I’ve had to find myself a winter boy.

Alexander Rybak, I love you.

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QAS Drug Therapy Protocols for iPhone

8 May 2009 | 00:49 | 0 comments | Share

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I’ve wanted to make an iPhone application for a while. But, I had a look at the SDK and it was way too complicated, and I don’t really have the time to learn Objective C. So, I decided to make a web app.

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Surprise surprise!

26 April 2009 | 23:10 | 0 comments | Share

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A somewhat disturbing 1992 commercial for the Puppy Surprise doll, which is a plush dog that kids can pull out offspring from… Just like in real life.

I have this jingle going around and around in my head. Thanks, Hammond.

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Two things happened today:

22 April 2009 | 14:28 | 0 comments | Share

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Eventful day today!

(Warning: entry contains blood and blood products.)

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Another (useless) patch…

14 April 2009 | 02:25 | 0 comments | Share

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So, I submitted my first patch today to improve the UI of the import helper for Dreamwidth. Tonight I was planning on increasing my knowledge of the code-base, so I made a patch to improve the look of the context hover box.

Maybe an improvement?

I’m not sure whether to submit a bug and the patch because it wasn’t really asked for, and it’s not really that big of a deal? Thoughts?

Ostrich

Dreamwidth: a UI nightmare

12 April 2009 | 16:48 | 0 comments | Share

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DreamWidth

Dreamwidth is like LiveJournal, but better. It’s in closed beta at the moment, but things seem to be going pretty well for an open beta on 30 April.

I’ve started getting involved with a few bugs, mostly UI crap that is getting me down:

  • Bug 571: make frontend for importer. Dreamwidth is able to import entries, comments and other junk from LiveJournal-compatible sites. Their current importer UI is pretty ugly, so I designed a better one.
  • Bug 790: overhaul manage/circle/edit. Dreamwidth uses a somewhat different model to LiveJournal’s “friends”, where a friend both appears on your aggregated friends page and has access to your protected entries. With Dreamwidth, you have a relationship with someone. You can subscribe to their journal, give them access to your protected entries or both. Their current UI for managing your relationships is crap, so I designed a better one.
  • Bug 791: polls have poor semantic styling (and are ugly) relates to polls are ugly and unstylable. A patch should include semantic HTML and CSS style-able elements.
  • Bug 792: ugly control strip is ugly and inaccessible relates to the control strip and how ugly it is.

But, these aren’t the only UI concerns I have. Like LiveJournal, Dreamwidth is ugly. There are a lot of ugly pages that are floating around the codebase. The annoying thing is, I don’t have the knowledge of the code (or Perl, the language it’s coded in) to fix much of it. Hell, I’ve assigned myself those bugs but I don’t know if I’ll be able to actually fix any of them. We’ll see how we go. All I need to get started is a Dreamhack account, which is a self-contained Dreamhack install so I can make changes, test them and then export patches. Exciting stuff.

Do you know what’s cool?

1 April 2009 | 00:03 | 0 comments | Share

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You can thank me later.

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Monitor of Awesome

23 March 2009 | 15:04 | 0 comments | Share

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Monitor of Awesome
Monitor of Awesome     (#)

It was worth every cent. Thank you, Kevin Rudd.

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