njr 2.0 9.5.2005

2005-05-09

PowerBook back, finally

I finally got my PowerBook back. I have been using my mother's old PowerBook G4/400 for the past few months while it's been away, and had upgraded to a 40 GB hard drive because I couldn't live with the stock 10 GB one. The old PowerBook felt a lot subjectively faster starting up than the G4/800 I had been using, so when I got it back, I did a quick test.

PowerBook G4/400 with Samsung MP0402H drive (40 GB, 5400 RPM, 8 MB cache), from power on to my last startup item finishing under Mac OS X 10.3.9: 2 minutes. It would have been a few seconds faster if I had set the boot device properly in NVRAM.

PowerBook G4/800 with Toshiba MK4018GAS drive (40 GB, 4200 RPM, 2 MB cache), Mac OS X 10.3.8: 3 minutes, 40 seconds.

Aside from the differing hard drive speeds, the lack of fragmentation in the G4/400's filesystem could have been a factor, too. I never realized that my drive only had 2 MB of cache; Apple putting that into their "high-end" PowerBook at the time was quite a cheap move. I'll be swapping the Samsung drive into the G4/800 later today. 15:30:56 | comment [] | trackback [] #

ICeCoffEE 1.4.2 status

I made some progress on ICeCoffEE 1.4.2 today—updated to handsome new versions of Unsanity Installer and APE, revised the readme, fixed some innocuous coding errors pointed out by Apple’s GCC 4.0 warnings, eliminated some undocumented API usage I can get rid of now 10.3.9 is the minimum supported OS, and got everything to build on Tiger with Xcode 2.0 (which I’m increasingly enjoying).

ICeCoffEE 1.4.1, in addition to breaking discontiguous selection in NSTextView, has no services-related functionality under Tiger. Nothing crashes; you just get no services menu or list of services to disable. I poked around a bit but seem to be only using the Cocoa services menu APIs in a documented (if slightly unorthodox) manner, so I’ll return to it tomorrow. HotService from DEVONtechnologies is a freeware input manager which adds a Services menu to the menu bar, which may be an interim solution for some ICeCoffEE users.

Also, I finally got another soap dish for the shower today, so we don’t have to accommodate two cakes of soap in a single dish that isn’t wide enough. It’s only been two years! 00:00:48 | comment [] | trackback [] #

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