Unfortunately, no, I am not presenting you with a free version of Windows Layout Manager (WiLMa) for Mac/OSX here. But I will provide you with something that has worked for me along similar lines and was hacked up in a few hours of using AppleScript. I hope it works for you as well as it works for me, if not, blame it on my total inexperience with AppleScript. In fact, I have never touched AppleScript until the other day when I hacked together my first few lines of code and then did the “google programmer” thing by basically solving every little step along the way by looking it up online in a quick and dirty way. But heck, who cares, it worked and I really have no ambition to learn AppleScript. I very much dislike its syntax. As a real software developer it makes my toes curl. Now, back to the AppleScript thingie I hacked up to provide myself the much missing WiLMa basic functionality that I have sorely missed on Snow Leopard and Lion, and every other Apple Mac OSX incarnation.
It’s true, I haven’t been posting much. Then again, I have been rather busy with that thing called “life” and in particular the move to the new place. But things are starting to slowly shape up. The emphasis here is on the word SLOWLY. Things are not going as fast as I had hoped for. So, no, no new office pictures, won’t be any for a while, it’s going to take some more time. But, in the meantime, I can show you some of the current progress. Pictures taken with the shaky camera of the iPhone. Those are pictures of the same office. If you see something that looks like it had been modified, it wasn’t, it’s just that the office is really big and has more than one work area. So, definitely, lots and lots of desk space for… lots and lots of workstations, servers, monitors, and a few Mac’s thrown in for good measure. Oh, yeah, about them Mac’s. Going to the Apple Store in Emeryville was a major disappointment. They didn’t have anything I wanted, didn’t have anything I needed, and the result was “best to just order it online from us”. Yeah, that could’ve saved me an hour’s drive from Oakley (not Oakland!) to Emeryville. Why those stores even exist, I have no idea. It was very busy, but people there were clueless. And with people I mean the staff, not the potential customers in the store. I bet those had more of a clue. The big battery backup stuff still has to arrive and I am still waiting for a quote on some systems from my potentially new hardware builder out here in this area. Until that time I will allow the wires and the office to be a mess. I might allow it to be a mess until the new office and the old office get reunited in the same place. Depends on how things go. We’ll see.
In the past few months I’ve been asked several times what my new planned Home Office will look like, whether I plan to take any pictures, and if I already know what hardware will be running in the new Office. The short answer is; yes. I will be posting pictures as stuff arrives, will be writing posts and reviews when it makes sense to do so, and I will be creating the new Home Office 7.0 pages in the process. However, this time around it’ll be a bit more of a dragged out process. Because of logistics, international transport, timing, and really a TON of other practical details I will be splitting the full build of the new office into 3 stages. Confused? Surprised? More Apple stuff? Yes, more Apple stuff, you read that correctly.
A little while ago Sallie asked me to check out and test (well, review, really) Mozy 2.0 for Mac OSX. Since I had recently added Apple hardware (for initial experiences read this post)to the home office it made sense to give it a quick test. In retrospect it wasn’t a quick test but a rather long one because judging an online backup application requires some time to really look at what it’s doing and how it’s doing it.
Great, so now I have this whole new site with a fresh layout and an more efficient way of adding stuff. Why not make use of it. There’s often too many small things that I wouldn’t want to highlight or write as a single short blog post (what, me being short?! when has that ever happened?) so here I was thinking (yes, it happens, on occasion!) why not combine those small bits into a more regular update post. I can’t predict what these (hopefully) regular updates will contain but you’ll just have to wait and see. In this post; development bits, home office bits, photography bits, and some world news that’ll make you either laugh or shake your head.
When using the Mac along with the other systems I just pull it forward a little so it’s in easier reach. The little rolling desk was a recent addition because there just wasn’t any way I could fit a big 27″ screen into the current setup and doing an overhaul was not part of the plans I had, certainly not in the current space and certainly not in its current location. The next overhaul will be huge and will be “elsewhere”. Insiders will know what I’m talking about. Anyone else, you can just keep guessing what I mean by that.
Yes, it’s true. Get over it already. I bought an Apple Macintosh. A 27 inch 2.93Ghz Quad Core i7 with 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, and HD5750-1GB. I understand this has caused several people to exhibit signs of severe confusion because I’m really mostly known as a “Windows Guy” (more appropriately, a .NET guy). For a little while I’ll refrain from posting any pictures, though. Wouldn’t want people to die from either laughter or heart-attacks.
Back in the day there were the PC zealots, a common creature often found bashing and insulting hardware by manufacturers who believed in proprietary hardware designs. And of course there were the Amiga and Atari fanatics that represented two other groups where certain sections of these different groups were always at each other’s throats about who had the better hardware. And, let’s not forget the Apple zealots. Most of these fundamentalist fanatics died out and faded into the background during the late 80’s and early 90’s as their religious sacraments that came in the form of material objects found their way into obsoleteness (or a museum, in many cases).