Tag: Software

What’s with the RAR compression on torrents

That is a good question and was answered somewhat by a post by Simon Rumble.

Those explanations are certainly good and related to the question, however it all stems from scene rules. All the groups who actually distributed those things, called scene releases. All follow the same rules for packaging things, if you do a google you will see what I mean. The multiple part files actually come from originally the BBS days of when you’d upload them to a scene board. It’s alot easier to upload many files vs huge file on a modem.

Take a look at this Wikipedia entry which gives a good outline about it.

iPhoto ’08 fresh install shows Events with wrong font

When I reinstalled my iMac recently I opted to leave out any iLife ’06 applications and then install iLife ’08 as a fresh install after MacOS X was reinstalled from the restore media. It all went perfect with one exception.

After the install of iLife ’08 onto the machine, my iPhoto ’08 was showing all the Events with what appeared to be an incorrect font type. On a machine that went from iLife ’06 to iLife ’08 the font used to describe events was bold and clear. However fresh install version was not.

I knew it was a font issue, possibly a missing font. So after a bit of investigation I found the missing font.

The missing font is “HelveticaCY.dfont” and if you drop a copy of it into “/Library/Fonts/” then restart iPhoto ’08 everything will appear like it should.

I’ve not done further research, but I can only imagine the above font is included on iLife ’06 only, or due to my custom install of iLife ’08 where I didn’t install certain applications, namely GarageBand. I’ll investigate further when time permits, in the meantime. Thought I’d post about it incase someone else has similar issue. I like my bold font for Event titles.

Below is example pictures showing the problem first hand.

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iPhoto upgraded from iLife 06 to iLife 08, and the event font is bold.
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iPhoto – iLife 08 straight install showing events in an incorrect font.

Reinstalled iMac and tested out new Apple Keyboard

I decided 2 nights ago that I would backup my iMac and reinstall it. It didn’t really needed it, but I was in the mood to give it a good tidy up. I’d managed to clutter it up a little in recent weeks and wanted to give it a fresh bit of life. This time I will be more aware of what I install on it.

Further more I also wanted to test out the new Apple Keyboard, so I hooked it up and was using it. Needed to install Keyboard Software Update to get the special keys to work. But it seems to work fine, I don’t mind it at all. If I had to pick something about it, I would have to say the location of the USB ports on it. I prefer the location of the USB ports on the older model keyboard.

I’ll do a post in a few weeks time with all the fancy applications I use. Some of them are free, which is good. I’ve found applications in the past only by chance or by someone recommending it. So hopefully by doing the same, I can enlighten someone else.

New Apple hardware and software

It would appear the rumors of new Apple items was indeed correct. Of course no new iPod’s so I guess these will happen sometime sooner or later.

What we did get was the following changed items;

iMac
MacMini
Airport Extreme Basestation (now has gigabit ethernet)
New Apple USB and Bluetooth keyboards
iWork 08
iLife 08

So in all, a few changes. After just purchasing an iMac 20″ I don’t feel bad that it got changed. I love my machine and hopefully it will get me a good 2-3 years of use with MacOS X updates.

We’ve ordered a copy of iLife 08 from Apple, as I couldn’t find a copy at the local reseller. It appears Apple never shipped copies earlier then announcement plans. Of course they had no demo units on the new stock. Oh well.