Hell, why not. Every other blog on the interwebs has these silly little 'tips'.
So, I recently purchased a bunch of CDs and added them to iTunes. Now, how to listen to them all?
I'm a shuffle kind of person, so I use the "Recently Added" smart playlist. However, it does repeat, which is no good. So, what to do?
Pretty simple really. Duplicate the "Recently Added" playlist (right click, and select duplicate). Then edit it (right click and select edit), and add a new criteria (click the + button, moron), and select the criterion "Plays" and is and 0. Make sure "Live updating" is checked (it should be, unless you've been stuffing around with the default settings in iTunes).
The effect of this is that your recently added, non podcast (that's the default) media, that you have not played will be on this list. So, in theory it should shuffle through, removing items as they are played. Or not. iTunes does some counter intuitive shit.
So, Mountain Lion is looking like a July 25 release. Apple have released docs for Mountain Lion Server, and the move from big iron enterprise Unix continues. Server Admin and WorkGroup Admin appear to have been dropped, NetBoot isn't mentioned but NetInstall is. Interestingly, FTP looks like it is back in the GUI. PPTP VPN looks like it has disappeared again.
The big problem, and I might be the only person who thinks this, is that whilst a lot of the power is still there (they are still using BIND, Apache, RADIUS, OpenLDAP, Perl/Ruby/Python etc etc), their is precious little documentation on it. And where Apple used to have a reasonable training and certification program, it has all but disappeared (the Open Directory section of their 'Advanced' Admin guide is barely 7 pages). Good enough if you don't care about best practice and are happy to set up an ad hoc server by trial and error for a small business that's not too fussed about downtime when you realise you need to rebuild the server because the DNS name you gave it in the first instance was wrong. But if you want to use the real power that Unix offers, you really, really need to know your stuff.
I have found a temporary solution for the pains of 10.7/10.8. I am running Snow Leopard with a Lion Server VM. Likely, I will clone this and create a Mountain Lion VM. I've not found /any/ software that I need yet that is Lion specific, but this will likely happen. If I didn't need to find my way around it for work, I doubt I'd touch it. But FileMaker and Adobe tend to support only a couple of versions of the OS for any release, so the day that Snow Leopard becomes untenable draws closer still.
There is the possibility of moving to Linux, and running all instances of Mac OS X as VMs under that. I'm not sure if that would break licensing conditions or not. I seem to recall it being licensed for VMs running on Apple hardware, I don't recall mention of running the VMs under an Apple OS.
I must say that the naming of 10.8 struck me as a little odd in the context of past names.
Mountain Lions are in fact the same species as Pumas (and arguably Panthers). This requires a closer look.
10.0 - Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
10.1 - Puma (Puma concolor)
10.2 - Jaguar (Panthera onca)
10.3 - Panther (Puma concolor OR Panthera pardus)
10.4 - Tiger (Panthera tigris)
10.5 - Leopard (Panthera pardus)
10.6 - Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia or Uncia uncia)
10.7 - Lion (Panthera leo)
10.8 - Mountain Lion (Puma concolor)
So, a cynic might say that superficially 10.8 is an improvement on 10.7 but is really 5 (or 7) steps back.
So Apple decided to release 10.6.6 the day after I installed my CalDigit USB 3 card. This is an issue because USB 3 is very new, and the drivers (kexts) are still not completely solid. CalDigit released an updated version of their driver for 10.6.5 (and make you jump through some hoops to get it), since the driver broke with the 10.6.5 update. Their current (10 Jan) recommendation is not to update to 10.6.6 until they have done their tests (and probably released a new driver). Update: a new driver is available.
So, the Mac Pro is on 10.6.5 for the meantime, but the Mac Mini is on 10.6.6. I've tried out the app store on the Mac Mini and downloaded an app. The nice thing is it is a little easier to search and find stuff than apple.com/downloads. The downside is that it requires 10.6.6, many of the apps cost money (interestingly the AUD prices are STILL much higher than the USD equivalents despite the exchange rates). And the fact that Apple can now easily track what you download and where you install based on your AppStore account.
The good news is that you can copy some apps from the Mac where they were downloaded to another Mac without issues. So, set up a Mac with the account, and then copy the apps (many ways to do this) to however many other Macs you like.
So, this weekend I did the usual housework, eating, sleeping, watching TV etc, that people the world over do of a weekend. The other thing I did was install Debian on a mini-ITX system, and Mac OS X Leopard on a PowerMac G4 Cube.
The Cube is a little upgraded, having an 80GB hard drive, 1.5GB RAM (a Friday night upgrade after ordering 2x 512MB sticks from OWC), Airport, nVidia 6200, and a Sonnet 1.2GHz G4. Since the CPU is upgraded, Leopard will install without issues (it has a 867MHz G4 minimum requirement, although trivial to get around). I did the install using Netboot from a virtualized 10.5 server (another weekend project). I created the boot image from a 10.5.4 ISO image, which was mounted to the VM (Fusion) using the virtual optical drive device.
Boot over the network from the image, and then upgrade the installed 10.4.11 Server (this Cube was set up briefly as a server). There were, needless to say, a couple of hitches. I could not remember the original password for the admin account (I had to reset it last time, as well), so I needed to reset the password using the install disk, which did not work. So, retry to make sure I had clicked all the right buttons etc, and still no go, so a boot to single user mode to edit the local directory using dscl.
Dscl showed that the user accounts had not been imported. The home folders were there, but no account entries in the local node. So, reset the root password, reboot, login and then re-created the account. dsenableroot is a nice trick,
The other, small, issue was that the Airport card could not connect to my draft N WiFi (airport express). Not a big deal since 10/100 Ethernet is working, and I can always plugin in an older basestation (WAP) if needed.
Next trick is to get an SSD drive to saturate that slow 66mbyte ATA bus
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