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IDE Review: Netbeans 8

Having learned nothing, I installed the new version of Netbeans next to the last one. There are still issues with with this. By default it ships with a version of svn higher than Mac OS’s. Netbeans offers to upgrade the svn on open projects, which, if done, will block the command line svn from being able to work with the code. There are a few issues with compiling the cmd-line svn for MacOS 10.9. You should already have Xcode and its command line tools installed. sudo ln -s /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Toolchains/XcodeDefault.xctoolchain /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Toolchains/OSX10.9.xctoolchain curl http://mirrors.advancedhosters.com/apache/subversion/subversion-1.8.8.tar.bz2 -o svn.tbz tar jfx svn.tbz cd subversion-1.8.8/ sh...

Anime Review: Winter 2014 Review

Pretty good, though a few rough spots. Wizard Barristers apparently blew the animation budget on the first episode and the CGI. Episode 11 absolutely should not have been released. I can only hope that was some sort of version issue, that they sent the beta to the TV station. Log Horizon devolved into endless meetings, parties, meetings after the parties, meeting while avoiding other meetings. Also devoted several episodes to the class roles in MMORPGs. Wake me up if it gets to the “Ninetails Dominion” noted on the map. Lost interest in Pilot’s Love Song almost immediately. Did not like...

Podcast Player Review: downgrade

My cell phone is on my sister’s family plan, because I couldn’t be bothered to get one, so I got her old one. I just got the free iPhone 4S upgrade, but saving my podcasts generated errors. iTunes/Music doesn’t do that any more. Which would be fine, except that the Apple Podcasts app is widely panned as being unusable. I don’t want to find out that it doesn’t work on the bus, so I looked for replacements. I don’t have WiFi turned on in the home, and definitely don’t want the phone downloading 2 hour long podcasts over the cell....

Image Editor Review: Pixelmator

cheap, very capable, occasionally irritating. Sample “art”: GIMP suddenly started taking every keyboard event with the toolbar, leaving me unable to enter a file name while saving. Reinstalling that version didn’t help, so I went looking for other tools. Aside from Photoshop, Pixelmator is the nicest, but has some of the same issues I had with GIMP. My graphics work is fixing web images (clearly not an artist), so if I open a .jpg, tweak it, and save it, I mean to save the .jpg, not your format. At least GIMP had the overwrite shortcut. Neither approaches Photoshop’s web export...

Support WFMU

Where can you find any content that is not advertising driven? Crunchyroll, HBO? How about great content, for free? Unsounded, and WFMU. Roswell Studios delivers great content cheaply, but only because we frequently forget to bill for things. To actually set out to provide 24/7 radio for free requires a special kind of insanity. This insanity is on full display during the upcoming marathon. If you’ve only ever heard NPR or PBS pledge breaks, you are not prepared for heights (or depths) the WFMU dj’s are willing to go to entertain you while asking for money. Listen February 23rd –...

Mac Review: YunYun, all in one designs, regret

While the Apple Store geniuses did fix the video card on my mother’s iMac (I named it YunYun (from Canaan), because they are both from Shanghai), the fans turn on full after an hour or so and stay that way. Temperature Monitor saw the optical drive sensor data vanish right as all the fans came on. The tech support at the Genius Bar said the logic board was bad, and it could be replaced, but they didn’t have it in stock, and didn’t know when they’d get one because it is so old (2010?). They are giving my mother a...

Mac Review: Macbook Pro 2013

As a tax deductible business expense, I got a Macbook Pro. The small screen size and lower CPU, to keep it light and because it isn’t my main machine, but the 16G RAM because it is soldered to the board and thus bound to seem inadequate sooner or later. The retina screen is very nice, in any of the scales. I’d say it wasn’t any faster or slower than the iMac, so it’s like taking the entire desktop machine, and cramming it into a portable. I got the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter, as I never bothered to turn on the...

Anime Review: winter 2014

Key – passible waste of time + better waste of time * must watch Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time: not particularly compelling + Saki: the Nationals: I might just miss the Jersey Girl, but I think the School Swimsuit Tan Line Priestess Loli might just be trying too hard. Plus, the OVAs were perverted. I think they may have lost sight of the core values: mahjong playing super powered high school girls who don’t have pants. The Pilot’s Love Song: shonen jive. Interesting universe, but flat characters, and unless somebody learns some physics (leaving aside the planes,...

Testing Review: PHP Selenium

The previous Chromedriver I was using seems to have died, and while I still like my Java/XML based tool, I wanted something more impressive looking for clients. Using the Element-34 PHP wrapper, I added a class to provide a few utility functions and combine the PHPUnit functions and the Selenium functions. The resulting code is pretty clean and JQuery friendly: [crayon-5357cc55b16e8480679495/] It handles using the same tests for multiple browsers with an environment variable for the browser, host, and url. Test Smart! Test S-Unit! It does point out the value of the semantic web. By tagging things, they become machine...

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