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Last night I tried searching MacUpdate for bittorrent or Azureus and got zero results. I thought that to be very strange, and wondered if Joel decided to take an anti-piracy stance (despite the fact that BitTorrent is very useful for distribution of perfectly legal materials). But today when I looked again, I got all the results I expected. Very strange.

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I just spent some time and put together a bunch of user-defined commands to aid debugging with gdb on intel machines. They allow you to do things like print arguments to the current method, print arguments for the method about to be called, print return values, etc. To try them out, download this file, put it in your home folder, and rename it to .gdbinit. Then the next time you run gdb, try running help user-defined to get a synopsis of all new commands. You can ask for help on a specific command for more details as well.

The basis for this was inspired by Daniel Jalkut on the #macsb channel.

Update: I just added a new function getret. Re-download to get the changes.

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Here’s a neat tip I just discovered. It’s really quite easy to run an app through Rosetta from the command-line. How? By using /usr/libexec/oah/translate. For example, /usr/libexec/oah/translate /Applications/Photo\\ Booth will launch Photo Booth in Rosetta.

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Yesterday evening I went and picked my new Intel iMac back up. It finally arrived monday (after a stop over in Alaska due to UPS mis-sorting it), and had a display problem in Front Row. So I took it in to get it repaired. That evening I discovered which described my problem exactly and determined that it was a software issue. So I cancelled the repair and got the machine back yesterday.

Anyway, the machine is pretty sweet. It’s blazing fast and, luckily, World of Warcraft went Universal yesterday so I could try it out. I can’t turn everything up and have it be smooth, but I can turn the graphics settings higher than I could on my Desktop.

You can find pictures of it being unpacked here.

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Well, I finally did it. I beat the 30th song of Guitar Hero on Expert mode, making me an official Guitar Hero. I got the axe guitar to prove it ;)

Now I’m working on the extra songs. There’s some real good ones there. I also need to go back and get higher scores on the regular songs. And someday I hope to find somebody else with the game so I can play multiplayer.

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I just picked up a copy of Guitar Hero and wow, that game is amazing. In the past few hours I’ve played 27 songs already (and beat them) on medium difficulty. Once I finish the last 5 (2 of the songs I played were extras), I’m going to start on Hard difficulty, which adds a 5th fret. That’s going to be difficult.

I hope Tristan decides to get his own guitar soon so we can play multiplayer. That will be awesome!

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I haven’t really talked about life here in California much, so hopefully this post will do something to rectify this omission.

I’m really enjoying living here. It’s certainly warmer than back home (although it’s still cold when I go home in the evenings), and although I love snow, I don’t miss snow-blowing the driveway. Work is going really well. My coworkers are great and the work itself is good (although I can’t really talk about it). I’m really enjoying having a real programming job.

Outside of work I haven’t been doing a whole lot. I finally met in person two people I’ve known online for almost two years (the lead dev of Colloquy and his wife) and we’re hanging out a lot—every weekend I’m spending at their house (it sure beats sitting on my computer all weekend) talking, playing games, and watching movies. Tristan hangs out with us sometimes as well. And the past two fridays we’ve all gone out to see a movie at the theaters (last friday was Chronicles of Narnia, and the previous friday was Aeon Flux). Both movies were excellent—I may write about them later. All in all, I’m really enjoying myself here.

I also recently set up a Flickr account (and got free Pro status as a perk of working for Yahoo!); you can view my photostream here.

The most recent bit of news is that I finally picked up Animal Crossing DS a couple days ago and it’s really fun. I’m thinking about leaving my town borders open during the day while I’m at work so people can come visit me. My friend also got it at the same time as me, so we’re playing together a bit.

If I think of anything else, I’ll post it.

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Finally, I’ve managed to see Serenity. I hadn’t seen it until now because I don’t like going to the theaters by myself, and I have been restricted to public transportation ever since coming out here (which makes getting to a theater hard), but tonight I finally called up Rick and had him pick me up and bring me to a theater to see Serenity. I had to do it now because it’s no longer in theaters starting friday, and there was no way I was going to miss seeing the movie.

Anyway, it was great. All the characters from Firefly we know and love, although I wish it actually resolved the mysteries surrounding Shepherd Book, and I really wish that something else hadn’t happened (but for sake of spoilers I won’t say what). The visuals were amazing, and the character development was just as in-depth as it was in Firefly. Basically, it’s a must-see movie for any Firefly fan, and even for people who haven’t seen Firefly but simply like a good Sci-Fi movie. Unfortunately, as it’s going out of theaters, if you haven’t seen it yet you’ll probably have to wait for the DVD.

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Seth Dillingham: “Never spend an hour doing by hand what you can spend four hours automating.”

How true.


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Last week my older brother came home for a few days (to attend a friend’s wedding) and finally gave me my birthday present (only almost 6 months late). It turned out to be the DVD boxed set of Firefly, a TV series created by Joss Wheadon (creator of Buffy and Angel) and basis for the movie Serenity. I’d heard great things about this series, but had never seen it.

On saturday, I ended up going to bed really early (around 7:30 PM, dunno why I was so tired) and slept for something like 14 hours). Needless to say, I wasn’t tired at all that night, so I started watching Firefly with my brother David. After 7 episodes (each one is about 45 minutes long) he went to bed, but I still wasn’t tired. I also knew that since I had work at 12:30 PM today, if I went to bed at the time I knew I would finally be able to fall asleep, I wouldn’t be able to get up for work today, so I continued watching Firefly.

I ended up watching all 14 episodes, plus most of the extra features. The entire Firefly series. In one sitting. It was fantastic. Firefly is really amazing - it is truly a great loss for everyone that Fox mismanaged the series so badly (and cancelled it). I take solace in the fact that I still have the movie Serenity to look forward to.

If you haven’t seen Firefly yet, I highly recommend seeing it as soon as possible.

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