Slow network shares with OS X Mavericks solved!

By plind | Apple / Mac OS X, Hardware

Since the upgrade to OS X Mavericks, my Samba (SMB) connection to my home server (running Windows) was horribly slow. It was really unworkable. Then I luckily stumbled upon this ZDNet article, pointing out that Apple has moved to SMB2, which is the root cause of all this. The article highlights two tips: either force [&hellip

Getting rid of iMac hum: SSD to replace hybrid drive

Getting rid of iMac hum: SSD to replace hybrid drive

By plind | Apple / Mac OS X, Hardware

In my last blogpost I wrote about how I replaced the Superdrive in my 24″ iMac (early 2009) with a 750GB Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive: part physical HDD, part SSD. The speed increase was great and I was very happy. But one thing was still bothering me. Hummmmmm Ever since I got my 24″ iMac in [&hellip

Installing an extra hard drive in an iMac 24

Installing an extra hard drive in an iMac 24″ (early 2009)

By plind | Apple / Mac OS X, Hardware

In 2009 I got a 3,06GHz iMac 24″. Loved the machine, but it got slower over the years. Especially when I filled the 1TB hard drive up with family home videos. In 2011 I got a MacBook Pro and installed an OCZ Vertex 3 in it. In short: a very fast SSD. Now the speed [&hellip

Using JQuery to access Vimeo’s Moogaloop Javascript API

By plind | Uncategorized

It took me quite a bit of time to figure out how to exactly access Vimeo’s Moogaloop Javascript API using JQuery. I thought I’d write it down in case others would run into the same problem. In short: first embed the player as described on the Vimeo page. To be sure that you will be [&hellip

Waiting for JQuery animations to finish in Cucumber/Capybara+Selenium specs

By plind | BDD / TDD, Rails 3

I have been diving deeply into BDD and TDD while coding my new startup in Rails 3. One thing I ran into is that I use quite a bit of Javascript and especially JQuery animations to enhance usability. However, this can quickly become a problem for executing Cucumber scenario’s using Capybara and Selenium. For some [&hellip

Web pages (specifically Google Maps) won’t load on Mac OS X

By plind | Uncategorized

I’ve been really happy with my iMac since I bought it 10 months ago, but one thing has been bothering immensely: the fact that periodically any browser under Mac OS X (Snow Leopard) would stop loading web pages and would just hang forever on trying to load all items on a page. In Google maps [&hellip

Kanban, pull and the need for backward story boards

Kanban, pull and the need for backward story boards

By plind | Process, Software Development

Introduction Last week I attended a meetup of Agile Holland, which was all about Kanban-style software development. An interesting presentation about the application of Kanban at a large Dutch insurance company got me thinking about the way they interpreted and visualized the concept of “pull” in their story boards. It has lead me to believe [&hellip

Mac OS X Home/End keybindings in Terminal

By plind | Apple / Mac OS X

I recently got an extended keyboard for my Mac (running Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard). I just couldn’t do without the home, end, pgup and pgdown keys. It was fairly easy to find how to correctly bind these keys in all apps. But in the bash Terminal window is was not so straight forward. [&hellip

Wake up media server on when client resumes from standby

By plind | Hardware

Introduction A little bit more about my pet project: my media server and client (home theater) pc. One thing I struggled with the last couple of days was how I could wake my media server (running Windows XP) out of its standby sleep when I manually wake up a client pc (running Windows Vista). After [&hellip

So it was time!

By plind | Uncategorized

Time to migrate my http://thinkarchitecture.blogspot.com to my own domain. What took me so long? Well… the hassle of setting this stuff up, I guess. It’s like those creaking doors at the carpenter’s home. Anyway, I’m gonna update this slowly in the near future. Meanwhile, feel free to drop me a line or follow me on [&hellip