Archive for January, 2008

Chicago where they have real weather

Posted in personal on January 29, 2008 by Mike Procario

I lived in Madison, Wisconsin for seven years so I know something about cold weather, but the only city with serious cold weather that I visit regularly now is Chicago. When I arrived at O’Hare this afternoon the temperature was 50 degrees. I went to my meeting and when I returned to my car around 6:00 PM, the wind was blowing hard and the temperature was 20 degrees. I went off to dinner and when I left it was snowing and the temperature was 8 degrees. The quick drop  in temperature was what makes it memorable.

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Fixed MacPorts Installation

Posted in Technology and Software on January 26, 2008 by Mike Procario

I thought I had upgraded Xcode to 3.0 which is the Leopard compatible version. After poking around I discovered the Tiger version was still installed. I removed the Tiger version and installed the new ones. I had already upgraded Macports to v1.60 which is the Leopard compatible version. My first test was building wget. Wget is a command line file fetcher, so it does not have a huge number of dependencies: expat, libiconv, ncursesw, ncurses, gettext, zlib, openssl, but enough to test the package system. I then followed with ncftp a command line ftp program, which shares a dependencies on ncurses with wget. It compiled fine.

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Upgrade to Leopard

Posted in Mac OS X, Technology and Software on January 22, 2008 by Mike Procario

I upgraded my MacBook Pro to Leopard yesterday. I have had the disc since Thanksgiving, but I have put off doing the upgrade. First I was worried about some of the reports of incompatibilities, then I was just too busy. I had off yesterday so I decided to go for it. I did an upgrade instead of an archive and install that many websites have recommended.  Almost everything went fine. The only problem I have seen is that macports is not working due to a compiler problem.

Leopard looks good. The new dock that many have complained about looks good to me. I am using Spaces and it works quite well. The finder now looks like iTunes and has coverflow, but the thing that I liked best is that in list view the background color alternates with each line. It looks like a ledger and it works to guide the eye from one side of the line to the other.

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