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Shortage of Coders

March 12, 2013 in Tech by slowry

It’s hard for me to believe as a guy who learned to program in the 90’s and saw just how many jobs there were and how amazing the technology was from then to now that we are facing a real shortage of coders.

Is it possible that there was only a relatively brief window of 20 – 30 years where that passion to take things apart and put them back together, to create something from nothing?

I would like to think not, but maybe, with today’s focus on consuming media and contributing to social media, perhaps there aren’t as many people interested in peeking under the hood.

I certainly hope there will always be people who are keen to push the envelope and continue the good fight.

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December 14, 2010 in Tech by slowry

I back up my Mac daily using Time Machine and try to keep it in good working order. That being said things begin to slow down after a while and I don’t have the time right now to do a full re-install.

With Lion just around the corner I was looking for a solution to help me get on top of maintenance tasks with my poor 2 1/2 year old Macbook.

I tried a few demo’s of different programs that each did a few things well, but didn’t have everything I wanted. I don’t mind paying for good software and I think I finally found what I was after.

Enter MacKeeper, I first found it when looking for a solution to help with deleting programs while also deleting all the sundry files that programs create as they do their thing.

Then I found out it does a lot of what I had other apps to do. It’ll find duplicate files, of which I found out I had thousands, taking up a bunch of space. It will also reclaim space used by languages you have no interest in and if you are real keen on finding new space it will also strip out the PPC bits of applications (or I386 if you have an older machine) leaving just what’s needed to run on your hardware.

I’ve been very pleased with it so far and have still to dive right into it to see what else it can do. I can see it has anti-virus and anti-theft which will even take a photo of the scum bag who stole your laptop which is pretty cool.

One pleasant thing I found out after buying it is that you’re license is also good for PCKeeper so you can run the PC equivalent up on your Windows machine and fine tune that mess.

There’s a 15 day trial available and this software goes on my recommend list. You can get it HERE

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Using Mac Steam with case sensitive drive

May 13, 2010 in Tech by slowry

Smoke at Sunset

This was a quite irksome when Steam was released for mac and it wouldn’t work on my Macbook, due to running a case sensitive drive. It was quite odd, but I guess the default these days is to let programs do what they will.

I found an excellent walk through below on how to get things up and running. It’s a workaround and has some issues if you are a sysadmin type. I did it, it works and I’m up and running with Steam even if it’s running in it’s own disk image.

Remember to move the to the disk image prior to creating the alias and enjoy.

You can see the walkthrough here

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Steam Powered Mac

March 8, 2010 in Tech by slowry

It looks like the rumors are true. Valve is bringing Steam to Mac OSX and soon.

How soon? How does next month, April 2010 sound?

Valve announced today it will bring Steam, Valve’s gaming service, and Source, Valve’s gaming engine, to the Mac.

Steam and Valve’s library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series will be available in April.

“As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients,” said Gabe Newell, President of Valve. “The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services.”

“Our Steam partners, who are delivering over a thousand games to 25 million Steam clients, are very excited about adding support for the Mac,” said Jason Holtman, Director of Business Development at Valve. “Steamworks for the Mac supports all of the Steamworks APIs, and we have added a new feature, called Steam Play, which allows customers who purchase the product for the Mac or Windows to play on the other platform free of charge. For example, Steam Play, in combination with the Steam Cloud, allows a gamer playing on their work PC to go home and pick up playing the same game at the same point on their home Mac. We expect most developers and publishers to take advantage of Steam Play.”

*** Update The Beta is coming to a close and Steam for Mac should be available in two days on May 12th 2010. ***

With Mac growing in market share to well over 10% it is becoming a much more viable target for software and entertainment.

I’m sure there are some companies that currently specialize in Mac Ports that won’t be as happy that this is happening.

For the rest of us who have been struggling with Wine, Cross Over and other ways of getting Steam working on our Macs, it is excellent news.

Sounds like the additions to the Source Engine will make Mac development integrated with the PC development.

Portal 2 will be Valve’s first simultaneous release for Mac and Windows. “Checking in code produces a PC build and Mac build at the same time, automatically, so the two platforms are perfectly in lock-step,” said Josh Weier, Portal 2 Project Lead. “We’re always playing a native version on the Mac right alongside the PC. This makes it very easy for us and for anyone using Source to do game development for the Mac.”

Bring it on!



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Macbook Wheel – Too Good To Be True

January 5, 2009 in Tech by slowry

Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

With MacExpo 2009 firing on all cylinders, this was too good not to repost.

I have a MacBook on the top of my shopping list and should be able to pick it up early February. Unless of course they announce the MacBook Wheel and can get that within the first quarter of the year.


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Macbook Bargains

December 26, 2008 in Tech by slowry

The new Macbook is still calling my name and while Apple doesn’t seem to be doing a lot in the way of post Christmas there are bargains to be found.

The best I’ve seen so far is at Amazon. $100 off on the Macbook 2.4ghz with Free shipping.

$1499 with free shipping
on the new Macbook sounds like a bargain by any definition of the word.

There is a bunch of stuff I’m looking forward to tackling in the new year once my Macbook arrives. High on the list are iphone development, movie editing and writing some new music for the kids.

I look forward to mine arriving and will be doing some articles on the tech, programming and programs around it when it turns up on my doorstep.

I know Macmall has had some good prices, especially on the older models. Has anyone seen better pricing that Amazon?

Kind Regards,


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