Apparently, this site isn’t going to update itself… and I’ve given it plenty of opportunities. YouTube videos don’t tend to edit themselves either, so I’ve been skipping that step and streaming live. The Mac Mini (late 2014) is actually a decent machine, once you ditch the 1950s hard drive technology for something more solid and stately.
5MB IBM Hard drive from 1956
Moving the OS from a 1TB hard drive to a 256GB SSD with all of my data and the larger programs on an external USB dock with a 5TB drive made a huge difference. The limited RAM becomes less of a bottleneck when it’s swapping to what’s basically slower RAM instead of a steam-powered spindle with ones and zeros chiseled into it.
Following a good 5min HowTo (link is in video description), I had no problem making the upgrade the first time I’ve opened a modern Mac. If you’re moving to a smaller drive than your original, you’ll need to use an imaging utility like SuperDuper! The MacOS recovery boot won’t do it.
I took my time, familiarizing myself with a few types of connectors I’m not experienced with, and it took about an hour. If I were to do it again, I could probably crank it out in 20 minutes. The biggest time saver tip would be that the small power connectors can be just pushed on vertically, it’s not a plugging-in motion like Molex.
Finally, after a year of turmoil and moving to a new state, I’m settled in enough to start making videos again. Plus, with 2 new iOS devices (first ones I’ve owned), it’s orders of magnitude easier to create content. After a week of joining the Applesphere for the first time, I’m very impressed.
A Traditional Game of Poker
In the process of learning, I’ve come across a few bugs, and I’d like to start entering reports so they can improve even more. There are also a few regressions with things that used to work in previous versions, but don’t now. This bug is labeled 003 because I’ve filed 2 already, but haven’t made videos. Since I might want to down the road, I thought I’d number them in chronological order. The first one documents a bug in iOS 9.3.1 where App Switcher does not change orientation when the device is rotated. I’ve entered a bug report to apple (text below), with a link to the video:
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Watch in 1080p fullscreen. An awesome screensaver program that evolves based on user ratings. Break out the projector at your next party for some nice visuals. Try to let the screensaver run once a day, so it can download fresh sheep. I’ve only been running it for a few days on this machine, so what you see here is only a fraction of what’s available.