Friday Update

in China

Sharon and I went for a nice lunch, it was as fancy as any “normal dinner out” in Boston, and the total cost was 54rmb, or about $8. Still, tai gui le! (too expensive!) The menu offered some intriguin
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First Days in China

in China

Here is a brief recap of my first days in China…


Jet lag has me waking up really early. Also, Chinese mattresses are rock hard, which seems odd but I guess its normal here, The mattress in the old apartment was the same. We need to find a memory foam mattress cover because its pretty rough sleeping on this thing.

In the morning we went to the PSB (Public Safety Bureau) to register. All visitors to China who are not staying in hotels or other official locations must register with the local PSB within 24 hours of arrival, regardless of how long they are staying. It was pretty painless though.

We was running late, so rather than going back home, I got parked at a cafe for a few hours where I was able to get some work done on wifi. On the way there we walked past a shop with a painting of Obama with a rabbit:

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Getting to China

in China

For everyone who has been asking, I’ll try and write semi-regularly about what life in China is like, and you should be able to find all of those posts in the China category. The trip over went smooth
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Urban Homesteading

in Politics

I always thought of urban homesteading as people squatting in abandoned buildings, making improvements, and generally acting as if they were responsible for the place long enough that the government a
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Ever since I upgraded my main Aperture library from version 2 format to version 3, I have been having a problem when exiting Aperture where it would get stuck “updating information for sharing previews”. It would sit forever and never finish. I found this happened whenever I made adjustments to an image, but if I just opened the library and immediately quit, I wouldn’t have this problem. I found many people were having the same problem too.

For me, the solution was to use Apertures “Rebuild Library” option, which seems to have fixed the problem.

To do this, follow these steps…

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UPDATE: _OS X Lion users, according to this thread there is a new project called OSXFUSE that picks up where MacFuse left off. The project incorporates the source code below and already supports OS X Lion natively. The project is just getting started, but a beta binary release is promised in the next few days. You can find more information at the project homepage (not online yet) or find the source code on github._

So What Is The Story?

If you would like to be able to use MacFUSE on 64-bit Snow Leopard, you may have noticed a lot of mis-information on the net. In short, all of the latest official MacFUSE releases, including both 2.0.3 and the 2.1.7 beta are not compatible with 64-bit Snow Leopard. My understanding is that these releases will work with 64-bit Leopard, or with 32 bit Snow Leopard, but I cannot confirm this.

This article describes the current situation, and provides usable binary and source packages to download.

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A government that keeps its citizens through hazy reports of violence by “outsiders” The rise of China and decline of the US Fanatical, Conspiracy Theorist Right-wingers Spiders Global Warming An unn
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First of all, the fact that you need to leave free space on your Clip is the most irritating issue I’ve ever seen on a modern electronics device. I’m sure there are thousands of people out there who have thrown their Clips in the garbage because of this.

Anyway, here is the situation:

You’ve got the “Not enough space for Music DB, please free 30 mb“ message on your Sansa Clip.
You have a Mac

Read on for the fix.

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If you have noticed CrashPlan is using too much memory on your 64 bit Mac, one solution might be to run its server process in 32 bit mode. I’ve tried this, and so far it hasn’t caused any problems, and definitely seems to keep memory usage lower.

This requires a bit of hacking, but its not too terrible.

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Joshua Chaitin-Pollak

Software Engineer, Architect, and Team Lead. Amateur Photographer.

Software Engineer & Technical Lead