One of the first questions I had when evaluating iBooks, was “How do I get my PDFs back from iBooks, if needed?”. The answer is pretty simple, and very Apple like: “You just drag them from iBooks to your folder of choice”.
It was one of those moment when many things went wrong and the only way out was to restore the entire Mac from the Time Machine backup. But, before starting the process, I ran a file system check and… surprise, the file system was broken and repairs were needed. Several hours later the file system was repaired, the install performed and the machine was up and running without any (visible) problems. But the lesson was learned: Time Machine is great, but disks need some attention.
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With my increasing interest on C++11, this keynote that Bjarne Stroustrup gave at Going Native 2012, was an interesting lecture (fully available on YouTube)
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Soon after switching to Mac I discovered that one of the myths that I lived with for many years, i.e. that Adobe Acrobat Reader is mandatory in order to view PDF documents, is no longer true.
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Motion pictures publishers may have their reasons, but DVD region copy protection was always an annoying issue, of little value for users.
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What makes me angry is how they try to monetize even on small details, sometimes by bending the standards.
There are moments when even Mac OS X has problems and needs to be started in special configurations.
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