User talk:Darkcanuck

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Archived chat from old wiki: Jan 2008

E-mail notifications

Hey, just wanted to let you know that the e-mail notifications are working. I'd never played with the wiki e-mail stuff at all, so I checked existence of sendmail, tried to confirm my e-mail to see what error I got, and it worked. I can only deduce that the recent OS upgrade server maintenance did something different that didn't break it (like install sendmail)? Anyway, let me know if you have any problems with it. --Voidious 23:23, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

Nice, I think it's working. Got the confirmation email at long last... =) --Darkcanuck 05:59, 23 July 2009 (UTC)

Snow Leopard?

Hey - have you upgraded to Snow Leopard? If so, have you run a RoboRumble client? After quite a few minor annoyances already tonight with Snow Leopard, I was really bummed to run into this when I ran RoboRumble (not every match):

Exception in thread "AWT-Shutdown" java.lang.IllegalThreadStateException
	at java.lang.ThreadGroup.addUnstarted(
	at java.lang.Thread.init(
	at java.lang.Thread.<init>(
	at sun.awt.AppContext$
	at Method)
	at sun.awt.AppContext.stopEventDispatchThreads(

It was kinda nice for those 10 days of Leopard on the MacBook Pro being able to run an Apple JVM with the RoboRumble, but I guess it's back to SoyLatte for me...

--Voidious 03:17, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

That sucks... I did upgrade on Sunday, although I haven't tried roborumble yet, my CPU has been occupied with targeting and movement experiments. Maybe the new rumble beta will be better? --Darkcanuck 03:32, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
You know what, this is embarrassing, but I think I was actually running SoyLatte those 10 days of Leopard + MBP, anyway. I remember checking the Java version at some point, but it must have been before I fixed my shell to be tcsh, which loaded my .cshrc and pointed back at SoyLatte. I was definitely seeing the X11 app load (which I knew seemed odd). The net being that I am still getting the above error in SL + MBP + RoboRumble, but it may not be new to Snow Leopard... --Voidious 04:05, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Aha! Well, I just did a local test and it seems to be fine here. In Leopard I had to download the 64-bit build of Java 1.6 separately (from Apple) but I'm not sure if it was made the default in Snow Leopard. This is my "java -version" output:

java version "1.6.0_15"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_15-b03-219)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 14.1-b02-90, mixed mode)

--Darkcanuck 04:20, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

What other "minor annoyances" have you found? I miss iStat Menus -- now I have to listen to fan intensity to tell if RoboResearch is still running in another space... --Darkcanuck 04:25, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Exposé and Spaces seem a bit choppy, which really bothers me - that's the biggest one. A quick search showed a lot of others with this gripe. I also dislike this "Recipient Bar" in iChat message windows that I cannot disable (only for contacts for whom I have both AIM and Jabber accounts in my buddy lists, but that includes several of my main contacts). Minor stuff, really, but given a lack of any huge features that are drawing me in, it's been a pretty underwhelming upgrade so far... Maybe I'll wait for .1 from now on. --Voidious 04:38, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Hmm, I never use iChat or Expose, but I'm very much a Spaces junkie and haven't really noticed much. I was sold on the 7GB of freed drive space and Mail seems more stable so far. Mouse transition into VMWare is the only thing bothering me, but that could be an application issue. Overall I like the philosophy of a release that's focused on performance rather than features and the price was nice to boot. --Darkcanuck 04:52, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Today I was hearing from an avid mac user who is a coworker of mine, talking about the changes in Snow Leapord. While it's true it doesn't have many user-visible features, it has some very major under-the-hood updates. What I find particularly neat, is that benchmark scores were up by well over 10% when he updated to Snow Leopard, and as a developer, some of the new under-the-hood features like 'Grand Central Dispatch' seem really amazingly awesome... Anyways, I'm also pretty sure that the fact that Snow Leopard was primarily an under-the-hood update was why it was a significantly less expensive update than normal anyway. --Rednaxela 06:05, 2 September 2009 (UTC)