PSA: de-lameify your dock and menubar

Make your Dock be flush against the corner of the desktop, instead of centered vertically or horizontally. This means your icons will stay put, regardless of how many windows are open:

    defaults write pinning -string start ;
    killall Dock

Turn off menubar transparency on 10.5:

    sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ EnvironmentVariables -dict CI_NO_BACKGROUND_IMAGE 1

and then reboot (logging out isn't enough).

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Current Music: Pindoll -- Lost ♬

mini-DVI splitting to DVI plus SVideo

Dear Lazyweb,

Let's say I was thinking about upgrading the second monitor I have attached to my iMac from a CRT (SVGA) to an LCD (DVI). I want that second monitor to run in 1600×1200 or so, and yet be mirrored onto my TV (projector) via an SVideo cable. Right now, I am accomplishing this by having the iMac's mini-DVI going into a mini-DVI-to-SVGA converter, and thence to an AverKey 300 SVGA splitter, which gives me an SVGA pass-through plus a downsampled SVideo output. (As discussed earlier.)

So, there are cables like this which split DVI into DVI-plus-SVGA, but they only work with DVI-I... and as far as I can tell, the only mini-DVI-to-DVI adapters that exist are DVI-D only (suggesting that perhaps Macs don't do analog DVI output at all?)

So, what's the cheapest way to do it?

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Current Music: Frostiva -- Pathos ♬


Dear Lazyweb,

TivoTool stopped working on 10.5, and mail to the author bounces. It's looking for this "CamelBones" library that no longer exists. I installed some newer version of it, but that didn't work either. What are my alternatives for getting video off my Tivo without an analog phase? (If you're going to point me at some forum page on tivocommunity or dealdatabase, please try harder: I can never figure out how to download shit from there.)

Update: So, here's one semi-horrible way:

To get the show ID number:
/Library/Application\ Support/TivoTool/vstream-client tivo://hostname/llist

To download that show as an MPEG2 file:
/Library/Application\ Support/TivoTool/vstream-client tivo://hostname/number -o tmp.ty
/Library/Application\ Support/TivoTool/vsplit -m tmp.ty filename unused

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mixtape 005

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 005.

Questions? Comments? Phrenology?

If you haven't taken the poll I posted with the last one, there's no time like the present.

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Current Music: as noted

what happens when a xenomorph parasitizes a showgirl

Previously, previously.

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Dear IM people

Dear people who leave yourselves logged in on instant messenger, but don't have your preferences set to mark you idle/away after 5 or 10 minutes of inactivity, so that it always looks like you're there when you're not:

Fucking knock that shit off.

Update: What she said.

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Rez to return in 2008 on Xbox Live Arcade

Abstract on-rails shooter and cult hit Rez is to make a long overdue return when it hits Xbox Live Arcade in Q1 2008. Developer Q Entertainment confirmed the return of one of the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2's most critically acclaimed titles in a press release earlier today, announcing that the title would return as "Rez HD," a direct port of the original, but with high-definition visuals and 5.1 surround sound.

(I'm shocked that I can't find an animating userpic of the Rez life stages anywhere.)

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These are the same mad masterminds who made the PKDickBot.

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Instead of your next bouncy castle...

Why not rent a giant, inflatable vagina?



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Apocalyptic Manhattan

This is nuts!

Is it really possible that they built all this just
as a prop for some tabletop strategy game?

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