SSDs and the MacBook Pro

Apparently on some models of MacBook Pros, you can install a solid state drive in the express card slot. Some models also allow you to use them as boot drives. Unfortunately, it appears as though my computer is too old to use the SSD as a boot drive. Even so, I’m already picturing the possibilities of using it as a a drive for my Adobe Creative Suite and also for my Virtual Machines. It totally itching to try this out.

Check out the video comparing the performance differences. And finally, here’s the link to the SSD express card on New Egg.

NetNewsWire Now Free

NewsGator, the company that owns NetNewsWire, has just announced that it will now be offering all of its products for free. This is great news for the world of feed readers. NetNewsWire is a fantastic reader that I’ve been using for several years. They have a shiny new version too. I’ve heard that FeedDemon is a good Windows client, although I haven’t used it myself.

Get the new and improved free download of NetNewsWire here.

Multi Safari

Apple has just released the 10.4.11 update for Mac OS X Tiger, which has two interesting tidbits. First of all, it lists “Improves compatibility when using OpenType fonts in QuarkExpress.” I would be really interested in knowing more about exactly what has changed here. Unfortunately, given how tight-lipped Apple usually is about these types of things, I doubt I’ll find out.

The second item pertains to Safari 3. Starting with this update, Safari 3 will be the default browser. Now, this is really great, but it introduces some problems with my workflow. If I install this update, how am I going to be able to continue to test my designs in Safari 2.x?

As it turns out, Michel Fortin has gone through the trouble of creating standalone versions of every Safari installment. So go ahead, jump on that update from Apple, then grab a standalone copy of Safari 2.

WordPress 2.3.1 Plugin Incompatibility

I upgraded to WordPress 2.3.1 last week and for the most part, all seemed to go well. Even though I’m not actually displaying any tags for my posts yet, I wanted to get upgraded quickly so that I could start working on generating tags for new and old posts. It’s going to be a lot of back-breaking labor to get caught up (okay fine, slight exaggeration).

I noticed a couple of days ago that when I tried to post to the site using the Textmate blogging bundle, I was getting the following error at the top of the window.

Received exception:Missing return value!

Normally when you post successfully from TextMate, all sorts of metadata is appended to the top of you post in TextMate, including the permalink for the post. It also automatically opens a new tab to the post in your web browser.

When I started getting this error both the permalink appending and web browser page opening functions stopped working. Oddly enough, the entry was still actually posted to my blog. I immediately assumed that this error had something to do with the new tagging features and that maybe the TextMate blogging bundle wasn’t quite up to snuff. No problem, Google to the rescue.

Amazingly, my Google searches turned up almost nothing useful on the subject. Eventually, I recovered one tiny little detail using “wordpress 2.3 xmlrpc error” as my search term.

The solution appears in a comment by Daniel Jalkut on the Red Sweater Blog.

…my first reaction when I see that kind of vague error is that a plugin in your WordPress installation is incompatible with WP 2.3. By any chance are you running the Google Sitemap Generator plugin? It’s one that has been identified by a few users as needing update after going to 2.3. See:

http://www.red-sweater.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=424

If you’re not running that, it could be another plugin. Generally the “XML-RPC Response Parsing Failed” happens when some plugin causes the entire fetch to fail, so WordPress just returns a blank response instead of an XML document.

While the error in question was actually somewhat different than mine, I do in fact use the Google Sitemap plugin. I disabled the plugin and tried posting again. Bingo, problem solved.

UPDATE: The version of the Google Sitemap plugin that was giving me this problem was 2.7.1. My WordPress install indicated that there wasn’t an update for this plugin, but when I actually went to the site I found that there was one. The new version is 3.0.1 and seems to work fine. The admin interface also looks much better.

NetNewsWire Lite 3.1 Beta Released

The beta version of NetNewsWire Lite 3.1 has finally been released. This is my favorite feed reader for OS X (or any system for that matter). I’ve been waiting for this release ever since they released the new version of NetNewsWire.



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