Paul's Ponderings

Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Mac Mini Tiger (and memory) Upgrade

The copy of Tiger for my Mac Mini I ordered from Amazon arrived on Monday. I did the upgrade last night and it went without a hitch.

I previouslly upgraded the Mini's memory to 1GB courtesy of Crucial Memory. They have a section on their website dedicated to Mac memory upgrades. No questions as to what to order for a specific machine. The price is right and you get a quality product. They're even offering free shipping at the moment.

With a quick Google search I found several sites with printed instructions and one with a nice video showing how to do the memory upgrade. It does require the use of a putty knife but it turned out to be a piece of cake. The only hitch I had was getting the rear panel to seat properly. The catch was to push that part in first, then seat the other sides. I did have to push in the front plastic clamps using the putty knife. After that all was well and it worked the first time.

Saturday, June 04, 2005
Windows Forms and Mono Article

My cross platform Windows Forms article is up on DevX. I couldn't have got this working without help from Peter D. Bartok both at the Brainshare conference and via e-mail. The mono IRC channel is also a good place to hang out and find some of the key players to ask questions of.

I can't help but wonder how successful this type of coding will be in reality. I know that the Novell iFolder folks use native code on OS X, Linux and Windows to make their UI look natural for each platform. It will be interesting to see how a Windows Forms program will look when they get to version 1.2 and have all the controls implemented.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Portable USB Drives

I have been testing out one of the new Seagate external USB drives and I have to say it rocks! The biggest win is no power supply required. There's even an extra USB connector if your computer port doesn't provide enough power - and I have needed that at least once.

It's light, fits easily in the bag and just works! I've seen the price as low as $150 - not a bad deal for that amount of portability and storage.