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MacOS 8 virtualised in an Electron app.

29 July 2020 - 09:33 AM

Felix Rieseberg has developed an Electron app that virtualises a Mac Quadra running Mac OS 8 (which was one of my favourite versions of the classic OS). It comes with a bunch of stuff installed, and apparently disk images can be dragged onto it. Enjoy, if you like that sort of thing.

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In Other Waters

03 May 2020 - 08:21 PM

The IMG crowd are a pretty high concept bunch (right?), and so here's a high concept game to tickle your respective (high concept) fancies.

In Fellow Traveller's In Other Waters you play the game as a diving suit AI while the xenobiologist protagonist explores an alien ocean. Sounds a bit like SubNautica? Yeah? No, wrong. There's no screaming here. This is a very, very mellow game. There's practically no animation, no 3D (no graphics to speak of at all, really), and a 4-bit colour palette. The game is essentially the suit UI, with a LOT of text to read. As far as I can tell, you can't even die. So what's the point?

The point is exploration, to find out what happened to your missing colleague, and to collect biological samples to make sense of the alien ecosystem. This is done by (slowly) navigating around the map with some mild puzzle solving in the interim (i.e. certain biological specimens will modify the ecosystem around you, changing the flow of water, and removing obstacles etc). Sounds lame right? It's a supremely relaxing experience, and very stimulating for the imagination. There's a rather lovely ambient electronica soundtrack and suitably bubbly undersea rebreather noises. It's not going to give you an adrenalin hit (unless you're excited by the taxonomy of aquatic spores, moulds and fungi), but if you want something meditative and relaxing while the world burns in coronaviral hell this might hit the spot. I've been enjoying it a lot.

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MacBook Air 2020

20 April 2020 - 07:58 AM

I bought a 2018 model MacBook Air just over a year ago, to replace a 6-year old 13" MacBook Pro. On the whole, it was a decent upgrade (the screen especially), with the exception of a profoundly popsnizzlety space bar. The number of double spaces I was getting (even with 'Unshaky' installed) was a significant issue, especially as I spend most the day writing. This issue has been steadily worsening over the year.

So, in a moment of lockdown madness I ordered a 2020 MacBook Air. I've got a $640 rebate from Apple for my current system, which isn't bad. I'll let you know how I get on. (I've also doubled the memory and storage to 16 Gb/1 Tb over my 2018 Air, for the same initial price).

Missing iTunes media

16 February 2020 - 02:23 PM

So last night I settled down to watch some Star Trek that I'd purchased from iTunes on my Macbook Air and I discovered that all my purchased, non-downloaded media (which is the majority of it, 200 Gb or so) - music, movies and TV shows had disappeared from my iTunes library. The stuff that I'd downloaded was still there. I went over to my desktop, and the same had happened there. Both systems are 10.14.6. I quit the app and relogged my iTunes account, but this didn't fix it.

Looking at my purchase history revealed that everything was still there (yay, I guess) but nothing was available to stream from my libraries.

I spent a long time on Apple Support chat trying to resolve this - the best part of 2 hours, and was escalated through various advisors, but to no avail.

This morning I spent an hour on the phone talking to a very helpful agent at Apple Support, who sent me a spiffy Capture Data app, which duly captured 177 Mb of log files, system info, and a bunch of other stuff. This has been forwarded to 'iTunes engineering' apparently. I've got a follow-up call scheduled in a couple of days.

So there it is. No happy resolution to report at present, but at least someone who knows about this stuff may be looking at it. I'm assuming the problem lies at Apple's end of the pipe since both computers lost these files simultaneously.

I suppose if a resolution can't be found I'll just have to take my lumps and download everything onto the RAID and share that (right?). I'd be interested to know if anyone else out there has experienced a similar issue.

Mac issues with World of Warcraft patch 8.3

12 February 2020 - 02:21 PM

WoW patch 8.3, the last major content patch of Battle for Azeroth has been causing some macgamers severe problems, namely intermittent freezing, beachballing and kernel panics in some cases. I have the freezing issue on my 10.14.6 iMac (using an Iris Pro 6200). The culprit seems to be Intel's GPU drivers, although these issues were not apparent in earlier versions of the game.

Blizzard have issued a temporary workaround, which disables particle effects in-game. The game no longer crashes, but without particles you're unable to see certain spell effects, loot sparkles, boss attacks & abilities and quest details. Which is obviously problematic. The company have also said that they've done all they can, and it's up to Intel/Apple to fix their drivers, issue a macOS update, and all will be well. Now obviously, if we truly are waiting for a fix from Intel/Apple this may take a very, very long time to arrive, if it ever does.

So I'd be interested to know if anyone out there is experiencing similar issues with a Radeon-based Mac and WoW 8.3. Speak up if so. Blizzard's forums aren't clear on this matter.