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Backup Saga, Part N

I have finally gotten the Drobo online and attached to a fileserver. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get it talking through the AirPort Express – due to a variety of annoying problems from Apple.

Now I’m making big disk copies from all my computers onto the Drobo – the music has all been backed up, as has my laptop. Next: All my photos.


Seed, originally uploaded by ancawonka.

In the Garden

Look?, originally uploaded by ancawonka.

While installing Leopard today, I decided to start weeding the garden. It’s going to be an ongoing project to get it ready for planting – a couple of weeks with a little bit here and there, and then a big push.

In the meantime, I found may tiny snails hanging out in the clover I pulled up by the handfuls. These guys are each the size of my pinky nail.

Apple Parallels from Braun Design

1960s Braun Products Hold the Secrets to Apple’s Future

When you look at the Braun products by Dieter Rams—many of them at New York’s MoMA—and compare them to [Jonathan] Ive’s work at Apple, you can clearly see the similarities in their philosophies way beyond the sparse use of color, the selection of materials and how the products are shaped around the function with no artificial design, keeping the design “honest.”

This passion for “simplicity” and “honest design” that is always declared by Ive whenever he’s interviewed or appears in a promo video, is at the core of Dieter Rams’ 10 principles for good design:

  • Good design is innovative.
  • Good design makes a product useful.
  • Good design is aesthetic.
  • Good design helps us to understand a product.
  • Good design is unobtrusive.
  • Good design is honest.
  • Good design is durable.
  • Good design is consequent to the last detail.
  • Good design is concerned with the environment.
  • Good design is as little design as possible.

Check out the interesting side-by-side comparisons of the products, while eagerly awaiting tomorrow!

GarageBand tip

I’m using GarageBand to make a podcast. The recording is 90 minutes long. When I imported it into GarageBand to podcast-ize, I noticed that GarageBand stopped allowing me to play past 1:06:00. GarageBand apparently has a limited number of beats that it can support in a song – so, if you want to make a longer track, you have to change the tempo for the piece to something less than the default of 120. You can do that with a slider that appears when you click on the tempo control, which appears in the counter.