Author Archives: Matt

Hexagonal Architecture

Hexagonal Architecture isn’t new.  The idea has been about for a long time,  Alistair Cockburn talks about Ports and Adapters, however it hasn’t received widespread adoption.  Kevin Rutherford brought Hexagonal Architecture to my attention and I’ve been a little bit … Continue reading

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Time Capsule Firmware Update Problems

The latest firmware update for my Time Capsule announced itself to me yesterday. I should have checked user forums to make sure it didn’t have any ill effects, but it was all too easy just to click the ‘Update Now’ … Continue reading

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Thunderbird Backup Inefficiencies

Thunderbird stores all your e-mails in its profile directory. Each folder in Thunderbird is stored as a single file on disk. So all the e-mails in your Thunderbird Inbox are stored in a single file called ‘Inbox’ in your Thunderbird … Continue reading

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Time Capsule

I’ve been looking for a wireless access point that supports the wireless-n standard for a while. Both our MacBooks support wireless-n, but the access point from our ISP only supports wireless-g. While searching around for an access point I came … Continue reading

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Java2D Game – Whack Attack

I’ve been doing a lot of Java2D stuff at work recently, whilst I was doing it I had an idea for a game based on the mole whacking game at arcades of my youth. The arcade game pops up moles, … Continue reading

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Going back in Time!

I was unfortunate enough that my new Mac had to be replaced – the USB ports developed a fault. Apple replaced it no quibbles, but didn’t copy my data onto the new Mac in the store. I had a Time … Continue reading

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Secure File Deletion

Sometimes there are files that you want to make sure are gone, not just removed from the file index, but physically removed from the disk so they cannot be recovered even if you knew where they were on the disk. … Continue reading

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MacBook Pro Missing Keys

I like the keyboard on my MacBook Pro. It’s well spaced and easy to type on, but it has a few limitations. One of the more inconvenient aspects is the lack of dedicated text navigation keys. I’ve found the following … Continue reading

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Setting up Time Machine

I have been unfortunate enough to learn the hard way that a good backup strategy is an essential, not a nice-to-have. If you think this is melodramatic, imagine for a second that a disk died – right now – it … Continue reading

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Firefox & Thunderbird Profiles

On my Linux box I use Thunderbird for handling all my email and Firefox is my default browser. Even if I don’t eventually remain using them I would like to copy their respective profiles across to my Mac so I … Continue reading

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