I noticed my Time Machine backups to my Synology DS1513+ were extremely slow since I updated my MacBook to Mavericks 10.9.2. Maybe the problem was there before, I simply didn't notice. But when you make a new backup (about 84Gb) and the progress indicator says: "19 days remaining" something is wrong.
. I found several suggestions on the internet (reset PRAM, kill spotlight, start a new backup, use wired connection, etc.) but none of them seemed to work. After a little research I found that Apple's implementation of SMB2 is not really compliant with the standard. Since the latest Apple patch SMB is preferred over AFP (Apple Filing Protocol). So I headed over to my Synology control panel to Win/Mac/NFS settings:
On the first tab, uncheck the first checkbox with Enable SMB2 and large MTU. This will stop the Apple from connecting with SMB2 (because it is turned off on the Synology) and happily use the former AFP protocol to do the backup.
Now my new Time Machine backup was finished in 5hrs over a lousy 801.11n WiFi connection. That is at least 18.9days quicker than before. I'll be putting that Airport Extreme on my wish list pronto!
I don't know what's happened, or what's changed. But all of a sudden I get 70% more page views on SimplyStats! Below are the last month sales figures from Apple iTunes Connect to show you I ain't faking this:
This is so freaking awesome! There is a bad side to this unfortunately. The more people use this app, the more queries I have to send to Google. Now Google data is free as long as you don't download too many. If I go above 50k queries per day I may have to start paying them a fee. If that happens there's little headroom for me to keep SimplyStats free.. I wish there was another way!
I got some cool stuff planned for 1.7. I expect it to be available by the end of April (if all goes well):
I've bit the proverbial bullet. Ye olde me is now on Twitter @SimplicateInfo.
Since the last patch of OS X Mavericks (10.9.2) I had some problems with my gmail in Apple Mail. I was constantly the following error:
Unable to receive mail. There may be a problem with the mail server or network. Verify the settings for account “gmail” or try again.
The solution was actually very easy.
Simplicate is no longer a weebly subdomain, but a full domain!
You can still use the old address. All your links will be automatically forwarded. But I suggest you update your links for the better.
The DNS change is still propagating, it could take up to 48 hours until simplicate.info is available throughout the world.
Wow. Design error. I never anticipated getting this many app views with SimplyStats. Over 1,000,000 views since it's first release!
Do you like the app? Do you feel anything is missing? Let me know and i'll try to include it in the next update.
For the translation of SimplyStats i am looking for a few volunteers who would like to translate a few strings from English into foreign languages like French, Italian, German, and if possible Chinese and Russian.
If like to help me with these (or other) languages check out these instructions, or contact me using the contact page with an email address that i can use to send you the details. Your help is much appreciated!
It's been a little quiet, but i've been really busy doing all sorts of stuff. I needed a little break from electronics (my mind was about to explode on the 4500x project) so i decided to pick up ye olde electronics hobby. The results (including some very old work) can be found on my SoundCloud profile:
I really hope you like my tracks. If you do, please 'like' them in soundcloud, or let me know in the comments below.
For a totally unrelated topic i was investigating developing software for mac os with Cocoa. It turns out to be surprisingly similar to developing iOS apps, with .xib's, controllers, IBActions and AppDelegates.
This could come in handy in the future!
A small demonstration of a dashboard clock replacement project for the DeLorean car. All settings can be changed using a single rotary encoder (that will replace the rheostat on my car).