I wrote earlier this year about a potential fix for the constant crashing my early 2009 24-inch iMac was suffering since I’d upgraded to OS X Lion. The fix involved downloading a bit of software called iMac Fan Control, with the idea that better regulation of the GPU temperature would reduce the burden on the components giving more stability. Although Fan Control cut down the crashing and kernel panics from several times an hour to just once or twice a day, it wasn’t a perfect fix, and left me feeling very frustrated with my nominally useable computer.
Well, it might be too soon to say, but I installed Mountain Lion yesterday, and since then I haven’t had a single crash. In fact, my iMac is running more smoothly and swiftly than it ever has before, making the experience of using it much more pleasant. Even if the crashes return, it’ll have been worthwhile. So, if you’ve been having similar mysterious screen freezes, crashes and kernel panics, I would suggest you spend the nominal amount and liberate your machine as soon as possible. Plus the over 200 new features of the OS make it a meaningful and totally worthwhile upgrade.
UPDATE: 4 days later (1 August): So, I’ve had 2 definite kernel panics and 2 screen flickery-crashes in the last 24 hours. Sigh. Still liking Mountain Lion but would prefer a more stable computer. That would be nice...
UPDATE: 11 August: Far less crashes, but still the occasional kernel panic. It may be unrelated, but things are certainly running better...
I’ve recently created a new page on my tumblr blog for my own photographs, to distinguish them from everything else I post there. Not all of my photos that I’ve posted to tumblr over the years are going to show up, as I’ve had to go back and give them a specific tag, and searching for all of them through the 12,000 posts I’ve made is too daunting. However, going forward, my new photos should appear (as long as I remember to tag them).
In December 2004 I went to Luxor in Egypt with my first digital camera, a 4.0 megapixel Canon Powershot A80. It was before I was serious about photography and I wasn’t that impressed with the results, mainly because I hadn’t developed my ‘eye’ and didn’t know how to make the best of them.
Eight years later, I’ve sorted through the photos I took then and found much that is interesting and have uploaded a load of new images to my Egypt set on Flickr.
See more of these photographs here.
Man-made Castle Hill in Brailes, Warwickshire, is a prehistoric burial ground that was used as the mound for a Norman motte-and-bailey castle. Brailes (spelled Brayles in early historical documents) is a civil parish about 3 miles (5 km) east of Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire, England. It comprises the two villages of Lower and Upper Brailes but is often referred to as one village as the two adjoin each other.
09 July 2012 - 07:20 AM Categories: photographs
The Earl Ferrers is a really nice local boozer in Streatham, south west London, that serves good beer and great food. I particularly like going there for Sunday lunch. Here are some photographs of the pub.
Earl Ferrers is a title in the Peerage of Great Britain. Lord Ferrers killed Mr Johnson, his land-steward, was tried, condemned for murder and hanged at Tyburn on 5 May 1760. He is the last British peer to die a felon's death.
At the beginning of June I went on a week-long trip to visit some friends in Constance Bay, Ontario, Canada. These are a couple of iPhone 4S photos from the trip, and here is a set of all the photographs from the trip on Flickr.
Mr Canoe Head
Constance Bay, Ottawa, Ontario