The world according to Sven-S. Porst
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Just to back up my memory:
- Trawler: beach-front seafood place in Gordon’s Bay. Simple but nice. Had the fried calamari steak which was nice and soft.
- Sosatis: African barbecue themed place in Stellenbosch. Had smoked Springbok carpaccio with a nice mustard-honey sauce and Kudu sosati. The latter could have been softer – and apparently it usually is.
- bodega on the Dornier wine farm (pre-booking necessary): Nice atmosphere on a cool stoep. Had feta cheese with a fig (nice, except for the slightly burned bread beneath) and a somewhat mediterranean ‘mezze platter’ which was OK, but not really exciting and with too many olives. Passionfruit ice cream for dessert was too creamy for my taste. Friends of mine made a far better sorbet of those ages ago. They also served Gazpacho which was cool but seemed to lack the cucumbers. The wine farm has some cool architecture which they tied in with their graphic design. Not entirely perfect but well above average.
Gratuitous Mac bitching:
- Apple’s USB modem seems to lack any localisation in Mac OS X.5.
- Attaching said modem will also display a sheet referring to a button on the window which doesn’t exist.
- From a hardware POV, it’s amazing to see the size of said modem and compare it with what we used a decade ago (a quarter the speed, twenty times the size, plus an external power supply). Obviously the built-in option of three years ago was even more amazing.
- On a really slow network connection where Mail may not have finished with downloading a message with a large attachment before the next time its check mail interval comes, would you expect it to simply not check for new mail again? I would. Apple disagree with that expectation.
- Apple managed to mis-spell Johannesburg as Johannisburg in (German, X.5) iCal.
- Do MacBook Pro cases need to have a ‘buzzing’ feeling when attached to the charger?
- Heh, I was even able to reproduce my long-standing MacBook Airport problem when connected to a PowerBook providing the connection via Internet Sharing. Which pretty much nails that the problem can be had with Apple software and hardware only.
- Now it just remains to figure out why the heck my MacBook doesn’t see the SLR camera via USB. That just doesn’t make any sense. — Ah, it seems because it prefers to ignore any USB device attached to it now. The next restart will show whether this is a stupid OS bug or YAHF.
March 9, 2008, 22:58
Are you complaining that the SLR doesn’t show up as a USB Mass Storage device? A lot of cameras don’t implement it anymore, and you have to use Image Capture (don’t know the localized name) or iPhoto to get the images off.
Does it not even show up in System Profiler? If you have the developer tools installed there’s a USB Prober utility.
March 11, 2008, 1:13