We’ve all seen the spinning wheel, it’s a pain and often it hangs around for a while. I started seeing this regularly a week ago and did what we all do, jumped on Google and found all sorts of help.
One of these help pages suggested firing up the OSX Console and keeping an eye on the logs around the time the hang up happened. Sure enough I saw this;
disk0s2: I/O error.
So I used the search text filter in console and got the following result;
The disk0 I/O error was occurring at the top of every hour so another Google pointed at Spotlight and suggested going into Spotlight’s preferences, adding the hard disk to the Private list, then taking it out again a while later to trigger a Spotlight re-index.
A couple of hours later I have noticed that the spinning wheel hangups have stopped and sure enough no more disk0 I/O errors.
So it’s fixed! Well probably not, I suspect Spotlight was causing the hangs because it could not access part of it’s index and re-indexing has allowed the operating system to store the new index in good sectors on the hard disk and that the bad area that was giving the errors is still there.
As a precaution I’ve done a full image backup using Carbon Copy Cloner and ordered a replacement hard disk. I’ll be swapping the new disk in as soon as it arrives rather than wait for the old one to fail.
Me in the1980’s? with my little sister Claire and my Innocenti Mini Cooper which I became expert at replacing head gaskets on. Maybe that was the 1340 conversion and too much right foot too often!
Dead Dutch Programmer Sues Facebook For Patent Violations
It’s nuts isn’t it… why don’t these people spend their time and money creating things instead of leeching off everyone else’s hard work. A million people could have the same idea, only a few will act on it and just one will actually make a living from it. Patents should expire after a year, so should domain name registrations come to that. If you don’t use it, lose it.
Just saw this on Google+
Mike Taylor 00:42 - Discussion
I’m curious how many protocols they end up supporting
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Which prompted me to respond in a not so kind way that’s worth repeating here in an expanded form.
It should really be one, XMPP(Jabber IM), or maybe 2 adding IRC which appears to survive whatever, probably because it’s open. After all Jabber is THE standardised protocol for instant messaging(IM). We don’t see new email systems popping up all the time so why do people (Skype/Microsoft) think it’s OK to do this with IM?
The ‘new’ devil on the block is Skype, it’s not a new product, but again being pushed forward by Microsoft who insist on continuing to lock their customers into systems that are proprietary and don’t play well with other IT systems.
If only we (the greater IT community) could convince the politicians of the world that an effective monopoly on the enterprise desktop is and has been the main limiting factor in ICT led productivity in the workplace, because this vendor doesn’t really innovate or adopt ratified standards for interoperability.
To expand on the above, how many more years are people going to be sat in front of MS Office, a stale excuse for a productivity suite at a time when the office boundaries are vanishing fast, in both physical and electronic terms.
Usually white elephants collapse under their own weight, take Nokia for example, but often that’s because someone out innovated them (Apple in this case) but in the desktop IT space that’s a big ask and even the likes of Apple isn’t going to bump Microsoft out of the business world anytime soon.
So to answer the question above, it’ll have to support a few protocols at least and continue to do so until the people using these systems realise that they don’t have to endure the hassle of having buddy lists on 3 or 4 different platforms. Just as they don’t have to run multiple email systems.
Awesome, the HKS GTR reminds me of Australia (lot’s of GTR’s there) and BD4s in Sydney who were an HKS supplier. I wonder if Paul is still running that, anyone?
RIP Cleartext Pty Ltd, long live Cleartext Ltd.
I get the feeling Toyota have designed and built a car that’ll we’ll look back on in 20 years time as something special.
One of my first cars was an early Celica, that model in fact, then of course I had the ST185 GT, and always wanted a 240Z