Dr. House killed my Mac!

It is possible! It took me like 9 months but today I experienced my first kernel panic on my Mac. If you don’t know what a kernel panic is, it’s basically comparable to a “Blue Screen Of Death” in the Windows world. NOW ya know what I mean, dontcha? The biggest difference is the frequency at which it happens. While it happens regularly on Windows (at least on nearly all Win machines I have ever dealt with), seeing it happen on a Mac is quite a unique event. It has been said lots of times but let me join the chorus: Even BlueScreens (well, kernel panics in this case) look better on Macs… w00t!! 😀

Oh, and just in case you’re wondering what Dr. House has to do with it: The KP happened while I was browsing through an EyeTV Recording of Dr. House 😉

Dr. House killed my Mac!

I just hope this was a software caused KP, because if it wasn’t, chances are that my RAM is dying… which would suck… but let’s be optimistic.

Today’s OS X bug award goes to…

… the “I’m not sure what resolution I’m running!”-bug!

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Schedule an EyeTV Recording for a given time.
  2. Make sure the EyeTV GUI isn’t currently running.
  3. Be sure you’re playing a game, e.g. Nexuiz in my case, by the time EyeTV should start to record the show.
  4. Also be sure that game uses a different screen resolution than what your OS X normally runs
  5. While EyeTV’s still recording, quit the game and select the EyeTV window
  6. There you are!

OS X Menubar bug

Don’t know if this is reproducible and if it’s an OS X or an EyeTV bug, but it’s funny: I select the EyeTV window and the menu bar snaps to a smaller screen, also EyeTV’s full screen mode is like a ninth of my screen size. As I select another application, like the finder, the menu bar snaps back to the full screen width and everything’s back to normal.

W00t, got my 360!

I did it. I pleased myself and went to Saturn, a German tech market, in Aachen to get an Xbox360. I wasn’t willing to pay 450 Euros for the elite (and they didn’t have it there anyway), so I got the normal 360. They had a 360 + Halo 3 bundle, not the “golden” Special Halo3 Xbox but a “normal” white Xbox with the game bundled. Since Halo is kind of the holy grail of first person shooters for 360 owners, I wanted to buy it anyway so the bundle came perfectly right for me :-). Added Call Of Duty 4 and Assassin’s Creed and I was ready to rock!

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