Love to Hover

Hover seems really good and easy way to manage and register domains. The cost is super reasonable. Even domain privacy comes by default without extra charge. The whole process of domain transfer is delightfully straightforward and nice. I decided to transfer all my domains over to them so that they are all in same place. I warmly recommend.

Screen Sharing Forever


If you have two macs and absolutely nothing to do, try turning on screen sharing on both macs, then gaze the desktop of the other mac, and from that mac, select screen sharing back to the mac you are using.. what happens is.. well, logical..

(Be warned, it is difficult if not impossible to recover from this infinity trap. It is not possible to turn off screen sharing once this loopback is established. Only way for me to recover from this for me was to do a hard boot.)



I am using Apple’s software raid in my Mac Pro. I have pair of 3TB Barracuda drives. So far there has been no problem. Then I got this.

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What “Failed” means is a mystery to me. Could it be some kind of data corruption or physical failure of the drive? It seems unlikely that hard drive mechanism would just die suddenly. Those things are ultra reliable these days. SMART status showed no issue.

What I did first was to verify which physical disk is the failed one. Disk Utility told me that the failed one is living in Bay 4.

So I shut down the machine and pulled the drive out, and connected it to my Macbook Pro via my USB3 interface. The disk worked perfectly. I was able to even run disk utility in it and check for logical errors. There was none, whatsoever.

Now, actually I think the proper way to do this would have been to demote the failed one before pulling it out. This way there would be absolutely no confusion which drive is which. When I was accessing the drive with my Macbook the raid array showed up there as well which was a bit scary.. But anyway, I thought since the disk is “failed” it won’t matter to the actual system anyway and drives can go totally dead.

So I attempted to format the damaged one. If the disk really is bad, it might show up during formatting. Formatting went totally fine, just as you would expect with a normal working drive.

So I put it back in my Mac Pro and booted up. DU said that the drive is now missing, which is to be expected. I demoted the missing drive, and dragged the freshly formatted one back to the RAID set. Then simply “Rebuild”. It takes about 7 hours. What’s really cool is that diskutil appleraid list  command in terminal actually gives you the percentage of the progress as well as other useful information. Some people recommend to do this stuff entirely from terminal which is fine, that stuff doesn’t look too complicated, but I thought to test the DU’s demote / rebuild buttons. It seems no problem.

Good thing is that I am able to access and work with the data while it’s rebuilt. There’s no downtime. I have my Time Machine backup anyway, so I’m feeling quite carefree and gay. However it’s good to note this time december-22 in my calendar, should the data become corrupted somehow due to me being total amateur in RAID setups, I would be able to recover from a backup that was made earlier than this moment. And my most important treasures, my present day Lightroom Catalog and image data is also on another external drive which normally disconnected. (I wrote a little shell script which uses rsync to update the disk whenever I plug it in so it’s super convenient)

Couple of things worth noting:

  • OS X gave me no warning whatsoever of the failing RAID slice. I was lucky to just find out by accident the failing drive when using DU.
  • If we compare this situation to the non-raid scenario, the obvious benefit is that I am able to keep working with the data, non-stop, even while rebuilding the RAID. If I was relying on Time Machine backup solely, I would first need to transfer the data in order to work with it. 2TB+ takes a very long time especially since my backup drive is connected via FW800.
  • I could add one more disk to the pack to act as a hot spare for extra safety. I am actually considering this since I have my Bay 3 empty at the moment. If one would fail I would still have two good ones.
  • One more obvious benefit of the RAID mirroring is that the repair can wait; as long as I have extra backup, there’s no immediate need to do anything. I can just order replacement drive from Amazon and when it arrive, swap the bad one. Of course this is because I do have TM in which I can rely in total catastrophe. This flexibility is definite benefit of RAID.

It is interesting question why the disk in Bay 4 became corrupted. I suspect it’s just something that happens every now and then with things like Apple’s Software RAID. If the same disk would fail again, then it’s likely to be hardware issue.



Rate Me? Sure

You know those iOS apps that nag you with a pop-up screen and asks your review? Usually the text in pop-up goes something like this, “If you like this app, please rate it”. (This actually doesn’t seem very democratic since the sentence actually only encourages those who like the app to review it, thus giving positive review.)

Quite frankly, I think iOS has a problem. This is super annoying. The popups appear again and again even if I rate the app or click “don’t bother me again”, or equivalent. Apparently it seems that the app doesn’t track what the user does (or doesn’t care), the popup will come again and again.

I actually do what John Gruber suggests. 1 star for every app that annoys me with the request, and a short explanation.

Good Bye Flickr

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I decided to part my ways with Flickr.

To be really honest, I guess I lost interest after the major revamp of the site, and Marisa Meyer’s particular statement. I used to pay for being Flickr Pro member but after the new site came along it lost it’s charm. Pro users still got ability upload files larger than 200mb and upload more than 1TB worth of images, neither of which I need. There are some stats and other such minor things that the new standard accounts didn’t include, but anyway.

To advertise the site with the tag line 1TB was just a silly move for Flickr; from point of view of professionals (oh but I forgot, there’s no such thing as professional photographer anymore) it just doesn’t make sense because no human can produce that many good quality images, even if they are like crazy large. Not even those who are like really really talented. So this sounds a lot like Flickr is becoming a site where you are supposed to upload mobile phone shots of your cat’s meals and latest trends in fingernail decoration. No problem with that but it’s just not where I want to be.

Then there was the Flickr app for iPhone which has still not made it to the Japanese App Store. Therefore, there is no legit way for me to even experience it.

Moreover, Flickr community guidelines forbid linking to commercial sites (such as your own). The guidelines are weird at best. Obviously they are just protecting their own interest regarding their upcoming Marketplace. Nudity in particularly is very poorly explained, kind of grey area really, what really is restricted and what is moderate and what not. There is no clear explanation.

Then there was the Getty Images Flickr program (which is finished by the way) which made me wonder, is this still about passionate, genuine photography? Or is this becoming another stock photography site? Finally Flickr’s Wall Art whatever thing answered that question. Although they didn’t technically break the Creative Commons licence, gimme a break! That kind of thing is just something service provider does NOT do. Only a micro stock site does that. So that’s pretty much it.

There is one more thing I’d like to mention although this isn’t actually Flickr’s fault. This year (oh man what lousy year this was) one of my images was stolen from Flickr by this shady Japanese company. It was a simple photo of a woman in cafe, a friend of mine. Her photo was used to sell some beauty product. She’s in her 30’s but in the fake profile she was told to be 40s. It was a total hell to get the Japanese advertising company to understand that they had broken copyright law and finally remove the image.

Finally I got a call from one of the guys. The conversation went somehow like this:

“Excuse me sir, am I calling you at the bad time?”

“No, not at all.”

“Yes, uhm. I’m calling you about the image you took that we used in our website”.


“You see, we downloaded it from this website called Flickr. We have right to use the image legally”.


“Yes, have you ever heard of Flickr?”

I pointed the guy to the URL of my image and explained him the meaning of the copyright symbol. He was like “oh.. I see..” And that in fact my photo was not in Creative Commons. Next day with a cappuccino cup. I never got apology. But I don’t care. It appears that several Japanese companies are illegally obtaining images from Flickr in particular never minding whether it’s copyrighted or Creative Commons. Then, taking photos of Japanese people is my job.

Flickr? Nah, I don’t think so.

Sinking Ship

via Tech Crunch:

We hear and understand your concerns, and we always want to ensure that we’re acting within the spirit with which the community has contributed. Given the varied reactions, as a first step, we’ve decided to remove the pool of Creative Commons-licensed images from Flickr Wall Art, effective immediately. We’ll also be refunding all sales of Creative Commons-licensed images made to date through this service.

Although technically they didn’t break Creative Commons licence, this is just bad ethics. As manager of the community they should at least somehow serve the users, not rip them off.

It is also worth mentioning the last point in their community guidelines:

“Don’t use Flickr for unauthorized commercial activity.
Flickr is a photo community for people to share, explore and discover new works. We also offer tools for the community to license their works to others; if interested, visit our Marketplace.”

What this unauthorised commercial activity means is not explained clearly but quite obviously they are just protecting their own commercial interests.

The Long Voyage Home

Do you remember first Hayabusa?  It was an unmanned space craft launched by JAXA in 2003 to gather samples from asteroid  25143 Itokawa. The journey was not without a drama.

Despite it’s adversities the mission was a great success. Hayabusa accomplished it’s primary mission, to bring tiny grains of asteroidal material to earth. It’s a mind-boggling achievement. I don’t know what kind of funding JAXA has but I doubt it’s even tenth of NASA or ESA.

Now that Hayabusa 2 is just launched, I thought it’s nice to finally check out the 2012 film. It’s by the way, now in

The movie is a nice dramatization of the space craft’s seven years voyage. The old computers and CRTs and makes this movie feel delightfully analog and nostalgic. There’s mood of the early 2000, which strangely feels like another era.

The film conveys the spirit of the Hayabusa mission, tangibly. Japan’s film industry might have seen better days but it’s really nice to find a film with a spirit like this. Watanabe Ken’s performance is amazing as usual. He can convey so much, while doing so little in screen.  Legendary Tsutomu Yamasaki is also in the movie among other great actors such as Hidetaka Yoshioka (Always Sanchome no Yuhi) and Yui Natsukawa (Still Walking). Fantastic cast, really.

Although the movie suffers from being slightly a bit too long and has some editing problems (and VFX could use some polish) it tells a beautiful and inspiring human story. The pieces come together a very nice way in the end, especially the last snapshot of the earth sent by Hayabusa (is that real by the way?) .

JAXA logo is well present in the movie but I don’t remember seeing a single flag of the country in the movie. This movie does not fall into Hollywood-like boasting “we are king of the world”, despite of the remarkable achievement.  The heroes of this movie are the people who worked hard to make Hayabusa’s journey reality, and of course Hayabusa itself.

Japan needs inspiring stories like this now more than ever. Check out Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home in IMDB.

ps. I would guess Hayabusa 2’s reaction wheels are not the ones made in USA.