15 Mar 2014 MichaelCrawford   » (Master)

Long Time No See.

My apologies, I got sucked into that Cesspool in a Long-Forgotten Corner of The Series of Tubes known as Kuro5hin - Technology and Culture, from the Trenches for the last few Millennia.

I've been meaning to update my Advogato Profile for well over SIX YEARS!

Heh. Time Is Fun When You're Flying!

I only just now did so update it.

My previous draft had me just arrived in Vancouver, British Columbia, having left my then-wife but now ex-wife Bonita Hatcher behind in Truro, Nova Scotia in hopes of making a better life for both of us.

What I got out of it was a divorce as well as some peace of mind. Bonita is a wonderful woman in so very many ways, but the two of us fought like wildcats on a Damn near continuous basis.

After I left Atimi, I moved back to California, this time to Sunnyvale in Silicon Valley, then later San Jose, Salmon Creek, Washington, Redmond, Washington for a very brief contract with The Borg Collective I have no doubt whatsoever the very worst job I have known in all of my fifty years, then back to Salmon Creek, then to Santa Cruz, California, then to Portland, Oregon and now back in Salmon Creek.

I just three weeks ago scored quite a good remote C++ Linux Debugging consulting gig, so Real Soon Now I'll be moving out of my mother's basement when I rent my own place somewhere close to, but not actually directly within Portland's Pearl District, where most of my potential consulting clients now lay.


While I have yet to regress it, my 4 GB Kingston USB stick works just dandy on my Mom's 32-Bit PowerPC G4 Mac OS X 10.4.11 iMac (the one that Bonita referred to as "The Space Probe), however it works very poorly on my almost-but-not-quite-brand-spankin'-new Mountain Lion Retina Display MacBook Pro.

I do not get any actual I/O errors. My Kingston reads, writes and dismounts quickly on Mom's iMac, but is phenomenally slow to do so on my MacBook Pro.

From time to time my Mac pops up an alert to inform me that it cannot eject my stick because the Finder is using it.

This because the Finder is attempting, yet strictly speaking failing to dismount it!

I own a whole bunch of other sticks from a wide variety of vendors, it's just that my sister has them all just now, and I do not yet have the cash to go purchase any new.

I've decided to report the bug anyway but also to state that I have not yet regressed it but do intend to do so.

I also have a Fedora 11 Xeon box with a SuperMicro motherboard. My stick works great with that.

I have not yet tried booting Linux on my MacBook Pro but will do so if I can find a distro that can use UEFI Out-of-the-Box rather than requiring BootCamp's Legacy 16-Bit BIOS.

I used BootCamp on my first-generation, early 2006 MacBook Pro. It worked fine for XP SP3 as well as for Ubuntu, however if I created more than four partitions, nothing would boot.

That drove me totally round the bend, I thought _I_ was doing something wrong until I realized that Apple only ever tested just a single windows install for a total of three primary partitions. (There is one EFI partition that I understand the UEFI spec requires but I don't think Macs actually use.)

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