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12:02 AM
@jtbandes my (fairly limited) experience with Mountain Lion restoration and reuse of backups is that the defaults are user-friendly for a use case such as yours. Good luck!
 
@GrahamPerrin community wiki
 
ty (thank you) :-)
 
"7/28/12 5:07:39.862 PM com.apple.backupd[570]: Found 1342214 files (105.46 GB) needing backup" :(
buh?
oh, never mind.
 
@jtbandes after backup begins you can use Finder (without Time Machine browser) to browse Backups.backupdband check that previous data is being reused.
 
@GrahamPerrin How do I check that it's actually being reused?
 
12:17 AM
@jtbandes look at it from a different angle; look to see whether alongside previous data, there's a separate .inProgress for today's backup
 
The .inProgress folder is in the same directory as the other backups. I'm just not sure if it's making use of files which might be the same
 
@jtbandes if 105.46 GB is more than you expect, it's probably because: for this one backup the estimate is a simple (quick) sum of the content of all folders to be backed up, without attention to whether files differ.
 
hm, ok, I suppose that could be.
 
At time like this I use fseventer to visualise what's being written to a backup volume.
We'll probably find more eloquent and detailed explanations in the pondini area
 
12:38 AM
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Q: Retina graphics for Ask Different?

jtbandesAs retina displays are becoming more pervasive in Apple hardware, and we're here to support users of Apple products, I think it would be great if the AD site included retina versions of its image resources, such as the header image, voting buttons, and user profile photos. This WWDC talk has inf...

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Q: Checkbox to automatically resize a retina display screenshot

jtbandesFor users with the new MacBook Pro with retina display, screenshots have their dimensions doubled. For example, if I take a screenshot of a window, this is what I get: As you can see, when the image is displayed normally, it's too big. The correct way to display these is to use <img src="...

 
 
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3:29 AM
OK, @jtbandes you're good at this.
Can you solve this one:
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Q: Can I get the original Mac font Chicago on a Mountain Lion Mac?

Daniel LawsonI'm running Mountain Lion on a mid 2011 MacBook Air. I'd love to be able to set type in the oldest Macintosh font, Chicago. Is this font included anywhere in OS X Mountain Lion? If not, what is the most recent Macintosh operating system to include the font, and can the font be purchased anywhere?

 
Yeah, I already googled and found a download link :D
 
(OK, I'm provoking you, but really I just hope I get an answer)
I'm looking for a legal solution.
 
Hrm.
 
This isn't a warez request
(if it were, I'd close it as off topic)
 
The foundry doesn't seem to have a website :/
 
3:32 AM
nope
that's what makes it a challenge.
I'm guessing mining an older version of Mac OS (hopefully Mac OS X) is the most promising.
 
Yeah, you could try that.
Of course, I don't know where you're going to find a legal way to do that either.
 
Um, the install discs in my basement?
At least for Panther, Tiger, and Leopard
And OS 9
 
well then
go for it :)
 
Or buying someone else's install disc if it's some other version.
 
I wouldn't be surprised if they're in some weird format, though
 
3:35 AM
It exists in TrueType
I'm just hoping someone has good documentation so I know what to look for.
 
If you have an OS 9 disc I'm sure it's on there
 
I also vaguely recall that either Chicago or Charcoal (I don't remember which) exists for the Latin character renderings of some other character fonts back a few OS versions ago.
But I'm hoping some font <del>geek</del> expert can point me in the right direction.
 
@DanielLawson not a solution, but: scootergraphics.com/virtue
 
Cool, but based off Charcoal, not Chicago. Still, far better than nothing!
Hi @daviesgeek
 
3:50 AM
@DanielLawson Hey
What's up? (besides the ceiling)
 
Still hoping to move forward not backward in rep
Not doing so well on that front.
 
That's a very good thing to strive for :-)
 
'sup with you?
 
@DanielLawson Not a terrible lot. School planning and such. I'm working on a little shoot that my brother and I did this afternoon.
 
3:52 AM
A sampling...
But along with cool special effects comes fun (sort of) challenges!
Photoshop is going to be a vital tool for this one
There's a really challenging part in which he crosses the lightsaber in front of him. I'm gonna have to take each of those frames into Photoshop to get the saber to pass in front of him, and not behind...
 
4:40 AM
@daviesgeek Is that really how it's done? Frame by frame photoshop?
 
5:29 AM
@DanielLawson Pretty much, except usually not in Photoshop. Special instances, like my case, require something like Photoshop. Studios may have another way of putting in a lightsaber programmatically, but it would require a lot of extra equipment.
The basic idea is that you go frame by frame in the video and move the lightsaber.
A lightsaber is a fictional weapon in the Star Wars universe, a "laser sword." It consists of a polished metal hilt which projects a blade of Plasma about 1.33 meters (1.45 yards) long. The lightsaber is the signature weapon of the Jedi order and their Sith counterparts, both of whom can use them for close combat, or to deflect blaster bolts. Its distinct appearance was created using rotoscoping for the original Star Wars films, and digitally for the prequel trilogy. The lightsaber first appeared in the original Star Wars film (1977) and every Star Wars movie to date (except The Star Wars...
The original crew actually made the lightsaber...
So maybe they don't do that now...
I don't know.
> The technique used to create the lightsaber effect consists of filming actors sparring with props composed of handles that have rods attached to them. Using a process called rotoscoping, the film is processed frame by frame by drawing the outline of each lightsaber blade onto an animation cel and painting the correct color for the blade.
> Each animation cel is placed over a black background and filmed with a diffuser over the lens to get the glow around the edges of the lightsabers. The actual footage from the movie is double-exposed onto this same film to obtain the final result. A similar technique is used with video recorders, but the frames of the digitized images are manipulated and merged using graphics computer programs
 
6:25 AM
The modern of this effect is a green screen wrap over an object.
Or some other visual cue that can be modified by visual programming.
 
7:14 AM
@jtbandes How did your backup proceed/complete? Was the 105.46 GB simply an overestimate?
 
@GrahamPerrin It seems to have worked alright; when I enter the Time Machine UI, I can go back through my old backups. I did have a lot of photos added since the last backup, so that's probably where a large part of the size came from (that and having installed Mountain Lion)
 
Ah OK. Good to know that it behaves normally. (There are bugs and gaps in Time Machine in 12A269, but hopefully no showstoppers.)
 
which bugs?
 
Example: with the Option key and the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, Browse Other Backup Disks… may present a dialogue without volumes that are expected by the user.
 
Is there any systematic way it's ignoring disks, or is it just a random bug?
 
7:24 AM
@jtbandes Rewind a few hours. How about, "What techniques for disk, volume and file system management are possible with OS X but troublesome within Disk Utility?"
 
Still feels like it's tending towards a question about the DU UI, which is probably not a useful question to have on AD
 
@jtbandes How about that (above) for a title, then in the body of the question I can at least (a) make explicit that this particular question does not seek design suggestions; and (b) refer to chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/5549782#5549782
 
it's probably fine
And anyway, once you post it, the community can decide :)
 
@jtbandes +1 and thank you.
 
7:31 AM
@jtbandes my best guess, pure speculation, is that the emptiness is unfinished work in progress, towards Time Machine compatibility with iCloud.
 
8:15 AM
@jtbandes the question is now open, I'll add a first answer soon:
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Q: What techniques for disk, volume and file system management are possible with OS X, but troublesome within Disk Utility?

Graham PerrinThis question I'd like answers to form something like: a shortlist of things that appear illogical or impossible in Disk Utility. I'll seed at least one answer to exemplify what I have in mind. For some of the things mentioned, there will be answers elsewhere in Stack Exchange – so here, ...

 
8:49 AM
@bmike the fix has been built out last night (it was on meta.so already)
 
9:32 AM
@balpha on the subject of issues affecting multiple stacks: chat.meta.stackoverflow.com/transcript/message/1037347#1037347 – affects Ask Different and some other (not all) stacks. On one hand, it's an apparently minor issue – maybe nothing more than formatting. On the other hand, it does affect FAQ, which is high visibility content.
 
yeah, I saw your message
 
@balpha Ah, thanks. Should I convert it to a Meta Stack Overflow question? Or is that overkill?
 
No, that's probably a good idea. I don't have an immediate solution for this (it has to do with the fact that moderators can edit parts of the faq). Probably best to have it on Meta, since it's not a huge issue that would require attention ASAP
 
Completely off-topic, my previously lovely Rich Tea biscuits have absorbed the odour of really poor chocolate from sharing a tin with my housemate's chocolate digestives from Tesco. Mouth-twisting, in the way that Princess Margaret's mouth might have twisted on seeing Elizabeth Taylor's ring.
 
10:02 AM
@balpha thank you.
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Q: At some FAQ pages, a paragraph is without the customary highlighting

Graham PerrinA minor issue. The two-sentence paragraph quoted below is either: orphaned in some way (did it previously have a link from the sidebar to its right?); or not highlighted as it should be Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer y...

 
 
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3:47 PM
@balpha Thank you - the site is so much nicer with that fix :-)
 
 
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5:31 PM
Greetings, people. You want this?
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Q: Reverse SSH tunnel on the ipad

GregIs is possible to set up a reverse SSH tunnel on an iPad? I'd like to be to do basic nmap TCP scans and use some other tools that the iPad doesn't have on remote networks. So my idea is after I've connected to the network, ssh to my home server. Then from my home server ssh back onto my iPad. ...

 
 
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7:03 PM
@slhck looking now...
@slhck Looks good - please send it over...
 
@bmike Coming your way! Cheers :)
 
@slhck Awesome. Thanks!
 
 
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10:29 PM
@JasonSalaz Yes, but there are problems with that too....you still have to go frame-by-frame through the entire video
 
at times, maybe
not always
 
@JasonSalaz How so? Just keying out the green screen and placing an image behind won't make a lightsaber. You still have to have the glow effect...
 
Modern video editing software has the ability to extend the effect of a green screen, extruding into the rest of the image.
And by modern video editing software I mean software that's a multi-million dollar hardware and software investment.
you think star wars was made by painting frame-by-frame all the lightsabers?
hardly.
 
@JasonSalaz No. I know that for sure now.
:-)
17 hours ago, by daviesgeek
> The technique used to create the lightsaber effect consists of filming actors sparring with props composed of handles that have rods attached to them. Using a process called rotoscoping, the film is processed frame by frame by drawing the outline of each lightsaber blade onto an animation cel and painting the correct color for the blade.
17 hours ago, by daviesgeek
> Each animation cel is placed over a black background and filmed with a diffuser over the lens to get the glow around the edges of the lightsabers. The actual footage from the movie is double-exposed onto this same film to obtain the final result. A similar technique is used with video recorders, but the frames of the digitized images are manipulated and merged using graphics computer programs
@JasonSalaz True...
I still am not sure that it would work. Take a look at the lightsaber image:
You see how there is a white center with glowing green edges? I fail to see how that could be accomplished with a green screen. If you have any ideas, please! I'm all ears!!
I would love an easier way to do this!
@JasonSalaz Got any ideas?
 
10:48 PM
Just so you know, if you never see me again, it's because I just downloaded Windows 8 Preview, and may not be able to live with myself much longer.
 
@stuffe I did too and I hate it!!!!!!!
 
@daviesgeek If you can get a version of the lightsaber image with the right opacity data you can make keyframes along the path you want it to travel and have it follow them. Since it's going behind him you'll have to use some form of selection to mask off that area of the image. After Effects has some good tools to automate this.
 
@NathanGreenstein Yeah, that's how I'm doing it, 'cept I'm using Photoshop for masking....probably not the best way, but it's the most precise way I know of.
 
@daviesgeek Right, and After Effects (and probably Final Cut) have tools to help you do the selection. So you can give it some help (maybe do one selection by hand per keyframe, e.g.) and it will do things automatically from there.
Just really reduces the number of frames you have to do by hand
@stuffe It took me embarrassingly long to figure out how to get back and forth between Metro and the normal UI :D
But I actually rather like the Metro apps.
Nice use of gigantic background images in, e.g. the Weather app.
 
@NathanGreenstein Yeah. There's a 8-point garbage mask, but it doesn't work that well.
 
10:58 PM
What software are you using?
 
@NathanGreenstein Me too. And when I did, it was a really weird transition from a tablet OS to a desktop OS
@NathanGreenstein Final Cut Pro 7, not exactly SPFX software...
 
Hmm, not sure about FC.
After Effects has http://tv.adobe.com/watch/after-effects-cs5-feature-tour/rotoscope-with-rotobrush/
 
I did forget that I have Motion :-)
Apple Motion, that is...
 
Isn't that for making stuff more than editing existing video?
(Not sure, never used it :p)
 
@NathanGreenstein I don't think so cpostudios.com/LightSaberTute_Part2.html
I'm not sure...
 
11:02 PM
Ah, maybe that's what you're looking for then :)
Got to go, but best of luck
 
@NathanGreenstein :-)
Thanks!
 
jrg
@daviesgeek trying to do lightsabers?
 
@jrg :-D Yes.
 
jrg
@daviesgeek :D
 
Fun stuff, but there are challenges...
 
jrg
11:15 PM
no, it's dead simple. deadpan
 
Right! sarcasm
 

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