Years ago, I had a SPARC workstation running SunOS that used John Conway’s Game of Life as the screensaver. I loved watching it, and it’s one of the biggest things I’ve missed about using that workstation and OS. In 2018, I decided to write a screensaver for macOS that simulated the Game of Life. I’ve used it for the past couple of years on my own Macs, but never released it publicly. When I learned that Dr. Conway passed away earlier this week, on April 11, 2020, I decided to release this screensaver to the general public as a tribute.

Gaucho Life Screenshot

The project is available on GitHub:  
https://github.com/mikepj/GauchoLife

You can download the screensaver itself here:
https://download.gauchosoft.com/gaucholife/GauchoLife-1.0.0.zip

I wonder how many people will buy the set of Mac Pro wheels and just install 2 of them…picking up just one side of the Mac Pro when they want to move it.

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Screw you, Apple Watch. I just got back from a 45 minute outside walk, which you counted as only 5 exercise minutes even though I started a “workout”.

With work finally easing up a bit, I found some time to edit this video I recorded a few months back. In the video, I go through the process of adding a new disk to a Dell PowerEdge server and using it in VMware ESXi. Then I add a second disk and migrate to a RAID 1, and a third disk to migrate to a RAID 5, expanding the disk capacity along the way. All without rebooting the server.

Direct link (YouTube): https://youtu.be/Q5iTjvr0zrg

Neil Peart was one of the finest drummers I’ve ever heard. If you haven’t heard his solo of O Baterista, you’re missing out. Such an amazing talent lost…

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/article-rush-drummer-neil-peart-dead-at-67/

Spending time tonight learning Final Cut Pro.  I’ve been meaning to try it out for years now, but never had a chance.  I downloaded the trial version a couple days ago to give it a go.  Loving it so far…

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A “reasonable” configuration that I would configure if I was speccing my own desktop (16 core / 96GB / 2TB) comes in at just under $10k.

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The $64000 question of how much a fully specced-out Mac Pro costs is actually not far from the truth. It’s $52,748. ($500 more for the rackmount)

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It’s not everyday you see 1.8 GB/s long enough to grab a screenshot.  Copying 122 GB of files from a Thunderbolt SSD RAID to the internal NVMe.

Screen Shot 2019 12 03 at 3 23 31 PM

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While I’m disappointed in the stability issues plaguing macOS Catalina and iOS 13, it’s impressive to see how rapidly Apple is pushing bug fixes recently.  

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Spent the last two days at The Ohio Linux Fest. The last time I attended had maybe 150 attendees back in 2005. Now they have over 700 people registered and several conference tracks. Great to see the growth.