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Archive for January 2nd, 2012

ASCII art: when old skool is modern again.

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/01/02

When old skool is modern again :)

The last few months, I observe more and more ASCII art, especially on social media like FaceBook, Twitter, etc.

The most recent was this one from our neighbours  – thanks guys – (it doesn’t do very good justice to the original, as it needs less linespacing, and works best with an Arial font):

°.˛*.˛.°★。˛°.★**Fijne Kerstdagen en *★* *˛.

˛ °_██_*。*./ ♥ \ .˛* .˛.*.★een geweldig 2012**★ 。

˛. (´• ̮•)*˛°*/.♫.♫\*˛.* ˛_Π_____. ***★toegewenst 。

.°( . • . ) ˛°./• ‘♫ ‘ •\.˛*./______/~\.˛* .。˛* *★* Some  &

*(…’•’.. ) *˛╬╬╬╬╬˛°.|田田 |門|╬╬╬╬╬*★★*★ ★ Someone

¯˜”*°••°*”˜¯`´¯˜”*°••°*”˜¯ ` ´¯˜”*°´¯˜”*°••°*”˜¯`´¯˜” *

Since many chacaters are not ASCII at all, maybe Typewriter Art fits better.

Anyway: I like the new revival of these kinds of arts.

They remind being a lot younger and playing around with characters to see what graphical information I could put in a limited space. You can use this to present information too, as this progress bar shows how busy the public traffic is.

They also remind me how much real artists can do in little space. Given the limited space especially on Twitter and Mobile Systems, and the common feature among those is still text, ASCII art makes a lot of sense again :)

Some references to give you an idea how bad I was at it, and how good others :)

Check out and search for “Pluimers” (sitenote: I was nicknamed by the chinese cook in the restaurant kitchen I worked a few years before that, though the cook pronounced “Charlie”  as “Cha-li”, and I nicked it to Charly to avoid conflicts).

A bit later I condensed it a bit (look for “rulfc1” at Others were way better at Email Art and Signature Art than I was.

Those were days where you would mostly communicate with text. And even that wasn’t a long time ago when you imagine that the oldest known form of Typewriter Art is from 1898!


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After restoring fresh HDD from Time Machine Backup: No results from Spotlight

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/01/02

My Mac Mini Server had its’ primary HDD failure. It got replaced by the iAmStore service center, but contrary to what they promised, they didn’t put the Snow Leopard Server image on it.

So I grabbed an external USB DVD player, booted from the Snow Leopard Server install DVD, and restored the Time Machine backup from my external USB HDD.

Somehow, after the restore, Spotlight wouldn’t work: only the search bar was visible, but nothing else.

I tried various tips all having to do with erasing Spotlight for my root volume (so it would be automatically be reindexed), or many-part steps including killing SystemUIServer, Clearing Caches and Rebooting.

In the end the most simple one worked: just “turn Spotlight indexing on”.

My assumption is that Spotlight information is not backed up, and during restore Spotlight is turned off because continuously reindexing during restore will make the restore slower.

If someone can confirm this (or deny and explain the real reason), please post a comment.

This was what user nkt00 had posted as solution on the Apple forum:

I figured it out. In the man page for “mdutil” (type: “man mdutil” at the terminal shell prompt), it describes the option “-i”, which turns indexing on or off for the specified volume. I just typed:

sudo mdutil -i on /

and away it went

This was the screen output:

Last login: Mon Oct 31 19:31:01 on ttys000
macminiserver01:~ jeroenp$ mdutil -s /
No index.
macminiserver01:~ jeroenp$ sudo mdutil -i on /
Indexing enabled.
macminiserver01:~ jeroenp$

Now I’m happily using my Mac Mini Server again.


via No results from Spotlight: Apple Support Communities.

Posted in Apple, LifeHacker, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, MacBook, Power User, SpotLight | 1 Comment »

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