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Yes, you can boot Mac OS 10.6.4 via eSATA

As my MacBook Pro enters the twilight of its long and storied career as my day-to-day  working machine, I have begun to back it up obsessively. I have Time Machine back up to a 500GB La Cie drive attached by USB to an Airport Extreme base station, and I clone the laptop disk each night (well, early morning—the backup is scheduled for 4 am) using SuperDuper! to a G-Drive 500GB portable. The G-Drive is definitely stylish looking. Its FW 800 ports seem to have quit, though (or maybe the MacBook Pro’s?). I think there’s a loose connection somewhere. It derails the SuperDuper! cloning routine, and, even though the cables are pretty well-seated in the ports on the laptop and the drive, the drive disconnects itself at random. I was at the Apple Store today—shopping for a new MacBook Pro, I might add—and I saw the same thing happening to the G-Drives connected to the laptops on display. So beware the G-Drive.

In any case, I was at the lab, and feeling *really* obsessive, and I started cloning the laptop to the 1TB LaCie drive I have there. I have that drive connected to my MacBook Pro by eSATA (External SATA), using the expansion card slot. I didn’t even consider whether the machine would boot from the eSATA drive when I started. I probably shouldn’t have admitted that—who would listen to someone who just goes right ahead without even doing a cursory Google search? Caveat lector—but, well, the cloning came off without a hitch, as did booting from the eSATA drive. Also: it was FAST!

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New lab instrument invaluable in search for truth


The new apparatus with the Rock Splitter.

A new instrument has been obtained for use in the Invertebrate Paleontology & Evolution Ontology Lab at AMNH. It’s seen here photographed with that other low-tech but important tool, the rock crusher/splitter. Who knew that such a powerful tool such as the rock splitter could be used with such precision? The thinnest flake of layered shale can be split off fully intact.


The new apparatus with the MK II and a trilobite.

The new apparatus is pictured in the next photo with our lab mascot, the Nikon MK II Fiber Optic Light. A note on it says “taking the microscope to rm 114,” with the word “back” inserted between “microscope” and “to rm 114.” Until recently, there was dissecting microscope with the MK II. I take it that the person who took the microscope “back to rm 114” also took the fiber optic lights from the MK II. I say that possession is nine-tenths of the law, and since our lab was home to that microscope for many years, I may just bring it “back” to its rightful spot, bringing along the MK II’s lights too.

The Nastiness of the TeX on OSX mailing list

Following the TeX on OSX mailing list, I came across a lament from one of the list’s contributors.

This list is pretty nasty: You post a problem in the hope that no one  will respond and you will thus have the best possible excuse for  shelving it. Then people start giving you ways to solve your problem  and, left without any more excuse, you got to get to work.

Cruel indeed.