The MacDeskBlog Happenings in, around and affecting MacDesktops. Inspired by my ridiculously long house foundation replacement project.

12 June 2015

WordPress user purge

Filed under: blog entry,MacDesktops,site maintenance — Ryan Walker @ 10:54 am

I just purged a few hundred WordPress users that appear to have been generated by bots. I apologize if I accidentally deleted any valid users in the process. Please fill in the first and last name fields if you have an account or are creating one to minimize the chance of accidental deletion. You don’t have to use your real name if you’re not comfortable, but it should be something that is recognizable considering your username and email address. Do not use a pop culture name.

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21 September 2012

Special feature: Endeavor

The Space Shuttle Endeavor just flew by on its way to its final home in LA. I was lucky enough for it to pass directly over my house: on Flickr.

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5 October 2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Filed under: MacDesktops,pictures — Ryan Walker @ 8:59 pm

I am at a loss for words.

 

Submissions are temporarily re-opened for anyone caring to share a tribute. I will process them as quickly as I can. submissions at macdesktops.com

 

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do…. “

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1 October 2011

This day in MacDesktops

Filed under: MacDesktops,pictures — Ryan Walker @ 11:11 am

As of October 1st, the home page now includes a vertical tasting of all of the pictures posted on the current day across all years. New pictures will continue to go up through the 15th. I hope this helps you rediscover pictures from the archive.

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28 August 2011

MacDesktops 10 April 1998 – 15 October 2011

Filed under: MacDesktops,pictures,servers and hosting,site maintenance — Ryan Walker @ 8:30 pm

Well folks, it is time for me to declare victory and move on.

When I started MacDesktops in April of 1998, Apple Computer was going out of business for 10 years if you believed the pundits and analysts. Today, Apple Inc is the highest valued technology company in the world (maybe the highest valued US company period depending up the time and day). In 1998, Mac users were an oppressed minority, struggling to keep our toe holds at work. Today, Mac users are not questioned about our choice of platform. In 1998, Mac users had to go to Mac news web sites to find out about new products. Today, Apple Inc gets weeks of headlines in every major newspaper leading into and trailing out of each announcement. Authors mention Apple in articles just to get page views. In 1998, Apple Computer (re)hired Chiat-Day as their advertising agency. C-D brought us the Think Different campaign, the early iMac campaigns, and the first iPod campaigns. Their messages were heartening, cute and frequently funny. Their ads made for great desktop pictures. Today, I have no idea who makes Apple’s ads. They’re simple and elegant, but ultimately boring.

For the first decade, I was excited to be providing this service. For the past couple of years, I’ve been phoning it in. Submissions have dropped off precipitously over the past two years. I lost my statistics server for the site at least 5 years ago and never replaced it, so I don’t even know how many of you still visit. I expect that you number several thousand now compared to hundreds of thousands back around the turn of the century.

So, I am ceasing updates to MacDesktops. I plowed through the backlog and filled the queue through October 15th.

MacDesktops will remain up as an archive, with the homepage showing a vertical tasting of pictures over the years from the current day.

I hope you enjoy these final installments.

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29 July 2011

Submissions closed

Filed under: MacDesktops — Ryan Walker @ 10:26 am

Well folks, MacDesktops is winding down. Submissions have been below 60 per month for a couple years now and below 30 per month for the past year or so. You’ve probably noticed that I ramped production back up to 2 per day, and you may have noticed that I removed the submission information recently. This is so I can process as many of the submissions in my backlog as possible. When I finish processing them, I’ll reminisce a bit about the past 14 years. Until then, I hope you continue to enjoy the daily offerings.

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23 December 2010

Preferences fixed

Filed under: blog entry,MacDesktops,site maintenance — Ryan Walker @ 1:17 pm

I found the culprit, a missing apostrophe from my last addition of resolutions. Preferences should be working again. Please let me know if you encounter any further problems.

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19 December 2010

Preferences problems

Filed under: MacDesktops,servers and hosting,site maintenance — Ryan Walker @ 7:56 am

I’ve received a few reports of problems with people’s preference settings being forgotten and being unable to reset them. I hope to resolve this within the next few days.

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17 September 2010

27″ iMac resolution added

Filed under: MacDesktops,pictures,site maintenance — Ryan Walker @ 11:22 am

You may have noticed that I added 2560×1440 resolutions for 27″ iMacs recently. I noticed a bug in one of my Photoshop scripts today which messed up that resolution for some pictures. I just recreated and replaced the defective files. By default, new resolutions are turned on for everybody. If you don’t need this new resolution and don’t want it displayed, you can turn it off in your Preferences.

Are resolutions missing that you want? If so, let me know with a comment below or an email to feedback.

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16 September 2010

Reconfiguration complete

Filed under: MacDesktops,servers and hosting,site maintenance — Ryan Walker @ 11:26 am

I’ve finished with my planned server configuration changes. Hopefully, the site should be stable now. You may notice that pictures now download from two different servers, images.macdesktops.com and images2.macdesktops.com. The only noticeable side effect of this is that 50% of the time links to JPEGs you have already viewed will look like you haven’t viewed them before (blue links vs red links, for example).

If you encounter any further problems, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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