Restoring Mail, but Not via MobileMe Account Backups

So much for MobileMe backing up my Mail account data! I had a another weird crash, which has been plagueing me since I upgraded OS X Leopard to 10.5.7. Read on for the gory detail.

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New YPK Innovations Lock

I got a new bike lock from YPK Innovations - a Cafe 2.0, because the old one had a couple of problems.

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Best Tokyo Subway Map: Vollmer Design

Vollmer Design’s superior map of the Tokyo rail and subway system is a must for any visitor to or resident of Tokyo. The map is printed on A3 paper, but is folded small to the size of “3 x 1 2/3 matches” according to the nicely-designed Informa website where the map is available.

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Saboten No Hana Lyrics - Kazuo Zaitsu

Kazuo Zaitsu (kanji: 財津和夫) of the Japanese band Tulip, is the singer of a favorite song of mine, “Saboten no Hana” or The Cactus Flower, which is a song about hope despite love lost.

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Does My SuperDrive Do “Dual-layer”?

If you are wondering whether the SuperDrive in your Mac is dual-layer capable, or whether it can store 8+ GB of data on a data DVD rather than 4+ GB, there’s a way to find out:

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How to - Remove Leopard Wiki Mailing List Spam

If you have group mailing lists set up in Leopard Server, these conveniently link to the Leopard Wiki page for the group. However, spam can sully the look of your page, so you may need to perform some routine maintenance at some point. Here’s how you can do this.

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Linux and DOS Command Comparison

When systems engineers are just beginning to learn, or are faced with a situation of having to change from one OS to another, it is good to have a comparison of commands or methods to ease the transition. I have a starting point for you, if you are in that situation.

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Mail.app 3.x in Leopard - Rule to Tag Mail as “Expiring” Takes Advantage of Address Book Groups

As a New Year’s project, besides biking a lot up and down along the Sakai River on my new Centurion, I decided to try switching from Entourage 2004 and its monolithic mail store file, to the Mail.app that comes with OS/X Leopard and use Gmail IMAP. Here’s what I did:

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How to Gargle (Ugai Garagara)

Now, this is serious stuff. Today on “Mezamashi Terebi,” a popular morning TV show, they had a fairly long, scientific-sounding introduction to ”ugai” or gargling. They stated that it’s only really popular here in Japan, where all kids are taught ”ugai-tearai,” or gargling and hand-washing, from when they are toddlers. They had mini-interviews with a bunch of foreigners asking if they had the culture of gargling. Mostly, they didn’t, or they did heathen things like drinking the gargle medicine! The horror!

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Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.7 Update

I updated my MacBook Pro’s OS X from 10.5.6 to 10.5.7 today, and there was a little hiccup. Here’s what happened, and see the UPDATES below as well.

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