Category Archives: Other

Problems with Chrome on Mac OS X

Within the past week or so, I’ve started to get the spinning Beachball on my Mac when running Google Chrome. It happens several times per minute when I click in the address bar or in a field in a form on a web page. Very irritating. It’ll spin for a few seconds and then allow me to carry on. Here are some of the details:

  • My Mac is a a relatively recent model:
    • Purchased in April 2013
    • MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid-2012
    • 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7
    • 8 GB RAM 1600 MHz DDR3
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000 512 MB
    • 256 GB SSD (16GB “free”)
    • OS X 10.8.4
  • My version of Google Chrome is up-to-date: Version 28.0.1500.71
  • The spinning Beachball only happens in Chrome. I can use Firefox, for example, with no problems.
  • This even happens if I restart, keep all other applications closed and have all Chrome extensions disabled.
  • Also happens in Chrome if I click on a link.
  • I have high-speed cable connectivity.
  • Does not happen on other systems (Windows and Mac) with Chrome installed.

Anyone have any ideas of why this might be happening or how I can troubleshoot the problem?


Pi Day: Are We Doing it Wrong?


Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant [Pi]. [It] is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in month/day date format), [because] 3, 1 and 4 are the three most significant digits of Pi in the decimal form. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day. — Wikipedia

In many schools in the US, Pi Day is a fun opportunity to celebrate math and enjoy all things circular including pies, cakes and cookies. As an example of the enthusiasm Pi Day generates, my 12-year old daughter has recently memorized the first 100 digits of Pi using Learn Pi Free on her iPod Touch. Cool!

However, since Pi Day is a celebration of math, shouldn’t we at least get the math correct?

Pi – the ratio of a circle’s circumference to it’s diameter – is roughly equal to 3.14. So, it makes sense for Pi day to be in March (the 3rd month).

But, is the 14th the right day to celebrate? I think not! For example, what if by some cosmic chance Pi happened to be equal to 3.48? When would we celebrate? On the 48th day of March? Obviously, there is no 48th day of March, and we’d all miss out on our circular treats.

Instead, we should be celebrating on the day of the month that is 14-percent of the way through the month. By my calculations that would be:

(14/100) x 31 = 4.34

Pi Day should be celebrated on March 4!

Now, don’t even get me started on whether we should be celebrating Pi Day
or Half Tau Day.