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Archive for the 'Apple' Category

What Software Needs Updating for You?

My list: Schubert-It's PDF Plugin (Running Safari in 32-bit mode ain't gonna cut it, dude.) AppleJack (I rarely use it, but it's nice to have.) Cocktail (Again, rarely use it, but nice to have.) That's really about it. I certainly hope that all of the third-party Preference Panes I use are converted to run in […]

MobileMe Sync Issue

Since upgrading to Snow Leopard, MobileMe syncs take a really, really, really long time. 95% of the time I'd check it would be syncing the preferences. I reset my prefs, having this computer over-write the cloud for just the preferences, and Console tells me this about 10 or 12 times: 9/1/09 2:37:57 pm PreferenceSyncClient[6047] Preference […]

For several years I've run psync to clone my drive, each night, to a bootable backup: /usr/local/bin/psync -d -q / /Volumes/Backup I ran into some problems compiling psync on Intel Macs initially, but then things went well. Now I'm having trouble building MacOSX::File on Snow Leopard. The end of the process (whether I just install […]

Hold down the option key: Incidentally, this is the first time I noticed that screenshots aren't named "Picture 1" in Snow Leopard.

Upgrading to Snow Leopard?

When will you upgrade to Snow Leopard? Right away! (Or maybe you already have?) Within a week or two. When I get around to it. I can't (maybe you have a PPC computer). View Results

Stacks and Labels

Why on earth can't stacks show labels? Oftentimes I'll put a folder of TV shows down in the dock. Or movies. I'll click and want to watch one I've not already watched. The way I differentiate them? Green label = watched it. And yeah, I've filed the request. Marked as a duplicate, of course.

Google Safe Browsing Unavailable

Lotta good this has been doing us all lately:

BusyCal Public Beta

BusyCal is now available in a public beta, and I'm giving it a try. I plan to check out the videos at some point too, but for $20 or $30, it seems well worth it.

Describe Your Terminal Usage

I'm curious how other people use the Terminal. Do you keep a few windows open constantly? Do you open it as needed? Is it light-text-on-dark-background? Translucent? What size? I open a new Terminal window when I need it. The app's always running. My default window is black translucent (I call it "smoke") at 128 x […]

Soundtrack Pro 3 Changes

Prior to today I'd been using Soundtrack Pro 1.1 for my podcast editing. Today, in a first run-through, I noticed several things which I found annoying about 3.0. First, every file was for some reason saved as a six-channel file. This was a pain until I figured out that I could delete four channels. I […]

So, for some reason, Soundtrack Pro has decided to crap itself. Every time I click on a track, it crashes. 100% of the time. I turned off the "sync with hardware" checkbox, I've trashed the prefs, I've even re-installed. I was going to upgrade, but the tea leaves say "wait" because the ship time is […]

Speed Download does what it does. I think it does it well, which is why I keep it around. But earlier today I was downloading some things from a site which protects everything with a password. Some files (.wmv files) downloaded within Safari, so they had no problems. Others (.zip files of the promotional JPEGs […]

For the past few days, I've tried to upgrade a few iTunes songs to iTunes Plus tracks. Each time I try, I'm told this: Dear Erik, Your iTunes Plus music upgrade could not be successfully completed because there was a problem with one of the items that was to be upgraded. Please return to your […]

This tip got a little coverage on Twitter as being one of the best tips ever. I don't remember the last time I wanted to "paste and match style," though, so I'm leaving my settings alone. You may feel differently, of course.

Stopping the MacBook Half-Dim

My MacBook Pro has an annoying habit of "half dimming" even though I've turned off the screen saver and most everything else appropriate. Fortunately, others have managed to solve the problem. pmset -g lists the "halfdim" parameter's value, often 1. To set it to 0, use sudo pmset -a halfdim 0. The "a" specifies all […]

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