Posted November 6th, 2013 @ 12:38pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I just got an email that Garmin was sending me a 620 watch (I asked for orange and white) to replace my 610. The 610 they sent in exchange for a review that I wrote long ago, but they made no mention of reviewing the 620.
It's no secret that I haven't been running much lately. The counter on the right sidebar hasn't incremented in months, and though I've run a few times without my watch, it's nowhere near a regular event the two or three months. I've had the usual excuses - it's been very rainy, windy, and I'm busy - but there's nothing like a new toy to re-spark the desire and willpower. I always enjoyed importing my runs into rubiTrack and looking at the data, seeing whether I'd improved, and trying to push the run totals. At one point I ran at least a mile a day for 100 days in a row. That's small beans to a lot of people, but it was important to me. I don't feel that I'm really built to be a distance runner.
As usual, DC Rainmaker has a great review of the 620. My 610 was nice, but I like the changes made to the 620, particularly ditching having to run that ANT+ app with the little USB stick.
Posted November 5th, 2013 @ 08:12pm by Erik J. Barzeski
This issue (large, bitmapped looking paper clip attachment icons) is not fixed in the Mail 1.0 update for Mavericks.
On the bright side, this is a nice article on the changes in Mavericks Mail.
Posted November 4th, 2013 @ 08:07pm by Erik J. Barzeski
A friend/co-worker and I will be self publishing a book soon. Good quality, paperback, 200 pages or so.
We've found 48 Hour Books and an order of 1000 with the options we'd like (200 BW pages, 70# white paper, 12pt CIS Silk Cover) comes out to $4,454.50. They're also in Ohio so we could probably pick up the books ourselves to save on shipping costs to us.
Any other options out there? It's just a black-and-white book (text, BW illustrations) with a nice cover. 200 pages or so.
Posted November 3rd, 2013 @ 04:08pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Apple's done something it's almost never done before: quell the rising tide of people unhappy with the latest versions of iWork apps for OS X with this article: About the new iWork for Mac: Features and compatibility.
More of the backstory on the backlash can be found here.
In rewriting these applications, some features from iWork ’09 were not available for the initial release. We plan to reintroduce some of these features in the next few releases and will continue to add brand new features on an ongoing basis.
Some features in upcoming releases in the next 6 months
Wow. Virtually unprecedented for Apple.
Posted November 2nd, 2013 @ 03:11pm by Erik J. Barzeski
One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone says they could care less.
Posted November 1st, 2013 @ 01:25pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Safari 7 on OS X Mavericks (10.9) crashes regularly when I edit posts (of my own or anyone else's) on sites like http://thesandtrap.com/f/ or other sites that use the Huddler "Rich Text Editor."
An example crash log is here on PasteBin: http://pastebin.com/F6R0JxXp. It is not a hardware issue, as the crash is repeatable on over 20 machines that I've been able to test, including several that haven't been changed from the factory (Apple) configuration.
Additionally, Safari (and my other software) is rock solid otherwise - the vast majority of crashes I see these days are in Safari when doing this type of editing.
Here's a video showing two such crashes:
The only two extensions I regularly have enabled are YouTube5 and 1Password, but turning off extensions still results in this crash: http://pastebin.com/2EAQ8BwR.
If any Apple engineers would like for me to test anything for them, I can screen record and document the process.
Posted October 31st, 2013 @ 01:10pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Graphing Calculator Story is well worth five minutes of your time if you enjoy reading about the history of Apple before it became, uh, what it is now.
Posted October 30th, 2013 @ 08:35pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Every time I forget how much I love good photography, or powerful photography, The Big Picture pulls me back in.
That link is "Autumn Around the World 2013" and the first picture may be one of my favorites. It's tough to choose, though, as they're all always good.
Posted October 29th, 2013 @ 07:25am by Erik J. Barzeski
Just a few posts on the new iWork suite of apps that came out with Mavericks:
Eject, eject! (Nothing to do with iWork)
The phrase "the same file format for both Mac and iOS" is used on the pages for all three products. It was highlighted in Apple's keynote. It's important.
Without all versions of iWork using the same data format, true interoperability is impossible. In the previous versions of iWork you would lose some formatting & data when moving from Mac to iOS.
The fact that iWork on the Mac has lost functionality isn't because Apple is blind to power users. It's because they're willing to make a short-term sacrifice in functionality so that they can create a foundation that is equal across the Mac, iOS, and web versions. It will take time to bring these new versions of iWork up to parity with what the Mac used to have. In the meantime all platforms have to live with the lowest common denominator.
Lots of folks are getting all worked up about iWork being “dumbed down,” but it feels like a reset to me. I can see this playing out pretty much like Apple’s recent Final Cut Pro X re-thinking. That app was introduced in a radically simplified and streamlined form that caused immediate outcry. Over time, Apple has steadily added back features that were missing from the early dramatic redesign of the pro video-editing suite. A handful of mishandled decisions like pulling the old version of FCP too soon caused unnecessary friction there, but recent updates to FCPX have made it a very viable choice for professionals again.
Here's to hoping…
Posted October 28th, 2013 @ 02:30pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Signing and Mavericks:
Very simply put, you can no longer sign a bundle (like your .app) if any nested bundle in that package is unsigned. These nested bundles are things like helper executables, embedded frameworks, plug-ins and XPC services.
The result is that you'll need to update your Xcode projects as soon as you start building on 10.9. It's taken me several days to understand what these changes are, and with the help of Perry Kiehtreiber on the developer forums, I'd like to share what I've learned.
Posted October 27th, 2013 @ 12:52pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I'm still working on the problems explained in this post: Safari 7.0 in Mavericks Cannot Load iBooks Store, Twitter.com, PayPal.com.
I created a new admin account called "Test" that works fine. When I say "fine" I mean I can do these things, which I cannot do on my account:
- Load both PayPal.com and Twitter.com in Safari
- Load the iBooks Store
- Click on the magnifying glass to show a Safari download in the Finder
If there was an easy way to move my files to the new user while keeping everything (username, user ID, etc.) as I like it, I'd do so.
Currently, I plan to use the new account as a test. First I'll boot to another drive, rename my ~/Library, and copy the Test user's Library into my account, then boot into it. If that works, I'll slowly pull things across to see when/where the "breakage" occurs.
P.S. Happy Birthday to my wife. She's now in her "late 30s."
Posted October 26th, 2013 @ 06:49pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I know now what I'll be doing for the next few hours.
Posted October 25th, 2013 @ 11:16am by Erik J. Barzeski
There are far, far too many reasons to list here, but suffice to say I'm very glad Apple doesn't delete iMovie 9.0.9.
Whoever built iMovie 10.0 and thought it was good deserves to be kicked in the SD card slot.
Posted October 24th, 2013 @ 10:35am by Erik J. Barzeski
These two articles came in handy today:
After upgrading, I was having an issue wherein FastScripts was not functioning with my Mail scripts. I have some scripts to change the account from which I'm sending an email, and they rely on GUI scripting to select items in the popup menu. The scripts in the first article were all I needed to get things back on track.
P.S. How dumb is it that you can't delete individual items from the Privacy/Accessibility list in the preferences? Unchecking items is NOT good enough.
P.P.S. This is the pane in which you'll want to add TypeIt4Me as well. I continue to love how simply and quickly TI4M works, and greatly prefer it over TextExpander.
Posted October 23rd, 2013 @ 08:36pm by Erik J. Barzeski
So I've got this unusual problem. Safari on my Mac Pro will not load twitter.com (or twitter.com/iacas, or any other twitter.com URL).
- It's not the computer (and a messed up Hosts file or something), because other browsers work.
- It's not the installation of Safari or the OS, because a guest user account can access twitter.com.
- It's not the contents of ~/Library/Safari/ because I deleted it and Safari still couldn't visit the site.
- I also fully "Reset" Safari, repaired permissions, and restarted the computer.
- My keychains are fine. Keychain First Aid" is fine.
What can I try next?
2013-10-24 Update: I also cannot load PayPal or, seemingly, any secure site. I've moved the contents of my ~/.ssh folder. I've deleted com.apple.security* from my ~/Library/Preferences/. I've turned on and off the Firewall. Other browsers and other users on the same machine continue to work fine. I can access my online banking, which uses https of course.
- Changing the MTU didn't work (I don't have Rapport).
- Parental controls are not enabled. I've
chown -R iacas my ~/Library folder.
- Safari in Recovery mode (cmd-R at boot up) works fine.
- Trashing my entire ~/Library does NOT fix the problem (I did so on a duplicate startup drive). I even logged out and back in when trying this.