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Microsoft Sync Crashes on Leopard

Since upgrading to Leopard, "Microsoft Sync"1 crashes like crazy. It doesn't happen every time, but it happens a few times per day. Full crash report in the extended entry (the next time it crashes, anyway). Everything still seems to sync, but the darn thing just won't stop crashing. I'd prefer not to re-install because that […]

Nice. GarageBand 4.1.1 includes a "send Ringtone to iTunes" option. So where can someone download some GarageBand-created ringtones? I'd make my own but I'm a musical retard when it comes to using GarageBand for more than editing podcasts.

Safari Cookie Bug

You know, I forgot to check, but you'd think the Safari Cookie bug that causes your Cookie file to be cleared would have been fixed by now. Update (2008-02-13): More information is available here. That site believes it's a date coercion issue in JavaScript.

Repair Permissions Warnings in 10.5

Why does Repair Permissions spit this junk out? Every other person I asked confirms that they see the same things. Is there something wrong? If not, why does repairPermissions tell me about it? Started verify/repair permissions on disk disk0s2 Peter Warning: SUID file "usr/libexec/load_hdi" has been modified and will not be repaired Warning: SUID file […]

leaks Safari

Go ahead, run leaks Safari. I dare you. [10:01am iacas@Bunny:~] % leaks Safari Process 318: 909079 nodes malloced for 90364 KB Process 318: 9329 leaks for 273936 total leaked bytes. That looks worse than it is (it's in bytes), but nine thousand of them?

Sync: What’s the Problem?

You know, the only annoying thing about having an iPhone is that the Sync server will often have problems with the images. In fact, I've got an iPhone, Adium (which updates user images), .Mac backup, and BusySync - all of which lead to about three or four conflicts per day. I've found that the best […]

Griffin PowerMate

When I was cleaning out my cord box a few days ago I found an old Griffin PowerMate (and two of the acrylic stands for it). USB Overdrive recognizes the button and "up" and "down" (though it gets them backwards), so I've set it to send keystrokes that map to Synergy, which controls iTunes. If […]

Zip File QuickLook Plugin

Something Apple should have bundled with the system: a QuickLook plugin that lets you peek inside zip files. Nice.

Shift-cmd-F is a handy keyboard shortcut for finding items by name. Though the UI gets a little messed up1, the concept still works. You can type "Pages" and find your Pages app, Pages documents, and even WhitePages.framework. But hit shift-cmd-F and type in "loginit" to find "" and you're out of luck. Gee, the file's […]

Black Friday Sale(s)

Cynical Peak is offering 33% off of its products - Cyndicate and Scorecard - today only. It's "Black Friday" after all. Details are available here, but in short, it's your chance to pick up a copy of either for $19.95. Carey woke up early (3am!) to get to Kohl's, which opened at 4am, and then […]


Based on the comments of others, I picked up a license to Connect360 for connecting the Xbox 360 to the Mac (or vice versa). I played some songs and videos last night and it worked beautifully. However, I'm a bit disappointed that movies aren't sorted into folders as they are on my hard disk. This […]

Quay Fixes Leopard’s Dock Stacks

For those who don't like the Dock in 10.x, check out Quay. It's a simple "configurator" application that creates special "documents" that run in Mac OS X 10.5's dock. When clicked, they exhibit traditional (i.e. "sane" or "pre-Leopard") behavior. Currently it's at 1.0b4, but I expect a release fairly soon.

Holes in Spaces

I agree with these, from an article named "Holes in Spaces": You explicitely ask for a different desktop: using one of the keyboard shortcuts or using the F8 Exposé-like mode. You switch to an application that you have chosen to attach to a specific desktop (e.g. you might want all you Mail stuff to stay […]

Leopard’s Unliked Features

I'll likely have a "most liked" feature poll in a week or so, but for now, you get to bag on Leopard a little: Which new Leopard feature do you dislike the most? Stacks Folder Dock Icons appearing as their contents Translucent Menu iTunes-ification of Finder windows The Dock's appearance Folder Icons (the "recycled blue" […]

Spaces/Sheet Bug in Leopard

In using MarsEdit, I noticed what I at first thought was a bug in MarsEdit, but which turns out to be a bug or a usability flaw in Mac OS X 10.5 regarding Spaces. I contacted Daniel Jalkut, and he put together a test application (TestSpaces) that displays the behavior simply: Open a TextEdit window […]