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Simple enough: you can delete the offending files. If they're not truly system critical, you'll at least be able to boot and restore them from a backup. This problem has caused the downfall (necessitating reformatting - not complete death) my hard drives on a few occasions. Now I know how to fix it.

Naming the New Hard Drives

Every time I get a new Mac, I think long and hard about what to name the hard drives. Because I studied French in high school and college and really like the whole Musketeer saga, I thought I might name my three disks Aramis, Athos, and Porthos. One main drive, one backup drive, and one […]

G5 vs. Mac Pro Hard Disks

My two G5 disks (500 GB) come with Native Command Queuing while the 250 GB SATA drive I pulled from my G5 does not. Does this really matter? And how do I check to see if the 250 GB drive is the same speed as the others? I intend to use the 250 GB drive […]

iTunes 4, 5, and 6 all required an "SC Info" folder in /Users/Shared to work with iTunes and the DRM. I looked today while running repairPermissions from the command line and the contents of the folder have changed. -rw-rw-rw- 1 iacas wheel 852 Sep 12 14:42 SC Info.sidb -rw-rw-rw- 1 iacas wheel 200356 Sep 13 […]

iTunes AppleScripts I Use

I don't know where I got them all - some I wrote myself - but most can probably found at Add to iPod Shuffle - No longer works now that iTunes 7 doesn't keep your Shuffle listed once it's ejected. Did just what the title says it did in iTunes 6. Erik is Listening […]

My Album Art Quest is Over

Using the script posted yesterday in the comments along with Marc Friedenberg's "Find Songs Without Artwork" script have let me finish my album art quest. Yes, I am done. In fact, I have only a few files left without album art… and they're the cover booklets (PDF or Flash-based .mov files) you sometimes get from […]

iTunes Artwork in ID3

I like iTunes ability to download artwork. I wish I could select a bunch of tracks and say "copy artwork to ID3 tag" or "embed artwork." I don't like having a folder full of small, unusually named files that contain album artwork (~/Music/iTunes/Album Artwork/Download/A22946F3CF4847ED/13/10/14, anyone?). I want to embed the album covers I've downloaded inside […]

I'm sitting downstairs on my 12" PowerBook. I've mounted via file sharing a disk on my G5 upstairs. The transfer of 400 MB of pictures was going to take about 40 minutes (after a minute of waiting). I unchecked "Use Interference Robustness" on my PowerBook and the estimate dropped to seven minutes. I waited a […]

Quick Audit of Non-Universal Pref Panes

Only one turns up: the MySQL pref pane. I've disabled it (and downloaded the Intel version of the MySQL installer). Ho hum. I wonder why they haven't managed to make a Universal version? All it does is sent a terminal command via a button (I believe). I wonder if my MySQL databases will be copied […]

Upgrading to Mac Pro Plans

Currently, my G5-to-Mac Pro upgrade plans are as follows: De-authorize G5 for iTunes. Back up main hard disk to second 250 GB disk in G5. Install 250 GB disk as third disk in Mac Pro. Use Tiger migration assistant to copy everything (apps, user files, settings, etc.) to primary Mac Pro drive (of two 500 […]

Boot Camp Issues with Radeon X1900?

From Also, the firmware update does not fix the boot display issues with the Radeon X1900XT. It doesn't harm it either... I can still boot into Windows XP but get a black screen until the boot process goes out of the lower resolution mode as before. (However those with only a 23in Cinema display […]

PowerMac G5 For Sale

Yes, I'm selling it. Why? My Mac Pro has shipped - that's why. As soon as I pull the information off the hard drive(s) in my G5, I won't have much use for it. I can't even think of a way to use it here around the house. Dual 2 GHz PowerPC 970 (G5) 2 […]

iMockups of Tuesday Apple Products

Some of these are simply laughable. I mean, a tough-screen phone? That would be horrid! Make sure you view beyond the first page of mockups.

So, a long-lost Microsoft employee emailed me and will be supplying a copy of Windows XP Pro for $35. Yippee. And Brad, who took time out from working on Iris, informed me that the four-week holdup on my Mac Pro is due to the Airport Express card, of all things. Apparently in the Mac Pro, […]

Windows XP Cheap?

With a Mac Pro on its way (some day), I suppose I must start looking for an inexpensive copy of Windows XP (preferably not "Home"). I plan to keep the two 500 GB drives as my main drives - one for backup - and use one of the 250 GB drives in my current G5 […]