Archive for the 'Apple' Category

John Mayer’s iTunes Crash Report

From now on I will start all crash report messages with “Hi guys. John Mayer here.”

Anyone want to bet $10 this bug gets fixed in the next update?

Update 4/1/08: Apple has apparently taken notice.


Apple Update Breaks SSH

The latest security update from Apple broke ssh for me and, apparently, many others:

mark@dijkstra:~$ ssh
Bus error

Looks like this is due to an incompatibility with Instant Hijack from Rogue Amoeba. Disabling this software restores ssh functionality. Thanks to Adrian for pointing this out.

Update #2:
As if there was any doubt that Rogue Amoeba was awesome, they have already fixed this in AirFoil 3.1.3. Quoting the site:

Updated Instant Hijack to 2.0.3 – fixes a crash in ssh and related commands when using Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) with Apple Security Update 2008-002

Update #3:
Full details on the fix are available on Rogue Amoeba’s blog here. Thanks for the link, Paul.

Google Notifier Tweaks

I use Google Notifier on my Mac. Here are a couple tweaks that make it much better:

MacBook Cleaning Tip

A guest-post courtesy of my buddy Rob, who has been a Mac guy since birth:

The Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser. So special. Engineered in Germany and hopefully not assembled in Mexico like the VWs.

Steadtler Mars Plastic Eraser

You may ask, why is this eraser so special? Legend says, and the internet says, this eraser may be used to remove the brown stains on a white MacBook’s wrist area with just a few quick flicks of the wrist with the Staedtler in hand. Are your hands excessively sweaty? Save that debate for another day because it makes no difference to the Staedtler. Do some gardening, then some computing. Staedtler eats it up. Watch out for eraser offspring though. They could easily take refuge in your MacBook through the spaces under your keyboard or other various holes.

Full Path Titles in Finder Windows

I’ve wanted this for a while. I guess it’s new for Leopard.

A Leopard Finder window displaying the path in its title bar

To turn it on, run the following command and then restart Finder.

defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES

It’s not perfect. If the path exceeds the available space, an ellipsis is used — on the right, eww!

Disable Safe Sleep on OS X

Are you the live fast, die young type? Put your Mac to sleep quicker by disabling Safe Sleep:

$ sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0
$ sudo nvram "use-nvramrc?"=false
$ sudo rm -P /var/vm/sleepimage

If you change your mind:

$ sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 3
$ sudo nvram "use-nvramrc?"=true

Update 3/22/08: I’ve started using SmartSleep instead of this hack. Check it out. It’s free.

“Free” Starbucks WiFi

Lots of net-nerds have misunderstood the Apple / Starbucks announcement (I’m looking at you, Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose).

Apple has announced free WiFi in Starbucks, from your iPhone, when accessing the iTunes Store. That’s it. Not the whole internet — just the store. The announcement that some people heard — unconditionally free WiFi at Starbucks for iPhone owners — is at least a hundred times cooler than what’s actually going to happen.

Here it is, straight from

As long as you have an iPod touch, an iPhone, or a computer with the latest version of iTunes, you get free Wi-Fi access to the iTunes Store and to Starbucks Now Playing content.

It’s pretty hard to blame people for the misunderstanding. Coffee shops which charge for WiFi access are totally cheezy. The internet is like air, you morons. You don’t charge for air.

PS: If you happen to be at my local Starbucks, just cross the street. There’s free WiFi (and better coffee) next door at Tully’s.