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Crtl+Tab add-on for Firefox

29 10 2008
  • deutsch

The Crtl+Tab add-on for Firefox enables a CoverFlow like navigation between the tabs of your Firefox3. It also shows a grid overview of your tabs and lets you search for words in all tabs at once.

Crtl+Tab Add On for Firefox
CoverFlow like navigation

Crtl+Tab Add On for Firefox
grid overview

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OmniFocus 1.5 brings synchronization

28 10 2008
  • deutsch

The all famous OmniFocus GTD application brings synchronization between any number of Macs or iPhones in its new Version 1.5 rc2.

You can use your MobileMe account or your own server to synchronize your OmniFocus database across multiple Macs or iPhones. This is very good news for people who have seperate Computers at home and at the office.

OmniFocus Icon

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Mail Act-On2 – to your command

17 10 2008
  • deutsch

Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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Don’t drink and surf! (with the new macbooks)

17 10 2008
  • deutsch

In zunkunft sei vorsicht geboten beim verzehr von getränken die zum kontrollverlust führen können. Eine abgesoffene tastatur in der vergangenheit oft von apple noch kulant auf garantie ausgetauscht könnte in zukunft wohl ob selbstverschulden zurückgewiesen werden:

Ebenso wie im iPhone, iPod touch und allen weiteren neuen iPods stecken auch im MacBook (und MacBook Pro) Flüssigkeitssensoren (“liquid submersion indicators”), die sich im Kontakt mit Flüssigem verfärben – diese liegen an mehreren über die Tastatur verteilten Punkten, wie Apple im Servicehandbuch verrät.


so, please take care, don’t drink and surf!

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MacGeeks Podcast episode 5- Time Machine

8 10 2008
  • deutsch

Here’s the 5th episode of MacGeeks Podcast. I talk about the Time Machine annoyances I wrote about in the last posting.

Podcast URL: http://www.mac-geeks.de/wp-content/podcasts/podcast.xml
Audio-File: http://media.mac-geeks.de/MGPC5.mp3

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Time Machine annoyances

7 10 2008
  • deutsch

Last weekend I reinstalled MacOS X Leopard on my MacBook Pro for it had some strange errors I couldn’t get rid of. Of course I did a Time Machine backups ahead to have my data safe during reinstallation. I didn’t chose to restore my personal account from a Time Machine backup during the installation as I wanted a clean and fresh system with all programs and settings setup up new and manually. This time I selected to create FileVault user account. This means my home folder is actually an encrypted image file. This image file will be descrypted and mounted as my home directory during login and gets automatically closed and encrypted when I log out.

This worked very well for the first hours. But then during manual installation of some programs and copying my backed up files a kernel panic occured with the grey screen of death. That’s the last thing you wanna see when you have a mounted encrypted image.

After reboot I still was able to login and everything looked OK. But my keychain was damaged. This wasn’t a big problem for the moment as there where only a few apps which made entries there. I repaired the broken keychain and everything was OK.

Then, after finishing my restore I tried to delete the old Time Machine backups from my external disks. This isn’t as easy as it seems. Just dragging it into the Trash bin and empty the Trash will take hours as the Backup consists of million of files. I tried that before….

This time I tried to delete the Backups.backupdb folder from the disk with simple Unix commands (rm -rf ). But this doesn’t work firsthand. Even as superuser I wasn’t able to delete the files. Always got a “no permission” error message. I then checked the usual suspects mds (Spotlight Metadata Service) and hidden file attributes (xattribs). But that didn’t helped.

Finally I connected the disk to another MacBook with the old Tiger 10.4 MacOS X and tried to erase the files over there. This worked well. So Tiger doesn’t care about special settings of these files and did it’s job.

After that I tried to start a fresh and clean backup with Time Machine again. But Time Machine told me that it couldn’t do a backup of a FileVault secured home folder while the user is logged in. This is logical but sad. As this is a laptop computer and I’m the only user I’m almost always logged in when this machine is on. And to extra log off to have a backup done is not really practical. So I decided to kick FileVault for a convinient Time Machine backup. This took a lot of space on my hard disk during the unencryption and about 2 hours.

But now everything is fresh and clean and even PictureSync is working properly again.

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PictureSync stopped working

1 10 2008
  • deutsch

I have used PictureSync intensively to upload my photos to Ipernity and to my personal Gallery2 installation. It’s fast and has a lot of usefull features like rules for automatic tagging.

But since a week or so it completly stopped working. It will take about an minute to start and then only welcomes me with an AppleScript error message. After confirming this I have to wait again several seconds just to see the next error message.

I tried to reinstall it with prior cleaning up all files I could find. But this doesn’t seem to help. I suspect the last MacOS X Leopard update to have changed something to stop PictureSync. But I have no proof of this. I wrote a mail to the developers but didn’t got an answer since 3 days.

I hope they will answer and get this fixed. I really love PictureSync for it’s flexibility.

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