Archive for the ‘apple’ Category

iPhone vs Android

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Last night I had been waiting for about two weeks to hear back from apple about membership in the iPhone developer program. I’m told this is normal wait time and I should just keep waiting.

At one point, I was thinking to myself “crap, this is reason enough to take another look at android and see what that has to offer”… but then I realized, I may be waiting for my application from Apple, but I couldn’t have installed an android app on any phone anywhere anyway. duh. quit complaining self.

They finally contacted me today asking me to fax them in some information. Lets see how long the next step takes.

More Macbook weirdness: num lock & caps lock reversed

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Maybe my Macbook is messed up because I seem to get way more weird issues with it than other people I talk to.

Today it started doing this thing where it thinks the number lock and caps lock buttons are reverse what they should be. In order to type normal, I have to have both the lock lights turned on, rather than turned off. Toggling them on or off seems to work normal, it just thinks that a green light means turned off rather than on.

A bit of digging turns up that it seems like I’m not the only one with this problem. A forum post says that resetting the PRAM fixes the issue, but so does resetting the computer without doing anything sometimes so I don’t know.

I spoke too soon

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Of course, as soon as I post about my OSX kernel panics being fixed, there it is again. This definitely has something to do with networking, but it is tough to tell with all the layers.

I am using:

  • WiFi (with patched 802.11n firmware)
  • Wired Ethernet
  • Tunnelblick (OpenVPN)
  • Parallels Shared Networking

The crash always seems to occur, but not consistently:

  • When switching from WiFi to Ethernet, or the other way around
  • When Tunnelblick connection is dropped unexpectedly
  • When switching from shared to host only networking in Parallels

I am going to try my best to recreate the issue consistently soon and be done with it for good.

Update (1/30/2008):
Upgrading my version of Parallels to 3.0, build 5582 has fully fixed the problem once and for all. It has now been over 30 days without a Kernel Panic!

OSX Kernel Panic part II

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Just a follow-up to that post a few entries ago about the OSX kernel panics I was getting.

I had hoped 10.5.1 would fix them, and they seemed to get a little less frequent when I installed that. What really seemed to do the trick was upgrading to the latest version of Parallels which I almost always have running.

It has now been 5 days since a Kernel panic.

For the horse race: I was getting 2 a day with 10.5.0, and one every other day with 10.5.1.

I think it is solved. We will see.

OSX Dictionary Screen Saver

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

The OSX Dictionary screen saver is totally awesome. It gives you a handy word of the day as the screen saver. Why didn’t I see this in any of the reviews of Leopard out there?

As a side note, every time mine starts up it flashes the word “scrimshaw”. This is pretty awesome, but I am curious: does it do this for everyone? Is this some sort of inside apple joke?

OSX 10.5 Released

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Apple finally released OSX 10.5. (leopard I guess, but I don’t call OSX by its cat name ever because for some reason I can not remember what cat is what, I even bought the wrong one accidentally once, doh!) I went against my usual wait and see policy and installed it on the day it came out.

First off, I was going to head down to the apple store this past Friday and get in line at 6:00 to get a copy. This was until I noticed that no apple’s website their shipping was listed as “Delivers on 10/26/2007”. Well hell, if they are going to promise that it will deliver on a certain day rather than promise when it will ship, I might as well just order it online. I did expect apple to come through with their promise, what was a nice surprise though is that they shipped it via FedEx priority overnight. I had my copy of OSX in my hands by 10am, way earlier than if I had gone to the apple store, and for free no less. Thank you apple for this nice detail.

Of course, I got caught up in the installer trouble like so many other people. I had taken a nap while the installer ran, and woke up to the never ending blue screen. Normally I would have spent hours and hours doing a reinstall and trying to figure out what the problem was, but it was Friday night by this point so I went out drinking instead.

The next morning, low and behold, my issue was the first article on Slashdot. How handy, I wish I could just go to bed every night and have my latest problem solved for me.

It was a little frustrating that people, even the Slashdot article was calling this blue screen the Blue Screen of Death. The famous BSOD is a kernel panic which is something OSX is not immune to. This is what OSX’s equivalent of the BSOD looks like:

I have gotten four of these in the four days since installing 10.5. To be fair, on another computer I have been using Windows Vista Ultimate for over a month and have not been able to get it to crash. It slows down and complains a lot, but it hasn’t had a kernel panic.

I think that my panics I’ve been getting are probably related to some software I had installed before the upgrade. Just to be safe, I ordered a new hard drive from Other World Computing so I can swap it out and do a fresh install next week.

So, what’s the verdict. 10.5 has a lot of awesome new features and enhancements, but has a lot of issues as well. I’ll write up my wishlist for 10.5.1 later on.

Host file in OSX

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

I just spent a few hours trying to figure out why modifications to my /etc/hosts file weren’t working in OSX.

a google search found this article:
Mac OS X hosts File Regrouped

which had some great tips on how to get lookupd to do exactly what I wanted. Being able to set up the host name lookup search order has been hugely helpful in debuggins some errors I have had in the past.

It turns out that this particular problem was that my host file had been generated from a build script that was written for windows. It seems that if you have any windows line returns in the file, lookupd will ignore the entire hosts file.

a quick install of dos2unix from Darwin Ports fixed the issue.