Archive for the ‘Tiger OSX’ category

Simple Maintainance For Your Mac.

September 2, 2007

Do you turn your Mac off at the end of the day? Said another way… Is your Mac not on in the wee hours of the night/morning?

If not… important cleanup is not happening on your mac which would normally be taking place late a night.

Fear not there are ways to make this happen whenever you like. Cocktail is my app of choice for lots of general maintenance on my personal machines (servers are another matter). Cocktail will make a LOT of other things on your Mac bend to your will (Safari and eradicating the favicons of your bookmarked sites which will make Safari zippy once again for instance).

For the purists, and sometimes I must admit I like tinkering in the Terminal, there are manual ways to trigger these same scripts.

Open Terminal (usually located in Applications -> Utilities directory).
Type this exactly (without the quotes) “sudo periodic daily weekly monthly”
Type your login password if it’s requested (if you’re not the administrative user of your Mac this might not work)
The scripts will run in sequence and Terminal will NOT give you any feedback. You’ll know it’s done when the prompt comes back. It may take several minutes if you’ve never let it happen naturally.

If you’re curious to know what these scripts are up to you’ll find some detail here.

Totally loving Ooh La – The Kooks (link will launch iTunes).

Private – Apple Developers Only

September 29, 2006

Hi, want to begin talking about some pretty private things related to Apple development. Specifically on XServe and OSX Server. Want to take the conversation in the “highly secure” direction so as not to tip my hat (or yours) to the general public. You in?

Apple – Seminars Training & Events

September 22, 2006

Free Apple Seminars online? You bet and they’re fantastic! Click for all the details

How To Install OS From DMG?

September 20, 2006

In a quandry. I have this 5.1 Gb disc image of an OS I want to install on my PowerBook. But, can’t get there from here.

Obviously can’t create a DVD: Too big of a bucket of files & don’t have dual layer DVD writer.
Can’t restart and boot of a DMG alone.

So, how do I do this? Any smarties out there wanna show up the old guy?

[EDIT: nevermind… see comments below]

The Banner is Done!

August 3, 2006

OK the banner/masthead of the g-WH!Z blog is now complete. Drop in and let me know what you think. Lots of obscure application logos in there. How many can you name from memory?

Ever Fill Your Mac Trash Too Full To Empty?

August 3, 2006

I did something a bit crazy some months ago and spent the better part of three days trying to reclaim my Mac without resorting to “drastic measures.”

In the event, like me, you’ve somehow and quite unexpectedly overfilled your Mac Trash Can with too much for it to handle here’s what did and did not work for me: But wait, there’s more!

IconFactory Blown to Bits?

July 25, 2006

Mac users everywhere should get themselves acquainted with Iconfactory. The BEST Mac themes anywhere to be found, GREAT icon design and something interesting is coming. Just what it is, we don’t know… A new bit of pixelart each day until it arrives though.

Me? I think they’re coming out with website or blog themes myself. I’ve watched today’s pixelart three times now and it just seems to me they’re planning something out of their extraordinary grind and are hinting strongly at an html, .asp, css type offering. We’ll see if that’s shot down in the coming days.

Apple accidently releases “Dashcode”

May 24, 2006

I’m not going to go so far as to link you to the actual downloadable. But, it IS available if you Digg for it (hint hint). Nuff said.

read more | digg story

MySQL, Tiger Server 10.4.5 and mysqlManager.plist

March 2, 2006

A bit more technical than my usual posting and most definitely over my own head. But, there will be those of you out there (if not now, soon) who will face this very problem:

I just upgraded all three of my Tiger Server boxes to 10.4.5 from 10.4.3.

All but one of them made the transition beautifully. The problem child has JBoss and MySQL driving a vertical search site pushing over 800,000 documents. Well, after reving to 10.4.5 this server decided to no longer respond as before. So, for those of of you out there who have yet to bite the bullet and go to 10.4.5 (or for those who are researching what has gone wrong after your upgrade) here’s what got me out of the weeds. A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO MY MIRACLE WORKER – FRED TOTH! Who loves ya baby!?

Ok, so after your upgrade, jboss was reporting

“can’t connect…”, and “connection refused” when it tried to
talk to mysql.

mysql command line connections worked fine.

The java connection information (within the jboss config) looks like


Note that this specfies a TCP/IP connection to localhost, port 3306. Manually
testing that port also yielded “connection refused”.

However, on the dev system, I can connect to port 3306 with no problem.

I noticed in the process table that mysqld was running with “–skip-networking”.
That didn’t sound right! Documentation says “don’t listen to network ports at all”.
Again, the dev server did not have “–skip networking”.

So somehow the upgrade changed the mysqld startup options.

Finally, and partly by luck, I found the file “/etc/mysqlManager.plist”. It was timestamped
today and contained:


Changing the “no” to “yes” and rebooting (because I don’t know how to start/stop
mysqld) cured the problem.



This indeed, fixed the problem and all is well in my world again. And, I sincerely hope it serves to help some poor schmo out there wondering how he’s going to fare when his boss invariably delivers the evil eye. Never fear. Solution is here!

iPod HiFi

February 28, 2006

Not to burst anyone’s bubble (as if I could)… But, just why the hell am I supposed to get excited about APPLE coming out with a speaker?

Nope. Boring!

But, Gerald… It’s integrated soooo nicely and sounds soooo good!

So friggin what!? Has there EVER been any question the iPod was capable of HiFi? Did Apple feel compelled to PROVE something here? Sure feels like it.

Now, the Mac mini… I get excited about. Spotlight I get excited about. XServe I get excited about. OS X I get excited about. Tablets I get excited about. Hell, the iPod I was excited about from the get go (having been a Newton die hard) because of the small form factor and the nifty as hell OS.

But, wireless mice. Wireless keyboards. Speakers. C’mon guys. “Focus” not “Fiddle”