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Software - OSX
Nov 18, 2015

OSX - Geotagging .dng Files Broken

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My cameras do not have inbuilt geotagging capability however the longitude/latitude details can be added later.

Apps suitable for OSX –

GeoTag for OSX -
geotag - java based app

These apps allow the addition of geotagging data in post-process by placing a pin on the map however to work for DNG the camera model must be supported by the OSX. eg: a DNG from a Leica XVario will require Yosemite but a Leica X2 DNG will work on Mavericks. JPG’s are fine and I guess other RAW formats are in a similar situation as requiring OSX level support.

Software - OSX
Nov 18, 2015

Firefox Nightly - Web Page Complete Save is Broken

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Page saves will not complete and show 0% in download box. Option to cancel download will be given on closing Nightly. This appears to have happened on later loads of FF. Web Page Complete is not given as an option, only HTML Page.

Fix: If E10S multi-processing is disabled then Web Page Complete functionality will again be available.

Note: Web Save Complete is provided by the Mozilla Archive Format add-in

May 19, 2015

FF/Nightly – JS scroll broken – get TypeError: Value can’t be converted to a dictionary on hover.

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Noticed the other day that the JS scrolling on the hippo was not working with FF or Nightly.

FF Dev Edition 39 and Nightly 41 both had the problem – FF 24 was OK.
It appears that the newer browsers objected to the scroll(1) function and once it was renamed everything worked OK.

<a href=”#” onmouseover=”scroll(1);” onmouseout=”noScroll();” onclick=”return false”>UP<span> … </span></a>

<a href=”#” onmouseover=”goScroll(1);” onmouseout=”noScroll(0);” onclick=”return false”>UP<span> … </span></a>


Found later on that the new code was breaking on Safari 8.0.6 on Yosemite but was OK with Safari 7.1.6 on Mavericks. The error produced was –

ReferenceError: Can’t find variable: goScroll

Interestingly the later Safari worked with the old code.

The final fix was to upgrade the code to use listeners and it works fine.

<a href=”#” id=”navup” onclick=”return false”>UP<span> … </span></a>
Listener –
element = document.getElementById(‘navup’);
element.addEventListener(“mouseover”,function(){ scroll(1); });

Software - OSX
May 19, 2015

OSX – Accessing iCloud Calendar on Snow Leopard (10.6.8)

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iCloud support really started on Lion (10.7) but a workround can be done to allow Snow Leopard to work.

Need to obtain PXX number from calendar URL:
Use browser and log in to and open Calendars
Click the Share symbol next to desired calendar > click Public > click Share
The shared calendar's URL will display and include a PXX number – once you know this the calendar can be unshared if desired.

Setup iCal account:
Open iCal > Preferences > Accounts
Create a new account -
Type: CalDav
User: Apple ID (iCloud username)
Port: 443
SSL: Checked

Should work but check that iCal is Online working – if so the calendar should appear and update in the sidebar under the Apple ID name.

403 errors may occur once logged in and this may be due to the server URL being incorrect (eg: wrong PXX number).
Selecting Manual updates and going Offline will suffice until the server details are corrected.

Software - OSX
May 19, 2015

WireShark crashes on start with Yosemite (10.10.2)

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WireShark would not run and would close down immediately.

Yosemite breaks the symbolic link for the folder paths. Since Apple no longer produces the X11 app users now have to install XQuartz X11 and up till recently the path was /usr/X11 – with XQuartz it is now /opt/X11 and /usr/X11 is just a symbolic link to /opt/X11. Yosemite does not consider this so I had to re-install XQuartz X11 and WireShark was then fine.

Software - OSX
May 19, 2015

MBP running Yosemite (10.10.2) – excessive Folder Actions Dispatcher logs

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OS seems to be a bit sluggish and found excessive crash logs occurring relating to the Folder Actions Dispatcher.
The Folder Actions Dispatcher was taking c. 80% of the CPU process time. It is not conclusive as to what the problem is but I have taken the quick route of disabling the Folder Actions until I need them (usually used with Automator I think). Cleaning up old startup folders/ etc hasn’t made a difference yet.
Going by the logs there are quite a number of issues that seem to be occurring which is slowing down the OS – looks like OSX is getting like Windows where only a fresh install gives you a chance!

Eg: I chose the configure Folder Actions option in the Script editor and the Folder Actions window popped up with the beachball which hung around for quite a while ( c. 44 seconds in fact).
Console log showed –

15:20:26 WindowServer: disable_update_timeout: UI updates were forcibly disabled by application “Folder Actions Setup” for over 1.00 seconds. Server has re-enabled them.

15:21:09 WindowServer: common_reenable_update: UI updates were finally reenabled by application “Folder Actions Setup” after 44.36 seconds (server forcibly rer-enabled them after 1.00 seconds).

Procedure –

Use the Script Editor utility Preferences and then check Show Script Menu in Menubar
Use the script menu in the menubar to select Folder Actions>Configure Folder Actions then disable

Software - OSX
May 19, 2015

ML-1210 Laser Printer Broken on MBP after OSX Mavericks (10.9.5) to Yosemite (10.10.2) upgrade

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Tried the printer but got a message that driver wasn’t installed correctly. Re-installed the Foomatic/Ghostscript/Samsung GDI drivers and almost worked – however Yosemite uses sandboxing so the printer still wasn’t going.
The console logs showed entries for the sandbox daemon – eg:

15:37:09 Samsung_ML_1210_AEX: The function ‘CGContextErase’ is obsolete and will be removed in an upcoming update
15:37:04 sandboxd: ([3689]) foomatic-rip(3689) deny file-read-data /usr/local/etc/foomatic/filter.conf

Procedure to relax sandboxing ( att. Werner P in a forum somewhere and the Mac Observer) –

Use the Terminal and type –

Sudo sh –c ‘echo “Sandboxing Relaxed” >> /etc/cups/cups-files.conf’ (the root password will be required)
There will be no acknowledge of the password.
Type sudo launchctl stop org.cups.cupsd

At this point my printer was working again.

It should be noted that in the future an update may kill the printer again (as seen in the log above) but being such an old printer the drivers may not be updated to accommodate Yosemite’s sandboxing.

As a sidenote a wee app called EtreCheck is helpful to provide a summary of system information.

Software - OSX
May 19, 2015

Mid-2009 MBP – Update OSX Mavericks (10.9.5) to Yosemite (10.10.2)

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I decided to upgrade the MBP to Yosemite and by and large the upgrade seemed to go fairly well with just minor tweaks necessary. Prior to the update I upgraded the Parallels and VirtualBox VM’s along with as many apps that had Yosemite updates. Also mail/calendar/etc backups were done.
Parallels 8 on Mavericks upgraded to 10 ready for Yosemite.
VirtualBox upgraded to latest (4.3.26).
Yosemite was downloaded from the App Store and takes a while (c. 5GB). It is found in the Applications folder ( named Install OSX Yosemite) so I made a copy for future use since it is deleted after the install.
The install just happens with a couple of resets and Yosemite will pick up some incompatible apps notably Trim Enabler. I need to read more about Yosemite but it looks like it protects the system with sandboxing/etc more than previous OSX’s so to enable Trim support on the SSD is no longer just as straight forward.

I also found my old printer didn’t work (Samsung ML-1210) – Yosemite said the printer wasn’t installed correctly. I re-installed the drivers and it almost worked but a sandboxing issue was encountered however a fix was found and now works well (see next topic).

Because the MBP is a portable I have no idea how Yosemite would treat RAID storage and the like but I suspect it should be OK.

Aperture upgraded OK to the latest 3.6 which will be the last version I’m sure.

Overall impression –
Yosemite looks a bit rougher on the screen I suspect because it is optimized for Retina screens and the new default font seems OK. There seems to be heavy log activity that is probably due to remnants ifrom the previous OS. OS seems sluggish at times so it seems to be the first OSX I’ve encountered that may benefit from a fresh clean install (just like Windows).

Hardware - iPhone
May 19, 2015

iPhone 5S – Frozen White Apple Logo issue

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This is a goodie – the phone boots up and gets a White Apple Logo screen and freezes. If plugged into a computer iTunes will not sync so it appears like an expensive brick albeit a thin one!

This trick found on the net seemed to work for me –

Press the Sleep and Home buttons together until the screen goes black. (Sleep is the top power button)
Release and the Apple will appear.
Press Sleep and Vol Up buttons until you get the lock screen.
Back to normal – thanks Apple for the wild ride ….

Software - OSX
Dec 31, 2014

Using iTunes for Books on OSX Mavericks (10.9)

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Always used iTunes to catalogue the books (mainly PDF’s) but since Mountain Lion (10.9) Apple has moved to using iBooks instead. Thought this would be a good idea but the iBooks app for OSX is a piece of horse dung so I went back to using iTunes which at the moment is still possible.

Basically if you want to have books in iTunes you have to get rid of the iBooks install which for me isn’t too much of a problem since I use iBooks mainly on the iPad anyway.

Use AppCleaner to remove iBooks app and restart to stop services, etc. the Books option will appear back in the iTunes app.

iBooks repository: (this will be populated when PDF's are dragged into iBooks app)

Macintosh HD ~/Library/Containers/ ks/Books

iTunes repository: (this is used for new book downloads if iBooks is not installed)

DiskStation (NAS Library)
/Volumes/music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Books/Robert Louis Stevenson/Treasure Island.epub (packaged)

in iBooks this would look like -
~/Library/Containers/ ks/Books/482743251.epub (unpackaged)

iTunes restoration for Books (as at iTunes 11.2.2)

iTunes uses packaged .epub files which are unpacked into .epub folders in iBooks. Also the .epub files from iTunes
which are named as for the book title will be renamed as a numerical/alphanumeric entity based on the internal itemId of the book.

In order to move a book from iBooks to iTunes -
1 make a copy of the folder and rename to title of book eg: 482743251.epub to Treasure Island.epub (you need to search the folder to determine the book title)
2 right-click folder and compress eg: Treasure Island.epub folder will produce a file called Treasure
3 kill the Treasure Island.epub folder and rename Treasure as Treasure Island.epub
4 place new packaged epub file in a folder named as per the Author and then put this into the iTunes Books folder

in iTunes do a Get Info on each book and do a Locate and Add Art if necessary.

Locate - navigate to the iTunes Books folder and the appropriate Author folder.

Add Art - inside the original iBooks folder there may be a file called iTunesArtwork - if so this can be renamed as a .jpg so call it cover.jpg and then use this file.

Use the Get Info to set the metadata -
Author --> Artist field
Title --> Album field (useful if a print to PDF is done using Album indexing)

Got corruption of the listings - but signed into account and checked purchases - the affected books had a cloud indicator on them so re-downloaded and OK.
The new downloads were placed in the Books folder in the iTunes Library.

Sometimes I end up with duplicate books because one copy is residing in the remote folder and the other is in the iTunes store within the remote folder. I use Get Info to locate the iTunes internal copy and delete it ( I also disable the auto-manage library option).


Updated OSX to 10.9.5 and unfortunately iTunes 12 is bundled so I lost iTunes 11 and a few things broke however Books in iTunes is still possible. HERE

If a PDF is selected and Right-click/Get Info used the dialog has changed and some fields can no longer be edited however if the Option/Alt key is pressed when doing Get Info then the old dialog is produced so business as usual.

New format: HERE
Released Date field always gives 05/06/1905 and can’t be altered
Year field unavailable
Album field unavailable

Add Fields option only allows Comments field.

Old format: HERE
No Released Date field
All legacy fields available

It was noted that if the Album and Year fields were completed with the old format then they would appear in the new format dialog and are editable.

What’s interesting about all this is that rather than stripping the the ‘old’ deprecated Books stuff out of iTunes they have actually changed it around as if getting ready for further improvements – maybe it will become an iLibrary that can catalog/manage/use all sorts of media.

After update to Yosemite (OSX 10.10.2) the Option/Alt appears not to work however Dougscripts has a script called Multi-Item Edit which works fine for Music and Books.

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