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Software - OSX
Nov 18, 2015

OSX - Open With Context in Finder Sluggish with Beachball

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Using Mavericks (10.9.5) I found when hovering over the Open With in the Finder Right-Click context that a beachball/pizza wheel would appear for quite some time before the App Menu popped up. The Finder seemed to be waiting for the external RAID drives to spin up.

Fix: A reset of the Launch Services database was required –

/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Fram eworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

Enter the above into Terminal and bingo – instant App Menu popups again!

Further detail see -


Still a problem with High Sierra – seems to be an issue that will not be fixed – the Launch Services reset does not last very long, the basic problem is that all the volumes (including external) are checked on Open With making the context menu awfully tedious to use. It would be good to have a switch to allow only the Applications folder to be searched for Open With functionality.

Software - OSX
Nov 18, 2015

OSX - VirtualBox Support for Windows Guests on OSX Hosts

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VirtualBox 5.0 introduced bidirectional Drag and Drop but unfortunately only worked in the Host to Guest direction. VB 5.0.2 fixed the issue but broke the Host to Guest direction causing the VM to abort when a DnD was done.

Update: DnD in the Host to Guest direction fixed in 5.0.4 load.

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).

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