If iMovie ’08 and ’09 crashes… | Raoul Pop

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I’m posting part of Raoul Pop’s blog post: If iMovie ’08 crashes… | Raoul Pop. I’ve run into the same situation with iMovie ’09. As Raoul suggests, go to your home folder > Movies >iMovie Events and locate the folder with the last clips you imported. Delete the contents of the iMovie cache and iMovie Thumbnail folders, restart iMovie, and everything should work fine.

Mac OS X 10.6 Macbook Pro MySQL Issue Resolved

Recently I’ve experienced problems while attempting to running MySQL on OS X 10.6. Whenever I tried to connect to a MySQL database, I ran into the infamous “Error 2002 can’t connect to local MySQL server through socket…” I reinstalled MySQL, but that didn’t fix the problem. I searched the web for a solution, tried some that I found and still had the issue. Finally, I downloaded the latest beta release (as of the time of this post): 5.4 and installed it. This resolved the connection problem. However, I still have to migrate my databases from 5.1.

Having Trouble with Java on Your Mac?

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly playing with (read messing up) my Mac loading new software, trying different things, etc. I spend a lot of time poking around in the BSD shell. After some recent mods, I began experiencing problems with Java…specifically related to Eclipse. I couldn’t get it to run. Instead, it returned “Cannot find executable for CFBundle … (not loaded)”.

After some fruitless searching and reinstalling Java, I found the problem. Somewhere along the way the symbolic folder “Current” (found under /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions) was corrupted. Current should be pointing to the “A” folder (located in the same folder as Current). I used the following command to correct the problem:

sudo ln -fhsv A Current

If you find yourself in a similar situation, and according to my own internet searches many of you have, check the symbolic folders “Current” and CurrentJDK. Chances are your problem is there.

Tracking Stolen Laptops

Recently there’s been a lot in the news about people recovering their stolen laptops through remote tracking (i.e. NY victim uses remote to nab theft suspect). Several companies provide commercial products for tracking lost laptops including products like Computrace Lojack for Laptops and CyberAngel. There are also open source solutions such as Adeona, created by the University of Washington.

After reading about Adeona in Technology Review, I tested it and am impressed with the results. The software runs on Linux, Windows, and Macs. It uses a cryptographic key and password combination to access information. And, if you have a Macbook, Adeona can use the iSight camera to snap a picture of culprit. When connected to the web, Adeona periodically records information such as internal/external ip, the network access point, and router information. The software sends the encrypted results to the OpenDHT distributed storage service. You retreive the information by installing the Adeona retrieval software on another PC and using the cyrptographic key and password.

Adeona’s setup is simple. I’ve been running it for a few days now and it’s working beautifully. If you’re looking for a simple solution and don’t want to spend a lot of money, check out Adeona.

Google and the Mac

From c/net Google gets serious about the Mac: “Google has long had a fondness for the Mac, with upwards of 6,000 of its 10,000 20,000 current employees opting to use the Mac over Windows.” This is good news for people like me who use a mac as their primary development platform because it translates into more open source tools.

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