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iTunes 12 sidebar

iTunes 12 Sidebar

I’m confused. I keep seeing posts complaining about the missing sidebar in iTunes 12. What?

Time Machine automatic backups

Time Machine

I noticed Time Machine stopped making automatic backups, it would start ‘preparing’ but never actually making the hourly backup anymore. Took me a while to figure out what was causing it, so for future reference and anyone else who might have the same problem:

  1. Turn off Time Machine in the Preferences
  2. Delete /Library/Preferences/com.apple.TimeMachine.plist
  3. Turn Time Machine back on

(hat tip)

Mavericks Server

Finally took the plunge and upgraded to Mavericks, wasn’t sure how it’d go with the Server but I have to hand it to Apple, smoothest upgrade thus far.
After you upgrade the client to Mavericks you get a notice from the Server.app saying it needs updating. Download it from the App Store, launch it and it’ll automagically upgrade everything and after that everything was working as before. Nice.

So yeah, the only downside to the whole process is the name. Mavericks. Really?

Mountain Lion on an older Mac

MLpostfactor

If you’re still stuck on Lion because your Mac isn’t compatible with Mountain Lion you might want to take a look at this project where people have created an app called MLPostFactor. It allows you to install Mountain Lion on pretty much any Mac that can run Lion. It’s still beta software and you have to know what you’re doing (which goes for most things in life) but it looks good, might have to give it a try on our old white iMac.

One emulator to rule them all

OpenEmu

Coming soon, looks sweet. Multiple emulators in one and a nice interface to manage the games.
For the brave or the impatient you can grab the OpenEmu source on github and compile it yourself.

How to clear iTunes of all unused iOS apps

iTunes app cleaning

With so many apps you can try and discard on your iPhone or iPad you can get a huge library of them in iTunes as iTunes doesn’t delete them and keeps updating them even, and it’s a pain in the rear to have to manually go through them all to see which ones you use and which ones you don’t.

  1. Get rid of all the iOS apps in iTunes;
  2. Go to the app section in iTunes, select all, delete.

  3. Clear out any extra apps you may have;
  4. Quit iTunes and check the Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Mobile Applications folder for any remnants.

  5. Re-import the apps from your iOS device(s);
  6. Start iTunes again and File>Devices>Transfer Purchases from (the name of your iOS device), repeat for any iOS device you have.

And of course make sure to make a backup beforehand in case anything does go wrong.

Winamp for Mac

Winamp for Mac

This month’s edition of hell freezing over; an official Winamp for Mac.
10 years ago, when I couldn’t stand iTunes and thought it was the biggest pile of crap compared to the Windows version of Winamp, I would have been so happy if this got released. Now, not so much. For one iTunes in its current version is a different beast, it works perfectly for me. And this Winamp version is very much beta, just a barebones player without any options, no eye candy and not exactly a pixel perfect interface. No equalizer either. It’s only 0.81, so there’s hope, but maybe it’s just too little too late.

Spam training in Mountain Lion Server

spamtrainer

For some reason Spamassassin in Mountain Lion Server isn’t set up for scheduled spam/ham training, even though the hooks are there for it.
So you can a) configure that correctly and schedule it yourself or b) go for Spamtrainer, which works a lot smoother, automagically finds your spam and ham boxes and has enough options to run it as you please.
I really love the -i option which asks you a bunch of questions on how and when you want to run the training and then sets the schedule up for you.

Back from the dead

mountain lion server

The server is dead, long live the server. Well my trusty old Mac Mini decided to retire to the great beyond and kicked the bucket after 7 years. May it rust in peace. Unfortunately this meant my websites were down, as was my mail. The latter being slightly more important at the moment as I’m still looking for a job. Back in the previous decade I decided against getting the official OsX server software because back then it cost quite a lot (for home users anyway, dirt cheap compared to windows licensing) at $500 for 10 users and $1000 for unlimited users. Fast forward to 2013 and now it’s only $20 for unlimited users for Mountain Lion Server, so I decided to give it a try on my iMac to at least get a working mail server up. Which I did. Neat, and for less money than I’d previously paid for MailServe. Spamassassin, ClamAV, RBL, the works. Still some todo’s in that area, like setting up training for Spamassassin, but nice overall.
So I figured why stop there, let’s see what this puppy can do. Activated the web server, downloaded and installed MySQL which is not included, tweaked PHP a bit (apc is missing from the standard php setup, something I love to boost performance. I had to compile that from source to add it, I should make a follow up post for that) and here we are; back online and faster than before.
I’m sure there’s still a lot b0rked around the site, but so far so good.
Emphasis on the temporary solution as I still need a dedicated server for the lot but at least it’s all running for now.

Work in progress... not home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.