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Still iSad

His death is even closer to home because of personal reasons but I mourn his loss with more heaviness in my heart than I have ever felt for someone I have only known through the media. I can selfishly say that it comes as a huge shock to me. I cannot imagine what his immediate family and his Apple family feel right now. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Hats off to you Mr. Jobs. A part of you will continue to live in me and everything I do and say. That is a promise.

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WTF iPhone?

My iPhone suddenly decided it had to sync all of my purchased music back to the iTunes library because it wasn’t there. Because I freed up the disk space because I’m getting critically low! When I clicked ‘Don’t Transfer’ it deleted all my music from the iPhone, most of which I ripped from my own CDs.

If Steve Jobs were here, I’d rip out his transplanted pancreas… Grrr. #FAIL

WTF? Over.


The lovely Audrey picked up a Behringer “get started” Podcastudio™ package on sale at Amazon which we have been playing with. Where will this lead? Who knows.

The worst part is that those microphones make recordings that sound just like your own voice. I worry that this is going to be just like Photoshop, which comes without the ‘talent’ module. I’ve looked all through the GarageBand docs and I can’t find the “Sam Waterson/Peter Coyote” voice toggle. Sigh. Not again…

Lazy Web: Problems installing ntfs-3g under Macports

As a part of ongoing efforts to enable Audrey to move back and forth between various computing platforms at home, uni, and at a lab in Germany, I am trying to install the macports package for ntfs-3g which would allow her to read/write a 938 Gig portable hard disk formatted by Win XP Pro on her laptop.

When I try to install the ‘ntfs-3g’ package I’m getting this error message and am unsure what to do… It has simply been too long since I have played with ‘build’ and it’s variants and my brain is mush.

Any hints / help would be appreciated. Snark will be cheerfully ignored and yes, I have RTFMed (see ‘brain is mush’ above).

OSX 10.4.11 (PowerPC) with the Developer package, X-Tools, and macports installed. All locations are system defaults. For instance,
PATH=/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin so things *should* be OK.

Thanks. Comment or emails are fine.

below is the terminal output

[Trinity:~] halrager% sudo port install ntfs-3g
---> Fetching macfuse
---> Attempting to fetch macfuse-1.7-1.tar.bz2 from
---> Verifying checksum(s) for macfuse
---> Extracting macfuse
---> Applying patches to macfuse
---> Configuring macfuse
---> Building macfuse
Error: Target returned: shell command "cd /opt/local/var/macports/build/_opt_local_var_macports_sources_rsync.macports.org_release_ports_fuse_macfuse/work/macfuse-core && ./ | sed -ne '/^created: /h;p;${g;s/^created: //
w ../dmgname
}'; exit ${PIPESTATUS[0]}" returned error 1
Command output: unknown option: -configuration
Usage: xcodebuild [-project ] [-activetarget] [-alltargets] [-target ]... [-activebuildstyle] [-buildstyle ] [-optionalbuildstyle ] [=]... []...
xcodebuild [-list]
Initiating Universal build of MacFUSE for Mac OS X "Tiger"

Error: The following dependencies failed to build: macfuse pkgconfig
Error: Status 1 encountered during processing.
[Trinity:~] halrager%

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Firefox 3.0 Feature Restoration

Everyone else probably knew this, but I just found it.

There was a feature fork between the Windows and Mac versions of Firefox when version 2.0 came out. At least on our two G4 machines. In version 1.x, you could grab a site’s favicon up there next to the url, drag it to one of your folders on the bookmark bar and the menu would open, allowing you to place the new bookmark where you wanted it. Slick. Neat.

That stopped for Macs in version 2.x. (Again, at least on our machines.) You could drop the bookmark on a folder, but it wouldn’t open. Provided the tooltip (“I know I can drag this to a folder! Let me do it!”) didn’t block your destination folder.

The Windows version continued the ‘proper’ behavior with 2.0. And I assume with version 3.0, but I haven’t been around a Windows machine since 3.0 came out.

grumble. I guess I should use Camino. That is the Mac application after all… mutter

But for whatever reason, I never stuck with Camino. I tried, but pretty soon Firefox was the default browser again. The slow, cpu hogging, memory eating, default browser. /sigh So, I was just mildly disgruntled with my web browser. Kind of in the background along with the collapse of the housing market and home values, job scarcity and national and international politics. Blah, blah, blah, and then you die. Fine.

Quite accidentally (actually *reflexively* is probably the better term) Twenty minutes ago (I type slow) I drug and dropped a favicon to a folder in Firefox 3.x on my Mac and it just worked! Just as I expected it to.


It is probably somewhere in a “What’s new in 3.0!” document, but I never read those…

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