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%

Danish Arctic Research Dates End of Ice Age to 11,711 Years Ago

Well cool! Urm, pun not intended. Archaeologists seldom need quite that precision, but just to know that we’re closer to 12KYA than 11 is useful. Now on to that whole “Younger Dryas” event.

Danish Arctic research dates Ice Age

The result of a Danish ice drilling project has become the international standard for the termination of the last glacial period. It ended precisely 11,711 years ago.

Jørgen Peder Steffensen of the Niels Bohr Institute showing the exact point in the ice cap where the last Ice Age ended – 11,711 years ago. – Foto: Niels Bohr Instituttet

A Danish ice drilling project has conclusively ended the discussion on the exact date of the end of the last ice age.

The extensive scientific study shows that it was precisely 11,711 years ago – and not the indeterminate figure of ‘some’ 11,000 years ago – that the ice withdrew, allowing humans and animals free reign.

According to the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI) in Copenhagen, the very precise dating of the end of the last Ice Age has made Denmark the owner of the “Greenwich Mean Time” of the end of the last glacial period and beginning of the present climate – the so-called International Standard Reference.

Kilometres of ice
It took several thousand years to warm up the earth and melt the kilometre thick ice caps that covered large parts of the northern hemisphere during the last glacial period and as a result the transition from Ice Age to the current period has lacked a clearly defined point in time.

The answer has now been found in the NordGrip drilling project in Greenland.

“Our new, extremely detailed data from the examination of the ice cores shows that in the transition from the ice age to our current warm, interglacial period the climate shift is so sudden that it is as if a button was pressed”, explains ice core researcher Jørgen Peder Steffensen, Centre for Ice and Climate at NBI at the University of Copenhagen.

Ice core reference
When ice cores, that are formed by annual snowfall that is compressed into ice, are drilled out and analysed, the three kilometre ice cap in Greenland has acted like a filing cabinet of the climate detail of past geological periods.

“It is the first time an ice core has been used as an international standard reference for a geological period and it is a great recognition of our extremely detailed scientific data”, Jørgen Peder Steffensen said.

links for 2008-12-16

Happy Mole Day!

Via Mic Check Radio:

Happy Mole Day!
The mole is the International System of Units base unit of measurement for the amount of substance, “usually limited to measurement of subatomic, atomic, and molecular structures.” One mole contains Avogadro’s number, which is approximately 6.0229×1023. So this morning the date read 6:02am 10/23, get it?