Archive for the ‘fix’ Category

mp4creator Resubmission

November 21, 2009


Mpeg4ip is now back in MacPorts! So, a ‘sudo port -v selfupdate’ should bring things in order. For those that used the tgz from the ticket or the project page, no further action should be needed. I did the same and no uninstall/install was required.

Thanks to jmr@ for committing the submission. My users and I appreciate it!

As you may know, yet again the Macports people have removed the port. A submission for its reinstatement is pending. For those that can’t wait, the port can be found here here. If you do install it from what is contained in the tarball, remember to uninstall it and reinstall it from Macports so that upgrades/etc will work in the future should they come.

To install from the tarball, decompress the tarball somewhere. Then in the terminal, enter that directory. The command, “sudo port -v install” (without quotes) is all that is needed at this point.

I will update this post when the Macports people have decided on the port submission.


Corrupt files required moving the tgz file elsewhere. See above link to get it if you haven’t already. Instructions on using it are in the striked link if you don’t know how.


Harper: Goodbye, Good Riddance.

December 2, 2008

So, Harper might be gone. I couldn’t be more thrilled than I am today. Well, except when that lying dictator is removed from power.


Firefox 3 random freezes

October 30, 2008

This has been one of the most annoying things for me lately. As in, randomly, Firefox would just freeze and trash the HDD. Or it would take forever the log back in after the screen saver kicked in. The result would always be that I had to kill the process and restart Firefox. But, now there seems to be a solution. So, I’m documenting it here so it remains where I can reach it. We’ll see if it works after some testing time.

From the address bar, goto: about:config. Then use ‘urlclassifier’ for the filter. What we are looking for is ‘urlclassifier.updatecachemax’. Mine was set to -1 which means unlimited. Set it to 104857600 (100MB).

If this ‘urlclassifier.updatecachemax’ doesn’t exist right-click on any white-space and select new->integer. Put urlclassifier.updatecachemax for the name and 104857600 for the value.

Once one of the above is done a restart is needed to apply the changes. Hopefully, this will result in a freeze free Firefox. If not, either the fix doesn’t work or some tweaking with the value setting is needed.

UPDATE: Performance improved and it hasn’t frozen while being used yet. But, while returning from after the screen-saver kicked in, it did freeze. So, this is just a partial fix, or I need to lower the that number more. We’ll see.

UPDATE: I just had a total freeze of FF. Did nothing special beside switching windows. So, this doesn’t seem to fix the issue at all. All it does is give you some control over the frequency of the freezes.

Firefox 3 Upgrade Bookmark Woes

August 26, 2008

So, I got the upgrade box and clicked update. Problem was that my bookmarks were loaded from an… old back-up. Since, like everybody else, recent missing bookmarks are rather important, I wanted them back. Fortunately, Google pointed the way. These two links (1 + 2) helped me. I used the “Manual deletion method” which worked straight off.

That said, I’m not too enthused about the new look and feel. Perhaps I’ll get used to it, perhaps not. But, to me as a first impression, it looks too much like Safari. We’ll see.