1. Wish-list for October 16th Apple Event (Titled: “It’s Been Too Long”)

    So, the October 16th Apple Event, titled “It’s Been Too Long” has been announced. Here is what I would truly hope to see in it:

    • A completely re-designed Mac Mini with a PicoProjector and an optional beamed keyboard
    • iDevice accessory: portable picoprojector which also functions as a camera - so the actual projected image can be manipulated with hands to control the iDevice or Mac Mini.
    • Offline Siri
    • Offline Maps
    • iBooks Author updated for OS X Yosemite
    • OS X Yosemite, obviously
    • iOS 8.1 with Indoor Mapping
    • iTunes ‘12 released in Europe
    • iDevice accessory: universal charger based on solar panel layering and a Fuel Cell.
    • New generation Apple TV with the same projection capabilities
    • iPad Air 2 with TouchID, Solar Panel layering + Fuel Cell to keep it charged

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  2. Experiencing ReWire crashes on Ableton Live 8, 9, 9 Beta with OS X Yosemite? Remove ReWire

    I was experiencing repetitive crashes (on start of App) for Ableton Live 9 Suite, Ableton Live 9 Beta, Ableton Live 8.43. There was always a ReWire error right before the crash.

    I contacted Ableton Support, and they told me to wait till OS X Yosemite goes public (this would be in the Fall of 2014). I decided to try something I found on a forum:

    Removing Propellerheads ReWire altogether.

    Here is how you do it.

    • Launch Terminal(from either your Spotlight or via Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal.app)
    • Type in cd /Library/Application\ Support/Propellerhead\ Software/

    • Switch to the administrator user by typing in sudo su
    • Insert your password
    • Delete the contents of the folder ReWire ( I used “ rm -rf * " (without the quotes),  but unless if you know what you are doing, you might want to just go to the ReWire folder and delete files one by one)
    • Exit Terminal

    Now you can run Ableton Live 9 Suite / Ableton Live 9 Beta / Ableton Live 8 without encountering the OS X Yosemite specific ReWire crash error.

    Incidentally, if after doing this, you try and go back and download and install ReWire to get a screenshot of the specific error, after installation Ableton Live will work nicely and you’ll have your precious ReWire.

    4 months ago  /  0 notes  / 

  3. These are the droids you are looking for.

    These are the droids you are looking for.

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  4. WWDC 2014 Wish-list, and a free grain of salt

    Here is my WWDC 2014 Wish-list.

    As we all know, the Apple Special Event of June 2nd, 2014 will be streamable via http://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2014/

    Vaguely reasonable:

    1. iOS8: Control Center: Cellular Data On/Off switch
    2. iOS8: Shazam integration
    3. iOS8: Multiple log-ins / user settings per either facial recognition or TouchID
    4. iOS8: Offline Siri (regular iPhone/iPad functions like Calendar, Reminders, Notes, and, of course, Cellular Data On -command)
    5. iOS8: More Siri languages
    6. iOS8: Background App Refresh scheduling (every 5, 10, 15, 25, 30 minutes, f.ex.)
    7. iOS8: Maps - Transit directions
    8. iOS8: Siri goes Babelfish/Universal Translator, example: Russian to English, English to Russian
    9. OSX: iBooks Author ability to save into the iCloud
    10. OSX: Find My Friends
    11. iOS8/OSX: iBooks feature: select a line of text and translate it to other languages
    12. Web: http://maps.apple.com - Apple Maps available on the web, just like Google Maps.
    13. iCloud: Bookmarks
    14. iCloud: Reading List
    15. iCloud: Messages (even if just limited support)
    16. iCloud: Photo Stream

    Utterly unreasonable:

    1. Mac Mini with video-projector capabilities and a projected keyboard
    2. Apple TV 4th generation: App Store
    3. Apple TV 4th generation: Siri
    4. Apple TV 4th generation: FaceTime calls (audio + video)
    5. Apple TV 4th generation: Video-projector capabilities
    6. Apple TV 4th generation: C3 Technologies-based live video re-processing (regular video streams re-mapped to isometric view in order to better annotate, f.ex., education streams or sports streams)
    7. Web: Apple Maps with augmented reality feeds from fashion shops and other shops such as the Apple Stores
    8. Web: Apple Maps with location-based Facebook/Twitter/other Social Media posts showing in real time from your friends
    9. OS X 10.10: Similar to Snow Leopard, i.e., “we added nothing and fixed everything!”

    Why does he even list these:

    1. The usual Free Energy Apple Device, be it solar panel touchscreen layers coupled with the liquid metal fuel cell technology, or directly powered by Apple Wireless technologies filched from, well, Nikola Tesla Wardenclyffe World System (Update: Obviously this electrical utility company disruption device would be either an iPhone/iPad charging a competitor’s mobile device, or charging a MacBookPro)
    2. Cellular Mac Book Pro
    3. Apple Electrical Utility device capable of powering a house.
    4. Redmatica / Logic Pro X -integration, either in the form of EXS24mkIII with Auto Sampling capabilities, or..
    5. Redmatica / Siri -integration, where you go through a list of words and Siri can from there on talk in your voice. Ultra useful for education purposes (Richard Feynman gave a ton of lectures, use the Redmatica AutoSampler technology to chop his words into syllables, collect them into the Siri database, and lo and behold, we have a walkin’ talkin’ Feynman, ready to go through his lectures and writings.. aka “Ask Feynman a question” -feature)
    6. Apple Ionic Wind Generator: U.S. Patent No. 8,305,728 for “Methods and apparatus for cooling electronic devices” - coming to an Apple device near you.
    7. Stirling Engine: Implementation for Apple server farms, laptops and desktop computers, for energy savings and electricity re-generation

    There’s always more, and I have no illusions that any of these will be announced during WWDC 2014. Just a wish-list, y’see.

    update: well, 3 fulfilled wishes out of the wishlist, that’s not half bad is it? (iOS8: Shazam integration, more siri languages, iBooks Author ability to save to iCloud)

    4 months ago  /  0 notes  / 

  5. OSX: Shortcut to switch between multiple windows of same app

    Here’s a really decent thing to configure to your own personal choice of shortcut. Mine is CMD-F4

    1. Go to System Preferences
    2. Select Keyboard
    3. Select Shortcuts
    4. Select Keyboard
    5. Change the shortcut of “Move focus to next window” to your own choice.

    … And, hey presto, you’re switching between selected app windows quickly and conveniently. 

    5 months ago  /  0 notes  / 

  6. How to get rid of Smart Quotations on OSX Mavericks’ TextEdit

    I was running into this issue forever - I would press Shift-CMD-T and TextEdit would switch to non-RichTextFormat, yet everytime I would place a quotation mark (), it would change it to a curly quotation mark (“”). Since I do a bit of HTML updating with TextEdit, this meant that I was simply unable to copy & paste HTML code with quotations without resolving this issue.

    Luckily, there’s a place you can solve this issue right away - same with disabling the Smart Dash (a would change into a  which, again, causes issues).

    Where? In System Preferences? Nope. In TextEdit -> Edit -> Substitutions -> Smart Quotes TextEdit -> Edit -> Substitutions -> Smart Dashes

    So, if like me, you’re running into OS X Mavericks suddenly deciding to modify your quotation marks or quote marks, when you least want it to, just disable these two Substitutions. 

    It took me a while to Google the answer to this issue so here’s an article about it. 

    7 months ago  /  0 notes  / 

  7. Using Automator to run a Sudo command on the terminal to fix USB Tethering issue on OS X, be prompted for password

    Interesting issue, ran into a MacMini2,1 that was unable to connect to the net with an iPhone through USB Tethering - after some fiddling around, found out that you can actually force USBTethering to work with a sudo kextload command.

    However, having to type it every time you boot up OS X lead to trying to find out how to use Automator to do it for me.

    So, here you go. A couple of assumptions: You know the Admin password, and don’t have a problem typing it every time you wish to connect to the web. You actually have this issue (for some reason, it occurred on OS X 10.6.3).

    Start up Automator

    Choose Application for your type of document.

    Pick Run AppleScript from your Actions -list

    type up do shell script “sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBEthernetHost.kext” with administrator privileges

    Remember to right-click on the little stub that connects “Application receives files and folders as input” and “Run AppleScript” and select Disable.

    save to Desktop using a name you recognize.

    Now run it everytime you boot up OS X 10.6.3 - in case your iPhone USB Tethering does not work.

    9 months ago  /  0 notes  / 

  8. HOW-NOT-TO: Set Screen Sharing / Remote Management on an OS X Snow Leopard machine without display

    Here’s an interesting pickle, a Mac Mini with a broken display.

    If you’re one of the lucky ones that have automatic log-on enabled, you can start up a Terminal from Spotlight simply by pressing CMD-Space, typing Ter, pressing enter and then simply testing it by writing: say 35

    If you heard the sultry tones of “Thirty-Five” coming from your Mac Mini, you’re set to do some of the worst fiddling mankind has ever not-seen / heard of.

    If you wish to find out the IP Address of your Mac Mini, type this:

    ifconfig | grep “inet ” >i.txt

    Then say the file!

    say -f i.txt

    The first line will be the local IP Address, but the second one is the useful one - listen to that.

    Let’s say your Mac Mini’s IP address is, we now have something to go with. Remember, the objective is to get Screen Sharing and Remote Management running.

    Here’s where it gets weird.

    whoami >p.txt

    say -f p.txt

    suddenly you know your username on but can do nothing else. 

    VoiceOver won’t do the trick (CMD-F5), as anything might happen. This is when you give up and install the videoprojector to the Mac Mini and enable the MacMini’s Screen Sharing aspects.

    9 months ago  /  0 notes  / 

  9. Apple - iBooks Author support for iPhone

    Hi. It would be wonderful if one could author iBooks for the iPhone with iBooks Author. Thanks.

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  10. Books on Pure Data (pd)

    * Loadbang - Programming Electronic Music in Pure Data - Johannes Kreidler (HTML, Direct buy link (Book))

    * Programming Sound with Pure Data - Make Your Apps Come Alive with Dynamic Audio - Tony Hillerson (Direct buy link (Book&PDF), Amazon)

    * Designing Sound - Andy Farnell (Amazon)

    * Making Musical Apps - Real-Time Audio Synthesis on Android and iOS (Amazon)

    * Composition: Pure Data as a Meta-Compositional Instrument - Michael Barkl (PDFAmazon)

    * The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music - Miller Puckette (AmazonPDF)

    * bang~ - Pure Data - Edited by Fränk Zimmer (PDF, Direct Buy)

    * PD Reference Card - Karim Barkati (PDF)

    10 months ago  /  0 notes  / 

  11. OS X Mavericks & SPORE (Electronic Arts)

    There seem to be two main issues with SPORE on newer machines.

    First, for whatever reason, if you get glitchy (ultra-glitchy, ultra-slow, flickering weirdness) displays, launch up your Terminal and do this:

    cd Library/Preferences/SPORE Preferences

    pico config

    and find yourself the line that says "fbobackbuffer" = "0".

    If you now go and switch it to "fbobackbuffer" = "1", Mavericks will allow you to actually play it properly.

    But the second, far more interesting issue is that of PRAM resets. As you might know, you can do a PRAM reset during the restart of your laptop or desktop, by holding down CMD-ALT-P-R. This will result in the screen going blank and the Apple chime playing full volume. 

    Now, I have no idea how the guy who wrote these lines came up with them, but here they are for posterity.

    • Delete the whole SPORE folder form /Applications.
    • Delete the Library/Preferences/SPORE Preferences -folder.
    • Restart & zap the PRAM.
    • Install SPORE.
    • Launch SPORE.
    • Click No when asked to Update.
    • Quit SPORE.
    • Restart & zap the PRAM.
    • Launch SPORE.
    • Allow SPORE to update (once).
    • Quit SPORE.
    • Restart & zap the PRAM.
    • Launch SPORE.
    • Allow SPORE to update once.
    • Restart & zap the PRAM.
    • Repeat the “update once, restart, zap PRAM” until all the updates have been installed.

    Worked for my OS X Mavericks, and that fbobuffer thing worked for a Snow Leopard install (no PRAM resets required on an older Mac Pro). Your mileage may vary, but please do chime in if you get it to work or if you still have issues.

    11 months ago  /  2 notes  / 

  12. OSX: Schism Tracker, an Impulse Tracker clone - experiments in trying to compile for OS X Mavericks

    Hi. Schism Tracker is fairly amazing, working for Windows, OSX, Unix and many others. It can safely be said that I’ve been working with this, or Impulse Tracker (for Schism Tracker is a clone of it) since 1997 and have enjoyed it immensely.

    However, moving to OS X Mavericks & Retina MacBookPro land led me into an interesting predicament - Mavericks allows for fullscreen without disabling of the other monitors - Schism Tracker however isn’t compiled for it.

    So, since I know practically nothing about Xcode 5 GM or code per se, it’s time to try and get a version of Schism Tracker installed and hopefully be able to compile it.

    I start with

    hg clone http://schismtracker.org/hg/ schismtracker

    only to find out that I can’t do it without something called Mercurial. After downloading Mercurial for OS X 10.8hg started working. So far, so good.

    But here is where it gets interesting - is Schism Tracker a Cocoa Application? a Command Line Tool? a SpriteKit game? Cocoa-AppleScript Animations? I’m going to go with it being a Cocoa Application.

    —time passes—

    Ok, in order to use the C-code that SchismTracker has been developed in, I need to instead choose Command Line Tool. This shows a main.c which can be replaced with the SchismTracker main.c. I’m going to try bruteforcing all the schism C-code into the projectonto the same folder, and see what happens.

    —time passes—

    So, I can’t do anything, unless if I install Homebrew by writing

    ruby -e “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/mxcl/homebrew/go)”

    Then after that, you have to 

    brew install automake

    Then you have to magically know to do a 

    autoreconf && ./configure

    which will simply result in

    configure.ac:61: warning: macro ‘AM_PATH_SDL’ not found in library

    configure.ac:61: error: possibly undefined macro: AM_PATH_SDL

          If this token and others are legitimate, please use m4_pattern_allow.

          See the Autoconf documentation.

    autoreconf: /usr/local/Cellar/autoconf/2.69/bin/autoconf failed with exit status: 1

    brew install sdl

    brew install sdl_gfx sdl_image sdl_mixer sdl_ttf

    sudo ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/sdl/1.2.15/include/SDL /usr/local/include/
    sudo ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/sdl/1.2.15/ /usr/local/opt/sdl


    autoreconf -i 
    ./configure; make; make install

    and now you have a schismtracker you can run. But that’s nowhere near getting it to compile with xcode, as multiple errors will still result. 

    (UPDATE) However, if you do want to take schismtracker and just make it into an executable .app, the instructions to accomplish it via Terminal are here. Or here:

    1. Create folder SchismTracker.app (mkdir SchismTracker.app)
    2. Create folder Contents inside SchismTracker.app (mkdir SchismTracker.app/Contents)
    3. Create folder MacOS inside SchismTracker.app (mkdir SchismTracker.app/Contents/MacOS)
    4. Copy schismtracker into SchismTracker.app/Contents/MacOS (cp schismtracker SchismTracker.app/Contents/MacOS)
    5. Verify that SchismTracker.app can be executed from Finder
    6. Move SchismTracker.app to /Applications/

    P.S. Yep, I’m fairly aware that “Well, if Xcode 5 is optimized for Mavericks, maybe it will magically support double monitor usage without having to change any code in SchismTracker itself” is pretty utopian. But bear with me.

    1 year ago  /  1 note  / 

  13. Commentary on MacWorld article: “For OS X Mavericks, the best is yet to come” -

    Another case of commenting broken on an Apple News website, this time MacWorld with their “For OS X Mavericks, the best is yet to come

    This whole thing screams “Special Music Keynote” (or whatever they’re called) for Autumn. Why?

    Because Mac Pro & Logic Pro X utilizing 2 GPU’s (FCP X with an audio slant?) is enormously interesting for composers and producers - they could also focus on how iTunes Radio / Match / the over-all iTunes ecosystem is doing. 

    If it’s tiny enough as a keynote, they could easily ram in Mac Book Pro updates and obviously Mavericks would assist in making Logic Pro X even snappier on older machines. Overall I’m guessing the changes and additions to Logic Pro X which are fueled by the Redmatica-acquire will actually take some time to work in. 

    Let’s not forget that iOS7 also unveiled Inter-App Audio - this is going to take some time to break down in a cohesive way during a keynote..

    And since Redmatica is definitely related to automatic audio-chopping on iCloud -level, this would be a great way to inform us of Offline Siri-capabilities for both iOS and OS X Mavericks

    I can’t wait! :)

    1 year ago  /  1 note  / 

  14. TUAW: Weekend Poll: What would you have asked Tim Cook at All Things Digital?

    Interesting article on TUAW, “What would you have asked Tim Cook at All Things Digital?”.. TUAW have a buggy system so here are my questions..

    1- What are your thoughts on BloomEnergy with their Bloom Box Fuel Cell product? Are you satisfied with the performance of these devices on your FuelCell Farms and will you be purchasing more of them in the future? Do the Bloombox Fuel Cells fit the Apple ideal as using the best methods for energy generation, or would you like to see them (or Apple) go further with this?

    2- D’you think the world will eventually move away from Coal, Nuclear, Oil and Fracking and towards Fuel Cells, Solar, wind and vortex-based water power production?

    3- Will Apple one day be able to produce a Terawatt of energy via your server farms worldwide?

    4- I would like to never have to charge my MacBookPro or iPhone - I’m also not a big fan of iPhone cases with solar panels, or backpacks with a battery and a solar panel as added weight - and they aren’t aesthetically pleasing either. Should I give up and buy one of these clunky things, or can I remain hopeful that Apple could one day provide us with iDevices with solar-panel layered touch-screens, fuel cells and thus also a laptop that will never require charging?

    5- You know one industry that is ripe for disruption? The Electrical Utility industry. Could you envision Apple as an electrical company?

    6- If you were to re-think the original “Think Different” -campaign, which scientists, inventors, philosophers, educators  and artists etc would you add as the north stars of Apple for 2013 and beyond?

    7- Who were your childhood heroes?

    8- You’ve accomplished a great deal during your tenure at Apple - is there something more you would like to accomplish during your lifetime?

    9- What steps have you taken to make sure that research engineers experimenting with inductive/wireless charging will no longer be dying of cancer at Apple? Is there a plan to advance internal knowledge at Apple re: cancer so that you no longer lose valuable employees?

    10- Steve Jobs was quoted at AllThingsDigital as saying (of his passing) “Well, it won’t be a party” (for the rest of Apple), but can you imagine Apple bouncing back from this great loss? Will it take some more time, or can you already witness healing happening at the company?

    11- Do you have a message to all the armchair critics who constantly analyse all of your hires and decisions in the most negative light possible? I’m guessing most of these types of people do not register on your radar at all?

    1 year ago  /  0 notes  / 

  15. FTFY: Greenpeace’s Senior IT Analyst Gary Cook. ”Jackson can make Apple the top environmental leader in the tech sector by helping the company use its technology to become an electric utility company and to provide the clean energy that both Apple and the world need right now.”
    – FTFY: Gary Cook of Greenpeace (with edits)

    1 year ago  /  1 note  /