Monday, March 31, 2008

Resolving Domain Name Server Resolution Errors.

When having trouble accessing a web site, clearing the DNS cache may help:

In OS X 10.5 only:

dscacheutil -flushcache (or copy/paste   dscacheutil -flushcache  ) into the terminal window.
and press the 'Return' key.

In OS X 10 - 10.4

Goto the Terminal.

Type lookupd -flushcache (or copy/paste    lookupd -flushcache  ) into the terminal window.
and press the 'Return' key.

Apple computer cheat sheet

Click here for an Apple 'cheat sheet'.

This may come in handy for you/someone you know.
All the pertinent information ready if called upon.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Control key screen zoom

Holding down the 'Ctrl' (or Control) key while scrolling with the mouse, or on newer model portables, two fingers on the track-pad will zoom the entire screen in and out.
Helpful watching smaller videos and such.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Macintosh sleep issues...


(Assuming the computer is configured [rather quickly for testing; or have a sleep corner active] through the Energy Saver preference pane...)

 Unplug all USB devices including HDs and hubs to try and discover the culprit preventing sleepification.**

 Drag your 'Energy Saver' preference pane [
mainHD/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/] to the desktop, and try to sleep the machine.

(reconfigure the Energy Saver preference pane (or place back into its folder, if this didn't work....)

(** ®©℗℠™fakegeorgeW.bush)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Resetting OS X admin password

Option 1:

You'll need your OS X install CD/DVD. (OS X 10.5 manual reset below.)

Insert the disk and restart the computer.

Press and hold the 'C' key down, as the machine reboots.

The Mac should then proceed to boot from the CD/DVD.

Do NOT reinstall anything.

Click through enough options until the menu bar at the top of the screen is accessible.

Click the 'Utilities' menu and select 'Reset Password'

Enter your new password, exit the installer, and reboot.

Option 2:

OS X 10 can be reset using the single user mode. (hold down 'Command' and 'S' during reboot or startup.)

[Note: The commands are case-sensitive; pay attention to spaces, or copy/paste the bold print.]

• Type sh /etc/rc

• Type passwd root (some OS X versions use passwd admin or passwd administrator)

• Enter in your new password at the prompt.

• Type the new password again when prompted (to avoid typos).

• Type reboot

Option 3:

OS X 10.5 can also be reset, again, using single user mode. (hold down 'Command' and 'S' during reboot or startup.)

[Note: The commands are case-sensitive; pay attention to spaces, or copy/paste the bold print.]

At the prompt, type fsck -fy

Type mount -uw /

Type launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemon/

Type dscl . -passwd /Users/username newpassword (replace with the actual username, and and the new password.)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tracking iPhone / iTouch free memory or 'disk' space

Unhacked devices; touch 'Settings', touch 'General', touch 'About'.

Hacked devices; currently doesn't provide a 'disk' space check [but Cydia does].

Thankfully, "Big Boss" (Third-party developer) provides 'BossTool'

A very useful program available through Installer, though you may need to add

as a source for Installer

Run 'Installer', tap 'Sources',
tap 'Edit'
tap 'Add'
then tap 'OK'

App location: iPhone / iTouch eBooks, ROMs not showing up after install

After relocating your application directory (manually, or with
BossTool) some packages are installed into root. (as opposed to the
mobile directory)

Using an SSH program:  (for example, CyberDuck)

To correct this, these files must be moved from [example]




Same for


(Frotz, PDF, other folders, at this time, leave alone.)

Still an issue?  File/folder permissions maybe the cause...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Symptom: iPhone / iTouch crashes back to the springboard.

[Update: Changing the user ID (App Store / Mobile Me) will also cause this issue, use ONE login on your device. -Perhaps a shared one; keep the password secret for billing purposes...more here]

To help avoid future crashes, monitor iPhone/iTouch free space using BossTool, as described here.

*** The following is for firmware 1.x.x only, NOT 2.x.x ***

Fixing iPhone Installer crash: Assuming resetting the springboard and rebooting the iPhone didn't work,
you'll need a Secure SHell to the iPhone.

(SSH should be among the first few programs installed, with BSD subsystem (necessary for most programs) , and BossPrefs (necessary to turn SSH on and OFF when not needed.))

Note: SSH is now "odomatically" installed with ZiPhone 3.0.

[If SSH wasn't installed originally, the recommended action would be to restore the iPhone, and run ZiPhone to reinstall the third party Googling "installing SSH on iPhone" will offer solutions, however, they have proven to be hit-or-miss.]

The recommended SSH program is Cyberduck, from this site. (OSX)

Insure WiFi is enabled.

Insure SSH is On (if you were able to turn it off).

Goto 'Settings', select 'Wi-Fi', and press the little arrow to the right of your wireless network name.

Note the your IP address.

If using Cyberduck, Click 'Open Connection', enter your IP address into the server field.

Enter root into the Username field.

Enter alpine into the password field (unless you changed it).

click 'Connect' -[allow up to 30 secs for secure key generation if SSH wasn't used before.]

Navigate to the private/var/mobile/Library/Installer directory.**
[Select /private/var from the pull-down menu, and click double-click 'Library', then double-click 'Installer' from the resulting lists.

** private/var/
root/Library/Installer directory if apps weren't relocated from the 300MB partition.

You may wish to backup (copy to the desktop; Cyberduck, drag to desktop) these files / folder first.


[Note: I've found just deleting the 'RemotePackages.plist' file works.]

Delete the 'Temp' directory, and 'RemotePackages.plist' file.
(These will be recreated by Installer.)

Do *not* delete the 'LocalPackages.plist', as this contains all your installed packages.

Reboot the iPhone.

turning OFF Wi-Fi & SSH (see end of this post), check to verify Installer loads.

I'll wait here....

Still no?
Time to reinstall the 'Installer' application:

Run 'Terminal' from your 'Utilities' folder.

Enter the following:

ssh root@
your IP address
when prompted, enter alpine (or your password)

Enter [Case-sensitive]: (or copy/paste)

cd /
cd Applications/
rm -rf
chmod +s
chown -R root:wheel

Be patient, after your iPhone completes the reinstall, type exit to end the session.
Reboot the iPhone.

Upgrade to the newer version of Installer if prompted.

Don't forget to turn OFF SSH (install
'BossPrefs' if necessary)
[ installer repository: ]

Audrey. (Off topic)

WPA and Airport (B) possible solution.

Airport gives a generic "
...error joining Airport network" response while attempting to connect to a WPA encrypted network.

Possible solution:
Using the 'Airport Admin Utility' from an OS prior to 10.5 
NOT the newer 'Airport Utility' offers an option which apparently has been dropped. as of this writing

get it. (Airport Admin Utility 4.2 (420.31) (I had an older Mac with I moved it from.)

Second, run it on a computer on the network. 
It may need to be cabled, not wireless


Double-click (or select the Base station listed and click 'Configure').

A window opens with the name of your Base station, Click the 'Airport' tab, far top left.

Click the 'Change Wireless Security' button toward the bottom of the right side.

See the 'Encryption Type' option midway down? ...Yeah, 
Must be set to 'WPA Only'.

(The 'Wireless Security' option at the top will switch to 'WPA Personal')

Assuming the Base Station is otherwise straight, this was prolly the issue.

Photocrank Pix

Apple Help Blog

[The different color text found on this blog is usually a link to a relevant site.]


Photocrank shots.  (Click on the picture first, then Crank.)

Sent from my iPhone.

omscg = Oh, my sweeet, creamy, goodness.**
  **(SouthPark had a character named "Creamy Goodness", easy stretch.)