Saturday, October 27, 2007


Finally there. Didn't help that I have filevault and several macs to do.

This "solution" just stinks:

. Its basically a wipe. I had the problem but ended up moving a bunch
of stuff out of my filevault home volume and then allowing it to
reclaim the space. Once I did that I could turn off file vault (and
then back on again). Finally I got my Time Machine enabled with my
encrypted home directory.

I also had an old 12" MacBook with no DVD that I wanted to install
tiger on. Fortunately I had an external USB DVD RW drive. Double
clicking the installer didnt work (didnt install the DVD after the
reboot), but holding down option during the boot got me to select the
disk and install it.

There are a lot of look and feel changes that will take time to get
used to, but now at least im using it and not watching installs or
LONG filevault operations.

Friday, October 26, 2007


Well, I made some progress:

1) Stacks - doh - click (left) on them and they pop, hold and you get
a different menu. I was holding. Dumb operator error...

2) Cisco VPN, get the latest here and you'll be fine:

3) File vault issues, Apple has an article that worked for me. The odd
thing is that disk utility found nothing wrong and nothing to fix, but
running through this process made it work to turn off disk utility. Go
figure. Here's the link:

4) Speed of mac pro - clicking on the spotlight icon in the menu tells
me I have 5 hours to go. Sigh. I hope when its done it can actually
find things. The old one never did it well and it sure wasnt zippy.
Perhaps apple needs to meet Lucene (

5) 2 of my 5 macs are now running Leopard so i'm getting there

Leopard first takes

Well, it looks cool but I have to admit i've had my issues with
Leopard already before it even hits the shelves in the store:

1) I cant turn on Time Machine on the shiny new 1TB drive I bought.
Seems nobody knew/mentioned that you have to turn off filevault and
then turn it back on again under Leopard before you can enable Time
Machine with a File Vault enabled machine. Do you know how long it
takes to turn it off then back on again??? Im going to find out but
thats miserable. Not to mention my one machine failed in the "turn off
file vault" operation and just came back up with it still enabled.

2) Those spring loaded folders you've heard all about (stacks) dont
always do the spring thing. So far I havent been able to figure why
they do sometimes and at other times dont.

3) On one machine double clicking "install leopard" after inserting
the DVD worked fine. On another it didnt and I had to reboot and hold
down "c" to get it to CD (DVD) boot so I could install.

4) Post install on my 8 core MacPro, the machine is heavily crunching
the hard drives (a mirrored pair of 500GB 7,200 rpm disks) to the
point that the machine is sluggish. Its like the old spotlight initial
pain from Tiger all over again.

Leopard here!

Yes, the long awaited OSX Leopard arrived at 11am today (I laugh at
those waiting until 6pm for the stores to sell it). Upgrade install
is in progress on my main server. Yes, I have blind faith in Apple...