Could Not Log In to iMessage–Resetting PRAM fixed it

Aug 10, 2013 by

Could Not Log In to iMessage–Resetting PRAM fixed it

All of a sudden on my MacBook Pro I could not log in to iMessage. It had an error saying it couldn’t find the right settings or some sort.  I tried resetting passwords. Logging in on various versions of the .mac, .me and .icloud logins I have.  Nothing worked.

Then I tried resetting the PRAM on the Mac and it works fine now. A link to how to do this is below, but essentially you turn off the machine and before you hit the power button, hold down the OPTION + COMMAND + P + R keys all at the same time.  (At least before the white screen appears, and then let go. The screen will go black.  When it boots, you may have to hit the power button again, then try to log in to iMessages and at least for me, and others, it worked.

Not sure what’s afoot. There was some speculation that this was due to iOS 7 beta conflicts or a new software update for Mountain Lion, but I didn’t have one available and I’m not using iOS 7 beta on any of my devices.

Hope this works for you.

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11243

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The Essence of File Management In A Terabyte World

May 19, 2013 by

The Essence of File Management In A Terabyte World

In a few years, I’m sure people will look back on this 2013 post and laugh–I’m struggling with file maintenance on my Mac and running out of Gigabytes and now even Terabytes. Where do we go from here? Petabytes.

The ever complex problem of file management in a digital world. From kilobyte, to megabyte, to gigabyte, to terabyte and soon, the petabyte.

The ever complex problem of file management in a digital world. From kilobyte, to megabyte, to gigabyte, to terabyte and soon, the petabyte.

While this may seem like a fairly trivial First World issue, it’s a rapidly expanding problem that computer manufacturing companies don’t seem to be addressing fast enough. Yes, Apple’s iMacs now come with a 1 TB drive, but as I’ve found in the world of HD video editing, a terabyte doesn’t last very long.  And a gigabyte? Yeah, well there are 1,000 gigabytes in a terabyte…

For those of you who don’t understand what I’m talking about, there’s a progression in the size of hard drives. Back in the late 80s, when Macs were first getting going, I remember floppy disks that had 512 kilobytes on them. That was considered a lot.  Then we progressed to megabytes. As Moore’s law was proven more and more correct and the need for more and more storage came about came the gigabyte in the late 2000s. As we’ve escalated the need to store data up to 2013 with the proliferation of HD video, expanding iTunes libraries and storage of photos in things like iPhoto and Aperture libraries, demand for space continues to grow and at a rapid rate. The thing to have now is at least a terabyte of storage.

But most computers these days aren’t coming with hard drives that have anything more than a terabyte. This MacBook Pro, bought in March of 2012, had 750 GBs on it. I’m down to about 284 GBs left and that’s freaking me out because that means I’ve used almost 500 GBs and eventually, I’m going to run out. I’ve only had this machine for 15 months!

The solution then comes with external hard drives and the Cloud.  I’ve been a user of Dropbox for some time, but when I store something in Dropbox, it also lives in the hard drive of my Mac, so if I took the 60.6 percent of the 222 GBs I have over there off my Mac, I’m only going to get back about 100 GBs. My iTunes library now is about 300 GBs. My primary Aperture photo library is almost 700 GBs.

I have two external hard drives I use regularly on my Mac now. One stores the Aperture library, the other iTunes.  I have desktop hard drives that store video, do Time Machine back ups and then a smaller drive I use for archiving.

And while the day after I just bought that new 2 TB external drive to attach to this Mac, I have only about 3.5 TBs of available space right now before I need to buy another external unit.  As funny as it may sound, that makes me squirm because I know it’s not going to last long.  Combined, I have enough storage space for about 7.75 GBs. That means I’ve used about 60 percent of available space.

Yesterday, a fellow dad blogger recommended a new Cloud storage site called Bitcasa. For either $10 a month or $99 per year, they’re offering unlimited lifetime storage space. What I am not sure about yet is if I have things here on my laptop like I do with Dropbox, am I going to be taking up disc space in both places? Meaning, if I loaded 100 GBs of space to Bitcasa and I can see access to it on my Mac, am I going to be down another 100 GBs here on the Mac, too.  And that’s where my problem lies. If I could put all 4.5 GBs of stuff I have out on Bitcasa and it not try to replicate or drain space here on the Mac, that’d be swell.

Otherwise, it’ll be time to get something more than a 2 TB hard drive before too much longer.

Next, the Petabyte — or 1,000 Terabytes. Somehow, I don’t think it’s going to take very long to get there…..

 

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iBooks Author 2.0 Automatically Converts .MOV Files, Saving A Trip To Compressor

Oct 24, 2012 by

I discovered it by accident this morning–I accidentally grabbed a .mov file to put into There’s A Zombie In My Treehouse and dropped it into iBooks Author 2.0 and discovered it now converts .mov files to the .m4v format without me having to do anything more than drag and drop onto the target page I want it to go in the book.

It still took about 20-30 seconds for a very short video to compress, but this really could save a lot of time if you’ve discovered the initial drag and drop into Compressor didn’t work and you are in a hurry to get things added to the book.

Thanks, Apple. This was a nice surprise and really made things easier.

Now if I could figure out the part of attaching audio to an image…..

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Awaiting The iPad Mini

Oct 23, 2012 by

Here are some things we hope happen with the iPad“Mini” announcement today and why we think this is so important:

Image representing iPad as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

Apple also will release a new version of iBooks Author to help make more books for the iPad and the smaller version, though we suspect that the resolution matter will be more of a one-size fits all aspect, updates to iBooks Author, to add new bells and whistles, new layout options and the ability to add social components to these books, would be a great addition.

We think that the release of the iPad “Mini” (we don’t know yet what Apple is going to call it) will help significantly advance the potential for schools to purchase the units and get the advanced form of books that we’re making at Claxton Creative into the hands of more students of all ages.  With a lower price point, the threshold for financially strapped public school districts across the world to introduce these units to their classrooms, and then buy electronic textbooks will save lots of money in the long run.

Those two aspects alone make the potential for today’s announcement very, very exciting.

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All Smooth with iOS 5 and Lion 10.7.2, Except

Oct 13, 2011 by

UPDATED 10/14/11 1:14 p.m.:  I figured out this morning what happened.  When iCloud went down at one point yesterday, it took that account offline, so when it came back on, it didn’t because of the requirement to manually bring it back online.  All is well now.

All has gone well with the updating.  It took a heck of a long time, but hey, this has never been done before so hats off to Apple.

I have had issues today with intermittent connectivity to Mail on the Mac.  Right now it shows this:

Mail is working on my iPhone 4 and the iPad.  But it’s the Mac that filters out all the crap email that I get thanks to sneaky wording in Facebook Apps and the like.  So I’ve been offered a snazzy new bra today and some other stupid stuff.

Anyone else having similar issues?

As you can see from the iCloud update link, all is running fine.  Except mine.  http://www.apple.com/support/icloud/systemstatus/

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