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iMovie doesn’t find iPhoto videos?

Posted in OSX with tags , , , on 02/03/2011 by I

In my case it was because I keep the iPhoto library on a different drive, and symlink it to ~/pictures. iMovie for some reason doesn’t get on with this. Launch iPhoto with alt held down, select the iPhoto library directly (not the linked version), let it start then quit. iMovie will now live happily ever after…

Other issues with iMovie not finding the videos would appear to boil down to the same problem, perhaps with a different cause.


Nokia MultiMedia transfer on a Mac with the N8

Posted in N8 with tags , , , , on 20/09/2010 by I

Just a quickie, if you want to auto sync music, videos and photos with your Nokia on a Mac you use Nokia Multimedia Transfer. The latest version doesn’t directly support the N8. To enable support you need to install NMT, then from the menu in the system tray select “Tools and Settings”-> “Check for Updates Now” and it will update your device profiles, and you’re good to go!

A note on usage: It seems the device profile for the N8 isn’t quite correct – if you check the box to transcode unsupported video formats, then it’ll transcode any video shot by the device to 640×360 that you sync back using that feature. So I set it to never-transcode.

How-to: OTA Photo sync an N900 with iPhoto

Posted in N900 with tags , , , , on 23/02/2010 by I

First up, if you’ve not seen the original post and video, checkit. Secondly, this is a long detailed post. Fetch a drink and a snack.

Right, here it is, the how-to for syncing the N900 over the air with iPhoto. First, before I go any further a strong warning:

This software setup is *extremely* experimental. It’s really just a proof of concept. Don’t even attempt it unless you understand all the steps here, and the risks. I’ve only had an N900 3 days, it’s barely been tested. If you do try it, backup all your data etc. I make no promises these steps will work for you, and assume no responsibility if they delete all your data, or worse. It may also use a LOT of data over the network, so beware!

Blunt, but I felt it had to be said. I don’t want someone complaining to me if they loose all their photos! A second, lesser warning – this how-to is not for the faint of heart. You need to be comfortable with the terminal etc. It’s not written for novice linux/mac users, it’s written for someone like myself that knows what they’re doing. If it seems over-complex, well hopefully there’ll be a nice easy to use application version of all this some time soon, check the last section for my thoughts on that. Having said that, if you do know what you’re about and some part is unclear – fire away in the comments and I’ll clarify it.

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One day all cameras will be like this

Posted in N900 with tags , , , , , on 20/02/2010 by I

First up, before any waffle, here’s a video showing off what I’ve hacked my N900 to do:

Awesome. Simply awesome. This is how ALL cameras should work. In case you didn’t watch the video, or quite grasp the coolness of what you saw, here’s a quick recap.

  • I take a photo on my N900.
  • It’s automatically in iPhoto on my mac… without me doing ANYTHING. It just happens, automatically. I don’t have to plug in any cables, or do anything. It’ll work where ever I am in the world. Oh, and I’ll know where I was because the N900 geotags photos.
  • I edit the photo in iPhoto.
  • I browse the photos on my N900, the edited version is there…. again without me doing anything.

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Sync an N900 with a Mac over-the-air with Google

Posted in N900 with tags , , , , , on 19/02/2010 by I

WARNING: Due to bugs in the n900 MfE support, this doesn’t seem to work reliably as yet. However, it does seem to be working for me, so far…

Got hold of an N900 this afternoon, so my first post on it’s rather a practical one. If I want to use it as my day-to-day device whilst I have it, I need to make the calendar and contacts go, so here we are…

This is a how-to for syncing calendar and contact info between an N900 and a Mac, via google. It’s based on my previous post for the N97. The mac side of things is the same, as are all the warnings. So go read that article first and set up the mac side of things as per that one. Again, let me stress this – read all the process before you begin, understand it, and the risks.

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Fuse plugin won’t work on Snow Leopard?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 16/02/2010 by I

.. and you’re getting the dreaded “Device not configured”.

You’re probably linking to -lfuse instead of -lfuse_ino64

My issue was compiling unionfs-fuse for macFUSE.

From here:

> You simply need to compile the example file systems with -lfuse_ino64
> instead of -lfuse, since 64-bit inodes is now (as of Snow Leopard) the
> default in header files such as stat.h. (I.e. what was called struct
> stat64 in Leopard is now the same as struct stat...)
> - Erik

(Or you could pass -D__DARWIN_64_BIT_INO_T=0 to disable 64-bit inode 
numbers in the headers. Then you can continue linking with -lfuse.)

Fix time machine after cloning your backup disk

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 25/11/2009 by I

So I’d swapped out my time machine hard drive for a new one. I superdupered the old backup onto the new disk, but time machine wouldn’t work. You get an error in the logs like:

“Cookie file is not readable or does not exist at path: /Volumes/backup/.0017f2cec48d ”

So what you need to do, is replace the cookie file. The bit to notice is that the number for the filename is your mac address:

“sudo cp /var/db/.TimeMachine.Cookie /Volumes/backup/. 0017f2cec48d”

in my case.