Nikon D800, iPhoto for iPad and 36MP pictures

When Apple announced iPhoto for the iPad I was really excited. Although I use Aperture for my day-to-day editing, having an alternative on-the-go seemed nice. But then there was this "and you can edit pictures UP TO 19MP".

In your face! Damn it. Now that I couldn't use it, I wanted to :)

As there's (most of the time) no harm in trying things out, that's exactly what I did this morning.

I shot some pictures with the D800 as RAW, took out the camera connection kit and tried to import them.

After inserting the memorycard, started on the ipad and... showed my pictures. Ok, showing a thumbnail and importing a 42MB imagefile are two different things, so I hit "Import all". That's where I expected some sort of message like "You idiot! Do you think we just say "UP TO 19MP willy-nilly??"

But then... it just kept going and imported all the files. No warning, no insult, no nothing.

Next thing: I fired up iPhoto and after a brief second of "Updating library" my recently imported photos were there. And a quick look at the info panel showed this:

So, it looks like everything worked. But then, there's this odd crossed-out-RAW-icon I cannot explain. The file SEEMS to be ok, it SEEMS to be full resolution. When trying to export it though, it gets scaled down to approximately 12MP and only exports as JPEG. I don't know if this is the default-behaviour of iPhoto for iPad, but I will investigate this a little further.

Apple releases Aperture 2.1.2

Apple released a minor new version of Aperture 2 today.


"Printing of commercial products through Aperture has been improved. Apple has released Aperture 2.1.2, which "improves the printing quality of books, cards and calendars ordered through the Aperture printing service."

I downloaded it this morning and none of the annoying errors from the previous version are gone (namely the bug where Aperture doesn't start when you have a vault-backup on a mounted network-volume).

Get it via Software Update or download it here.


Remove all copies of a file from a time-machine backup

It's nice to have time-machine as it works flawlessly most of the time. It's also very nice to go back in time to a specific version of a file.

But sometimes you need to get rid of ALL copies of a file for different reasons.

Here's how:

1. Startup time machine by either hitting the icon in your dock or clicking the time machine icon in your menubar and then selecting "Start time machine".

2. Navigate to the folder/file you want to delete and select it.


3. Click the "gears-icon" in the toolbar and select "Delete All Backups"


That's it. If you wanna play safe, do a free space wipe of your time-machine volume to ensure all evidence is gone ;-)

Using the iPhone configuration utility for troubleshooting

Apple released it's iPhone Configuration Utility 1.0.1 last week.

Although it isn't designed directly for the end-user it comes quite handy when you have to troubleshoot your iPhone.

Essentially it provides two functions that are very useful for this purpose:

1. You can uninstall applications on your phone directly from your computer, even when the iPhone doesn't boot up to springboard. Sometimes a 3rd party app causes errors that prevent your phone from booting. Removing it solves the problem most of the time.

2. It gives you an easy access to the iPhone's console log, showing application errors, general errors and a crap-load of other diagnostic stuff like failed network login attempts, mail download problems... You name it.

The tool is available as an OSX ONLY download here.

Updating an unlocked iPhone 1G to 2.1

I tried this today with an "old" iPhone 1G running a jailbroken and unlocked 2.0.2 software:

1. Made a backup in iTunes

2. Uninstalled all "unofficial 3rd Party apps"

3. Restarted the iPhone

4. Updated it directly from iTunes

5. Voila, everything worked fine.

Sure, you're losing the jailbreak, BUT the phone still stays unlocked and activated.


DevTeam did it again, here's the torrent for the updated Quickpwn-application:

How to fix mozy error: "Database locked"

If your installation of Mozy just recently stopped working, and you saw something like

Database locked

in your Mozy-logfile, continue reading.

I don't know what exactly causes this error, but I can tell you what not: Permission-issues or a bad harddrive.

The method described below is safe, doesn't delete any of your files on the mozy server and best of all, all the files already uploaded are still there and will be recognized. So if you have like 600GB on Mozy like me, you don't need to worry having them to upload again.

Ok, here we go:

1. Copy the file "state.db" from the folder "Library/Application Support/Mozy/" to a nice and warm place, like your desktop.

2. Select "Configuration" from your Mozymenu and make a note of every Custom-Folder you are backing up right now (collections).

3. Select "Uninstall Mozy" from the menubar. If Mozy asks if you want to keep your existing logs and configuration answer NO.

4. Reboot your computer and make sure every trace of Mozy is gone (especially the "Library/Application Support/Mozy" directory).

5. Download latest version of Mozy from and install it.

6. When asked to configure your backup, go ahead and recreate all custom directory entries

7. Voila, everything should be back to normal. Run a backup, wait for it to finish and then trash your old state.db

If anything should go wrong, remember, you can always revert back to the state before, by copying the saved state.db to the directory mentioned above.

Please leave a comment if this fix worked for you! Thx.


ITunes: Error 5002 after update to iTunes 8.0 FIXED

Ohh come on! Not again...

After an upgrade to iTunes 8.0 I cannot update my apps anymore. All I get is "unknown error 5002".

To save you some time, these fixes DON'T work:

- Repair Permissions
- Signing in and out of your account
- Changing the settings from "One-Click-Shopping" to "Use Cart" and back again or vice-versa
- Reinstalling iTunes

I keep you posted about a fix. Subscribe to my RSS-Feed for latest updates.

Update: Found the error.

Seems that I had a bad app in my library (TapTap Revenge). If you scroll through your library, have a look for an App that only shows a generic icon. Delete this app and everything should be back to normal. You can redownload it later from the appstore at no charge.