OS X Mavericks and Keychain Not Accepting Password

I just spent way too long on the phone troubleshooting an issue with my father who was unable to unlock his keychain after upgrading to Mavericks and so could not check his e-mail in Apple Mail. He had not setup the iCloud keychain yet. Here’s a completely unedited brain-dump of what I just had him do […]

IronKey S200 OS X Mountain Lion Fix

(Updated 25 November 2016 with updated link.) If you have an older IronKey flash drive, you might be surprised to notice it won’t let you launch the decryption app under OS X 10.8 (“Mountain Lion”). If you have “basic” IronKey like me, you can’t upgrade the firmware either, so you’re out of luck if Imation ever […]


A lot of people have been sending me e-mail about the solution to a problem that was not very well documented to DAS Calc.  Sending the same stock reply to these people helps them out, but that’s only for the people who have spent the time to send a support request.  The rest are probably […]

It’s The Little Things… (Part 2)

At first, I thought to myself that this must be some isolated display glitch, but I didn’t have time to restart the phone.  Today I did.  Several times.  No difference.  Then I thought, let’s ask the Internet if anyone else has seen this.  Looks like people have.  Again, Samsung, it’s the little things…

It’s The Little Things…

Despite changing language settings, the spelling has been wrong for “Favorites” in every single update for my Samsung Epic 4G from Sprint in the Phone app.  It’s the little things, guys!

Disable Twitterrific 4’s Blue Menubar Icon

Since Twitter doesn’t seem to appreciate third-party developers anymore, I’ve decided to switch from the official Twitter app to The Iconfactory’s Twitterrific.  I really like it, but I absolutely can’t stand how the menubar icon turns from black to blue with every new tweet.  I constantly see it change out of the corner of my […]

Removing Elf Toolbar/Conduit for Mac from Safari

Well…it looks like the Mac is finally getting hit with malware!  I’ve had to remove the “Elf Toolbar” or “Translation Toolbar” aka “Conduit” from a number of Macs in the past few weeks.  Judging by the increasing number of recent forum posts on Apple’s Discussion Boards, it’s spreading fast.  Here’s what it is and more […]

The Soft(ware) Train

During his last rant on the last day of my graduate Software Engineering class, the professor gave each of the students a pack of train-shaped sponges.  What the… I thought.  I laughed like crazy, trying to write down everything he said so I could tell everyone about this hilarious last day.

Get latest tweet without API key in pure PHP

Update: There were several serious shortcomings in the code below that have been resolved (Twitter #failwhale, control characters in Tweets, greedy regex). I’ve been working on a backend for a website and needed a way to show the latest Twitter update. There is plenty of code floating around that does this, but I couldn’t find […]