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 to fix his problem.
_(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 fixes it have to wait for a “restore file” (via Imation’s comment, though their website currently disagrees). Fortunately, you don’t have to give up your flash drive quite yet. Follow these steps for a workaround.
I noticed a neat attention-to-detail feature in iCal under Mac OS X Lion today and had to share it.
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 frustrated that they can’t solve the problem and either don’t purchase or regret their purchase of the full version of the app. If I could somehow notify the users of the solution as an alert in the app, everyone’s happy and I stop getting e-mails. This isn’t a unique solution, but I’ve wrapped it up for you to use. I call it Remote Alert, and you can find the code on GitHub.
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 eye and subconsciously move the mouse to click the icon. I’m not a fan of this incessant interruption. Here’s a hack to disable it.
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 importantly how to remove it.