Mac Appstore won’t upgrade

I hit the problem with my Mac Book Mavericks build that the App Store wouldn’t run an Xcode Upgrade. It offers me the terms and conditions but there’s no continue button. A, now disappeared thread on the Mac support forums offers a very complex diagnostic process or proposes that you download a free application to ‘blow it through’. Having done this, ask for the Xcode upgrade using the App Store. It seems that it sets an environment variable or writes a cookie so that it knows you’ve signed in and agreed the new ToS and doesn’t offer the revised terms and conditions when you press the update button. Worked for me.

Twitter API V1.1 (Deprecated)

This post was written in 2013 and I discovered in May 2018 that most of the links failed. It’s been a while, and it surprises me that my little wiki has lasted longer than the resources I point to, but not here. I could have deleted this post, but chose not to; I have heavily edited it so it’s as much a diary as the technical note it once was.

I missed the announcement that Twitter were upgrading their API. I only discovered it when they ran their “test blackouts”. It has broken. This means my ‘mingle’, friend feed and hence facebook feeds are now without my twitter goodness. The rest of this post lists then contemporary resources to help rescue the feeds. Continue reading “Twitter API V1.1 (Deprecated)”

ddclient

ddclient is a program for Linux that negotiates with http://dyndns.com to allow systems with dynamic tcp/ip addresses to have static DNS names. This was originally written in 2011, and revisited in 2013. dyndns abandoned their free product some time ago, possibly as a result of being bought by Oracle. I marked the page is ‘deprecated’ on 4th Feb 2019. The rest of this article comprise my notes on how to install ddclient on an AMI.  Continue reading “ddclient”

Snipsnap & Ubuntu

I decided to make an install of Snipsnap on my favourite Linux. I am using Ubuntu 9.0. This snip talks about how to, and configuring the rc.d files. It must be pretty useless now, and I have marked it deprecated and is another page that points at my mirror and thus needs to acknowledge that the source is now on github,  https://github.com/thinkberg/snipsnap Continue reading “Snipsnap & Ubuntu”

Snipsnap, RSS & XML feeds

This page was originally entitled “Snipsnap Blog & XML Feeds”. It documented one of the crucial failings in snipsnap, its limited rss feed size of 10 and the blog article naming which means that it considered nearly all the articles to be titled “1”. In 2009, I experimented with using Google reader as a feed aggregator, good choice eh? The final part of this article documented my experiments and gave hints on how to follow me using the google reader feed. This is now no longer available, but neither is snipsnap. Continue reading “Snipsnap, RSS & XML feeds”

Dell Dimension 5150c

This was originally entitled “Our New XP Box”. I changed the title when I copied the snip across to WordPress in July 2013. I marked the snip as deprecated in June 2019, added a picture to remind me. Here are my notes; the tags give a pretty good idea of what I needed to write about. This was an XP system and I wrote about external devices, anti-virus, fax and video capture. Continue reading “Dell Dimension 5150c”

Snipsnap Problems

This was copied across from the snipsnap bliki on 26th July. It’s all a bit redundant now, but it might be useful for others. This was a pagfe that documented my work in building the configuration and in some places represented a work in progress. In some cases, the resolution is not documented and in others I failed to resolve it. I eventually gave up on snipsnap. Hope this page helps someone! Continue reading “Snipsnap Problems”

Instant Messaging and Chat (Deprecated)

This article has not matured well. I had been planning to write a blog, which discussed the current attempts led by Google to re-enclose the chat communities.  The landscape had changed, with Google, in the spring of 2013 shit-canning Google Reader its RSS reader, and crippling XMPP in Google Talk. I had meant to write something on the modern enclosure movement, the closest I got was my blog article, “A bad week for RSS”. My thoughts on the impact of the NSA/GCHQ monitoring scandal and personal behaviour i.e. my response in terms of chat use was posted in a article called “Stable Doors and Missing Horses…”, on my blog. The rest of this article is about how to use multi-protocol chat services. Continue reading “Instant Messaging and Chat (Deprecated)”