Monday, October 20, 2014

Nerd alert - MacOSX 10.8.5, Apple Mail authentication issues, Apple Messages issues, Notification Center issues, etc.

I'm a slow adopter of upgrades - Apple announced Mac OS X version 10.10 this week, free for current OSX license holders. So it seemed like a good time to upgrade... to 10.8. I'm of the mindset that if everything is working, there's no need to upgrade, until or unless there is a feature that I must have. (Full disclosure: a game I bought wouldn't run on 10.7).

Upgrading to 10.8 went surprisingly smoothly -- all of my critical programs seem to work. But when I updated to 10.8.5, Apple Mail broke. Specifically, I could not check my iCloud account any more. It wouldn't authenticate.

Tried many things, including beating my head against a wall. OK, actually, tried manually configuring, with various settings (didn't work). Tried using an app-specific password for two-step verification (didn't work). Tried manually configuring with using a different client (Thunderbird) using an app-specific password for two-step verification (worked).

On a whim, just to troubleshoot, I turned off Apple Two-Step Verification on my AppleID, and voila, suddenly I could set up Mail. I didn't even have to set it up manually. So, inexplicably, Apple Mail seems to not work with two-step verification. Go figure.

Once I turned off two-step verification, several other issues I struggled with today resolved themselves as well: Notes synced, iMessages and Mail notifications are now listed in the Notification Center (I did have to go into system prefs and tell them not to display, close out, then go back in and tell them to display to spur it into action), Mail messages now display popup alerts, as do iMessages.

So, hope this helps someone. Pretty much burned half a day on this.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New band member

He's studying up on his accordion playing.







Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My 15 Minutes (she says, with tongue firmly in cheek)



Really nice write-up in the Express-News from Jim Beal Jr.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The death of Posterous - well, crap

I read that Posterous was dying, some time back, and didn't think much of it.

Completely forgot that when we went to Vietnam in 2009, I had used Posterous for a lot of the photo hosting for this blog, because it as an easy way email photos from my phone.

So now most of my Vietnam travel posts have broken image links... I have the images, but it's going to be a drag to try to recreate some of the visual narratives.

Paper wasp


paper wasp, originally uploaded by txfiddlechick.

My new hobby seems to be taking macro shots of bugs. Here's a paper wasp that sat still long enough for me to get this shot.

There's a good sized nest on the ceiling of the back porch - not the most ideal spot (one will occasionally fly into the house), but we've had less caterpillar problems in the veggie garden this year, so we're peacefully co-existing.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Peruvian tree cactus fruit









Read they were edible. Thought they might be palatable. But they're quite delicious and something to look forward to. Sort of dragon-fruit / watermelon in texture but lighter. The seeds are flavorless but give it an interesting crunch. Happy our plant has started producing these and adding them to the list of accidental favorite garden foods (along with the Purslane that grows as a weed literally from the cracks in our sidewalk). We're living off the fat of the land, I tell ya.

Peruvian tree cactus, night bloom just opening

Goofing around with my new camera (another point-and-shoot, because I'm way too lazy to drag around and learn how to use a DSLR). Still learning how to use it - it's fancier with more manual control than my old one.

This cactus is night blooming. Rather large flowers, maybe 5-6" in diameter when they're fully open. This one is just opening.

I normally don't see the flowers until the next morning when they're rather spent and starting to close again, but Daniel was out in the garden tonight and noticed this fresh one. He had a flashlight and stuck it inside the flower, which looked surprisingly cool. I went and grabbed the camera on Auto (don't know how to use most of the settings yet) and after a few shots, ended up with this.

Peruvian tree cactus fruit


Peruvian cactus fruit, originally uploaded by txfiddlechick.

This is the first time we've seen this cactus fruit (it's only started flowering in the last two seasons). The fruits are supposedly edible.

A few days ago, we wondered how we'd know when they were ready - the bottom one burst open overnight. Ta-da, guess that means it's ready. Picked the other two (the one on the top right is getting ready to explode). The flesh looks a little like a dragon fruit and smells sweet/fruity. We'll try eating them tomorrow.

They look kind of gigantic in the photo, but they're maybe medium apple sized.

PlantFiles: Apple Cactus, Peruvian Apple, Hedge Cactus, Peruvian Tree Cactus,
Cereus repandus

Friday, August 9, 2013

Tonight's View from the Stage


Twin Sisters in Alamo Heights, San Antonio, Texas.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Obama Explains Black America to White America




I thought this week's speech/press-conference by the president (which clearly wasn't expected - you can see the press corps scrambling because they were expecting a typical White House spokesman briefing) addressing the Treyvon Martin verdict was really well done. Thoughtful and though provoking. Kind of groundbreaking, in an understated way. I wish more politicians - heck, more people - would talk about race relations this simply and fearlessly.

The Washington Post has the original video and transcript. Worth the time to watch it, I think.

NPR has a good commentary (so good, in fact, that I stole their article title).