November 2007

Wacky Leopard Bug #2: Missing Keychain file after upgrade

I updated my old Powerbook [previously running Tiger] to Leopard yesterday. Simple upgrade: backed the entire drive up to the backup partition, dropped Leopard in, ran the Upgrade Mac OS X install, and walked away for an hour and a half while it chugged. It booted up fine, I installed the available software upgrades — Apple, do we really have to download all of iTunes and Quicktime every damned time? — and rebooted again.

Launched Safari, and was presented with a dialog that told me that there was no Keychain file. I told Keychain Access to verify my Keychain, and it told me that the file was missing the extension. Turns out that Safari was right, and there was no keychain file at all. I rooted around in the backup, copied the old Keychain over, and re-ran Keychain first aid; it repaired the keychain, and all seems well now.

Edit on Nov 12: I guess all isn’t fine; the laptop requires the keychain to be unlocked the first time Safari is launched, and creating a new keychain and deleting the old one didn’t seem to fix it. I’ve seen various solutions for this posted on the Apple forums and around the net, and I’ve yet to find one that fixes my exact problem, but I haven’t spent more than 15 minutes or so looking into it.

Leopard should have Time Machine stickers

As with most [all?] Apple products, Leopard had a couple Apple logo stickers in the box. I’ve never used one of these … the products have the logo on it already, and I don’t see the need to plaster Apple logos on other things I own just to show that I’m an Apple Whore.

Instead of the standard Apple stickers, Leopard should have shipped with a couple Time Machine stickers so we could tag our external drives as Time Machines — not only is it practical, but unlike the generic Apple stickers, it helps show others that we’ve updated to Leopard.

Mur Lafferty’s Playing for Keeps Podcast/PDF

Playing for Keeps is the newest piece of fiction being podcasted by well-known podcaster and author Mur Lafferty. Playing for Keeps takes place in Seventh City, the birthplace of super powers, and the story of Keepsie Branson, one of the Seventh’s residents that has powers … but not enough power to be a villain or hero.

Playing for Keeps is being podcasted, distributed in PDF, and there’s also additional user-created content: a secondary podcast called Stories of the Third Wave, with more on the way. I recommend listening to the actual podcast, as Mur’s faux drunk voices always make me smile.

Wacky Leopard Bug #1: Duplicate Hard Drives in Finder

Several times an external [USB] hard drive has accidentally become disconnected without ejecting it [wheelychair + loose cord == oops], and both times I end up with two instances of my main hard drive in the Finder [but not on my desktop.] Both of them function just fine, but they don’t go away if you force quit Finder … they stick around until you reboot.

Edit: This seems to be related to the backup/restore method I use [post detailing that coming soon…] — I had a disk image with the same name as my primary hard drive mounted, and that seems to be the cause of the problem. Remounting the drive and the disk image generally fixed things, however the problem didn’t show up consistently.