This afternoon my pal Gerry and I were all primed and prepped to buy WWDC 2013 tickets this when they went on sale (10am PDT). “I have a bad feeling about this,” was what I was feeling. At precisely 1pm EDT we started refreshing the web site when the “Buy Now” button appeared. We both punched the button and each saw the WWDC 2013 ticket in our carts.
We then simultaneously proceeded to the web site’s checkout. But wait! Even though we had both already logged into our developer accounts, we were asked to log in again – to confirm the purchase. We entered our credentials and were told that, “there was a problem” with our Apple IDs – keep in mind that I normally login to Apple several times a day.
“Huh,” I thought. I entered the credentials again. However once again I was told there was a problem with account. Next the Apple Store hiccuped and we were both simultaneously told that there was nothing in our carts. The tickets were “Sold Out“. It was now 1:03PM.
Gerry looked up at me and said, “Well, thanks for the coffee!” Despondently we parted ways, and went about our days.
At 5:35PM I got a call from San Jose. I rarely answer calls from the states. They’re often Indian developers offering off shore development. Today I took the call. The lady on the phone identified herself as calling from Apple Developer Support. She said they had noticed that I was having trouble purchasing a ticket to WWDC. She went on to say that they did have a ticket set aside for me and that I would receive an email with instructions on how to complete the purchase.
That is unbelievable customer support. For all intents and purposes hundreds of developers had also had similar experiences. Apple was calling each of us to give us a chance to complete the purchase. Who does that? Apple that’s who. Incredible.
We’ve started a Facebook poll, to track other’s experiences:
Apple has announced the dates for WWDC 2013. The conference will take place June 10-14, in San Francisco. It will offer new insights on future versions of iOS and OSX.
To buy a ticket, you must be a member of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or the Mac Developer Program as of the announcement of WWDC (5:30 a.m. PDT, April 24, 2013) and at the time of your ticket purchase. Developers between 13 and 17 years of age must have their ticket purchased by their parent or guardian who is an eligible member.
Ticket purchases are limited to one (1) per person and five (5) per organization. The same credit card may be used up to five (5) times to purchase all of the tickets for your organization. However, each team member must sign in with their own Apple ID and purchase their own ticket.
So now we can set our calendars and stop taking our iPhones to bed.
A web site has just gone up that will attempt to inform you when the tickets for WWDC 2013 goes on sale. The site will send you text message when they go on sale.
Last year the 5000 tickets sold out in a few hours.
Click this link to sign up:
Sign up here.
Do you have a connect to screen sharing stuck saying “Connecting…” and pressing Cancel does nothing?
Open Activity Monitor in Utilities.
Search for NetAuthAgent.
Select it and choose Quit Process
I’ve been using mySQL on Macs since I was running debian linux on a Quadra 700 in the late nineties. So you can say that I’ve had to deal with every curve that Apple throws at us with respect to web services. After debian, I ran darwin until Apple released Mac OX Beta in 1999.
The latest challenge was while upgrading my Intel Nahalan Xserve to Mountain Lion Server, 10.8.2. Lo and behold there is no mysql installed. So gleefully I went over the mysql.com to get the latest installer dmg (http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/). Once I tried to run “mysql” on the command line to test, I kept getting the age old “Cannot connect to /var/mysql/mysql.sock” error. No biggie, just check that the file is there or create a symbolic link to /tmp/mysql.sock…
However no matter what I tried, I kept getting the error… so I needed to dig deeper. Some sage user suggested checking the error log inside /var/mysql/data – by looking for a file matching your hostname and ending with .err . So I set up a tail and ran the mysql startUpItem script by hand and watched the log. (/Library/StartupItems.MySQLCOM/MySQLCOM start). Sure enough it would start and then immediately abort and shutdown.
Turns out the mySQL configuration file was wrong (/etc/my.cnf). I’m not sure where mine came from, possibly an older installer. You may not run into this problem, since Lion and Mountain Lion don’t come with mySQL installed. So the error I saw first was “unknown option skip-locking”. I commented that out (backing up the my.cnf before starting) and ran the start command again. I also had to comment out “table_cache=512″ and “skip-thread-priority”. Afterwards mysql started up like it should. So I’m putting this out there, in case it helps the next poor sap.
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We’ve uncovered the problem with the excessive buffering of the show. Turns out there was a bad router between the server and App. Now that we have a better route to stream the shows the buffering is practically gone. (You may still expect some buffering if you on 3G and driving around , etc. “Your mileage may vary”)
Last night we had temporarily moved the show files to another server while we remedied the buffering issues. BTW the shows are also available on SoundCloud.com – if you’d like to listen to them offline.
Let us know if you experience problems streaming the shows.
Here’s a cool trick.
You may know this. If you get a notification when your iPhone is locked and you unlock the phone, it will open to the application that sent the notice.
The cool trick is if you’ve received many notices while your phone is locked, you can swipe the app icon next to the notice. The iPhone will unlock The app will open when the phone unlocks.
The MacBook Pro with Retina display line has been updated with faster processors and new pricing.
A pricing update was also made to the 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB of flash storage.