Weird Time Machine AFP Error – solved

This was a first. I just rebooted the OSX server to free up the Time Machine volume – after getting the ubiquitous “volume is in use error”.

When Time Machine on my Mac next ran, I got this weird error “The network backup disk does not support the required AFP features”. This was the first time that I’ve seen this error. I googled around for the error, and even on the Drobo web site. I didn’t get any useful information… so I logged onto the server to look for errors.

There were no messages in the Server app’s Alerts pane. There was nothing unusual in the Drobo Dashboard. However I did notice that Time Machine was switched to “off”. WTF? A service on the OSX service that was NOT running after a reboot? Perish the thought! (I reboot my servers about once or twice a year. A properly running Unix server should never “need” a reboot.)

So I turned Time Machine back “On” in the Server’s app. There were no existing Time Machine volumes set up in the pane. So I had to direct the Time Machine back to the folder that I had set up on the Drobo to store the backups. Very strange indeed.

When the backup tried to run on the Mac again, I had to go into the Time Machine preferences and choose “Add or Remove Disk” to reconnect the back up. It’s running once again…

This is why I also use Background Backup to backup all my Macs. I never have issues with that service. You get what you pay for.

MTJC – Ep 6 – Apple iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay & Apple Watch

In the 6th installment of the More Than Just Code podcast we discuss the impact of the new products and services announced by Apple on September 9th. Aaron expounds on the features on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. We each give our opinions on the new product mix from the under equipped iPhone 5C to the oversized iPhone 6 Plus, and which model we would choose as consumers and developers.

We discuss the new Apple Pay service, it’s impact on purchasing north and south of the Canada/US border. This could be the introduction of something bigger than what appears on the surface.

Aaron takes the reins again and expounds upon the new Apple Watch. This again could be the cusp of a new set of products and services from Apple and potentially 3rd Parties.

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Episode 6 Show Notes:

Overexposed and the Attack of the Clones

IMG_1317Our 5th installment of the More Than Just Code podcast is now available. In this episode we discuss the impact of the leaked nude celebrity photos, apparently stolen from their private iCloud accounts. Beyond the social issue of these lady’s privacy violations, we discuss the nerd’s perspective of how to access and strengthen your passwords with apps like AgileBits’ 1Password app for desktop and mobile devices. We also touch on 2-factor authentication for online accounts.

Mark sent in some photos of a mystery building that Apple has set up on De Anza College in Cupertino, near where the Sept 9th Apple Press Conference will be held. We all speculate on what products will be revealed and what their impact will be. Will it be a new iPhone 6, iWatch or AppleTV.

Jaime brings forth an new example of iOS 8’s extensibility in the form of a custom keyboard from Minuum. Mark brings up Swing Copters again and Tim dives right in. Aaron praises and laments the Overcast podcast app. Tim discusses the new Star Wars Commander app and compares it to Clash of Clans.

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Episode 5 Show Notes:

Google 2-step authentication
FaceBook Tweaks
Celebrity photos leaked
Creepy Men
How to step up Two Factor Authentication on iCloud
TechnoCreep by Thomas Keehnan
Minuum Keyboard
App Annie App Ranking, Intelligence & Marketplace
iPassword for Mac
iPassword for iOS
Star Wars Commander
Swing Copters

Apple Stores to finally begin iPhone 5s display replacements on August 4th | 9to5Mac

Apple Stores to finally begin iPhone 5s display replacements on August 4th | 9to5Mac.

Apple will finally begin offering iPhone 5s screen replacements in its official U.S. and Canada retail stores in the coming days, according to several sources. Apple Store Genius Bars are said to have begun taking delivery of large quantities of iPhone 5s screens for the repair program. The crucial service’s debut is currently scheduled for Monday, August 4th. This upcoming rollout will mark an official launch as a few stores in the U.S. have piloted iPhone 5s screen repairs over the past several months. Apple officially rolled out iPhone 5c screen repairs in January, and it began replacing other iPhone 5c and 5s parts late in 2013. The screen replacements will cost approximately $150 per repair, and this is more affordable than the $269 price of completely replacing a broken iPhone 5s.

Notifications – enough already!

If are annoyed by web sites offering to send you Notifications, the last thing you need is more distractions. Notifications were a pain on iOS and now that pain is available on OSX.

To turn of the near constant offers, go to Safari Preferences and uncheck the option for web sites to ask

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Scam – Some limitations have been placed on your Apple account

Wow, this is a pretty convincing email that appears to be coming from Apple. Right down to the links at the bottom. I get emails from Apple all week long, and this is how they look for the most part. Before I clicked the “Verify Now” link, which is an odd request from Apple, I checked the sender address. That’s where I spotted the “.RU” at the end.

Please don’t be fooled by these types of scams. Always verify the sender information. Apple would always address you by name and seldom would ask you to verify your info in this way.

BTW at the bottom of the email, is a broken graphic. That graphic is most likely used to verify your email address and track that you’ve opened the email. Which means that even if you don’t get fooled and click the links, you can look forward to months of new Spam.

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App Store or iTunes Store account set up error – not Admin

“You are not a member of the Administrator group”

If you are trying to set up a new iPhone or iPad device,  you may come across this obscure error. It happens because you may have tried to create an Apple ID during the initial set up or on boarding. (Personally I skip this step. I use a different Apple ID for iCloud and iTunes accounts.)  While you are setting up a new Apple ID, you are asked to enter a valid email address. However before you can use the ID you have to verify that you can access the email account. Apple sends a verification email.

After you have tried to use your newly minted Apple ID to make a purchase without verification, you will get the “You are not a member of the Administrator group” error. Check your email and respond to the verification. That should solve the problem. You may also need to go to a desktop computer and search from MyAppleID and finish the verification.

There is one more thing…

When you do go to make your first download (even for a free app) you will have to enter your credit card information.

Cocos2d 2.x vs iOS 7

A quick note about getting lots of errors when building your cocos2d app under Xcode 5.1 and iOS 7.1. It took me by surprise  after updating Xcode, so I thought I post this.

Cocos2D 2.x is not 64-bit ready. So you will need to set your Architecture to 32-bit.

Select your target.
Choose Build Settings.
Change the Architecture to $(ARCH_STANDARD_32_BIT).

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Had enough with annoying iOS Notifications?

notificationsIf you’re like us, you (or a younger version) may have installed a Game or app on your device that insists on using Notifications. Often at the most inappropriate times. Notifications are handy for the developers to keep you engaged with their app or game. However there’s nothing worse than being notified that your “Gold storage has been updated!” in the middle of your company presentation.

Admittedly it’s better than it used to be. In previous iOS versions, you had to deal with Alerts!

So with iOS 5, Apple added the Notification center, so users could decide which apps could send them alerts.  However its not clear enough IMO why you still get banner notifications (see next paragraph.) To properly disable the notifications, of choose which will appear, switch off “Badge App Icon“, “Sounds“, “Show in Notification Center“, “Show on Lock Screen” AND set the Alert Style to “None“. (The last part is the one area I keep forgetting. It’s not that obvious).

Once you’ve set most (but maybe not all) of these settings, the app will move to the “Do Not Include” list. However one or more of these items may still be active. Annoying is to light a term IMO. So make sure you make all the settings you need. (maybe Apple should add a “Partial List” of apps.)

Xcode – Missing content in Quick Help Inspector found!

For the past couple of months, I have not been able to see any content in Xcode 5’s “Quick Help Inspector” pane. Having googled around and asked other senior developers, I could not find a solution to the mystery. I almost resorted to the most helpful suggestion – wipe the screen with a damp cloth.

I just discovered the solution by accident (I suppose I could have read the documentation or watched an online video  course.) However I just discovered the solution… in any Inspector pane you can hide or show the content by double-clicking the section title. (A really annoying feature IMO!) I had just happened to notice that hovering over the hidden section will reveal a “Show” quick tip, which disappears in short order.

So I’m posting this article in case any other developers are stumped by a missing section in Xcode.

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Quick Help Inspector content hidden
Quick Help Inspector content revealed.
Quick Help Inspector content revealed.