The .AppleDouble folders

March 9th, 2012

The creates .AppleDouble folders on network shares which is pretty annoying. To disabled this behavior execute the following on the terminal.

defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores true

If a network drive has already been polluted by the .AppleDouble folders use the following command to get rid of them.

find . -name '.AppleDouble' -printf '"%p"\n' | xargs rm -Rf

AppleTV 2

February 28th, 2012

Apple is said to release a new AppleTV 3 very soon. This reminded me to update my existing AppleTVs to the latest iOS version.

After jailbreaking with Seas0nPass (when prompted, hold both MENU + Play keys on the remote for 7 secs, then release MENU) one can SSH to the device after finding out its IP address in the Settings.

The original password for root is alpine.

First the password should be changed with passwd. Then one can update the packages with apt-get and install NitoTV. After a restart of the UI the new NitoTV entry becomes available.

apt-get update
apt-get install com.nito.nitoTV
killall AppleTV
killall Lowtide

Everything else can be installed using the Apple Remote. Its best to install RowMote on an iPad or iPhone and install the RowMote helper on the AppleTV. Then one can use a normal keyboard to enter text on the AppleTV.

Setting up SSH for Bazaar

November 30th, 2009

Summarizing the steps required to get SSH authentication going.

1) Generate your SSH keypair. If you specify a passphrase you will have to enter that again for each connection (in case you are not on OS X)

ssh-keygen -t rsa -C ""

2) Copy your new ~/.ssh/ file to the remote machine (with scp) to the name ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

SSH Keygen step by step

Installing VMware Tools on Ubuntu 9.04 the Easy Way

October 21st, 2009

Here is a simple way to install VMware Tools on a Ubuntu 9.04 image. Execute this in a shell and always hit enter when asked questions to accept the default values.

sudo bash ./

I had to run the configuration wizard twice to finally get everything working ok. This can be done by execution the following line.

sudo /usr/bin/

The VMware Toolbox can be launched that way:

sudo /usr/bin/vmware-toolbox

Get more info here.

Disabling Google Software Update

October 20th, 2009

After installing Google Chrome I noticed a new Update Agent, trying to fetch update information from some Google server. The fabulous LittleSnitch firewall allowed me to block those requests but it is still quite annoying to have an agent running in the background you do not want.

I did some googling and found this solution. By running this from a terminal I hope that the GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent is now disabled on my system.

~/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/ --uninstall

Little Snitch
Google Chrome for Mac

Disable Spotlight

October 7th, 2009

Since the OS X Spotlight process was freezing my machine constantly after installing the new VMware Fusion 3.0 I finally googled how to turn Spotlight off, totally. During the last two years I used it 2-3 times so it is really not worth for me.

There are two ways to disable Spotlight. One is to exclude all disks from being scanned by Spotlight, the other one to disable Spotlight totally.

Execute this command to exclude all disks from being searched.

mdutil -a -i off

Also, by disabling Spotlight totally one can gain up to 30% overall system performance - which is quite nice. On the other hand some applications like will frequently hang for a few seconds during usage. So only do this when you are know what you are doing.

These are the steps to remove Spotlight from Snow Leopard.

sudo su
cd /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Support/
tar -cvf mdworkstuff.tar ./
rm mdworker
rm mdworker32
rm mds
rm mdwrite

If you want to re-enable it later on, simply extract the .tar archive and reboot.

tar xvzf mdworkstuff.tar

MySQL Users Conference Coming Up

March 27th, 2008

On April 14-17 the MySQL Users Conference will be held in Santa Clara, CA again. Vlad and I will represent the MySQL Developer Tools Team.

Vlad is going to host a tutorial session about Workbench scripting and I will do two talks about Workbench in general. In addition to that we will do BOF (Birds of a Feather) sessions.

If you are in the area, please come by we will have lots of fun as usual and you get to check out the latest about MySQL Workbench.

What's BOF?

Under the Blue Sky

February 25th, 2008

Ronald, a MySQL buddy, took a three day break from his vacation in Germany and joined me on do some skiing/snowboarding action at the infamous Hochkar last week. The weather was beautiful and we were hitting the slopes Monday to Wednesday, staying over at Gerti's.

On Tuesday Claudia and Andrea joined us and we had lots of fun until Claudia made a wrong twist on a high-speed slope. That resulted in a rather violent "French kissing the
ice plate" as she would described the accident later on.

My heart stopped for a moment when she was just laying there - motionless - without any vital signs. I have not see such a violent accident before - it was really a scary. She was dazed for some time and her pretty face was looking like she has been beaten up real bad. After getting her to a doctor she returned heavily covered in band-aid. It took a few days till the pain was gone and she was feeling better again.

On the last day Ronald and I took some pictures with his new Canon. Today I finally finished a multi-shot composition of me making a carving turn.

All told those have been exciting days and if it was not for Claudia's accident it would have been a very cool vacation.

Just before the accident
Snowboard Multi-shot

Red One Unboxing Pics

February 9th, 2008

The cam arrived yesterday morning at Vienna airport. FedEx called me at 7:30 because they needed some documents signed for customs. Luckily they were able to accept them via email which meant I could send them back immediately without driving to the office and use the fax machine.

Since all trucks had already left the station once the custom declaration process was finished I drove by and picked it up myself (btw. that was the first time my new used BMW 320d touring I got this week payed off - I would not have been able to get those boxes into my old Mazda 121 Baby).

Today I started unboxing the cam and putting everything together as well as making the first test shots. The cam is much bigger in size than I had imagined. And fully configured it is very heavy. I am looking forward to the Nikon mount since that will reduce the total weight a lot - those Cooke lenses are really heavy!

Red One Unboxing Pics

Red One Camera Ready To Ship

February 1st, 2008

Finally! After waiting for about two years my Red One Digital Film camera is finally ready to ship. It was very interesting to follow the complete development cycle of this product - from the very first designs to the first pre-beta cams to now the final production cameras.

I am going to resolve the last complications with the order process today and will expect the camera end of next week or beginning of the week after.

These are exciting times!