Safari 4 beta + = strangeness?

Example strangeness
Example of the strangeness

Like a good little fanboy, I installed the Safari 4 beta on my aging iMac.  So far, I am really liking the new version.  Nothing earth shattering, but the performance gains are quite nice.  Even on this old G5, Safari seems a lot zippier.

I have noticed something really odd since installing the beta. stops rendering HTML emails correctly.  I’ll get the first few lines of an HTML email and then a bunch of whitespace.  If I resize the window, the email appears normally.

Anyone else seeing this?

Fink & 10.4.9 Problem Solved!

We have a solution. The was that the 10.4.9 upgrade changes the Storable cpan module for Perl. The solution came from Peter Walsham at Axomic. I just tried it and it works. (Interesting to note that CPAN reported that my Storable module was version 2.15 before I tried this. Something must have been eaten in the OSX 10.4.9 upgrade.)

Thanks Pete!


We just encountered this on a 10.4.9 server

We managed to fix the problem by getting the latest version of Storable and installing it into:


Get the release from…

…as root do

tar -xvzf Storable-2.15.tar.gz
cd Storable-2.15
perl Makefile.PL
make test
make install


Fink + 10.4.9 = Boom?

I used fink for ages. Love it. I just did Apple’s latest Mac OSX 10.4.9 upgrade and something has gone off the rails. Anyone getting this too?

Storable object version 2.13 does not match $Storable::VERSION 2.15 at /System/Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level/ line 253.
Compilation failed in require at /sw/lib/perl5/Fink/ line 38.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /sw/lib/perl5/Fink/ line 38.
Compilation failed in require at /sw/lib/perl5/Fink/ line 27.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /sw/lib/perl5/Fink/ line 27.
Compilation failed in require at /sw/lib/perl5/ line 79.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /sw/bin/fink line 29.

iSight Silliness

I love my iMac. Really. Truly. Love it. Every so often it does something to test my patience.

When the mood strikes me, I like to take a self-portrait using Photo Booth, the cute little app that Apple has built. I send the photo of to friends and loved ones. It is a more interesting way of saying hi than:

Hey –
What’s up?
I’m bored.


At any rate, I wanted to do that this afternoon. I fire up Photo Booth and it tells me another application is using the iSight camera, please close that application and try again.

  1. What a very Windows-esque uninformative error. How the hell was I supposed to know which application had the camera pinned?
  2. Why didn’t I get the choice to close the mystery app from the error message?
  3. WTF? See #1

I searched the process list to no avail. I went so far as to log out and log back in. Nothing. I deleted Photo Booth’s plist. Nada.

So I used the intarwebs to go to the Google. Sure enough, people are having the same issue I am. “Solutions” range from zapping the PRAM to renewing your DHCP lease. As my dad would say, “That’s about as helpful as pig in shit” – no idea what that really means but it sounds appropriate.

I took the very drastic action of rebooting. REBOOTING! My Mac. Yes, I rebooted. This, in my opinion, is an admission of total and utter failure.

And now I can take silly picture with Photo Booth. Aren’t you glad?
It works!