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i tried starting matlab and got the following error in my console: 1/13/09 9:39:16 PM [0x0-0x1d01d].com.mathworks.matlab[139] dyld: Library not loaded: /private/var/automount/mathworks/BLR/devel/bat/Amake/build/3gp/install/5172124/maci/hdf5/lib/libhdf5.0.dylib turns out that the problem was trying to start matlab by clicking on the “matlab” executable.  instead, try clicking on the “startmatlab” alias.

my console was full of the following errors, despite having internet sharing disabled on my mac: 12/30/08 6:32:37 AM com.apple.launchd[1] (com.apple.InternetSharing) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds the solution: simply activate, then deactivate all of various forms of internet sharing in the sharing preference pane.  not really sure why it worked, but it did.

let’s say you want to print all of the pdf files in a directory quickly.  printing from the command line in these situations can be handy.  here’s how to do it:  >> lpstat -a   will give you a list of all of the installed printer names. >> lp -d “my_printer_name” ~/my_folder/*.pdf  will send out all of […]

while trying to commit an omnigraffle file to an SVN repository, i received the following error message:  A         bootstraps.graffle A         bootstraps.graffle/data.plist ‘vn: Invalid control character ’0x0d’ in path ‘bootstraps.graffle/Icon    the solution:  $ svn propedit svn:ignore Icon   try again to add the OmniGraffle files and things should be […]

it’s a bit of a pain to print to a CUPS print server from OS X.  here’s how i got it working (much cribbed from macosxhints). open the printer setup utility and create a printer.  give it any old address; let’s call it Open a webbrowser and go to This is a front […]

upgrading from mac os x tiger to leopard had me hanging on a blue screen of death.  i found the following terrific solution on the apple forums, courtesy of chris mccullough.  ultimately, it turned out that an old installation of shapeshifter was causing my problems.  to remove it: 1. Reboot into single-user mode (hold Apple-S […]

to fix: click on utilities in the menu bar and then “terminal.” then type (omitting the dollar signs): $ df -k $ df -k now, quit the terminal and your drive should be present! thanks to the apple discussion forums for that tip!

to add a midpoint halfway through a line in omnigraffle, just right-click on the line and select “add-midpoint.”

if you’ve tried to install sqlite3 via macports, only to have failed spectacularly, dust yourself off and try again. i found that although the first attempt at installation crashed, the second one surprisingly went off without a hitch: >> port -dv clean sqlite3 >> port -dv install sqlite3

it’s unfortunate, but exposureplot doesn’t run for the mac.  don’t fear though — if you’d like to find the distribution of focal lengths you use in your photos, all you need to do is the following: 1)  install jhead.  if you’ve got http://www.macports.org/ installed,  it’s as easy as: >> sudo port install jhead 2)   […]

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