iPhoto ’11 Large Triangle with Exclamation Point

I recently updgraded my Hackintosh due to a hard drive failure and decided I’d start using Apple software to manage and maintain all of my digital files (pictures/music/videos). My main reason for this was the ease of use, simplicity yet powerful features that iMovie offered. So naturally, iMovie was the first program that I began to use frequently. Next was iTunes. I had always stayed away from managing my music in iTunes, but now that I’ve owned every iPhone, I figure, I may as well convert and start using iTunes. Plus, with the addition of the Remote app, I have become a huge fan of iTunes and the ability to control the music played in my house from any room. Now, onto the last bit of personal media that I needed to maintain. Pictures.

I had always been a fan of just organizing my photos using good folder structure and naming a heirarchy (which I still adhere to), but I figure that takes a lot of time, and I don’t necessarily need full control. Apple develops software to take the work and worry out of tedious tasks like that, so I decided… I’m going to start managing my pictures in iPhoto. Whoops!

First of all, I didn’t setup my iPhoto database in the “traditional” sense. By default, iPhoto wants to copy all photos to the iPhoto database. I did not enable this option. I instead, left all of my pictures on my secondary hard drive (around 75,000 images) and let iPhoto run its scan. It took nearly 2 hours to complete on my absolute beast of a machine – more to come on that – but once it completed, there were problems. Upon trying to browse the pictures, nearly every picture i tried to enlarge, I was presented with a large gray triangle with an exclamation point in it. All the thumbnail images were displayed in iPhoto, but upon trying to view the large version of any thumbnail, iPhoto gave me the gray exclamation point.

I am currently in the process of rebuilding/repairing my iPhoto database as per some user suggestions in various forums, but it has been stuck at 99% for the last 30 minutes. I’m losing confidence and starting to consider switching to Aperture, or maybe back to Picasa3. Picasa has always done a good job and never had a problem with the amount of images that I’ve thrown at it. The fact that iPhoto creates and maintains an entire database seems a little stupid to me – especially considering the fact that I didn’t import any photos and the iPhoto database is currently at 6.4 gigabytes. Seems like too much. I’m going to let this thing run, but I’m curious to hear if anyone out there prefers Aperture over iPhoto, or if there is another strong photo management application.

Building a Hackintosh (PC-based Macintosh) in May 2011

After being a PC owner and user for most of my life, I recently purchased a Mac laptop which I love. Mac makes some amazing software for picture/video editing and management. So due to the fact that I don’t store all my media on my laptop, I have decided to build a Hackintosh – CustoMac Pro. I’ve started doing some research and have found some great resources which I will list in a future post. For the time being, here is a brief overview of the hardware that I am looking to puchase for my new Hackintosh CustoMac Pro buildout.

  • Intel i7 Quad-Core 3.2Ghz
  • 6-12GB of DDR3 RAM (haven’t decided the amount yet)
  • 120GB OCZ SSD – would do 60GB, but decided I want 60GB for each OS, will dual boot OSX and Windows 7
  • Gigabyte Motherboard – these seem to be the most compatible

For those that have already build a Hackintosh, I’d love to hear your experiences below in the comments. Let me know how it went & what you might do differently if you were to re-build one now.

iOS4 Jailbreak Released – JailBreakMe.com the Easiest Jailbreak Ever

Well, the newest iPhone firmware iOS4 has finally had a jailbreak released for it, and this jailbreak is being touted as the easiest jailbreak ever. Simply open Safari on your iPhone, iPad or iPod and go to jailbreakme.com – pull the slider across the screen and follow the instructions. Simple, right? It really can’t get much easier.

Can’t Order iPhone 4 – Due to a system upgrade the site is temporarily unavailable

With the release of the new iPhone 4, you’d figure that Apple and AT&T would get their shit together, but for some reason, both of their sites seem to be down and unable to accept orders. On AT&T, I get the following error:

Due to a system upgrade the site is temporarily unavailable, please try again later. For immediate assistance please contact customer service at 1-800-331-0500.

On Apple, I repeatedly get session timeout errors. Actually, here’s another error I just got from Apple:

Your request couldn’t be processed.
We’re sorry, but there was an error processing your request. Please try again later.

Has anyone successfully been able to order the iPhone 4 yet?

How to Install iOS 4.0 From IPSW File

So I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to install the iOS 4.0, and whether it will work. Here are a few questions/answers that should help you out.

Can I install iOS 4.0 on Windows?
Not currently. As of right now, you need iTunes 9.2 beta which is only availble for Mac. It may not be released for the PC until June 21, 2010.

Do I need to be a registered developer?
Many people have mentioned and asked about needing a valid UDID in the Apple developer network. This isn’t required because the current iOS 4.0 IPSW file that is floating around is the Golden Master (GM) which means that is the release that will be publicly available to the masses. Thus, no UDID is required.

How do I install iOS 4.0?
You’ll use iTunes. Backup your phone as you always do. Download and install the iTunes 9.2 beta. Just google it, I am not providing links here. Once it’s installed, click Alt + Restore in iTunes and select the IPSW file that you downloaded – iPhone2,1_4.0_GM_8A293_Restore.ipsw – let the restore happen. That’s it, you now have iOS 4.0.

Have fun!

iPhone 4 Announced – iPhone OS 4.0 Release Date – iOS 4.0

Apple has officially announced the iPhone 4 and released pictures and video of the phone and its amazing new features and capabilities. I think the most attractive features of the new iPhone are the new screen which offers a resolution that is 4 times as high as the current iPhone as well as the front and back facing camera (with flash) and the ability to record and edit HD video. Apple has definitely set the bar high with the announcement and release of this new hardware.

The release of the iPhone OS 4.0 firmware will be another feature that allows the iPhone to gain more market share, because the OS 4.0 will allow developers to do more. For some reason, Apple has stopped calling it the iPhone OS 4.0 and has now gone to a different naming scheme, calling it iOS 4.0. Either way, it is feature packed and will add a huge list of new features and capabilities to the new phone. I can’t wait to get mine!

iPhone OS 4.0 Official Release Date, Features and iPhone Multitasking

It’s official… iPhone users will finally be granted the long awaited feature of multitasking. This has got to be the single most requested item and the single item that keeps most BlackBerry users from switching to the “all powerful” iPhone. The thing that sucks about the OS 4.0 update is that 3G users will not be fully supported – OS 4.0 will install, but features such as multitasking will not work. There was no mention of the 1st generation iPhone (2G) which may not be supported at all – still waiting on word from Apple.

Here are some of the other features of the iPhone firmware 4.0 update:

  • Multitasking / Background Apps
  • iAd
  • iBooks
  • Unified Inbox
  • New Drag & Drop UI

Will the summer release date of the iPhone OS 4.0 make you wait to jailbreak your iPhone if you haven’t jailbroken it yet? Which new iPhone OS 4.0 features are you most excited about.

And finally, the thing you all want to know about is the official release date of the iPhone 4.0 OS… I don’t have the official date, but I’ve always been a good predictor, I’m going Tuesday, June 8th as the official date. Just a guess, Apple will have to prove me wrong.

Apple Table Release Date Announcement & Projected Name: iTablet, iSlate, iPad

When I got into the office this morning, I noticed that Apple stock price had jumped nearly 5%. Upon doing a little bit of research, I noticed that there is a planned announcement of  a new device in the near future, the Apple tablet – which has a host of potential nicknames, including the iTablet, the iSlate or the iPad. Whatever name Apple chooses to use for the new tablet, there is one thing for certain – it will probably revolutionize the way that tablet PC’s work.

I’m sure that Apple has probably spent a ton of time researching the best way for a tablet PC to operate and I’m more than certain that the Apple tablet will be like nothing we’ve seen before, just like the iPhone when it was initially released.

It is said that the Apple tablet will have the potential to revitalize the newspaper industry by allowing digital or virtual subscriptions. The Apple tablet will also have the potential to push the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook out of the marketplace because it will be so much more powerful, though the price tag will also be a lot higher than that of the Kindle or Nook.

Whatever the new Apple tablet does, one thing is for certain… it will add to Apple’s already great line of consumer devices.

Enabling Nike+ on iPhone 3G

It has been announced that the iPhone 3GS will support the Nike+ application and will allow workouts to be tracked and sent to Nike.com, but for some reason, Apple has decided to not allow this feature on the iPhone 3G, even with the 3.0 software update, Apple has decided to keep this functionality available only to the iPhone 3GS users.

It is my mission to find a way to enable the Nike+ application on my iPhone 3G, and when I find a solution, you can be sure that I’ll post it here. If anyone has any input, please feel free to comment.

Get iPhone 3.0 OS Beta Today! Download the iPhone 3.0 Software

Many of us are anxiously awaiting the release of the iPhone 3.0 Software, but if you just can’t wait to get your hands on the iPhone 3.0 OS, you can download it today to begin testing and playing with it if you’d like. All you have to do is register to join the iPhone developer program. So what’s the catch? No catch really, other than the fee to join the program – $99 for the Standard Program.

Joining the Standard Program allows you to develop applications that can be sold in the AppStore. You could probably make that $99 back quickly and easily if you built an application that people liked.

So if you don’t think you can wait until summer for Copy & Paste functionality, Push functionality, the new Spotlight Search functionality, join the Apple iPhone Developer Program today so that you can download and start testing the iPhone OS 3.0 Software.