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.

Symbolic Links Not Working in OS X Lion

I used to use symbolic links within Mac OS X Snow Leopard to point a few of the folders in my home directory to an external hard disk that I share with my PC (Music, Documents, Movies). Upon updating to OS X Lion, the Symbolic Links no longer work – they now show up as an alias (or as a PC style shortcut). This is frustrating because I can no longer select the “folders” when trying to save a file. I now have to go to my external disk and find the folder where I want to save my data/documents.

Has anyone else experienced this or found a work around?

System extension cannot be used – _ClassicNotSeize.kext was installed improperly and cannot be used.

As you may know from reading this blog, I’ve recently purchased a Mac, and love it for the most part. However, I recently was updating iTunes and I received the following error message:

System extension cannot be used
The system extension “/System/Library/Extensions/CNQL1213_ClassicNotSeize.kext” was installed improperly and cannot be used. Please try reinstalling it, or contact the products’s vendor for an update.

I’ve never seen this error before, I’m unsure if it has anything to do with my recent update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard. I was upgrading from iTunes 9.0 to 9.1 when the error occurred. Here’s the biggest problem… I can’t find the solution because errors on Macs are so few and far between as compared to similar issues with PC’s. I’ve tried Googling the error and cannot find anything that seems to be related. After that error message, the iTunes update continued, and apparently installed successfully because I got the following message: The update was installed successfully.


This issue is potentially caused by a Canon scanner driver issue. If you have a Canon scanner, particular any of the LiDE series Canon scanners, you may want to check and see if you’re able to update/remove this driver.

Failed to Connect – Firefox Can’t Establish a Connection at…

Using Firefox on my Mac has been great, I’ve never had any problems with it. Actually, I shouldn’t say that we I haven’t had any problems with it, but when compared with Firefox on my PC, the problems with Firefox on my Mac have been few and far between, until recently, when I came across a single website that gives me the following error message:

Failed to Connect

Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at sitename.com.

Though the site seems valid, the browser was unable to establish a connection.

  • Could the site be temporarily unavailable? Try again later.
  • Are you unable to browse other sites?  Check the computer’s network connection.
  • Is your computer or network protected by a firewall or proxy? Incorrect settings can interfere with Web browsing.

I’ve searched around and most sites say that this is a firewall problem, however, I don’t have any firewall software running on my Mac. I’m connected to a Linksys wireless router, and when connecting to the same router from my PC, I’m able to connect to the website with no problems.

Has anyone else come across this problem? And if so, what did you do to resolve the problem?