OS X Leopard Upgrade to 10.5.5

I upgraded my system to OS X Leopard 10.5.5 via Software Update (not the combo updater), and there seem to be no overt problems with the upgrade. But there were a couple things to note.

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JVC Victor Wooden In-Ear Headphones - HP-FX500

When my iPod’s basic headphones died, I bought the wooden JVC Victor HP-FX500 model earphones for about JPY 15,000. These have a wooden trembler, and so the sound is very natural.

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Nikon COOLPIX P6000 Released in Japan - 11 Sept 2008

The Nikon point-and-shoot COOLPIX P6000 was released in Japan today and I checked it out at the Shinjuku Yodobashi Camera.

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Finding Photos Within a Date Range in Aperture

A friend using Apple’s powerful Aperture photo management application asked me how to sort photos into date ranges, such as an entire year, a calendar month, or by day. Here’s how to do it with Aperture’s Smart Album feature.

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New Nikon D90

I got a Nikon D90 and it’s a wonderful DSLR. Hope to be able to write some FAQs or Tutorials about it here.

Mail.app - Downloading Attachments or Not

Have you been using Apple’s Mail.app for a while, and the size of the stored mail is simply increasing with no end in sight? You can tell Mail.app to not store attachments locally, delete the mail, and re-download just the text content. Assuming you can use the Terminal a bit, here’s how:

Screenshot showing Mail.app settings for disabling attachment downloading.If you set up Mail.app in OS X to download attachments for an IMAP account, and then later decide you do not want to store a copy of each attachment locally, you can change the account settings so that only the headers are downloaded. You can make the setting in Mail.app Preferences, but, it takes a while to synchronize. Sometimes a good looong while.

Assuming OS X 10.5.5 and that all your mail is already up on the server, first, set “Keep copies of messages for offline viewing” to “All Messages, but omit attachments” in Preferences, Accounts, Advanced.

Next, shut down Mail.app, to get it to release the folder we’ll now work on. Then bring up a Terminal, cd into the appropriate IMAP folder and confirm and delete the contents using the rm command (again, this assumes you have the mail up on the server already):

Delete Inbox in Preparation for Re-Download
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[user@system]$ cd ~/Library/Mail/
[user@system]$ ls -la
[user@system]$ cd IMAP-myaccount@mailhost.mydomain.com
[user@system]$ ls -la
[user@system]$ rm -rf INBOX.imapmbox
[user@system]$ rm -rf etc

Before you delete, check what is in there using the ls command, and the size of the folders using the du command:

Use du to get folder sizes
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rcogley@RickMBP ~/Library/Mail/V2 % du -hsc *
2.2G IMAP-rcogley_work@mail.webfaction.com
 15G IMAP-rick.cogley@imap.gmail.com
4.0K Mac-rick.cogley
162M MailData
235M Mailboxes
460K RSS
 17G total

Next time you restart Mail.app, it will rebuild the folders it needs, under your IMAP folder.

Warning: Don’t bone-headedly delete your email without a backup!

Enjoy!

Update 20130124: Still works in OS X Mountain Lion but the mail folders are in a V2 subdirectory, which you need to CD into.

Rick Cogley’s Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Check out my list of Mac Keyboard Shortcuts, especially tasty for beginning Mac users.

Schwalbe Marathon Trip Report

Today I did this route, which has about 10 km of gravel and trail, 13 km of sandy asphalt, and the remaining 40 km regular paved roads or bike roads. I was very pleased with the Schwalbe Marathons I got last week. They have a good feeling, roll very well, and seem to be tough enough to go over patches of asphalt with glass shards without incident. Kudos to Schwalbe for making such a tough tire!

New Schwalbe Marathon Tires

My original Geax StreetRunner slick tires were getting cracked after about 1500 km of use, so I took the opportunity to put Schwalbe Marathon tires on the bike.

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My Bicycle Routes - Mostly in Japan

I decided to create some Google “My Maps” to show the bike routes I take near my house in Yokohama, Japan.

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