Safari 3.1 Update Hangs on Mac OS X Leopard 5

Posted by Ben Reubenstein Tue, 18 Mar 2008 16:47:00 GMT

Today I jumped on the 3.1 update for Safari via Software Update on my brand new MacBook Pro. Sadly, the installation hung with the message under the progress bar, "Configuring Installation". I restarted, tried it again, and had the same result. To fix my problem:
  1. Deleted from the /Applications folder
  2. Downloaded/Installed Safari 3.1 directly from, here.

That's it, Safari Version 3.1 (5525.13) worked after a reboot.

Install RMagick on Mac OS X Leopard from Source 22

Posted by Ben Reubenstein Sun, 16 Mar 2008 21:50:00 GMT

Here are the commands I used to compile the required libraries and programs for RMagick to work on Mac OS X 10.5. It is largely the same as this article with slight adjustments. After completing the process I dumped my history.

Before you can execute these commands, you MUST HAVE

Begin by creating a folder to hold the src.

cd ~
mkdir src
cd src


I like wget, which I use in the commands below. To start compile that or replace the wget command with curl -O.

curl -O
tar -zxvf wget-latest.tar.gz 
cd wget-1.11/
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install
cd ..


tar zxvf freetype-2.3.5.tar.gz 
cd freetype-2.3.5
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install
cd ..

PNG Library

tar -zxvf libpng-1.2.25.tar.gz 
cd libpng-1.2.25
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install
cd ..

JPEG Library

tar -zxvf jpegsrc.v6b.tar.gz 
cd jpeg-6b/
ln -s `which glibtool` ./libtool
./configure --enable-shared --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install
cd ..

TIFF Library

tar -zxvf tiff-3.8.2.tar.gz 
cd tiff-3.8.2
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install
cd ..

GhostScript Fonts

tar -zxvf ghostscript-fonts-std-8.11.tar.gz 
sudo mkdir /usr/local/share/ghostscript
sudo mv fonts/ /usr/local/share/ghostscript/fonts/


tar zxvf ImageMagick.tar.gz 
cd ImageMagick-6.3.9/
export CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/include
export LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/lib
./configure --prefix=/usr/local  --disable-static --with-modules --without-perl  --without-magick-plus-plus --with-quantum-depth=8  --with-gs-font-dir=/usr/local/share/ghostscript/fonts
sudo make install
cd ..


sudo gem install rmagick


sudo gem install mini_magick

Clean Up

cd ~
rm -Rfv ./src

I am Officially an iPhone Developer 2

Posted by Ben Reubenstein Mon, 11 Jun 2007 12:29:00 GMT

Today's Apple World Wide Developer keynote introduced 10 (sorta) new features for the next version of Mac OS X, Safari for Windows, and an iPhones "SDK". Ok, it is not a full blown SDK, but basically web 2.0 apps that run in Safari on the iPhone. So I am officially an iPhone Developer. If you would like an application to be built in time for the iPhone launch send me an email at benr - at - and we'll get cranking. I know I will have at least one app ready for launch regardless. More details as they become available.

Mac OS X 10.4.9 Out

Posted by Ben Reubenstein Tue, 13 Mar 2007 21:06:00 GMT

Tonight my Xserve went down at the co-lo. Upon arrival and reboot, I found that 10.4.9 has been released. Software Update for your copy of that update and iPhoto 6.0.6.

Official update here.

ZFS, Why it Rocks

Posted by Ben Reubenstein Tue, 16 Jan 2007 19:47:23 GMT

I have read a lot about ZFS, but this article by far does the best job of summing up the great features of the new file system.

Solution for displaying more than 10000 Diggs

Posted by Ben Reubenstein Wed, 10 Jan 2007 11:19:00 GMT

Yesterday one of the Apple iPhone stories caused a CSS UI glitch in digg when the digg count went over 9999.

To fix this go to the source of the problem, Apple, for the solution. Recently I backed up my entire GMail account to, and found that I had:

New Tutorial: Using Crontab 2

Posted by Ben Reubenstein Sat, 06 May 2006 11:36:00 GMT

For a while now I have been doing a lot of regular tasks manually on my OS X box. On my linux boxes I have been using good old Cron for these tasks. Today I started using crontab, since it is installed by default on Mac OS X. There are several tutorials and sites that have information on crontab, but they were not as direct as I would have liked so I put together this tutorial, Using Crontab with Mac OS X, Unix, and Linux. Enjoy!

MS Word 2004 Mac 2

Posted by Ben Reubenstein Thu, 13 Apr 2006 18:09:00 GMT


Posted by Ben Reubenstein Tue, 10 Jan 2006 22:49:00 GMT

Hot damn. Intel iMacs, Intel PowerBooks... errr.. MacBooks... And OS X 10.4.4. Top it off with a killer commercial, and it's a MacWorld keynote.

Burning .cue / .wav with CDRDAO 3

Posted by Ben Reubenstein Thu, 17 Nov 2005 20:15:00 GMT

I have had some .cue/.wav files that I have been trying to burn for a long time. The long .wav file has every track of the disc so putting it directly into iTunes would be super l@m3.

I downloaded CDRDAO here. After compiling and installing, I ran this command to burn the disc on my Mac (Tiger):

cdrdao write --device IODVDServices --driver generic-mmc my.cue

Of course, replace my.cue with your cue file and have the .wav file in the same directory.

Evening at Adler

Posted by Ben Reubenstein Sun, 13 Nov 2005 16:12:00 GMT

I am mirroring the audio portion of Evening at Adler for drunkenbatman. You can get it now here. Video mirrors will be available tonight viaDB's site.