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    Problems with installing generic SpamAssassin [by celiawessen]

    Mail Service:: Problems with installing generic SpamAssassin
    If you want to use SpamAssassin with the regular version of Mac OS X and the Server versions prior to 10.4, you'll need to install it manually via command line.

    One of the problems with the non-tailor-made SpamAssassin is that the default settings will actually hamper SpamAssassin from working. Most likely, you are using Amavis to pass mail along to SpamAssassin. In that case Amavis actually becomes SpamAssassin's mother-in-law, therefore, the SpamAssassin settings will be found in /etc/amavisd.conf.

    For the generic SpamAssassin to work like the tailor-made SpamAssassin on Mac OS X Server 10.4.x, you'll need to tinker with these settings.

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    iPhoto: Device failed to respond properly… [by celiawessen]

    Vending Machine-less Lounge:: iPhoto: Device failed to respond properly…
    You are trying to burn a photo-CD or DVD using iPhoto, but right as iPhoto begins preparing to burn the photos, the next message pops up:

    "The burn to the PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-104 drive failed. The device failed to respond properly, unable to recover or retry."

    The problem really isn’t with the device, it’s really with iPhoto trying to send 0 bytes of data to the drive. This is apparent as the size of the content changes to “0 KB” right before iPhoto accesses the drive. Why? Because right before iPhoto burns a album to disc, it runs through the collection of photos and tries to create a library file. If the album contains a files other than JPGs, iPhoto cannot create this file and thus sends nothing to the cache. When the device is asked to write the contents of the cache to disc, the device returns a “What the hell are you doing? You didn’t give me anything to write” Error. Because drives from different manufacturers send back different messages, iPhoto just pops up a generic error message that says that the device is not cooperating – when actually it’s iPhoto’s fault for not being able to decipher between JPGs and other files before trying to create a library file.

    You will have to remove any files that are not JPGs from the album. If you know which files are not JPGs, it’s easy. If you know you only have MPGs, they are marked with the “movie camera” logo. But if you have PSDs and TIFs, they look like JPGs, so you can’t tell. Here, you can use the search box to look for “PSD” and “TIF” and other files and delete them from the album. If you know you have myriads of different file formats, you’ll first have to select all the photos in the album, assign them a keyword (I used the “check mark” keyword as I wan’t using it for anything else). Then do a search for “JPG”. If the amount of selected photos changed, you have non-JPG files in the album. Select all of the JPGs, un-assign the keyword. Then go back to show all the files in the alubm. Finally, click the “check mark” keyword from the keyword list, and voila, the non-JPG files will show up for you to delete.

    Now you should be able to burn the disc without problems.

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    Archiving your digital photos to disc using iPhoto and Portfolio [by celiawessen]

    Vending Machine-less Lounge:: Archiving your digital photos to disc using iPhoto and Portfolio
    I know there are a lot of advanced amateur photographers (hint-hint) out there that are having a hard time organizing their digital photos using Apple’s iPhoto, only because the application becomes bogged down as you collect thousands and thousands of photos. It is time to archive your photos to disc (as in CD-R and DVD-R discs).

    If you still want to go with the iPhoto only approach, there is a well written article at the O’Reilly network:
    …although it was written for iPhoto v.2, the same method can be used for iPhoto v.3~6.

    If you are willing to shell out a little cash for a light-professional grade software, my recommendation (or the most cost-performer) is Extensis Portfolio. It is essentially iPhoto with a Bachelor’s degree (but not on steroids. It’s not THAT cool).

    The feature that will come in most handy for packrats, is the ability for Portfolio to remember which disc you archived your photos to. If you can manage to organize your disc collection in a CD binder or something, you’re golden. So here’s the steps to minimize clutter and work.

    1. Import the photos from your digital camera into iPhoto.
    2. From the “Last Roll” delete unwanted (bad) pictures.
    3. Drag the photos you want into a new album.
    4. Drag each new iPhoto album into a new Portfolio gallery, but make sure you DO NOT have the “copy/move files” option selected. This way you only have one copy of the photo on your hard drive.
    5. Organize and assign keywords to the photos in the new Portfolio galleries as you wish.
    6. Burn each gallery to disc using Portfolio. Verify each disc to make sure that they work.
    7. In iPhoto, create a keyword “archived”.
    8. Assign the keyword “archived” to all the photos in the iPhoto albums you’ve exported and burned in Portfolio.
    9. When iPhoto starts getting bogged down, you can search for photos with the keyword “archived” and delete them from the Library.

    Using this method, you may archive photos you’ve already have in iPhoto, and you can search ALL your photos (on/off-line) using keywords and thumbnails in Portfolio.

    Also, you may want to assign new keywords like “InProgress” to photos you are working with in iPhoto, so that you know what has NOT BEEN archived.