Dreamweaver CS6 Won’t Add Link Tag to Selected Text in Code View

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I seem to be encountering more bugs in the latest version of Adobe Dreamweaver (CS6) along with OS X Lion…

One of the oddities I’ve been dealing with is a problem in Dreamweaver. It seems to happen after editing several pages in one session. During this work session I was in Code View a lot (and it may even be happening in Design View).

I’d add a string of text, or select an existing string, and then click in the link text box of the Properties pane. I’ll type the URL but when I click out of the box it doesn’t apply the link.

At this point I can repeat this step as many times as I want but it simply won’t work.

The “fix” is to restart Dreamweaver. After a while it just seems to have a problem keeping up with adding links.

Note that I have the latest updates installed that were available at the time of writing this post.

Error Installing Lion (OS X 10.7): “the installation information is damaged or incomplete”

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The Short Version: I needed to re-install OS X Lion on a system after formatting the standard partition. The install process required downloading the software from Apple first but it was blocked by network authentication. Requesting a temporary lifting of network restrictions for this system provided me with enough time to complete the download.

I needed to format a MacBook Pro that came with OS X Lion (10.7). My assumption was that the process would work the same as with disc-based installs.

The usual saying about assumptions applies.

The system didn’t have any problems at the beginning. I formatted the primary partition by booting to the recovery partition. Then, I let it begin the installation process by downloading the latest version of 10.7. I thought everything was working fine.

However, after I returned I discovered that the download had failed.

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Windows 7 Boot Camp Partition Won’t Start (OS X Lion)

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The Short Version: I fixed the problem by running the “Repair Disk” option in Disk Utility.

I attempted to boot into Windows 7 (Boot Camp partition) but it failed. Instead, the system restarted back into OS X. I knew I had a working partition and had used it recently. Rather than search for tips I went straight into Disk Utility in OS X, clicked on my primary hard drive, and selected “Repair Disk”.

The process only took a moment and in the report it showed that the Windows boot.ini file was updated.

I started the Windows partition back up and this time it worked.

RetroBit Retro Adapter NES Controller to USB Port Adapter

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Using an original game console controller makes a big difference when playing emulated games. The experience can end up being as good as playing an original system. There’s just a certain feel to the buttons that usually can’t be replicated with a newer controller. It’s a combination of several factors (how the buttons feel, the size of the controller, etc).

A couple of months ago I bought some original NES controllers at a pawn shop for about $5 each. They sat in a drawer unused until I purchased two RetroBit Retro Adapter NES Controller to USB Port Adapters (under $12 each) from Amazon.

The adapters seem to work perfectly. I was able to use one adapter and one controller in OS X Lion with Nestopia without any problems. Some time soon I’ll hook up two controllers at the same time to find out if they can be used at the same time for two-player games.

I’ve very satisfied with these adapters. Playing older games with them is a lot more fun that using a modern USB controller. I’m looking forward to receiving a set of SNES controllers I’ve ordered, which I’ll use with an SNES to USB controller adapter that I already own.

Migrating from Quicken 2006 for Mac to Quicken Essentials

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The Short Version: I think it’s worth $25 if you can find it at half-price. It’s not very useful for much more than basic balancing of a checking account. To import from Quicken 2006 you must install the new version and import from Quicken 2006 prior to installing Lion (or by booting into Snow Leopard). It works well enough for my needs.

I’ve enjoyed using Quicken 2006 for Mac for several years. My financial tracking needs are relatively simple though it had more than enough features. Unfortunately, Intuit chose to not provide an Intel binary for the program. While I can understand why a company wouldn’t port an older program, I don’t understand why Intuit didn’t develop a version with equivalent features that is compatible with Lion.

I debated whether or not to move to Quicken Essentials. I needed a financial program that is compatible with Lion. However, many of the reviews were very negative. In fact, the number (and weight) of the negative reviews made me very wary about buying it. Weeding through the reviews I found several individuals that stated it worked just fine if you only need to balance a checkbook.

In the end I decided to go ahead and purchase it. While I do have a couple of investment accounts and various credit accounts it wasn’t essential that I track them in Quicken (I wasn’t doing this anyway, at the time).

If you’re considering upgrading then I think I can safely state that it works just fine for tracking a checking account. If you’re interested in managing credit accounts, investment accounts, printing checks, integrating with TurboTax  and a number of other activities then this product probably isn’t something you’ll want.

There was one other thing that made the decision acceptable – I found a discount so I only had to pay $25. Unfortunately, it looks like the link to the discount is no longer good – the link now goes to a page that shows only the regular price.

Warning:If you’re interested in Quicken Essentials because you plan to upgrade to Lion then you must install Quicken Essentials and import your data before you upgrade to Lion. My father ran into this problem but was able to make it work by booting into Snow Leopard.

Superdrive Failure After Upgrading From Snow Leopard To Lion

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A few days ago my wife’s MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2010) suddenly couldn’t read CDs or DVDs. Inserting a disc results in the drive spinning up and down a few times and then ejecting the disc after a moment. We quickly realized this was the first time she had tried to use a disc since I upgraded her computer to Lion.

So far, I haven’t been able to fix the problem. I’ve tried several different suggestions, but I haven’t hit on the correct one. My assumption is that one of two problems have occurred: (1) The Snow Leopard to Lion upgrade resulted in a software problem that affects the Superdrive or (2) it’s purely a coincidence and the Superdrive has simply suffered from a hardware failure.

In the worst case, the MacBook Pro is still well within the AppleCare warranty period so we can have it repaired, if necessary. I’ll try some additional tips as I come across them before we resort to sending it off or visiting an Apple Store.

This doesn’t seem to be an uncommon problem. Quick searches turn up numerous complains from individuals using different configurations who upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion and ran into the same problem. I’m including a few related links. If I find a solution that fixes our problem I’ll add an update to this post.

Updated 11/11/2011: The fact that this problem just started after upgrading to Lion may be a coincidence. I went through some additional diagnostics this evening. The one step I did that has convinced me that this probably is a hardware failure was an attempt to boot from a CD. My assumption is that if the drive issues were caused by a software problem then it wouldn’t appear before booting into Lion.

While it’s true that my wife hadn’t tried to use the drive since we upgraded to Lion, that doesn’t exclude the possibility that the hardware failed sometime before or after the upgrade. In addition, I have noticed signs indicating that the body area where the drive is located isn’t well reinforced. On more than one occasion, and with other models with similar body designs, that when one holds the laptop in a way that puts pressure in that area that it seems to transfer into the drive itself. In my opinion it’s very possible that the drive can be damaged if one has a disc in the drive while putting any kind of pressure on that area of the frame.

It looks like we’ll need to take the MacBook Pro to an Apple Store for repair.

Updated 11/12/2011: The nearest Apple Store is a long drive from our house so we opted to call Apple support and mail the system back for repair. The initial call was painless. It didn’t take much to convince the Apple tech to enter a ticket to have the drive fixed. I updated him on what I’ve done and when I mentioned it wouldn’t boot from a CD he agreed that the drive was most likely bad. It was a good experience overall. I didn’t have to go through the troubleshooting steps again – the tech accepted my conclusions without forcing me to follow a script.

Updated 12/12/2011: The weekend after my wife submitted the support ticket she received the box to ship the laptop on Tuesday. Her laptop was repaired and back in her hands by the Thursday of the same week.

SMB File Sharing Stopped Working In OS X Lion (Resolved)

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The Short Version: Every now and then File Sharing on the target machine running OS X Lion quits working. I must disable and then re-enable File Sharing to get it working again. So far I haven’t found a permanent fix.

Today I discovered that I could no longer access shared files on my iMac from a MacBook Pro via SMB File Sharing. Both systems are running Lion. The file sharing was working only a day prior. This problem was rather odd. I could access file shares on other machines from that Mac without a problem. I could also access that Mac via Screen Sharing using the same credentials that File Sharing wasn’t accepting.

I’m not sure what caused this problem. The only major change I made on the iMac since yesterday was to run a Full Defrag using iDefrag 2. I don’t know if this actually caused the problem (or if it even could). While troubleshooting the issue I repaired permissions on the drive, but that didn’t make a difference.

Though the short name, originally established under Snow Leopard, for the account had been working I tried using only the long name. That didn’t work either. Every time I entered my credentials the login prompt shook to indicate it didn’t work.

Finally, I just went into the File Sharing Options, unchecked SMB (AFP wasn’t checked to start with) and saved this change. This turned off all file sharing. Next, I went back into the settings and re-enabled SMB File Sharing.

It worked.

Despite the fact that the system settings weren’t any different I can once again access shared files over SMB. My best guess is that something hadn’t been fully re-enabled. Perhaps during the defrag process some permission was changed that prevented the sharing from working. By disabling and then re-enabling the service it may have re-established the appropriate file permissions. Of course, that’s just speculation.

Updated 11/24/2011: The fix wasn’t permanent. The same problem cropped up again and, as before, the same solution also corrected the problem.

Updated 06/09/2012: Yep. It still happens despite various system updates that have been released since. Every now and then I’ll attempt to connect and then find that I have to disable and re-enable the service to make it work again.

Disable Local Snapshots in Lion (Local Time Machine Backups)

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One of the new features included with Lion is the addition of “local snapshots” to Time Machine. Every hour Time Machine creates backups directly on the system’s hard disk. It doesn’t matter if an external Time Machine drive is connected.

The reasoning behind this feature seems to be that users may need to restore files at times when they don’t have access to the drive used for Time Machine. I could write more lines about why this feature might be useful but ultimately I don’t think this will be a heavily used feature for most. It’s also difficult to understand why the option to enable or disable local snapshots was removed from the Time Machine preferences pane prior to the final version of Lion.

Many owners have pointed out that the hourly backup can waste processing power and hard drive space. Overall, I just don’t see it being very useful for the majority of users. How often do you delete a file and then realize hours later that you shouldn’t have? I’m not stating that it never happens, but I don’t think it happens often enough to justify the addition of this feature (nor to remove the ability to change it from the GUI).

According to Apple’s support documentation the local snapshots are automatically enabled on portable Macs but are not enabled for desktop Macs. After inspecting my computers this does seem to be the case. Time Machine on the iMac doesn’t show any gray colored Time Machine backups. On the MacBook Pro I was able to enter Time Machine without the external drive connected. However, after I disabled the local snapshots option I can no longer enter Time Machine without an external drive connected.

As I mentioned, the ability to disable local snapshots isn’t available in the Time Machine system preference. However, it is possible to turn it off from a shell prompt, which can be accessed using Terminal.

Disable Time Machine Local Snapshots

sudo tmutil disablelocal

In the list below I’m also including a link to another blog in which the author describes his reasons for disabling local snapshots.

Keeping FaceTime Windows On Top (OS X and FaceTime 1.1.1)

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Last night I was sharing a FaceTime session with my wife via my MacBook Pro. In addition, I was also looking up some information in a Web browser. Several times I was annoyed that the FaceTime window kept falling behind other open program windows.

FaceTime (version 1.1.1) for Mac doesn’t appear to have an option to keep the windows on top. I’m not sure if this was an intentional UI decision or just an oversight – chat programs often have this capability. It’s probably something that will be added in the future but until then I found a solution by installing a program that I’ve used in the past.

Afloat works as an add-on that provides a handful of new window controls, including the ability to keep a window on top for programs that do not have this option built-in. The program is free and the current version works in Snow Leopard and Lion. It works directly from Window menu item. It doesn’t support every program (I didn’t see it appear in Firefox, but it did show up in Acrobat Pro and FaceTime).

Afloat 2.4 (Snow Leopard and Lion) – Developer Website

An Inexpensive Airport Replacement for a 2006 iMac

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The Short Version: The Airlink Wireless N Mini USB Adapter (AWLL6075) works well for an iMac with a broken Airport adapter. The software could be less obtrusive but for the cost (and size of the adapter) it’s a good buy. It doesn’t load until the user is logged in so it can’t be used to connect to network services such as Screen Sharing or File Sharing without first logging in and running the software.

After I upgraded the processor in my iMac from a Core Duo to a Core 2 Duo I discovered that the Airport in the iMac wouldn’t work. The system didn’t show any errors and the card appeared to work, but it couldn’t detect any networks (neither mine nor my neighbors). I opened the system up a few times to see if I could spot the problem and even tried re-seating the card but nothing helped. My best guess is that I may have damaged the antenna.

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