1.1.3 Jailbreak

iJailBreak 0.4.1 has been released and is available for download at code.google.com.

This will jailbreak the iPhones and iPod Touch.


QuickLook plugin for .PKG

There's a handy QuickLook plugin to show what files a pkg will install at http://MothersRuin.com/software/SuspiciousPackage/

Suspicious Package is a plugin for the Quick Look feature of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). It allows you to preview the contents of a standard Apple installer package without launching the Installer. Just select the icon in the Finder and select Quick Look


3 guys + 1 week = D Day

Great example of just what you can do now with computer graphics.


ZFS update for the bleeding edge

Saw a post on zfs-discuss today, ZFS for Leopard source & binaries have been posted to zfs.macosforge.org. This includes some new fixes over the one on ADC, but it is also bleeding edge - there's no PKG file to install, so you have to be comfortable manually copying a bunch of files at the command line with sudo to use this, and there are a bunch of known bugs (listed at zfs.macosforge.org).

It's not an official Apple release, so if you break anything on your system with it, I'm sure their response is going to be "reinstall everything - you did have backups, right?"

That said, Noël's announcement said that he has his homedir on ZFS now, which is what I've been wanting to do ever since I heard there might be ZFS support in 10.5.

Here's the list of bugs fixed in the 102A rev:

Bugs Fixed in this Rev:

  • 5448925: sync ZFS with Solaris build 72

  • 5405398: zfs needs kqueue(2) API support

  • 5602507: Leopard9A581: Kernel trap at 0×4d351d9c, type 14=page fault, registers:

  • 5592757: Kernel panic when writing to a zfs volume

  • 5482932: Raidz parity rewrite issue

  • 5641577: ZFS: panic: zap->zap_u.zap_fat.zap_phys->zap_magic == 0×2F52AB2ABULL failed

  • 5621659: assertion failed in /Users/local/zfs-101-latest_fixes/zfs_kext/zfs/zfs_dir.c line 730: error == 0

  • 5643944: ZFS get/set and mountpoints are misbehaving

  • 5645880: Finder copy and “delete” broken in zfs-101 plus fixes..


iTunes & FUSE

iTunesFS is a FUSE filesystem that lets you see all your iPods & iTunes playlists as Finder folders. Download it here.


rspec_on_rails sqlite3 error

I started a new project last night, and decided to use rspec_on_rails. I was following some examples from Luke Redpath's blog entry and got the following error:

SQLite3::SQLException in 'A player should be invalid without a user_id'
SQL logic error or missing database

I eventually tracked down an email from David Chelimsky on rspec-users that explained this could be fixed by setting config.use_transactional_fixtures = false in

Anyway, posting it here to make it easier to google for.

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