Panasonic’s New AG-AF100….DCinema game changer?…maybe.

DCinema, Technology
You kinda knew this was going to happen sooner or later. Canon 5D MKII came out a couple of years ago, set the budget DCinema market on it's head and caught the traditional ENG/Video guys (Sony/Panasonic) totally off-guard. Well I think Panasonic -- for now, until Sony comes out with their NEX-VG10 Camera -- is sending a couple of grenades into Canon's camp with the "final" release of their AG-AF100 Memory Card Camera Recorder (MCCR? WTF?). Anyways, this little beastie is neat and can be had for a mere $6000. Not bad for a Pro level camera that can do everything from ENG style shooting to Mid-range DCinema shoots to MFTV movies/series. I think Panasonic might have another hit -- like HVX200 -- on their hands. Just the sheer fact…
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Evom…Video encoding/transcoding doesn’t get any simpler…

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If you're a mac user you're gonna love this little gem. Grab a copy of Evom and prepare to be amazed at how simple video encoding can become. This little app from the "Little App Factory" is literally the definition of a OSX app....simple and powerful. Just drag a video over the drop zone, choose your output and you're off to the races. It also has advanced features such as controlling the number of threads (so you don't melt your spanking new 12 core Mac PRO :-) ). Other notable features are the ability to download your favourite internet videos with just a click and being one the only "simple" apps I've see that allows you to extract audio from a video file and save it as a separate mp3…
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The Ultimate File Transfer Utility for Windows

Microsoft, ssh, Windows
I've been posting mainly about OSX for the last little while, but no worries, I haven't given up on Windows...yet :-). Someone today was asking about a good WebDAV client and after searching around for a bit, it seems like there is really only a couple out there. But really none of them can beat BitKinex client in terms of features and "price". Here is a short list of features (oh...and the price thing....it's free:-) ): Site Navigation Without Freezing Windows Unique technology of advanced directory caching and multi connection/threaded directory scanning makes the non-blocking browse windows possible. Robust User Request Handling Resume and control in detail not only file transfers but all user requests - including file removals, moves, directory creations, remote edits, prints, etc. Indirect Transfers Allows users…
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OSX Server: Could not setup Mach task special port 9

Apple, Macintosh, osx Server, Sysadmin, Tip
com.apple.launchd[1] (0x10f860.cron[43786]): Could not setup Mach task special port 9: (os/kern) no access If you're seeing this warning/error in your OSX Server log files, it is more than likely caused by cron running jobs for mailman subsystem. Even if the Mail process is disabled in Server Admin, OSX will try to run these cron jobs. The way around this (only do this if you're NOT running mail server or mailman mailing list manager on your box) is to comment out all lines in /usr/lib/cron/tabs/_mailman file (insert a # character at the beginning of each line that doesn't have it). This fixed the problem for me.....hopefully it will also work for you :-).
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Duplicating service settings under OSX Server…

Apple, CLI, Macintosh, osx Server
This mainly applies to how you deal with a backup DHCP server and it's configuration, but might also be useful for backing up other service settings. One of the things that kinda bugs me about how some services are configured in OSX Server is the fact that the configurations are stored in the directory. For example, if you have a DHCP server servicing a subnet with a ton of reservations hardcoded in it, there is no way of editing and/or moving the information from the command line (ie: there is no single config file that contains the current configuration) to another server. That's where the "serveradmin" commandline program comes to rescue. If you have two identical servers (ie: both running the same OSX server version), you can use serveradmin to…
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MySQL Replication howto for Snow Leopard…

Apple, Macintosh, mysql, osx Server, Sysadmin, Tip
We recently upgraded our servers from old XServe G5's running Tiger to the latest greatest running Snow Leopard. In this small howto I will deal with the procedure I followed to setup mysql master-slave replication between two new servers. I start out with two (master, slave) empty DB's, setup the replication and then import my data from a third server (my old G5 X-Serve). Of course like anything else I will try to show you how to get out of -- what I like to call -- Steve Jobs Hell Holes :-). There are other ways of doing this procedure, for more info check out this page. - First things first....the magic command that stops mysql server from command line, just in case you screw something up and need to…
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MySQL: Transfering users and priviledges to a new server….

CLI, mysql, Sysadmin, Tip
So this was a great big mystery this morning. How the heck do you transfer the users and their privileges out of a old mysql server and "import" them into a new server. We recently upgraded from OSX 10.4.11 to a couple of spanking new Snow Leopard servers and during the mysql export/import cycle this issue came up. Well the simple answer is.....DON'T USE mysqldump on your mysql DB (you know the default DB that stores all your users and privileges. It's a bad idea and will probably do more harm than good. Instead use the following procedure: 1) On your old server (the one that has your data/users/tables on it) issue the following command (replace YOUR dbadmin/root username and  password in the 2 appropriate places: mysql -B -N --user=admin…
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WordPress import plugin for blogger fix….

Blogger, Google, php, wordpress
Version 0.2 of the blogger plugin for wordpress 3.x has a small little bug in it that produces the following error:Something went wrong. If the problem persists, send this info to support:HTTP/1.0 403 Invalid AuthSub token.Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8Content-Length: 167Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2010 20:16:35 GMTExpires: Fri, 06 Aug 2010 20:16:35 GMTCache-Control: private, max-age=0X-Content-Type-Options: nosniffX-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=blockServer: GSE<HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Invalid AuthSub token.</TITLE></HEAD><BODY BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" TEXT="#000000"><H1>Invalid AuthSub token.</H1><H2>Error 403</H2></BODY></HTML>I've been banging my head against the wall trying to figure out what's wrong with their code and I think I've found a fix (atleast until version 0.3 of the plugin comes out at which time this fix will not apply anymore.....hopefully).The problem is with the regex code in the auth() function of the blogger-importer.php plugin. So edit this file and make the following changes:1) Line 99:OLD:…
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Restarting into Mac OS X using the command line, when running Windows…

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
Okay so this only works in Boot Camp 3.0+ which comes with Snow Leopard (10.6). If you ever find yourself in Windows and need to quickly -- using command line -- change your boot option to reboot into OSX (process known under OSX as blessing) you can use the following command:c:\progra~1\Bootca~1\bootcamp.exe -StartupDisk "Mac OS" Shutdown /r /t 0This will reboot your windows session and boot the machine back using the Volume named "Mac OS". If you omitt -StartupDisk option, then the system will boot into the first Mac OS X volume located by BootCamp.exe. Done :-)
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