Feb 232012

Because all of my Mac systems were upgraded at home were upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mac OS X Lion, I did not noticed that Apple left out of Lion (when freshly installed like on my Mac Mini Server) iDVD and iWeb.

For iWeb not a very big deal since I can user the awesome Wiki3 bundled with the server, but iDVD was  something I used from time to time to create slideshows and movies to be played in standard DVD players (yes, Apple, there are still some around 😉 ).

With much surprise, I’ve discovered that iDVD can be “installed” on my Mini Server by proceeding as follows:

  • on your Mac where you still have an iDVD version, right click on the application and select “Compress iDVD”
  • on your Mac in folder /Library/Application Support/iDVD, compress the subfolder Themes using same technique
  • copy the two compressed files on your new Lion and unzip them by double clicking on the compressed files.
  • copy the iDVD package (the one with the blue icon resembling a DVD) in your Applications folder
  • create a folder named iDVD in /Library/Application Support/
  • copy the Themes directory in /Library/Application Support/iDVD folder
  • launch iDVD and enjoy
Jan 262012

As usual, not that immediate to find a proper answer on the ‘Net, hence I’m providing one here.

While in Snow Leopard was quite easy to see your ext2/ext3 formatted disks via MacFuse and ext2-fuse, in Lion you need to install another fuse fork and select a special option. That new fork is OSXFUSE, which latest release at the time of this post if from December 2011.

The most common symptom indicating you need this is to try mounting an ext2/3 formatted drive and see the following error:

fuse-ext2 /dev/disk3s1 /Volumes/Movies
dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/lib/libfuse.2.dylib
 Referenced from: /usr/local/bin/fuse-ext2
 Reason: image not found

During the installation of OSXFUSE, you need to enable MacFuse Compatibility Layer by flagging the appropriate checkbox as shown below:

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Once you’re done with this, replug your ext2/3 formatted drive and it’ll automagically mount it in Finder, giving your deserved magnificent user experience of a Mac user 😉




Nov 172011

This awesome USB to Serial adapter was working perfectly in MAC OS X Snow Leopard, but it did stop when I upgraded to Lion.

Luckily I’ve found good hints on few websites and because I’ve been able to fix it and now I have this working again, I’ve decided to document here how to make it working.

First, you need to download the drivers for MAC OS X 10.6 provided by the vendor.

Then, use the application USB Prober in Mac to find out what is the Vendor ID and Product ID of the adapter you are using.

The screenshot below shows example in my case (click to zoom):

Take not of the decimal values and go edit (with sudo) the file /System/Library/Extensions/ProlificUsbSerial.kext/Contents/Info.plist

Locate the keywords described below:


Replace the xxxx values with the numbers indicated below:


Save and close the file.

Execute the following commands:

sudo kextunload ProlificUsbSerial.kext

sudo kextload ProlificUsbSerial.kext

After this, you should be able to find the device cu.usbserial in /dev directory, which is the proof that the adapter is working.

You can then use the command screen cu.usbserial and get your marvelous adapter to work again.