I’m resettling into my laptop post-Leopard upgrade as a background task today and thought it might be useful (mostly to future-me) to note all the bits I’m twiddling:

  • Uninstalled and reinstalled SpanningSync to get iCal and GoogleCal talking again
  • Installed MacPorts 1.5 for 10.5; sudo port selfupdate yielded no changes.
  • Started installing Ruby gems: rcov uuidtools … I’m sure there are more coming.

  • Installed QuickSilver for the first time. I’ve been watching folks like Evan speed along using it, so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ll probably take time to watch the 10 minute tutorial on YouTube. Happily just discovered that this eliminates the need for   SizzlingKeys to control iTunes. Excellent. Installed a metric buttload of plugins for it. If I can achieve a graceful way of adding tasks and appointments, I’ll be a happy camper.
  • Kept Twitteriffic 2.1 rather than upgrading to 3.0. I keep hearing grief about 3.0 and ads, which is uninteresting to experience firsthand.
  • Installed RMagick according to the usual instructions; however, rather than port install all the supporting libs, then compile the sources I just did sudo port install imagemagick which seems to have worked, so the sum of the instructions amounts to:
  1. Install X11, Xcode, and X11 SDK (there are people who don’t? ;)
  2. install MacPorts
  3. sudo port selfupdate && sudo port install imagemagick
  4. sudo gem install rmagick

That’s about it for now.

Update: Round 2 … fight!

  • Resubscribe to US Holidays and Movie release calendars. (I don’t usually track the DVD releases, but you can if you like)
  • Partitioned my drive with BootCamp Assistant and upgraded to latests Parallels in preparation for tonight’s Vista installfest. Found it interesting/amusing that Bootcamp suggested that I could install Vista Home although this is against the MS Vista EULA.
  • Try installing mysql5 from MacPorts and get it to start. Fail miserably. Oh well.
  • Install the MySQL 5/Intel DMG from MySQL.com
  • Install /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.mysql.mysqld as root, courtesy of Joannou Ng
  • sudo launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.mysql.mysqld
  • Install the mysql gem. This was tricky (or I don’t know how it’s supposed to be done); the usual method failed while building the Makefile. In the end I had to read code to discover that I should install like so: sudo gem install – –with-mysql-config … and even so, it wanted to build a Universal bundle and kept failing due to ‘-arch ppc’ compiler and linker flags. Ripped those out of the Makefile and did a make install … and voila.
  • More gems: parsetree capistrano feedtools fastercsv ferret flexmock mongrel piston rails_analyzer_tool rspec rubygrowl rubyprof sake tzinfo

Still need to work out the Address Book missing thing.

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12 November 2007


computing ruby/rails