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How did everyone except me know this OSX Workaround?

Mac OS X; SoftwareUpdaterLauncher; hangs

For any random OS X update that hangs in the dreaded "SoftwareUpdateLauncher" gray screen, do the following:
  1. Unplug all external peripherals including secondary monitors
  2. At this point the SoftwareUpdaterLauncher should allow the Apple Menu to work.
  3. Select the Apple Menu Logout button.
  4. Count to five.
  5. Click your heels together and repeat: "I want to go back to Kansas Working MacOS"...
  6. Take a deep breath and press the Return/Enter key.
  7. After a second or so you will see life again: a prompt on whether to Restart or to install and Restart. Since you're here for that update, you might as well choose Install and reboot.
  8. Watch it install, and restart.
  9. There is no next step. You are done. If not, try the Apple support forums.

Java folk, please vote up Jsr-310

Getting JSR-310 into Java 8 is a major step (see, but to make it even more useful it should be recognized by major other APIs. There are issue trackers where you can trivailly vote on to help get this message across to API suppliers:

JPA ->
Android ->

A great burst of enthusiastic voting might help the powers that be realize that devs are really ready for a real Date/Time API. Because it's time.


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Another Day, Another Year

"When you're young, five years drags. An eternity. When you're older, five years rushes past, dragging you kicking and screaming toward  eternity." -- Glynnis Campbell in "Retrospect", in Best of Star Trek graphic novel.

So another year has come and gone, and precious few blog entries have come or gone here. I'm still developing mobile software (Android) for University Health Network. Still teaching for Learning Tree. I'm finalizing the Third Edition of my Java Cookbook. And I'm doing some writing for InfoQ. And of course still making photographs.

Join me and other photographers at the Carden Nature Festival

May 31-June 2, 2013 - 2 hours from Toronto

This annual event on the unique Carden Alvar ecosystem features a number of presentations on the ecology of the area, birding, exploration by bicycle or canoe, night hikes, and of course photography.

Photo events include an amazingly-priced full day with David Hemmings focussing (literally) on birds in flight, advanced wildlife photography, wildflower photography, my own Introduction to Wildlife Photography, and even a photo contest! Here's a link to all the photography sessions.

Registration is now open, so please sign up - it starts at the end of this month. Hope to see you there!