How to Fix AppleTV "Not Authorized" Error

If you own a G1 (first generation) Apple TV, you may have recently encountered an error message on your ATV unit when trying to watch content purchased on your computer, iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

The error, which reads "Your Apple TV is not authorized to play this content.", began appearing for some users when attempting to play movies or tv-shows on the older apple tv's that was purchased on another device.

While Apple has not recognized the error or posted a fix, there is a work-around to resolve the "not authorized" error message.

To resolve the error message, simply purchase any content directly from the Apple TV. (Tip: There are many "free" preview shows that would work great for this!)

Once the newly purchased content is downloaded and played, all of your other purchased tv shows and movies will now play properly.

How To: Set up multiple FROM addresses in Mail.app

It's no secret that I really, REALLY prefer Apple's default Mail.app application in OSX over any other email program; however, there's one feature that I have often missed from Mail – the ability to set up different "from" email addresses, sometimes called "personalities".

For example, I have a Gmail account and my own domain. Sometimes I would prefer to send from my domain email account, while other times I would prefer to have my "From" address represented as Google mail.

As fate would have it, Mail does support sending email from multiple email accounts. Here's how to set it up:

  1. Open Mail and choose Mail > Preferences.
  2. Click Accounts.
  3. Select an account.
  4. Enter all your addresses in the email address field, separated by commas. For example, webmaster@example.org, sales@example.org, support@example.org.
  5. Close the Preferences window and click Save in the message that appears.

Now when you create a new email, you will be able to select a From address to choose the address you want the email to appear to be from.

How To: Force Safari to open links in new tab

Are you annoyed when a webpage forces Safari to open links in a new window (ie target="new")? Fear not, because there's a simple fix!

To force Safari to open new web page links in a new tab rather than a new window, cut & paste the following into Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.Safari TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool true

Restart Safari and you're set!

1Password jumps the shark

For me and many other Mac users, 1Password is the ideal application. I essentially remember — wait for it — one password… ever. The app takes care of creating secure passwords for every website I visit and remembering them. They even have a companion app for iPhone/iPod that allows me to browse with my passwords when I'm mobile. There's even a secure wallet feature for online purchases. I bought 1Password last year and I've used it every single day without fail. It is, without question, the premiere password creation/logging app available today.

And that's where our story takes a sad turn.
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Google Reader "Oops.. an error occurred" messages in Safari

Since upgrading to Snow Leopard and running the most recent, 64-bit version of Safari (Version 4.0.3 (6531.9)), I've been experiencing the most annoying error.

After several minutes using Google Reader in Safari on OSX, I receive an error message: "Oops…an error occurred. Please try again in a few seconds." Once Google Reader resumes, I can browse through content that is currently in view, but selecting any other content results in an empty reader with the error: "The feed being requested cannot be found." message for every single feed item or folder.

Once I sign back in, everything works for a few minutes and then the error returns. And it's very consistent – it happens on the Home, within my feeds (Your Stuff), People You Follow, Trends… you name it.

It's incredibly frustrating and has ruined my user experience in Google Reader. I've tried emptying the browser cache, restarting Safari and even resetting Safari. I've even tried using a secure page (https) instead of the traditional Google Reader URL. None of these have any effect. And it seems I am not alone in experiencing this error.

Google – if you're listening – help before I spork my eyes out!

The good, bad, & ugly of installing Snow Leopard

As most Mac users are aware, the latest OS X operating system release – version 10.6 "Snow Leopard" – is out in the wild and drawing strong initial reviews.

Unlike the previous version's 300 new features, Snow Leopard was introduced to the Mac community with zero new features, but loaded with welcome enhancements reducing the size of the OS and increasing speed for the user experience, including faster startup, shutdown, backups, and page renderings.

If Leopard represented a new path, Snow Leopard is a moving walkway in place of the sidewalk.Snow Leopard takes everything the community loved from 10.5 and makes it snappy.

Here's my two cents from the perspective of wiping my MacBook for a clean install of Snow Leopard:

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How To: Free Up 3GB of Hard Drive Space in Mac OSX

Running out of space on your Mac? Need to free up space on your OSX hard disk drive? Here's a quick and easy way to free up 3GB of space on your hard drive in less than two minutes!

The answer: PRINTER DRIVERS

That's right, printer drivers. Mac OSX comes with 3.54GB of printer drivers installed – whether you need them or not. In almost every instance, you don't need 'em 3.5GBs of printer drivers. And if you do need drivers, you can always download printer drivers from Apple or download Gutenprint.

To remove unneeded printer drivers:

1. Open Finder.
2. Select your hard drive (named Macintosh HD, by default)
3. Navigate to LIBRARY > PRINTERS
4. Think twice before you take this next step!!
5. Select all of the folders you do not need and delete them.
6. Empty the trash and enjoy your new free space!

Review: AMOD AGL3080 GPS Data Logger

I have to confess – I love that sites like Flickr and programs like iPhoto allow me to preserve the locations where photos were taken (aka geotagging).

I had been using several hacks to geotag photos in iPhoto because my Nikon doesn't support GPS locations. But… the days of sniffing the dirt are over.

Say hello to my little friend: the AMOD AGL3080 GPS Data Logger.

I picked up the AMOD AGL3080 GPS Data Logger on the recommendation of several folks on Flickr. I got mine on Amazon because they offered the best price. (And you know how I feel about Amazon's free shipping!)

To export the GPS files, simply plug the AMOD AGL3080 GPS Data Logger into your Mac or PC. The device shows up as a USB drive – just like a thumb drive or similar USB storage.

The AMOD logs position, altitude, heading, speed, and acquired satellites, as well as hdop & vdop, as frequently as the user specifies and saves it to its 128mb of flash memory. There are six configurable data settings and refresh rates, ranging from once per second all the way to once every ten seconds. A unique log file is created every time you restart the AMOD, so it's pretty simple to keep track of your log files in Finder/Windows Explorer (the log files encode the date in the file name).

One "hidden" feature is that you download updates to the AMOD's firmware. This doesn't impact the unit day-by-day, but it does mean that users aren't "locked in" to one feature set. Hypothetically speaking, additional functionality can be added to the unit via software updates.

The AMOD runs on three AAA batteries, but does *not* recharge via the USB. Personally, I could care less if it recharges via USB because I prefer to use my Eneloop AAA rechargeable batteries or buy batteries off the shelf as needed.

Important note – the AMOD does *not* lose data when you remove/replace batteries. Once data is written to the flash, it is there until you delete it, just like any USB drive.

If you're using it for hiking, geocaching, etc, there's a waypoint button on the side of unit, making it easy for you to instantly tag a location.

Favorite Features

  • AAA batteries – Lasts 30+ hours on one charge with my Eneloop AAA rechargeable batteries
  • Works like a USB drive – totally compatible on Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Configurable refresh & detail – easily change the frequency & quantity of data written to the log file
  • SiRF III – extremely accurate logging, at least as accurate as my Garmin

Depending on how I am going to use the data, I either use GPS Babel (free) to convert the file into whatever format I need – for example, Google Keyhole format for Google Maps/Google Earth.

Side note: GPS Babel (free) is the ultimate rosetta stone for dealing with GPS formats. Check it out regardless of what hardware you're using.

Or, if I'm going to use the AMOD to geotag photos from my Nikon camera for iPhoto 09, I have a complete geotagging workflow I use that utilizes HoudahGeo.

Others have suggested combining GPS Babel with GPS Photolinker (free – Mac) to geotag photos. This method works well, too, but I prefer my HoudahGeo workflow for geotagging with the AMOD because HoudahGeo is much more tightly integrated to iPhoto and Aperture.