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Apple Time Machine & Time Capsule prove to be a boon for backup-dorks. And I think most of us belong to that species ;-)

Most of the time TimeMachine works well in the background. The only point you may recognize it is the temporary performance loss if the backup is running.
But yesterday, nothing worked any more: Time Capsule reported an error:

“Time Machine Error – The Backup disk image „/***/***/***.sparsebundle“ is already in use.”

Problem: Time Machine and the connected Time Capsule assume, that there is a backup process still running. In my case, a cold (but necessary) restart of my Mac was the reason for the confusion.

Solution: Unfortunately a restart of my Mac did not help. The problem is the Time Capsule itself, which has to release the established connection. You can fix that problem with the AirPort Utility under Programs/Utilities. The brand new AirPort Utility Version 6.1 has only one function you can use: The restart of the Time Capsule. But that did not help in my case. Weird but true: the old AirPort Utility Version 5.6.1 comes with much more features … especially “Disconnect all users …”. This is exactly what we need to solve our Time Machine error! So you just need to open the 5.6.1 version of the AirPort Utility, open the Time Capsule with a double click and open the tab “Disks” and press the button “Disconnect all users …”.

In order to solve the problem like I described before, I had to work around an other problem: How to install the old AirPort Utility version 5.6.1 on my Mac running OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion?! The old AirPort-Utility version works well under 10.8, but the installation routine will not allow to install it. Luckily, Frank Tisellano helps us out with am Automator workflow to extract the App from the installation bundle. In my case I had to open the “AirPort Utility Extractor” Skript in Automator to run the commands in the terminal manually.

I hope, that howToFix saves one or the other some time …

Apple just published the video of the tribute to Steve special event at the Apple Campus on October 19, 2011. So kind, that the Apple folks are sharing the event with us. Thanks. It’s really moving.

Picture: Apple


Thank you for so much, Steve.

I was deeply moved by Your commencement speech in Stanford as I am when I watch it today …


Here’s the Quicktime video stream of this years WWDC 2011 keynote about Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud … and how it all works together. So, tune in to see Steve Jobs, Phil Schiller and Scott Forstall presenting the newest software developments.


This years WorldWideDeveloperConference WWDC 2011 sould out within 8 hours. So, bad luck if you’ve been on a transatlanic flight at that time. Today, the lucky ones of the iOS & Mac developer community, who managed to get a ticked this year, gather at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco. Probably, Apple will share the videos of all of the WWDC sessions for free with their registered iOS & Mac developers, like they did last year. And even if the Cupertino guys won’t stream Steve Jobs keynote live, we’ll get a video stream short after the event. For real live coverage we can rely on the all those people blogging from the keynote. The keynote begins at 10:00 AM PST (07:00 PM CET) and there are a lot of things to cover: The next version of Mac OS X called Lion, the next version of iOS for iPhones & iPads and Apples new cloud service iCould.
Here’s my link list for live coverage of the event:

  • Tim Stevens & Darren Murphy for Engadget … Tim & Darren start their pre-keynote-roundup at 07:30 AM PST via UStream videostream and continue with the keynote coverage
    (Liveblog technology: UStream (not via iOS) & ? iOS-friendly engadget cms ?
  • Ars Technica … live blog will start with the keynote
    (Liveblog technology: ScribbleLive, disabled for iOS).
  • Greg Kumparak for TechCrunch … live blog will start at 08:45 AM PST – 17:45 CET
    (ScribbleLive, not iOS optimized).
  • TheNextWeb … live blog will start at 09:30 AM PST – 18:30 CET
    (ScribbleLive, iOS friendly).
  • Jason Snell & Dan Moren for Macworld… live blog will start with the keynote
    (Liveblog technology: CoverItLive, iOS-friendly)
  • Technologizer … live blog will start with the keynote
    (CoverItLive, iOS-friendly).
  • MacLife … live blog will start with the keynote
    (CoverItLive, iOS-friendly).
  • Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for ZDNet … live blog will start with the keynote
    (CoverItLive, iOS-friendly).
  • Arron Hirst for RazorianFly … live blog will start at 09:30 AM PST – 18:30 CET
    (CoverItLive, iOS-friendly).
  • Gizmodo … live blog will start at 09:00 AM PST – 18:00 CET
    (Liveblog technology: unknown, iOS-friendly).

As soon as the keynote is available as a Quicktime stream, you’ll get an update here :-)

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