FCP X – Compressor Crash on Start up – Helium.Framework error.

Compressor was crashing each time I tried to run it. I was doing the updates that came with FCP X 10.0.1. I was getting a Helium Framework error, image not found or something of the like -very cryptic. Anyway I poked around and eventually just use a program removal program (AppZapper) that totally removed Compressor and all its associated plist / config files and that seemed to do the trick.

What to look for when buying an iPhone 4 that needs to be Jailbroken and unlocked.

So you’re a cheap bugger like me and balk at the thought of paying $100 per month for your cellphone bill. That $2400 for the entire 2 year contract. However you also want to have your cake and kind of eat it. Well you can, kind of …….. If you buy an iPhone 4 you can jailbreak and unlock the phone and run it on a piss cheap Tmobile plan for $30 per month (1400 mins & 1 min is 1 text). The kind of comment actually is someone of a deal breaker for some – you won’t be able to get data on your phone, no 3G no mobile data BUT if you mainly use the phone as just a phone and sit at a desk all day that’s blanketed in WIFI then who cares, you’re saving $1800 or so. Note: my piss cheap Tmobile plan actually does have a data plan thrown in but it’s Edge data and only 200mb but fine for checking emails once in a while and limited Google map usage)

So let’s get to it. You will need an iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS or 4. The 4S is currently not able to be jailbroken but I believe the Jailbreaking gods are working on a jailbreak for the 4S. The term Jailbreak means to remove the limitations imposed by Apple on devices running the iOS operating system through use of custom kernels and to unlock a phone means that it’ll be able to run on any GSM phone network other than ATT.

Ok, here is the meat and potatoes of how to buy an iPhone. (You could buy one already jailbroken but you’ll pay more so work with me will ya!) Note that iOS version, version and firmware are all the same.

  • Get on CL (Craigslist) and find the appropriate phone. It must be an ATT phone NOT Verizon if you want an iPhone 4. The iPhone 3G is a little slow on iOS 4 (version 4 of the firmware) so I suggest a 3GS or iPhone 4.
  • Call the bloke or Lass up who has the phone and you will need to ask then TWO very important questions. Get them to go into the “About” section of their phone. They can do this by clicking on the Settings > General > About. Get them to read off the “Version” first (also know as firmware). It’ll be at the bottom of the first page. It will be something like 3.1.3(7E18). Three numbers then 4 numbers and letters in brackets. Then get then to scroll down to the bottom of the next page and you will see “Modem Firmware” on the left and the version (a number) on the right – ask then what it is. (see this link to see how to do this – http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=2543
  • Next go over to this page – http://www.iclarified.com/unlock/ – the iClarified unlock wizard and select your phone, then baseband and then iOS version and it should tell you wether you can jailbreak and unlock your phone.

Simple! Be aware that the iPhone 4 is a bit of a picky bugger as far as jailbreaking goes so you’ll need a relatively old baseband to jailbreak it – 1.59 and lower. Once you have looked up your prospective phone’s specs in iClarified’s nifty little database you can follow a link on the iClarified site to see how to actually jailbreak the phone. Happy Xmas and happy Jailbreaking !

Who is linking to your website? – Google “Link” command is dead! Hint — Google Webmaster Tools!

I’ve be dabbling in SEO from the early days, 2003 and since then I’ve focused more on Web Development and now Video Production. But Search Engine Optimization fascinates me and I’m always looking at ways to expand my SEO knowledge so here’s an invaluable tip to see ALL the sites that link to you, including the ones that use the NO FOLLOW htm attribute.

Back in the day you could see who was linking to you by simply typing LINK:www.mywebsite.com into the Google search bar. However a few years ago the LINK command appeared to not list all the links and with a tests on this site I get 4 results, 4 BLOODY RESULTS for a site that has an article that’s been read by a MILLION PEOPLE!

So upon further investigation it appears that Google has moved this functionality into its Webmaster tools – www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ – section. So, you obviously need to be running Google Analytics on your website (adding this is easy and free) and all one needs to do once you have Analytics installed is to log into your Google Webmaster account and then:

  • On the Webmaster Tools Home page, click the site you want.
  • On the left-hand menu, click Your site on the web, and then click Links to your site.

The you’ll see a sampling of links to your website and how many links, in my case 2000+, that’s more bloody like it! You can also download all these links to a CSV file and throw it into a spreadsheet to see the exact links.

Some really interesting things to note:

  • Google DOES list links that have the NOFOLLOW attribute – very, very interesting!!!!!
  • If you have a message board signature that links to you website you’ll see it in here for all of your posts: obviously

If you get some bugger who really likes you and puts your URL on a side menu of his website that appears on every page of his site you’ll get a ton of links – a link on every page of his site! Not sure if this will help your SEO mojo but it’ll add to your link count none the less

So in summary: use Google webmaster tools with Analytics to see the exact links to your website. You may be pleasantly surprised! Remember SEO is not about fannying about trying to game the system or buying links from dodgy strangers – write content people want and people will come. My silly article on iPhone call blocking at a million unique users is a case in point. Will it make you money, sure, will you get rich, probably not but SEO is a black art and seeing who links to you is a powerful tool.