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MAMP Pro on Yosemite Beta 5

Update: The developers of MAMP recommend the following workaround:

Workaround for the 10.10 Preview 5 bug: Rename the file “envvars” located in into “_envvars”

If you’re running MAMP Pro 3 and you installed Yosemite preview 5, you’ve probably noticed Apache won’t start anymore, with the following error:

dyld: Symbol not found: _iconv
Referenced from: /usr/lib/libmecabra.dylib
Expected in: /Applications/MAMP/Library/lib/libiconv.2.dylib
in /usr/lib/libmecabra.dylib

This is some kind of library error because of an updated library in the newest preview. You can fix this by forcing your own version of libiconv onto your computer, though you have to replace the system default version of libiconv, which in theory could cause bad things to happen – i’ve not noticed anything, but your milage will vary – and you should make sure you’ve got a system backup of everything incase the worst does happen.

Hopefully you’ve already got homebrew installed – if not, grab it from and follow those instructions, then:

1) Allow homebrew to install duplicates of system software: brew tap homebrew/dupes
2) Install libiconv: brew install libiconv
3) Force it to link (replace) the system default: brew link libiconv --force
4) Delete the MAMP version of libiconv:
rm /Applications/MAMP/Library/lib/libiconv.2.dylib

Then everything should start properly.

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Falling Behind

For the last 5 years, it’s felt very much like Apple was leading the way with mobile operating systems and technology, but in the last 12 months it’s very much going in the direction of Android, and in the last 24 hours, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.

The problem is Apple seem to be making very small improvements every year, which while impressive aren’t enough to keep people locked in their ecosystem.

iOS6 brings some very welcome improvements, but if all we know about from WWDC is all they’re planning on bringing to the table this fall, I think it’s time to reassess my commitment to Apple for my mobile phone.

We’ve had the same, almost completely blank, lock screen for years. It shouldn’t need to take an “event” for information to be shown on it, and it’s the same with the grid layout on the home screen – That’s not good enough for a modern phone when Microsoft are producing things like the gorgeous, 100% customisable, live updating, home screen which can contain probably up to 50 pieces of information at a glance.

Let’s hope the iPhone 6 launch event includes a significant overhaul to the at-a-glace view that it seems everyone else but Apple are able to nail at the moment.