Nov 23

When you plugin your iPhone (or iPod touch) into your Mac either iPhoto or Aperture get automatically launched. Reason for this is so any photos can be imported from the iPhone to your Mac.

You can disable this (or change the application that is started) using the “Image Capture” application (located in the Applications folder). Start up Image Capture and select your iPhone in the Devices list. Once thats done you should have a drop down at the bottom of the list that allows you to select which application you want to automatically launch whenever the iPhone is plugged in.

Hope you find this useful.

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May 28

Recently was setting up clients iPhone to access our mail servers using IMAP over SSL. Problem was we kept getting an error say that the username or password were incorrect. The username and password entered in the iPhone setup were correct. Using the identical setup to access the same email account from my iPhone worked fine.

Fortunately we had setup the phone so that all it’s data was either being accessed or synced from the cloud so resetting the phone was no drama. Unfortunately resetting his phone didn’t make any difference, still could not connect.

After increasing the logging on the mail server it was discovered the issue was that the iPhone did not have the required SSL certificate installed to make the required connection. The reason my iPhone worked I think is because I sync mine with a Mac whereas the phone that could not connect was syncing with a Windows box. Am assuming that the syncing with the Mac copied the certificate to my iPhone for me, but have not confirmed this.

To install the certificate we took the following steps.

  1. Create a DER format certificate

    iPhone does not understand PEM (Privacy-Enhanced Mail) formatted certificates and instead expects the certificate to be in DER (Distinguished Encoding Rules) format. So we need to create a DER version of the mail certificate on the server using openssl.

    openssl x509 -in /etc/ssl/certs/ssl-mail.pem -inform PEM -out mail.der -outform DER

  2. Copy the DER certificate so it is accessible from your web server

  3. Open the certificate on your iPhone

    Using Safari on the iPhone open the certificate that you just created. You will be prompted if you want to install the certificate. Press the “Install” button to install the certificate on your iPhone.

  4. Reboot your iPhone

    After restarting the iPhone the certificate should be available and you will be able to connect to the mail server using SSL without any problems.

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Mar 18

Recently was updating my notes using Evernote from my iphone and recieved the following error:

Synchronization failed.
Unknown error u11

After searching google found a few discussions about the problems and some suggested fixes. Not all of these fixes worked, for example logging out and logging back in made no differences.

The consensus of opinion was that the root cause was html with url’s in the note, in particular strange characters in the url. This turned out to be the problem in my case and once the offending characters (% in my case) in the href url was removed the error vanished and syncing went back to normal.

Cannot say this will help everyone with this problem, but hopefully it helps someone. With any luck Evernote can fix this problem in an upcoming release of what is a great application.

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