Wednesday, January 27, 2010

iPhone cannot be synced

I received an error recently while trying to synch my iPhone. I searched the Internet and did not find a clear cut solution to fix it. I figured the problem out on my own and am posting the issue and resolution for future reference; in case anyone else has the same issue and happens to search for the solution.

This error occurs while in iTunes and attempting to sync your iPhone to new content:
"iPhone 'x' cannot be synced. The required file cannot be found."

Mac OSX 10.6.2
iPhone 3G 3.1.2
iTunes 9.0.2
iPhoto 8.1.1

Root Cause:
Photos were not syncing from iPhoto to iPhone via iTunes properly because the "iPod Photo Cache" was either changed or corrupted.

In my case, I recently used CleanMyMac to free up some disk space and it deleted the iPod Photo Cache. Later, when I attempted to resync my iPhone; the photos on the iPhone did not match the photos in the iPod Photo Cache, causing the error.

  1. In iTunes, select options on the Photos tab to manually manage photos that synch to iPhone. (Select option to "select albums..." and include "no events")
  2. Uncheck all photos (Albums, Events, Faces) and sync. The result will be a sync that removes all photos from the iPhone.
  3. Next, follow these instructions from Apple to delete the "iPod Photo Cache".
  4. Once complete, return to iTunes and select which photo albums/events/faces (or all) you want to sync to iPhone and sync.
The issue should now be resolved as iPhoto will create a new iPod Photo Cache and sync your photos without error. As always, back up your data before deleting or altering system configurations. Good luck!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mustard In The Vineyards

I was up in Napa this past weekend and noticed great beauty in the now dormant vineyards. The mustard undergrowth is blooming a brilliant yellow! At first I thought it was just a weed with a fortunate feature, but soon realized that the mustard was not growing everywhere like an unwanted weed would. It seemed to be isolated to the vineyards.

I asked around and learned that it does indeed have a purpose (other than looking beautiful in the middle of winter). Mustard blooms in late January and early February, and provides a habitat for birds and animals who feed on vineyard pests. Additionally, the root system of the mustard allows nutrients to be absorbed more readily into the soil, which in turn help the vineyard. Once buds break in spring, the mustard is cut back so as not to take too much water away from the vines.

Usefulness aside, color in winter is a nice treat.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Chinese Steel

WHY are we buying Chinese steel for the new span of the Oakland Bay Bridge? Have we not learned our lessons yet with children's toys and milk? China has a long way to go in regulating industry quality before it can be trusted. Also, think of the JOBS it would create or support if the steel came from the United States! Does the United States not make steel anymore? I can't imagine a better thing for the economy than a $6.3 billion dollar project where all parts and labor are sourced domestically.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sitting Here in Limbo

Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
Sitting Here In Limbo
Warfield Theatre
San Francisco, CA

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Corinna: new favorite Phish song of the day (a Taj Mahal cover). This recording is from 12/30/09; Miami,FL (New Years Run 2009-2010).

Seeing this video of Taj Mahal singing it makes me love it even more:

THE Taj Mahal?
Surrre, you know The Taj?

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009: Year of the Phish


By far one of the most exciting things that happened in 2009 for me, was the reuniting of Phish and my ability to go to 3 shows (Shoreline and the Gorge) plus Festival 8.

From their exciting reunion at Hampton in March 2009; which showed me they were back for real and were still good; to ringing in the new year in Miami with crazy onstage antics reminiscent of the good old days - wow what a year for Phish.

Bring on 2010 tour dates please.

Happy New Year

How will you pronounce "2010"?

I hear people saying "Twenty-Ten", which is different than the way we have been saying the year for the past 10 years (two thousand, two thousand one, two thousand two, etc) - BUT this means we are back to saying the year the way it was said in the 1900's (nineteen ninety, nineteen ninety one, nineteen ninety two, etc). No one ever really said "one thousand nine hundred ninety nine" or "nineteen hundred ninety nine for 1999, as would be assumed since people were saying "two thousand nine" for 2009 instead of "twenty O-nine" (or "nineteen O-9" for 1909). They said 1999 like "nineteen ninety nine"!

So, is it "Twenty Ten" or "Two Thousand Ten"?

I'm going with "Twenty Ten".