OS X Keychain Not Saving Passwords…

December 19, 2007

I struggled with this one for about a month before I finally dug into what was wrong and how to fix it. It all started when I reinstalled because I couldn’t get BootCamp installed because of volume fragmentation. Since then, my applications, specifically Mail.app and Adium, weren’t remembering passwords even if I checked the little “remember” box. Being generally new to OS X, it took a little while for me to even figure out where to look but here’s the quick fix.

  1. Open a new Finder window.
  2. Navigate to “~/Library/Keychains” using “Go To Folder…” (Cmd-Shft-G)
  3. Right-click on “login.keychain” and select “Get Info”
  4. Find the “Ownership & Permissions” section and verify the following:
    • Owner: [You]
    • Access: [Read & Write]
    • Group: [You]
    • Access: [Read only]
    • Others: [Read only]

I also made sure that the little lock was switched to the “locked” position to prevent accidental changes. Provided all these settings are correct, your passwords should start saving again.

David O’Hara is a Senior Consultant with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.  


My Recent Conversion…

August 13, 2007

The black box arrived. I am now officially “Win on Mac”.

I loaded the tools that I knew would make my life easier – Firefox, QuickSilver, Adium, Twitterific, VMWare, TextMate…and they did not disappoint me. A few preference tweaks and settings later and I was off and running.

Let’s talk form – the lines on this laptop are sharp! No obtrusive knobs, bulges, humps or protrusions of any kind. Heck even the lid clasp retracts when not in use. I was initially worried about the keyboard and the key arrangements but I’ve had no issue switching between this keyboard and my Microsoft Natural at work. No re-mapping needed. With a clear and crisp display, ambient light sensor and backlit keyboard, I have yet to find a situation where I’m not able to use it. Granted, I have to air out my thighs after a bit of lap work but I can’t seem to find fault with this hardware otherwise.

For several weeks now I’ve been living in a VM and trying to figure out how to get my whole life on to OSX. Having never been a full time Vista guy, I can’t honestly compare the two (yes, I am considering a few rounds with BootCamp to give this a true test) but I’m hard pressed to imagine what it would give me that I’m currently lacking. I’m not sure what it is about these applications but I’m really enjoying what I’m seeing.

VMWare for Mac…

December 23, 2006

VMWare has finally put their product for Mac, codenamed Fusion, into beta. Guess that’s one more reason I DON’T have for not getting the MacBook Pro I’ve been oggling.