Technology Errors

svn co Error: Server certificate verification failed: issuer is not trusted

When attempting to sync a repo to a server or to your desktop you will receive an error if the certificate being used to protect the HTTPS repository URL is not issued by the proper authority. Many companies generate their own certificates for repository URL’s especially if the repository is primary used internally. In this example I was attempting to sync a repository using SVN to a folder on the desktop of my Macbook Pro running OSX Mountain Lion. Below I describe the error in more detail followed by resolution to the svn certificate error.

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SVN Mountain Lion

I needed to use SVN on a new installation of Mountain Lion OSX on my Macbook Pro and initially assumed it would be there because I already had Xcode installed however it was not or was not located in my path. After playing around in the Xcode interface for a moment I located the Command Line Tools package available for download which ended up installing svn on the command line. Below I describe how to verify if SVN is installed on OSX and explain how to install it if it does not already exist.

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The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to access some of the items

Ever attempt to delete the Trash on OSX and run into an error that says you can’t complete the operation because you don’t have permissions to access some of the items? I am not sure how often this will happen to the average user that wouldn’t already know how to resolve the problem since the chances are high that the file or files created with different permissions required you to change to the root user in the first place. Anyhow below is a better description of the issue along with a screenshot followed by how to resolve the problem emptying your Trash on your Mac.

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Skype Instant Message History Using 100% CPU On OSX

I really miss the old versions of Skype on my Macbook running OSX Mountain Lion. While I could just download and install one of the Skype version for .DMG’s some people I talk with require the newer version of Skype to use some of the features not available in the older versions, etc. I wish Skype would stop with the Facebook integration and all the other fancy stuff and just allow me to send instant messages and make phone calls as I am not sure I have ever seen a piece of software that I once liked so much take so many steps backwards. Anyhow the issue at hand is Skype on OSX Mountain Lion using all of your computers CPU and unfortunately my resolution to the issue is to use a third party application to view Skype history.