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Update about ‘Error from Debugger: Unknown packet reply: “timeout” to environment packet.’ from Xcode

I previously posted about an error I was seeing in the Xcode console when trying to run an application I was working building on an actual iPhone. I believe I have figured out what was causing the problem, if not at least I’ve managed to make it stop happening so I can go back to testing on a real device now.

It seems that the problem had something to do with a ‘#’ in either ‘#AppName_Prefix.pch’ or ‘#AppName.xcodeproj’. I renamed the Prefix header and the xcodeproject file and updated the project to reflect the new name of the prefix header then a build -> clean and voilà everything seems to be working again.

[REDACTED] beta 5 and ‘Error from Debugger: Unknown packet reply: “timeout” to environment packet.’

I finally upgraded to [REDACTED] beta 5 on one of my iPhones. Everything seemed to go just fine. I upgraded Xcode and installed the new SDK. Yay. Things were looking pretty good until I tried to build some of my existing applications.

‘Error from Debugger: Unknown packet reply: “timeout” to environment packet.’

I don’t even know where to start with that error. I’m only getting it on the iPhone 1st gen that was upgraded to beta 5. The same project builds and runs just fine on my 2.2.1 3G.

I just tried another project and it builds and runs just fine on both my beta 5 1st gen and on my 2.2.1 3G.

Anyone else getting this? How did you fix it?

Pricing an iPhone app: Don’t sell your software short.

I was doing some research trying to decide how to price and promote the app I’m building for the iPhone and I came across this article. It points out the really obvious fact that if you are trying to do iPhone development full time then you need to charge enough for your app so that you can actually live on what money you do make.

It also points out that the current pricing structure of the app store is flawed. The article states that most if not all apps should be bumped up $10.00 in price, $0.99 apps becoming $9.99, $4.99 becoming $14.99. This is a very valid point, how can anyone expect to live on $0.70 a copy of their software? Don’t say they will make it up in volume because that is much harder than one would think.

I now need to sit down and figure out how much I should charge and make sure that I would actually be able to make money with what I’m planning.

Photoswap for the iPhone by Padadaz: Simple and Addictive

My wife, brother and I have been playing with Photoswap by Padadaz for a few days now and it is now one of the most used applications on my iPhone.

You take a picture and send it out. It is received by one and only one person. If they find it interesting they can directly reply to you with a picture of their own. Thats it.

I’ve personally had a ‘conversation’ last for over two hours, sending pictures of random toys in my office and getting random toys in return.

Mac OS 10.5 Leopard – so far so good

mac os box logo I picked up a 13″ black MacBook in June of this year to replace my compaq. I’ve had a 450Mhz G4 Cube running 10.4 Tiger mainly for Safari to test out some web development and it wasn’t that bad to use for email and browsing.

I had a good idea what to expect from a MacBook and it was everything I had expected and wanted from a computer. By day I work as a Systems Administrator for a cellular company and am waist deep in Linux, OpenBSD and FreeBSD. I’m very conferable on the command line and monkeying around with things to get them to work just the way I want. When I first started using my MacBook daily I noticed that I didn’t have to do much to get things to work. It went like this.

“Hey I want to join the WPA network at work how would I do that, maybe I need to edit something or compile something. Hey let me click the little airport thing in the top bar. Oh hey theres the work network *click* Oh nifty its prompting me for the password *types password*. Hello Internet”

I know its been said before and will be said again but you really do Think Different. Its that things really do Just Work. I’ve never seen anything like this with a computer. There is no monkeying around at all. Most things work just how you would expect them to.

I was a little worried about upgrading to Leopard because I’ve never done an upgrade on a mac before. My G4 came with Tiger setup and the install DVD so I didn’t have to worry about settings or anything when I reinstalled that. I was worried I would lose my settings and pictures and music and everything. I posted on some forums and was assured that it wouldn’t be a problem and would just work.

I got home from work to find the FedEx package waiting, I opened it up and was again impressed with apple and their level of detail and overall product packaging. I wanted to test first on my G4 Cube but quickly found out that it will not install on a 450Mhz processor. With that I slid the disk into my MacBook and clicked the Upgrade button and the MacBook rebooted.leopard_box_125.jpg

I walked through the installation which was only
answering a few questions

  • Chose an language
  • Confirm you install disk
  • Affirm to a license agreement.

The installation scared me when it said it would take 5 hours and 31 minutes to complete. I didn’t know what to do so I just let it do it’s thing. It really only took about an hour or so to run, I’m not exactly sure because my wife and I were watching a movie.

All is said and done and it wants me to reboot. I’m scared when I see a familiar blue screen and not my desktop but I sat there just waiting and hoping it worked and I just hadn’t lost everything. As if by magic there was my wallpaper and desktop. It had kept all of my user settings and programs I had installed.

It could be in my mind but it seems snappier and more responsive. There doesn’t seem to be any lag when opening windows or changing spaces. There was some very sluggish performance when I first upgraded but that was to Spotlight rebuild its index and TimeMachine doing its thing on my external 320Gb FireWire drive.


promo_leopard_utd.jpg I stopped TimeMachine and let Spotlight finish its index and just before I started this TimeMachine started and is now doing a full back up of about 111GB. There doesn’t seem to be any performance penalty or anything while it runs. The MacBook is just as fast if not faster than before with Tiger.

All in all I’m happy with the upgrade. The two features I think I like the most so far are Spaces and a tabbed Terminal.app. I’m sure I’ll find more things I like in the coming days when I have time to explore.