Forced reinstall of application downloaded from Mac App Store

Context:
In Mac OSX Lion, I opened Launchboard and deleted an app that I had previously downloaded from the Mac App Store
Problem:
I was no longer able to download it, always getting the same annoying message from the Mac App Store software:
A newer version of this app is already installed on this computer

After spending hours trying to find the fix that does the trick (and, man, did I try them all: removed spotlight indexing from my HDD, removed launchpad db files, removed various folders and files), countless Trash emptied and reboots, I finally found the fix.

Here’s what worked for me (via stackexchange):
I opened up Terminal.app, pasted the line below, then pressed Enter:

/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

A few minutes of waiting, and when it was done I launched the Mac App Store app and.. miracle: I was able to, once again, download my favorite app from the store.

I hope this will save a few hours for you as well

What I learned from TechTalk 2011, London

I guess it’s my time again for #idevblogaday. I’ll keep this post short, as I’m still struggling with a bug that prevents me from submitting Clean Writer Pro.

At the beginning of this week I was at Apple’s iOS5 TechTalk in London. It was great. Apart from the rare opportunity of meeting great iOS developers from around the world(I met awesome guys from UK, Vietnam, Germany, Canada, Romania and more), the talks day also brought me a (hopefully long-lasting) inspiration and motivation. In particular, there are three most important things I came back with

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More AppStore scams – Flash Video Exposer

While casually browsing the AppStore I noticed an intriguing app called “Flash Video Exposer” which, at the time, was #1 Top Paid app in the Romanian iPad App Store. It was also in the top 30 paid apps in the iPhone App Store. Problem is, all user reviews unanimously cry that this app is a scam, and a pretty expensive one actually (8 euro).

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Ce trebuie sa faca Apple pentru Computer Science

Am citit azi via Twitter un articol de pe Acm.org intitulat “What Did Steve Jobs Do for Computer Science?” care, evident, converge spre a critica lipsa de implicare a Apple in comunitatea academica si, mai ales, faptul ca Apple, spre deosebire de Intel, Microsoft si altii, nu dau si ei un banut cercetatorilor din universitati.

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Biroul meu de lucrat in picioare, reglabil electric pe inaltime

De cand mi-am cumparat primul calculator, numarul de ore petrecute la birou in fata acestuia a crescut dramatic. Si chiar daca in ultimii ani, incetand sa lucrez ‘for the man‘ ci doar pentru mine, am devenit mai lenes si am scazut numarul de ore de lucru zilnice, oricum petrec peste 12 ore in fata calculatorului. Cica nu e bine. Studii recente si mai putin recente sunt unanim de parere ca statul excesiv pe scaun duce la probleme grave, de la ingrasare(cel putin a posteriorului) la hemoroizi, afectiuni ale coloanei, zonei lombare, etc. Daca in generatiile trecute doar unii functionari sau soferi profesionisti apucau sa stea mai mult de 3-4 ore pe zi pe scaun, in prezent mai toti avem de facut chestii la calculator; iar cand nu stam la calculator stam pe canapea cu ochii la TV sau la volan in drum spre servici.

Acum 2-3 ani efectele incepusera sa se faca simtite si la mine: dureri grave in zona lombara cand mergeam la cumparaturi sau la plimbarile lente(ele nu apareau la mersul mai alert, banuiesc ca acolo ceva muschi preluau din sarcina). Am remediat putin situatia investind intr-un scaun Markus de la Ikea pentru statul la birou, iar pentru plimbari intr-o pereche de incaltari MTB (au costat enorm la vremea lor; in prezent gasiti imitatori la preturi sub 50%). Dupa o perioada, durerile lombare au scazut ca intensitate si frecventa.

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Free will vs Freedom

People tend to overthink the meaning of free will. I believe that free will should be taken more literally. To have free will means exactly what it says: to have the liberty of will/wish/desire/dream. Free will is not freedom. Freedom comes from free do – liberty of doing stuff, liberty of action. Free will, on the other hand, only refers to the liberty of will, of the thought and/or heart. 

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From laptop to the tablet/phone: 5 FREE key tools to keep you in sync

Desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone.. – more often then not you feel like you might have too many gadgets. You are constantly searching for a website you glimpsed at only 2 days ago, and unable to find it in the browser history – so you wonder – Was I on my laptop when I found that article? Or was I on the iPad? Or maybe it was a Twitter link that I clicked on my iPhone.. ? Also, that quick note I had.. where on earth did I save it.. and on which device?

To get you sorted in this digital mess, we present to you the 5 most important tools you can use to de-clutter your digital existence Evernote, Simplenote, Dropbox, Push the Page and Instapaper:
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Sean Connery, Stephen King and the Most Important Advice on Conquering the Writer’s Block

Forrester: What are you doing?
Jamal: I’m writing.[…]
Forrester: Is there a problem?
Jamal: No. I’m just thinking.
Forrester: No thinking. That comes later. You write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is to write. Not to think.
[…]
Forrester: Start typing that. Sometimes the simple rhythm of typing gets us from page one to page two. When you begin to feel your own words, start typing them.
Forrester: Punch the keys for God’s sake! Yes! You’re the man now, dog.

Sean Connery as William Forrester, a character inspired by J. D. Salinger – Finding Forrester


“When asked ‘How do you write?‘ I inevitably answer ‘one word at a time‘”

Stephen King


I could write this blog post in over 1000 characters, going on and on about the importance of starting something – anything as opposed to just sitting on your ass, thinking about how to start. How the simple act of typing – whatever random first words – unclogs that area in your brain responsible for inspiration. How, when you want to write something(a blog post, a short story or even an essay) but you don’t know exactly what, you could start by simply copying a random passage from a random book, and leave your mind flow from there to your own next sentence, own next scene. In the end, you might want to rewrite that initial first passage. Whatever. Don’t think about that end part, just think about the NOW.
But I won’t do that. Instead, I’ll just let the magic words of Stephen King and Sean Connery’s character from Finding Forrester sync in.

It’s easier than it looks

The year was 2005. I was having my lunch on a bench in the Trocadero Park, at the shadow of the Tour Eiffel. Hordes of tourists were bustling on the esplanade, photographing the breathtaking view. Me, on the other hand, was quite unimpressed by the view for which tens of millions fly to France each year. I had seen it hundreds of times. I was working at less than half a mile from the glorious symbol of Paris, in a software company providing the trading floor software for most of the banks in the top 50 world. Living and working there, in the 16eme Arrondissement, the poshest quarter of Paris, showed me that everything is possible; even for a Romanian geek born in the last decade of the communism regime and whose parents’ salaries were less than $200 per month. Me, on the other hand, had gotten my raise and, at age 24, was earning monthly more than both did in 1 year.

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