Hey Internet, don’t tell me about the Apple event

I’m just kidding of course… I won’t be able to watch the live stream of Apple’s “Hey Siri, give us a hint” event today at 10am PDT, but I can’t wait to catch up on all that is announced later tonight!

Personally, I’m most interested in the new iPhones, as my iPhone 5 has seen better days. And though I won’t be buying new Apple TVs right away, I do love my current ones (issues and all), so I’m curious to see what they improve!

 

My iPad Air 2 still feels brand new, even though it’s nearly a year old, so I won’t be upgrading to a new iPad, but I’m very curious to see if they release a largerĀ iPad Pro.

Unzipping Large ZIP Archives on Mac (like latest Microsoft Edge VM)

TL;DR: Use `ditto` instead of `unzip` for large zip archives.

Today I downloaded the Microsoft Edge on Win10 VM from Microsoft. It downloads as either a single 5.42 GB `.zip` file, or as size separate smaller `.zip` file segments that you can then join together. I initially downloaded the smaller segments, verified their MD5 hashes, and tried to unzip the combined file by double-clicking on it. But, this just resulted in a `.cpgz` file! So, after some web searching, I decided to try `unzip` from the command line. This failed as well, but at least gave me an error message:

$ unzip Microsoft\ Edge.Win10.For.Mac.VirtualBox.zip
Archive:  Microsoft Edge.Win10.For.Mac.VirtualBox.zip
warning [Microsoft Edge.Win10.For.Mac.VirtualBox.zip]:  1121740098 extra bytes at beginning or within zipfile
  (attempting to process anyway)
error [Microsoft Edge.Win10.For.Mac.VirtualBox.zip]:  start of central directory not found;
  zipfile corrupt.
  (please check that you have transferred or created the zipfile in the
  appropriate BINARY mode and that you have compiled UnZip properly)

I even tried downloading the single 5.42 GB `.zip` file, thinking that perhaps something was going wrong when I combined the smaller segments. No dice.

I started thinking that perhaps the `.zip` file was too large for `unzip`, so I searched some more and found a post on Stack Overflow suggesting to try the `ditto` command line tool. Bingo! Now I was in business:

$ ditto -x -k Microsoft\ Edge.Win10.For.Mac.VirtualBox.zip edge

I was able to successfully unzip the file and import the VM into VirtualBox.

Apple Camp 2015 Signup is Open

Apple Camp signup for summer 2015 are open. The three-day workshops (three, 1.5 hour sessions) are free.

Kids age 8 to 12 can pick between “Stories in Motion with iMovie” and “Interactive Storytelling with iBooks”. My daughter did the iMovie workshop last year and really enjoyed it. She picked the iMovie workshop again this year.

Space is really limited, so don’t delay signing up!

More information and signup can be found on Apple’s site at:

http://www.applersvp.com/