Mac OS 10.9 slow finder and open / save dialog box workaround

After upgrading to Mac OS 10.9, Mavericks, our computers have been running slowly when using Finder or using

File open dialog
File open dialog

the File – Save/Open dialog box in any application. It took up to 30 seconds to get files to show. It was a real time waster. In our business, time is everything.

Our first workaround was to close then re-open the application. Though it worked, that was pretty wasteful and miserable. So we tried trashing the Finder preferences file:

Preferences library
Preferences library

It can be found in Library – Preferences. You can get there by opening Finder, selecting the menu option Go, then holding the OPT key, then selecting the Library option. Navigating down to Preferences, you can find the file. Just delete it. Doing so will reset the Finder preferences and, hopefully, fix the Finder slowness for you.

That didn’t work for us. A general solution to any Mac problem is to trash the preferences file. It’s inconvenient but it usually works. Just not in this case.

Instead, we learned that the workaround was to modify one of the system files. If you aren’t sure what you are doing, take your computer to a professional. We aren’t responsible if something goes wrong(!).

Here are the steps we followed to fix the issue:

Nano interface
Nano interface
  • Open a Terminal window
  • Type  sudo nano /etc/auto_master
  • Enter the administrator password
  • Find the line that says this: /net -hosts -nobrowse,hidefromfinder,nosuid
  • Use the arrow keys and add a pound sign (#) before the / character
  • Now you have  #/net -hosts -nobrowse,hidefromfinder,nosuid
  • Click Control+O to save the file
  • Click Control+X to exit the Nano editor
  • Type in sudo automount -vc
  • This will flush the cache

Now, go to a File Open/Save dialog and see what happens. It fixed the lag for us completely.

It’s important to note that you have made this modification, so when the next Mavericks updates come out (10.9.2 or higher) and there is a fix for this problem, you will have to remove this workaround. Otherwise, something might not work. We’re not sure what might break, but we’ll deal with that and post it here when the time comes.

Production case ready

We have the product case ready for retail sale for the video Introduction to Off-Camera

Strobe intro case back
Strobe intro case

Strobe Flash Photography. It is always satisfying to see the case with the slip cover and the DVD inside. With the barcode, it looks like a finished product for retail sale.

It’s exciting to have this latest video out. We have already made sales in Jackson, WY, to students of Aaron Linsdau’s “Introduction to Strobe photography” class at the Jackson Hole Art Association.

Strobe case back
Strobe case back

This video would not have been possible without the production expertise of the entire TVL Video staff.

We can’t wait for it to be available for video streaming and DVD purchases on Amazon as well. Updates for this will be posted in this blog as they become available.

Presale prices are still available on our website. Once the video appears on Amazon and through our other retail channels, we will no longer be able to offer this 33% off discount. Take advantage while you can.

Add a PayPal button to WordPress

To add a Paypal button to WordPress, you do not need a plugin or any other tool. All you need is the logo from paypal buttonPaypal and the email code to do it. What’s that you ask?

Read on.

Follow these steps and you can add your own Buy It Now or Donate button to your WordPress website or blog.

How to add a Paypal button to your WordPress site  or blog

Create a Paypal button.

Do not check these options, otherwise this will not work.

no options


Create the button.

Then you will see two options:

email options


Select the email option and copy the text. If you do not see the email tab, you have selected an option that does not allow email links, such as custom text fields or the like. You have to make a very stripped-down button.

Then either copy a Paypal button and insert it as a picture into your page or switch to Text edit and enter the codes found at the bottom of the page:

If you use the text edit to enter the button picture URL, like

<img alt="Buy Now Button with Credit Cards" src="" />

Then switch back to Visual mode.

Then here’s the magic to make this work. In Visual edit mode, click the button picture and select link:

Create link


And then enter the URL you copied from the Email tab in Paypal.

That’s it. You will now have a secure Paypal link with a button in your WordPress page. No plugins, fighting with website code or anything else. WordPress does not support forms, so you must either use plugins or this very easy method. Copying the regular code Paypal generates and entering it into the WordPress Text mode does not work.

This technique does.

DVD available for presale

We are ready to start taking pre-sale orders for Introduction to Off-Camera Strobe Flash Photography. If you DVD pre-orderpurchase the DVD now, you can buy it at a heavy discount. Take advantage of this offer while you still can. Once it is available on Amazon and in stores, the price will be full retail and this offer will be gone forever.

If you ever wanted to learn how to manage off-camera strobe flashes for your camera, whether it be a DSLR, a Canon G12 or anything with a hot shoe or flash sync, this is the video to have. Aaron Linsdau demystifies how to get great shots with just a single strobe. You do not need to purchase a vast array of equipment to get started. All you need is a strobe, a way to trigger it and you are off and running.