How to fix RMI startup problem with GoldenFrog Mimo 1

Just a quick fix if you happen to be using Mimo with Giganews, which by the way, is the BEST Usenet provider in the known universe. I ran into a problem where Mimo wouldn’t start. The splash screen hung at “Registering RMI Server” and then eventually just closed down. No logs. Nothing in the console.

Support didn’t know what to do so I just guessed and added this to the startup arguments “-noRMI”. It worked!

On a Mac, you can do this:

sudo /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c 'Add :Java:Arguments string "-noRmi"' /Applications/

On Windows you will probably need to modify the shortcut or find a batch file to launch Mimo. I don’t have Windows so I can’t help you there.

Update 2014-02-20: Found this on their change log for an OLD version:

“Add a -noRmi option for Mimo startup”

Planning Center Song Sync 6

If you’ve been following me on Twitter (@javierplumey), you know that I am working on a new web app that will sync song arrangements from Planning Center Online (PCO) to a Dropbox folder.


I love PCO–it helps me manage my small team of worship musicians at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ellicott City, MD. And it also maintains my growing database of songs. I remember back in the day when I used to lead music at San Isidro in Pompano Beach, Fl I used to have a very large binder that weighed about as much as a California Redwood. These days, with PCO as a central database for my songs and apps such as OnSong and forScore, I can keep everything on my iPad.

The issue is that there is no way to sync the chord charts and lyrics in Planning Center with the excellent OnSong music app on iOS. It doesn’t have a direct link with PCO (yet) so users must copy and paste out of the PCO web site and into text files which can then be synced into OnSong. I decided I would write a tool to perform this sync operation since it would save me a lot of time and keep my offline OnSong database up to date with the latest version of the chords for any song/arrangement combination in Planning Center.

I have worked out most of the code and am now putting on the final touches and integrating test scripts. I can currently sync all arrangements to my Dropbox folder. The sync is smart so that it only updates the files for the arrangements that have changed since the last sync. The sync will occur every hour unless you manually choose the sync option on the web site.

Here’s an example of a file created by the song process:
Example chordpro file created by the app.

Please fill out this form if you’re interested in being a part of the beta testing. The site will be completely free.

Please follow me on Twitter if you want up-to-the-minute updates on the progress.

How to quickly download every presentation from IBM IOD 2013

Did you attend the IBM Information OnDemand Conference this year? Talk about Big Data! The sheer number of presentations and material covered was way too much for a mere four days. IBM has made available to download many, if not most, of the presentations from the conference. You can go here to find the ones you want and download them manually.

Through the power of the command line (or a good Download Manager) you can get every presentation from IOD with a single command (and a very fast connection).

Here is a file that contains every presentation available to download as of 2013-11-19.

If you’re a command line nerd like me, you can download the file above to your system and use the following command line:
wget -i . wget will then download every presentation. Be sure to check out the wget man page ( for ways to control retries, etc.

Here are links to the list of every presentation available, broken down by component.

Have fun downloading and reading!