iTunes Store down for iPhone Activations

Waiting for Activation

Waiting for Activation

The iTunes Store appears to be overloaded. Or at least that is what the staff at the Kenwood Mall Apple store in Cincinnati, OH.

They are still requiring buyers to connect their new iPhones to iTunes for two (2) minutes before leaving the store. The two minutes is apparently enough time to satisfy some technical or legal requirement. After the two minute buyers are free to head home and activate the iPhone at their leisure—probably some hours from now. (10:09 AM EST, Friday, July 11, 2008).

Work around for accessibility issue with FireFox 1.5 and OS X- tab focus

Upgrading to FireFox 1.5 was a great pleasure but for one problem. FF 1.5 dropped the user preference (accessibility.tabfocus) that enabled tab key access to form elements. Without this preference OS X users can not use the the tab key to shift the focus to check boxes, radio button, pull down menus or buttons. This really slowed me down. When I am filling out a form I like to keep my hands on the keyboard. Reaching for the mouse slows me down and frustrates me. But with the help of a few FF devotes I have learned a work around.


Create a text file named user.js in

~/Library/Application Support/FireFox/Profiles/xxxxxxxx.default


Add the following line to the text user.js:

user_pref(“accessibility.tabfocus”, 7);

There are several values available for the preference:

  • 1- Give focus to text fields only. (The default in OS X.)
  • 2- Give focus to all form elements except text fields.
  • 4- Give focus to links (and linked images) only.

Values can be combine to enable multiple behaviors

  • 7 = 1 + 2 + 4 Allows the tab key to shift focus to text fields, all form elements and links
  • 3 = 1 + 2 Allows the tab key to shift focus to any form element. This is my preference.


More information can be found in the mozillazine.org wiki.