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USB Rocket Launcher and Mac OS X 30 November 2006

Posted by David Wilson in USB Missile.

I have ordered tonight from ThinkGeek a DreamCheeky USB Rocket Launcher (as pictured below)

USB Rocket Launcher

Here is hoping that when it arrives there won’t be too much work to get the Missile Launcher software working with this.

Just so that we are clear here, the USB Missile Launcher NZ software, as at today – 30 November 2006, only works for the launcher as pictured below.

Launcher Picture Up Left

So the “Rocket Launcher” is scheduled to ship in a day or two by DHL. Fingers crossed for a speedy delivery and a passage straight through customs.


USB Missile Launcher – 1.4c Release 17 November 2006

Posted by David Wilson in USB Missile.


I made an error with the distribution of the 1.4b release and included a updated USB driver that had not been properly tested. This release addresses that issue by reverting back to the old driver (kext). From the release notes:

  • The wrong USB Missile Launcher driver (kext) was included with the 1.4b beta release. This release now includes the originally distributed driver (kext).
  • Added an “Action” menu. Allows additional keyboard commands like Cmd-U to unlock the launcher.

Plecase click on the download link in the sidebar for the latest release.

USB Missile Launcher v1.4b – Trouble Shooting 16 November 2006

Posted by David Wilson in USB Missile.
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I have had some of reports of problems with the USB Missile Launcher NZ v1.4b software release and am presently trying to figure out what’s going on.

[Update: 22:32 NZDT – I have discovered the issue. I mistakenly included a new driver for the USB Missile Launcher – it does not work properly. I need to re-package the distribution and re-release. I intend to do this after work tomorrow. Please accept my apologies for this error].

I have a workaround which may work and some software removal instructions for you.

A. Work Around.
1. Go to your “Applications” folder
2. Go to the “USB Missile Launcher NZ” folder
3. Go to the “USB Launcher Driver and Source” folder
4. Go to the “kext and simple Application folder”
5. unzip the file “Missile Control.app.zip”
6. Run the application Missile Control
7. This should allow you to control the launcher using the arrow keys on the keyboard. I tried it this evening and it did briefly. It seems to clear a “blockage”. Then the program stopped working properly.
8. Quit Missile Control
9. Run USB Missile launcher NZ
10. if we’re lucky, launcher control has returned!!! ya!!!!

It would help if you could look in the “Console.log” file (run the Console program in the Utilities folder). Copy the text in here that relates to the missile launcher and send it to me. You will see various pieces of text when you plug and unplug the missile launcher.

B. Software Removal Instructions
1. Move the USB Missile Launcher NZ folder (located in the Applications folder) to the trash
2. The file “/System/Library/Extensions/USB Missile Launcher.kext” can also be moved to the trash.
3. Restart your Mac.

My apologies for the inconvenience, I hope to find out what is happening soon.

LogoSaver – Mac OS X Screen Saver – Kagi link updated 5 November 2006

Posted by David Wilson in Store.
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Hi there…

This is a quick post to incorporate a updated link to the Kagi web site and my store. If anyone is itching to pay shareware fees this is the place to do it.
Kagi shareware link 

Thank you.

USB Missile Launcher – 1.4b Release 5 November 2006

Posted by David Wilson in General.


I hope you are enjoying your USB Missile Launchers and continuing to create havock in the work place and at home!

The updated 1.4 release adds some new functionality and fixes a number of minor bugs

  • Missile Launcher window will now remain the active windw after showing the video preview window
  • Added feedback dialog window. Automatically sends E-Mail when send button is pressed. Is dependant on 10.4 system e-mail configuration.
  • Added Application help functionality, added help text
  • Added ability to check for application updates over the internet – autochecks on application launch
  • Corrected spelling error on Sound Control Panel

Here is a picture of the “Video Window” with target in sight:

Missile launcher Video Window

Here is a picture of the new Missile Launcher Main Window (well new for the video release of the software anyway)

Missile Launcher Main Window

Plecase click on the download link in the sidebar for the latest release.