Tag: Apple

Conflicting OSX Free space between Finder and Disk Utility

I was fixing up a neighbours Macintosh and I suspect due to the disk being used up to 100% it ended up corrupting, and when I run disk verify/repair in Disk Utility it seems to work but we still see the free space reported between Finder and Disk Utility being incorrect. Check out the picture below to see what I mean.

osx-disk-space-oops_21_mar_2014

Never and I repeat, never fill up your boot volume on OSX as you will cause lots of problems. I suspect this machine that had this issue will need to be formatted and reinstalled to correct the condition.

Microsoft OneNote now free on Apple App Store

Noticed overnight that the rumours of Microsoft OneNote becoming free have actual come true. It looks like we can download it. I’ll be installing it as I don’t mind OneNote at all. It’s something I started to use a lot more of in the last 3 years.

I might as well install OneDrive too and attempt to use it as well, although have been a long time user of Dropbox.

Post over here talks about the OneNote release on Macintosh.

OneNote_Free_2014-03-18

Apple MacBook Air 13inch BTO machine ordered

Ordered myself an Apple MacBook Air 13inch with 8gb ram upgrade (i5/256gb flash drive). This is a BTO custom order due to the ram being upgraded, and as such I need to wait about 2-3 weeks for it to come in stock to the store from Apple.

Been working towards this for about 6 months.

It worked out rather well as I used some JB Hi Fi vouchers I had been given due to merit based awards, which meant I only had to pay the difference out of my own pocket. This made for a good priced machine.

Will be sure to post back on what I get up to with it.

OSX Mavericks 10.9 Creating a bootable USB key

I downloaded OSX Mavericks soon as I got home, and intend on installing it in the next few days. However before I did anything with the install file, I wished to make a bootable USB key.

The process was easy and I followed the one from the follow Macworld post here.

Will post back some experiences with the new OS and already noticed some folks talking about being unable to play the native GoPro MP4 files. So will keep an eye out on the post here that talks about it in the coming days. Since I own a GoPro Hero 3 Silver.

Installing Shepherd onto OSX Lion

I’ve been building a replacement server for my current mythtv box that is running on OS X Lion.

To install shepherd epg grabber I used the following procedure:

 

Install Active Perl form ActiveState.

http://www.activestate.com/activeperl

 
make sure you add activeperl to your .profile:
export PATH=/usr/local/ActivePerl-5.16/bin:/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:$PATH
 

install shepherd prerequisites:

sudo cpan
install XML::Parser
install XML::Twig
install XML::Writer
install Date::Manip
install LWP
install Memoize
install Storable
install HTML::Parser
install HTML::TreeBuilder
install SOAP::Lite
install CGI
install Term::ProgressBar
install PerlIO::gzip
install Compress::Zlib
install Lingua::Preferred
install Unicode::String
install Lingua::EN::Numbers::Ordinate
install Log::TraceMessages
install WWW::Mechanize
install HTML::TableExtract
install Net::SSL
install XML::LibXML

exit

 

Install perl MySQL client

ppm install DBD-mysql

 

then install HTTP Cache Transparent proxy

ppm install HTTP-cache-transparent

 

Download xmltv

http://sourceforge.net/projects/xmltv/files/

uncompress xmltv, change directories and compile

perl Makefile.PL

 

Purchase a 2nd Apple TV (version 3)

Been wishing to purchase another Apple TV, as we tend to have all our media in iTunes, so this makes things really easy. Had been moving another unit between rooms, so bought another one to stop us having to do that.

Our other unit is a Apple TV (version 2) unit.

Mountain Lion

Installed Mountain Lion for a look on weekend. Certainly different.

Didn’t use it long enough to draw any sort of opinion just yet, so will keep playing around. The first thing I do remember seeing was the way files are now displayed during file copy process using Finder was good. I quite liked this so far.

Back to Macintosh

I’ve been wanting to buy another Macintosh for a while, ever since I sold the Mac Mini I had earlier in the year.

Plan was to go back to the iMac, however considering how old the current model is, it’s clearly due for update. But who knows when?

Decided to let my wife get a new machine this year, so I ended up buying a 2nd hand iMac instead, this will do what I need it to do. Already got Lion on it and all the other items, still a bit of applications to be installed and data to be sorted out. It’s not going to happen overnight, but I will get it all done over time.

Going to be good to have a single place where the two iPad’s can sync too.

OSX Lion on 2Gb ram is painfull

Since my ram went fubar in the Mac Mini, all I can say is that running Lion on 2Gb ram is painfull.

Can’t wait for the other ram to arrive that I ordered, as going back to the original factory memory will kill me. It’s like the machine is constantly swapping, which it probably is based on the sort of work I need to do on it from time to time.

Great ram prices

With Ram being so cheap I purchased 8Gb kit for Mac Mini, since my other set had serious hardware faults after being replaced twice, and I went back to 4Gb kit and it developed this problem too.

Here is hoping for less bad luck with memory in the system. Purchased from Other World Computer (macsales.com)

Mac Mini 4,1 Kernel Panics

Been having some very odd issues on the Mac Mini 4,1 system I have. It looks like the mouse started to play up, and oddly enough new batteries never changed the issue. Soon as I removed the ram, and put back factory memory. It all came good. It’s safe to say the 2 x 2gb modules I got have some issues. Think I will bin those, as they had no warranty.

It looks like Other World Computing (macsales.com) has some great prices. Might order from them some replacements.

I have an iPad v2

Decided to purchase an iPad v2. Thought it was a good time to purchase after skipping the first generation.

Initial thoughts? Impressed, browser is so fast when using it. It takes some getting use too when typing. So far very happy with it. My son also likes tapping away at one or two games on it. I think I need to pick up a programming to see what I can throw together for him. As I can think of some additions that would help him, sure they exist too, but from what I seen the various implementations are terrible.

iPhone 3GS

Picked up an iPhone 3GS to replace that of my iPhone 3G that I already have had for sometime. The existing phone was purchased outright and was locked with Telstra. It was on a Telstra cap, and the amount it cost me was certainly not competitive.

I managed to get a new phone on a plan that includes more for less then I was paying with Telstra using my own phone. Go figure.

iPhone 3GS seems a bit different so far, in fact better then previous model. Had considered to get something else, but kept coming back to the iPod which can be used for audio/video playback. Both handy features for a phone device all in one unit.

Apple Time Capsule Failure

Arrived home from holidays to find my Apple Time Capsule which was purchased in April 08 to be dead. It has no functional L.E.D.S.

Not impressed at all, as the didn’t last long. It was purchased with 2 machines that both had extended warranty, so my theory is it too should be covered, as Apple Displays purchased with machines that have extended warranty is typically covered.

Will soon find out, once I call Apple Australia tomorrow. If the unit is NOT replaced, then I won’t be replacing it. As I am not impressed that the next one would last outside an 18 month period.

EDIT: I am told it’s not covered. So a $700 item purchased in Apr 2008 has died outside of the 12 months warranty. Not impressed. Won’t be buying another.