Archive for the 'Mac' Category

Apple upgrades really don’t work

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

So the other day I tried upgrading my main work machine from Mavericks to Yosemite. Since we’re now at 10.10.1 I thought it might work. Not really. It took hours to install, hanging on the “4 minutes left” mark, but got through, finally. Then Mail wouldn’t work, freezing at the “updating mail database” (or something […]

Another near-death Apple upgrade experience

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

So I decided to upgrade my Macbook Air 11, late 2013 to Yosemite. After all, I’ve been holding off for a couple of weeks to make sure no major problems would surface and be reported on the net. Since everything seemed clear, I did it. Or, rather, I tried it. First, I updated Audio Hijack […]

Horrible Apple update quality

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

There are two updates waiting to be done on a Mac Mini Mavericks server here. Both cause problems. Security update 2014-005 1.0 This one causes the App Store app to become corrupt. There’s no way to do more updates once this happens. Also, there’s no way I know of to download it and reinstall it. […]

Pure speculation: MS servers for OSX?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Why Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Loves What Steve Ballmer Once Despised | WIRED (Via KimN.) Now, what if MS became the server supplier for Apple’s devices (OSX and iOS)? Apple doesn’t seem to want to be in that business, and IBM is doing something else.

Which new Mac Pro? The old one.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

So with the new Mac Pro coming out, I’ve been torn between getting one of those or live with my old Mac Pro early 2008 for a while longer. Now, just estimating the price of the new Mac Pro, adding in a Thunderbolt drive storage and two Thunderbolt screens, the sum is way beyond what […]

Mountain Lion for free?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

I’ve downloaded and installed Mountain Lion (10.8) on several machines now, but I never paid for it. No, I didn’t pirate it, I got it from the App store, but it never gave me a chance to pay. Looking up the transaction in the App store via iTunes, I see this: In other words, I […]

Invisible failure

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Today I noticed the RAID utility icon in the dock and I couldn’t remember having started it. Weird. Clicked on it and this is what I see: (Click the image for full size.) Oh, sh*t, a drive just died. “Just” died? No, not really, it died a week ago, and I didn’t notice. That’s not […]

A platform too many

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

With the new iBooks and iTunes U app, I’m missing a piece of the puzzle. Just as truckloads of schools have given the kids MacBooks, Apple rolls out the new textbooks to iPads only. Are we supposed to switch over the schoolkids to iPads now, and lose the OSX apps they use? It would seem […]

Netbooting on OSX SL Server

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Once I got tftp working on IPv4, I still couldn’t get the Macbook client to download the boot or image files. Wireshark showed that the client didn’t get any file when it sent “acknowledge data block 0″. Nothing. So I installed tftp-hpa from Macports, hoping that would solve my problem, which it didn’t. But a […]

The first thing you should do on a new Mac

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The very first thing you should always do on your new Mac is to make sure you run as non-admin. This protects you against most malware out on the net, since it makes it very difficult to install anything without you knowing about it. It doesn’t exclude it entirely, but it makes a major difference.