Saturday, October 27, 2007

Possible fix for OS X Leopard. (at your own risk!)

Follow these steps to recover from the blue screen of death!

1. Reboot into single-user mode (hold Cmd-S while booting machine)
2. Follow the directions OSX gives you when you get to the prompt (I think these were them - just type the two commands it tells you to):
fsck -fy /
/sbin/mount -uw /
3. Remove the following files:
rm -rf /Library/Preference Panes/Application Enhancer.prefpane
rm -rf /Library/Frameworks/Application Enhancer.framework
rm -rf /System/Library/SystemConfiguration/Application Enhancer.bundle
rm -rf /Library/Preferences/com.unsanity.ape.plist
4. Exit, to continue booting normally

Might help - has helped many up to know.

Avoid Installing OS X Leopard via Upgrade!

Well I have seen a lot of complaints on the installation of (upgrade) an d Blue Screen of death! Apple and even Microsoft have never been good at UPGRADE! That is why I have never upgraded a Windows machine from one Windows to another! I am firm believer that the installation builders never know how to deal with an upgrade since they do not know anything about the true nature of the actual software. So that is why, no matter where I worked, I have always assigned couple of developers as the actual Installation builders. Now we know that that is how it is suppose to be and why I have been so firm about it.

I guess the situation was not as bad when we switched to Tiger – but even then the machine that had a clean install ram faster than a machine that was upgraded and I had to go back and reinstall it fresh with a copy of Tiger. This is nothing special or even specific to Apple.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Microsoft will you wake up? Office 2007 is dying!

Office 2007? Eye Candy? For sure! But seems to be so hard to configure. I just spend 20 Minutes of my time trying to make the "LAYOUT menu" appear on the so called Ribbon! No luck. May be the should call that stupid Ribbon "the noose of death"! slowly - But surely most of us are getting fed up with MS! Redmond Wake up and smell the crap! Office is the only software package in your product line that is worth something. Are you trying to kill your cash cow? Will Blog this...
Any ideas as to how to make the Layout menu appear on the noose of death? Oops I meant on the Ribbon from Hell?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

16 Coolest New Features In Mac OS X 10.5 That You Didn’t Know About

16 Coolest New Features In Mac OS X 10.5 That You Didn’t Know About

here are my responses to it:

1.) Text Edit opening . DOCX Files! WOW! that is nice!

4.) Guest Login? hmmm! We are all trying to kill - deactivate or even remove the guest account and Apple wants to make run by default? I Hope not! Biggest holes in UNIX and Linux has come from Guest accounts getting elevated access level and also from VI.

5.) WooooW. Spell check and Grammar check from the OS? May be Redmond can wake up and smell the coffee! They don't even have the spell check. let alone Grammar! Even though they have THE most powerful and complete Spell Check / Grammar check ever developed and evolved up to the office 2007! Is that not a shame? Their excuse: "they don't want to trespass on smaller companies market"! Can you believe that crap?

6.) Scroll non-Active Windows! Now Apple is coming along (kicking and screaming) to fix this problem that they always had since I bought my 128K Mac with 400KB internal floppy and 800KB external one! you must first activate a windows with one action and then with a second action do something. MS has had the single click (activate + Action) since windows 3.1. Now this is not by no means what is in windows. But this is THE first step to move in that direction. Hope they will come all the way and fix this inherit problem with the GUI.

7.) Printing! No way! I won't believe it even if I saw it! I still can not print to windows Shared Printer! Can you believe that? Apple knows nothing about printing, if the target device is not a 110% certified AppleTalk compliant system! So we will see! Apple has always had problems with Networking and Remote Printing / spooling. In contrast they are the best in Printing to AppleTalk device and RIPs. No one can trace the root of this problem and it is known phenomena with Apple. Nothing new there. We will see!

8.) TCP/IP Auto Tuning? We have heard about this in the networking communities and we still have not seen it materialized? Now, of all people, Apple has fixed it and brought it to reality? Apple? hmmm! This remains to be seen!

9.) Archive feature, Great for Backup and having a good solid off site data.I hope it is not just for emails, but it is also for contacts - to do, et al.
13.) Font Auto-Activation: Damn great! Less memory spend on pre-loaded fonts that you might never use and more memory for OS and Apps! Yahoooo...

14.) Instant Screen Sharing From Finder sounds really great. I bet the incorporate the Apple Remote Desktop to the Find. At least, the components that allows you to share and control remote macs. Question is: Can you do that with a XP/Vista to? If not now, will it be incorporated in the future updates for the Leopard?