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Entry no.: 1309

4 Nov 2012, 11:48 AM

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Apple Tecnoware iUPS and UPS Pro OS X incompatibility

The “UPS for Mac” is not exactly for Mac

Needing a few UPS units at the office, and spooked by the ugly black boxes offered by most vendors, I was happy to find a cleanly designed “UPS for Mac” from Tecnoware. Naively, I didn't even hunt for reviews (by the way, how come Google does such a poor job discerning real reviews from link farms and splogs?). Big mistake.

Tecnoware fraudulent advertising claim: "Finally, the UPS completely dedicated to iMac/MacPro."

Sold by Tecnoware under the fraudulent advertising claim “Finally, the UPS completely dedicated to iMac/MacPro,” the iUPS 900VA and UPS PRO 1500VA are not compatible with OS X. Although they can be plugged in via USB, the operating system won't recognize them as a UPS by the native OS X's Battery, Power Adapter, and UPS management capabilities in Energy Saver control panel.

Sold by under the fraudulent headline “Finally, the UPS completely dedicated to iMac/MacPro,” iUPS 900VA and UPS PRO 1500VA are *not compatible* with OS X.

Tecnoware iUPS 900VA (in the image) and UPS PRO 1500VA are not compatible with OS X.

Moreover, ViewPower, the bundled software—substituting OS X native UPS management—is a horrendous piece of crapware that asks you to manually install a kext file and won't even launch under Mountain Lion.

My advice: don't buy Tecnoware if you're using Macs. Don't use even if offered for free.

Update: While we are at this, here's a hint on how to Restart OS X After UPS Shutdown.

Entry no.: 1170

30 Oct 2010, 5:28 PM

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Apple Get Romanian spell-checking in Mac OS X

A simple step-by-step guide

As you may know—all too well—Apple’s Mac OS X doesn’t offer native support for Romanian spell checking. Quite an embarrassment.

However, it is possible to install a Romanian spell-check dictionary (with diacritics and all)—in three fairly easy steps—available to all applications using system spell-checking services, like Mail, Pages, Keynote, Safari, iChat etc.1

Romanian Spellcheck in Apple Mac OS X / Corector ortografic pentru limba română în Apple Mac OS X, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bucharest, 2010.

Here is how to add system-wide Romanian spell-check dictionary to Mac OS X—a simple step-by-step guide.

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Entry no.: 1023

15 Mar 2010, 11:33 AM

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Apple Laser power

The future came and took me by surprise—it doesn't look at all like what I've been expecting:

"The disc can't be burned, because the device failed to calibrate the laser power level for this media." OS X warning message

Future, fail.

Entry no.: 760

4 Jun 2009, 1:26 PM

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Apple Monitoring AirPort access

Who's there?

As Macintosh computers proliferate and AirPort Wi-Fi base stations are no longer the esoteric boxes they used to be 7 years ago, I hear more and more often the question "How can I monitor my AirPort for intruder access?". Luckily, Mac OS X is built upon UNIX, so all the tools are there, waiting to be used.

Here is a little one-liner, a shell script I wrote a number of years ago and used ever since to monitor the access on different generations of Apple AirPort base stations:

snmpwalk -v 2c -c [SNMP Community String] -Oq [Airport IP] RFC1213-MIB::atPhysAddress | grep -Eo "([0-9a-fA-F]{2} ){5}([0-9a-fA-F]{2})" | tr "[:lower:]" "[:upper:]" | sed -e 's/[\. ]/:/g' -e 's/[MAC address 1]/[Station name 1]/' -e 's/[MAC address n]/[Station name n]/' | sort | awk '{print FNR "\t" $0}'

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Entry no.: 565

21 Sep 2008, 8:13 PM

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Apple iPhone: the first month

Back in July 2007 I reviewed here one of the first iPhone units (of its first incarnation) coming to Romania.

In July 2008, the iPhone 3G successfully launched in 21 countries around the world. On the 22nd of August 2008, at zero o'clock, it was launched in 20 additional countries1, including mine.

iPhone 3G launch in Romania: 22nd of August, 0 AM. Picture: Monica Popescu, Orange.

iPhone 3G launch in Romania: 22nd of August, 0 AM (picture: Monica Popescu, Orange).

I bought it the first day. Here is a subjective account of its pros and cons noticed during the month I've been using it.

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Entry no.: 207

12 Aug 2007, 10:58 PM

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Apple The missing tilde

Bug report

Problem ID: 5400784

Summary: TILDE and GRAVE ACCENT missing from Romanian keyboard of MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.4 GHz.

TILDE and GRAVE ACCENT not engraved on Romanian keyboard of MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.4 GHz — Cristian Kit Paul, 2007.

Expected Results: On TILDE key three signs should be present. On the left side should be engraved "`" GRAVE ACCENT and below "~" TILDE. On the right side Romanian letter "Î" LATIN LETTER I WITH CIRCUMFLEX should be engraved.

Actual Results: On TILDE key is present only the Romanian letter "Î" LATIN LETTER I WITH CIRCUMFLEX engraved in the center. No "~" TILDE nor "`" GRAVE ACCENT, were engraved.

Notes: The other keys containing Romanian letters are engraved correctly:

Ă key contains "[" and "{" correctly, Â key contains "]" and "}" correctly, Ț key contains "\" and "|" correctly — Cristian Kit Paul, 2007.

"Ă" key contains "[" LEFT SQUARE BRACKET and "{" LEFT CURLY BRACKET correctly, "Â" key contains "]" RIGHT SQUARE BRACKET and "}" RIGHT CURLY BRACKET correctly, "Ț" key contains "\" REVERSE SOLIDUS and "|" VERTICAL LINE correctly.

Ș key contains "§" and "±" correctly — Cristian Kit Paul, 2007.

"Ș" key contains "§" SECTION SIGN and "±" PLUS-MINUS SIGN correctly.

The error is limited to the TILDE key. I'm not sure it is limited to the MacBook Pro, though.

Entry no.: 204

10 Aug 2007, 11:44 AM

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Apple MacBook Pro vs. PowerBook Titanium

The good, the bad and the different

MacBook Pro vs PowerBook Titanium — name and logo — Cristian Kit Paul, 2007

My story with Apple portables [see PowerBooks post on my old] begins in 1999, when I bought my first PowerBook Lombard. God, that was a sexy beast! In 2002 I switched to a PowerBook Titanium and last week I bought a new MacBook Pro, to which I'm still adjusting.

This is hardly a showdown — the title could be a little misleading — the PowerBook is to old to engage in such a competition. Apple portables improved much in 5 years and the new laptop is hands-down better than its five years old ancestor — in fact, it's for sure the best Apple portable, but unfortunately I tend to be harsh with the ones I love, so I'll go on and depict here a subjective yet merciless comparison.

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Entry no.: 199

4 Aug 2007, 7:09 PM

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Apple New hardware

MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro, 15.4-inch, 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR2 RAM etc etc etc.

Entry no.: 185

20 Jul 2007, 11:23 AM

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Apple iPhone

Live in Bucharest

After The Rolling Stones, I got to see the iPhone live in Bucharest and it was no less amazement — "the largest commercial product launch in the history of electronics" after "the world’s greatest rock & roll band". Not a bad week.

Kit·Blog on iPhone, Cristian Kit Paul, Bucharest, July 2007

During my one-hour geeky romp (thank you Richard, you lucky dog! I envy your guts sincerely) I made some quick notes:

The indescribably good

• I thought it's larger but it's exactly the right size • I thought scrolling it's going to have a lag, it doesn't — the interface is extremely responsive • The 160 pixels-per-inch display beats the PSP and it's the most gorgeous screen I've seen • Typing takes a while to get, but it rapidly improves • Photo gallery "flicking" is as natural a GUI (graphical user interface) can get • Pinch resizing just works both in photos and web pages • The web browser (MobileSafari) is in a class of its own • I verified and it's true, the autocorrection engine knows the word “fucking” • Screen rotation is smartly integrated right into the GUI paradigm and after a while I just used it naturally, without thinking about it.

I thought I will be able to describe it, I'm not. That's how amazing it is.

• A special note deserves iPhone's camera. I'm a heavy user of phone camera and I know how noisy such a small and cheap CCD can get in less then perfect lighting. I must say I was impressed with the picture quality iPhone's camera delivers in very difficult situations like contre-jour shots in low-light conditions.

The faintly but predictably bad

• Yes, EDGE is slow • Using it for CPU-intensive tasks makes it get hot • Come on Apple, send that copy-paste feature via software update, please!

Quick conclusion

• The GUI is as polished as the Macintosh GUI and it makes a world of difference • The attention to the details is staggering (and there are lots of little gems hidden in there, for instance deleting a note employs a minimizing effect animation, graphically throwing the page into the trash can) • Manufacturing quality is at or above the "iPod industry standard" • I'd pay double triple the price for one.

The name is misleading, it's not a phone — do not compare the iPhone with any other phone(s) you have used or seen. It's the first of a new breed.

Entry no.: 145

11 Jun 2007, 9:18 PM

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Apple Inhale, exhale, again

Steve Jobs Live From Wwdc 2

Damn, the suspense is killing me!

Entry no.: 53

2 Jan 2007, 5:25 AM

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Apple Buckle up!

Apple homepage - Welcome To 2007

Is hell about to freeze over (again) this year? You can bet your ass it is! [via Universul Apple]

The homepage announcement seems like a Macworld San Francisco keynote teaser, actually. What can be expected? Here's a rumors line-up:

  • The Apple-branded Phone Mac-heads are talking about since 2002,
  • The 8-Core Mac Pro,
  • iTV, the device that interfaces your media content to your television,
  • Leopard details regarding the "secret features" Apple has held back from the public preview,
  • Hi-rez displays (via resolution-independent GUI rumors),
  • iLife '07, as the suite is regularly updated at the MSF,
  • Video iPod, although this rumor grew tired lately.

The keynote takes place at 9am Pacific time on January 9th, 2007.

Entry no.: 13

30 Nov 2006, 1:28 AM

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Apple Uptime

How often do you reboot?

When terribly busy I simply quit restarting my Macintosh — for weeks — and by busy I mean heavy work in lots of applications both at the office, in presentations and at home.

Apple PowerBook current uptime 14 days

Today is the 14th day from the last reboot and I guess it'll have to march on some more (in the days of Mac OS 9 something like this would've been a miracle), but it will eventually become sluggish and I'll restart it instead of isolating and killing the processes that hog the system resources or leak memory. I know the uptime-victims that would prefer crucifixion to a reboot (not talking about sysadmins here, those guys get nailed for bad uptime records), and I am definitely not one of those: I usually don't even care.

How often do you shut down / reboot the computer you're working on? Do you simply ignore this and go on for weeks? Hours?