Apple

Remembering Steve

It’s been 4 years since Steve Jobs’s demise. But, he still remains in our hearts.

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I am a huge fan of Steve. He is my model person. It was my dream to see him live, to attend his keynote, but it has been left behind as a dream forever.

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His work and his vision will be remembered forever.

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I always watch his commencement speech to get inspired. I always watch his keynotes to learn and mimic his presentation skills. I always remember him.

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Whenever I visit a beach, I never forget to write down Steve’s name remembering him.

At SantaMonica Pier

At SantaMonica Pier

At Atlantic City Beach

At Atlantic City Beach

At SantaMonica

At SantaMonica

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At Lake Michigan

I wish he was there, so I could tell him how big a fan I am.

REMEMBERING STEVE JOBS.

Sincerely,

SH.

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Siri’s obsession for the upcoming Apple Watch – Easter Eggs

Now-a-days, the technology companies are planting interesting easter eggs in their software applications, like the recent 007 James Bond submarine car mode in Tesla was really amazing. Apple has planted some in their personal virtual assistant AI Siri. With the date for pre-ordering the most awaited Apple Watch just around the corner, Apple has planted some easter eggs to show the Siri’s obsession for the Apple Watch. If you trigger Siri and ask “What are you doing?” you will get several interesting answers. Here are some of it’s witty answers in the following screen shots.

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Try it for yourself and have fun. I loved it 🙂

Cheers,

SZ

Python Interpreter – Segmentation Fault :11 on OSX

This is one issue which I was facing on Mac OSX Mavericks 10.9.4. When you open the python interpreter in the terminal, executing two lines of code one after the other will give you an segmentation fault: 11 and the python interpreter closes.

For instance: >>> print ‘Hello’ gives you the output as Hello

Later, if you type in one more line of code say >>> print ‘World’

The interpreter exists with an segmentation fault : 11 though there is nothing wrong with the code.

This was issue for both Python 2.7.6 version and Python 3.3.3

Solution:

This is a bug in the readline compatibility in python, related to changes introduced in OSX10.9. This weekend, release candidates for Python2.7.6 and Python3.3.3 were released which fix this bug. The download links are below.

http://python.org/download/releases/2.7.6/

http://python.org/download/releases/3.3.3/

Here’s the issue, quoting from Ned Deily, writing on the python-dev email list.

On Tuesday, Apple released OS X 10.9 (a.k.a. Mavericks). There has already been a lot of interest in it, in part because Apple has made it available for free and has made it easy for users with 10.8, 10.7, and (most) 10.6 systems to upgrade directly to 10.9. Unfortunately, there are issues with our current maintenance releases (3.3.2 and 2.7.5) on OS X 10.9 that call for new maintenance releases as soon as possible.

One is critical in that it causes the interpreter to crash when running in interactive mode (http://bugs.python.org/issue18458). The problem was due to a long-standing compatibility issue in libedit’s readline compatibility layer that upstream has finally fixed and Apple has now shipped in 10.9. Because the python.org installers dynamically link to libedit, the original workaround in readline.c for the original design flaw in history indexing now causes a segfault on 10.9 when the user types in the second command interactively. Not good. Ronald devised a fix that allows readline.so at runtime to detect and work with either version of libedit so that we continue to have binary compatibility across multiple OS X releases. That fix is already out in the 3.4.0 alphas and backported to the 3.3 and 2.7 branches, awaiting release there. Just in the last 12 hours, there have been at least four duplicates of the issue reported by users. I’ve updated the original issue to explicitly mention 10.9, now that it is no longer under NDA, and to provide a downloadable script for inexperienced users to workaround the problem by “removing” readline.so. Presumably, as word gets out, there will be fewer duplicate issues opened but the impact will remain.

Downloading the required version from the above given links and installing python fixes this problem.

 

Cheers,

SZ

How to disable App Nap For Specific Applications [OSX]

Hello,

Today I would like to speak about the App Nap feature which has been introduced with the Mavericks OSX. According to Apple, App Nap is an advanced technology feature in Mavericks helps you save power when you are working with more than one app at a time. The system knows when a certain app is in the background, completely hidden by other apps’ windows.

When that app isn’t doing anything, then, OS X will slow the app down, keeping it from using up CPU cycles, and thus battery power.It’s a great feature, and one of the reasons why your Macbook may seem to have more battery life than it used to, thanks to Mavericks.

When switching to a napping app, it can seem to take a couple of seconds for OS X to get that app back up to speed. If you want to reduce the start up time of a napped app, you can disable App Nap for it.

Head to the Finder and find the app you want to disable App Nap for. Right click on the app (or Control-click) to bring up the contextual menu, and choose Get Info. You can also just left click on the app and hit Command-I on your keyboard.

Either way, the Get Info dialog box will show up. Look about halfway down the window, and find the Prevent App Nap checkbox. Checking that will keep OS X from slowing the app down when it’s hidden in the background. When you switch to a non-napping app, you may notice a slight faster response time.

You may also see a slight decrease in battery performance if you disable App Nap for many apps that you’re running, so use this function sparingly.

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Have fun!

 

Mavericks re-installation using recovery disk

As mentioned earlier, Mac users are facing several problems after their installation of mavericks. The major problem was the
native Mac applications fail to respond or launch. One of the user who has approached the apple Genius Bar insinuated that this problem can be solved by simply re-installing the mavericks using the recovery option in the boot loader rather than doing a clean install. Later, he again noticed us that the problem still persists after couple of hours from the re-installation.

But I am going to try my luck and review it for readers.Here’s what you need to do.

1. Make sure you have enough space on your disk. It’s very important,because the installation may suspend in midway if you don’t have enough space for installation.

2. Though it is affirmed that the files don’t get deleted as it is just a reinstall action.For precautionary measures, make sure you take backup of your most important files.

3. The installation needs the internet connectivity as you have to authorize the installation with your AppStore ID and password.

4. Finally, it’s always recommended to connect your Mac to a power source during the installation.

Okay, now we are ready to proceed with all these prerequisites.

1. Shut down your Mac, and switch it on.

2. Hold the option key as soon as you hear the startup tone.

3. It displays two disks such as “Macintosh HD” and “Recovery disk” on the boot loader screen.

4. Select the recovery disk and press return.

5. The Mac boots up with the recovery disk and displays you with the installation screen.

6. Click continue, and then click agree on the terms and conditions page.

7. At this point you will be asked to enter your AppStore id and password for authorization.

8. Enter the credentials and click on continue.

9.There you go, the installation starts.

After the installation, the Mac restarts automatically and hope all the applications work properly.

 

Here are some of the screen shots which I have taken during the installation.

Boot loader screen

    Boot loader screen

Re-installation Options

Re-installation Options

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Screen 1

License Agreement

License Agreement

User Credentials

User Credentials

Installation screen

Installation screen

 

 

 

Good luck with the installation 🙂

Cheers!

Excitement didn’t last long!

Looking at the title you might be thinking what is this all about. Let me describe you a sweet story, exactly 5 days back, the world’s most costliest and the colossal company who won several hearts of the customers all over the world with their jaw dropping innovative products has launched an Operating System. Yes, I am speaking  about the mighty Apple.inc and it’s recent launch of OSX Mavericks. The demo at the conference was brilliant, they announced the OS upgrade as free, they made it available on AppStore for the upgrade on the same day itself. Isn’t that cool? Yes, it was an awesome announcement for everyone who is an Apple Fan, and who owns a Mac.They can’t wait to rush to their home to upgrade this sweet OS to explore it.

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But guess what! The excitement didn’t last long. People were unable to upgrade it properly, they faced many problems downloading it.Some people got stuck with the installation in the mid way and are going mad thinking of the situation because it’s all about the important data they are mostly worried about which is on their drives on their computers. As an apple fan boy, even I was very excited to install the new OS. I installed it successfully. It was a very huge update when compared to the Mountain Lion. It was about 5.29 GB and after downloading the operating system, it took around one more hour to install the OS and boot with the exciting OS. I was very happy having it installed.The OS was looking seraphic. It was smooth and quick,the Safari got even more better than ever.The Maps was awesome, Calendar was looking great.

I opened the AppStore,downloaded the iBooks, it was one sweet application. I downloaded many books and the iCloud sync was excellent and all the books were on my iPad mini on the very next second. I was enjoying every moment after the update and was eagerly waiting for the iWork and iLife updates. During this stint, I clicked on the Dictionary app… to my surprise, it didn’t open.I tried to open it again, BAM.. it didn’t open. It just bounced once, flashed and stopped. In trepidation, I tried to open the other applications like Calendar,Reminders,Messages,Maps,iBooks,Terminal,FaceTime which were not responding like the Dictionary app. To my biggest surprise, even the AppStore was not getting opened up. I thought I was doomed. Safari, iTunes, Notes, Preview and Activity Monitor were working properly.

Immediately, I tried to open up other applications. All the other third party applications were working fine except some of the native applications.I googled the problem as “Applications are not working on Mac“. I was guided to a the Apple Support Community where many people share their problems and the fellow users post the solutions to the problems. It’s a very social and amiable community. I saw a post “Most of the applications fail to launch (specifically after the Mavericks update)“by a person named SoapiestHeart35 ” https://discussions.apple.com/message/23514638#23514638  ” There was a hell lot of discussion on this thread.But no one couldn’t solve this problem yet.I was one of the active user on this thread(I go by name ShellZero)

Today, even Preview was not working. One of the Mac user approached the Apple Store with this problem and they gave a solution which solved the problem but the problem persisted again after few hours. The solution was “They recommended a re-install of the OS. You can do this by holding down option as soon as you boot up your Mac. This should open up the bootloader. There’s a recovery partition next to the main startup disk. If you select this partition you’ll see the option to re-install Mavericks.Oh, and most importantly: it is not an actual clean re-install. Your files and programs will still be on your Mac.

Few hours later, the same guy posted “Never mind. The apps worked fine for a little while, but now they’re not launching anymore. It’s just weird that initially they do work and after a while they don’t.“I didn’t try this yet, but I am going to try out my luck.

Finally, I request Apple to please fix the issue and send us an update which can be directly downloaded and installed as we are not even able to open the AppStore through which the downloads usually happen. Because, here we are talking about a immense loss of personal data(photos and videos) and secure data(work stuff).

Hope the Apple Developers fix it as soon as possible.