Tag Archives: mac

ImageMagick Solves a Huge Photo Processing Problem

I’d never thought I’d be building up expertise in photo scanning and bash scripting, but here I am…

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iPhone-iPad Call Handling

Sweet interactions yesterday. I was at home and my wife called my iPhone 5s. I wasn’t too quick on the pickup, and then, suddenly the call started ringing on my iPad.

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MacBook Pro With Retina, Mavericks, Mail Didn’t Transfer Properly

Annoying trouble with my brand spanking new, seriously powered, 16 GB-filled, 512 GB solid state drive, 15″ of glory display, MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Attempted to migrate data from my 13″ MacBook Pro (mid 2012) as part of the first time startup sequence, but because I had already updated the 13″ MacBook Pro to Mavericks 10.9.1 the data could not be migrated until I had similarly updated the MacBook Pro with Retina to the same or higher (there is no higher at the moment). 

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Thunderbolt Display USB, Audio, Camera, Ethernet don’t Work

What a frightening proposition: Thunderbolt display where the only working element was the Thunderbolt cable connecting to the MacBook Pro. Yikes!

I’ve been away from my Thunderbolt display for five months and only spent the past day attached. However, in that time, I’ve learned that my Ethernet, USBs, microphone, speakers and camera weren’t working – at all. 

I did a search on ‘thunderbolt display reset’ and got this article.

I did the procedure described (unplug everthing from the display and then unplug the power for 30 seconds), but only the USB elements: USB, mic, speakers, camera; worked. The display Ethernet port did not work… so,

I did a MacBook Pro non-volatile RAM reset. This often referred to as PRAM, however PRAM was a feature of the PowerPC systems and haven’t been in production Macs since 2006. This is the popular Command-Option P  R key combination, held down shortly after a power cycle, for two chimes (aka POST – Power On Self Test). Still no display.

So, then I did an SMC reset (SMC = System Management Controller) which on a powered off MacBook Pro, with power connected, is the key combination of Command – Option – Shift and the power key. All keys are held down until the power light flickers. Then you know it has been reset. 

AND…. it worked like a champ.

Weekend in Campbell CA

Great weekend. 

Sunny, dry, 65º F in the morning, no wind. Great for running and great for software too.

I ran Saturday, Sunday and this morning on my newest route, north and east of the hotel on the Los Gatos Creek Trail past the end. It ends at some elementary school in western San Jose CA but if you continue along the street, you can go farther. I ran along Willow Street to Lincoln and then turned north on Lincoln which connects with another arm of the trail and back down the route, for a 4.5-mile snippet. Tempo was up with the first mile under nine minutes, and the first two averaging ~ 9:10. Felt great.

After showering on Saturday, breakfast and morning errands which included car wash (the rental car was two months in our possession, but never washed until Saturday). Then MISSION: Impossible courtesy of NetFlx, from 1972-ish. Software-wise, I did some things for work, and then got to fixing the bug that really bothered me about iDashboard – my app for tracking your financial investments. Nailed it by 6 pm!