Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Is your iPhone 4S draining the battery quickly?

I heard about the issue before purchasing the new iPhone, which I received 8 Nov.

My iPhone is fine; unless I have reminders set. The battery will then drop faster, too fast.
I opened Settings, clicked Location Services, and turned off Reminders; things returned to normal.

Is this the issue? Too early to tell. Just a theory.

[Apple has apparently discovered the culprit, and is preparing has a fix….]

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Another iOS Untethered Jailbreak Scam:

                  Yet another jailbreaking SCAM.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lolz: New Store Grand Opening!

Read on Daring Fireball:

Maybe Microsoft Should Get into the Concert Ticket Business?


Anatomy Of An Online Scam:

Anatomy Of An Online Scam.

Treat every new site as a scam.

Looks legit?, Right?

Order form has “cred”, Right?

"Frequently Asked Questions", Right?

"Customer reviews", Right?

Hmmm, chat’s offline?, yeah right...

Big claims, Right?


fastra1n / is fraudulent.
You will *not* jailbreak or unlock your iPhone. You will lose $24.99.
Karma doesn’t register with these people. Screw ‘em protect yourself.

The only way to ‘contact’ anyone: eMail. (fake captcha and all).

It’s best to treat any potential purchases from a business as if you’ve been scammed; attempt to contact the company; no / unanswered / invalid phone number?

Search the business online, in the case of new products, wait for a credible source before committing.

At least order by credit, you can usually be reimbursed by the card companies in the event of a scam such as this.

Search Avoiding Online Fraud.

Been scammed by an online ‘business’?

-Copy and/or screen-shoot any and all information, and file with the Better Business Bureau (USA); and the Internet Service Provider (eMail issuer) for the support [if any], or contact listings.

See also; PC Mag: Top Five Online Scams.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apple Releases iTunes In The Cloud 10.5.

Apple has released iTunes 10.5.
The first step toward iCloud integration (worry-free integration of purchases, backup and computer personalization.) has arrived.

The impending release of the full iOS 5 (141) [iPod touch, iPhone 3GS, iPhone4, and iPad 1, 2] operating system update, (scheduled for tomorrow, 12 Oct 2011, 12 noon) which promised an Operating System of  “Star Trek” worthly praise [if only in the ‘very-early Dr. Soong prototype “A5" sort of way'] [Star Trek; emphasis mine].... I am fairly certain this signals the early steps toward an Apple ‘iRobot’? ‘iAndroid’? ‘iPersonal Assistant’? [lol - in name/branding only, I’m serious (iHope)].

—remind self to review Steve’s keynote presentation notes on presentations.*

* Cudos to Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, Greg Joswiak,and Scott Forstall for the great keynote, considering the circumstances, pressure, and competition; an excellent job.

Sure sugar is sweet, but better tasting then piss-water, or sewer-water.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Airport Network Not Recognizing A Time Capsule Hard Drive.

The Airport Network is not finding a Time Capsule Disk.

Possible Cause:
The base station is misconfigured, or corrupt.

Possible Cure:
Reset the Base Station, Softly:
Reset the Base Station, Brutally.

Reconfigure the darn thing.

1.) To reset the Base Station [either way], follow Apple’s instructions Here.  [<- Click]
A good article describing the location of the reset button for your model, how to perform a soft or hard reset, and what the ramifications of the said reset would be.

2.) Assuming the above didn’t work; Please deposit twenty-five cents for the next half-hour.

IF; The base station is the only wireless access point:
The Airport Utility located in  /Applications/Utilities  may ask you to restore your previous base station settings. Click ‘Restore’ to automatically re-enter those settings; after the base station reboots, try the wireless connection again. If all else fails, reconfigure the base station from scratch.

IF; The base station is part of a network (multiple router / gateways):
Consider these potential issues;

• A newer “dual-band” base station has two ‘networks', one for older [WiFi B, and WiFi G (faster) access], and a separate one for newer [WiFi N (even faster, and with greater distance potential) access].
If older (non-N) devices aren’t a consideration, then the router / gateway placement isn’t a problem. However, if older devices which can only connect to older (B, or G) networks are present, they can slow the entire network down to B or G speeds.

The more networks present, especially for B and G networks [neighbours, and possibly other devices such as wireless phones, or microwaves], the greater the chance of conflict [11 channels or frequencies available; N networks have 149], resulting in slower speeds, and / or connectivity issues.

 The environment plays a part in the distance of a network; distances are quoted as "line-of-sight" [unobstructed]; variations such as buildings [their construction; vent work location, steel surroundings, wiring placement], and airwave congestion may restrict the access to a network.

Current Comcast / Xfinity ‘Dory’ gateways [SMCD3GNV] cannot have their wireless network deactivated and, as such, always occupy a frequency.

That being read, you may need to consider the placement of the routers / gateways to compliment one another without conflict.

Do you wish to extend the network, like a Wireless Distribution System (WDS)? Several links to help configuring exist for different configurations:
[with Thanks to ddavel]

Airport Utility Help

Designing Airport Networks (Manual)

Advanced help
TechyV website
Various other issues examine here.

Sluggish Mac OS X Lion (10.7) Issue

Mac sluggish [spinning color wheel, slow overall performance] after Lion (Mac OSX 10.7) installation.

Possible Cause:
A problem with or an incomplete OSX installation.

Possible Cure:
Please, as always, backup your hard drive before preforming the following.

1.) Close all applications, Reboot the computer; hold down the shift key after the reboot (bong) sound.   [Enters Macintosh Safe Boot]

2.) Run ‘Disk Utility’ located in the  /Applications/Utilities  folder.

3.) Select the “First Aid” tab in the top of the center window:

4.) Click on the 'child'  primary [boot] hard drive usually called “Macintosh HD” as seen in the above screenshot.

5.) Click “Verify Permissions”.
After completion, and if issues are found, Click “Repair Permissions

6.) Next, click on the Main Volume (parent to the primary hard drive) as seen in the next screenshot below:

7.) Again, select the “First Aid” tab in the top of the center window, then click “Verify Disk”; and if errors are found, click “Repair Disk”.

8.) Reboot the computer, hopefully, the issues should be resolved.*

* If upon rebooting you are prompted the complete the Lion installation, do so as directed.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mac OS X (10.7) Lion WiFi Not Connecting:

Airport shows connected to a network, the computer has an IP address, but has no connectivity.

Possible cure:
Open 'System Preferences’.

Click ‘Network’.
    -If the padlock icon (lower left of window) is locked, click it to enter your password.

Click ‘Location: ‘ and select ‘Edit Locations’.

Click the little plus sign to add a new location to the list.
    -name the location (for example: Default).

Insure the new location is selected (currently in use).

Optional: You can further set the connection priority by clicking the gear icon, and setting the service order.

The issue should be resolved.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Avatron Air Display driver issue under Mac OSX: Lion.

As mentioned at the bottom of the Avatron site

The Air Display host software runs well on Lion, but has this limitation: the built-in video driver on certain 2008 and 2009 Macs is incompatible with third-party video drivers. You can still install the Air Display host software, but until Apple fixes the issue, the Air Display drivers will disable themselves on Lion on these specific machines.
Affected machines include:
  • 13" MacBook (aluminum late 2008, early, mid, and late 2009)
  • 13" MacBook Air (late 2008, mid 2009)
  • 13" MacBook Pro (mid 2009)
  • 15" MacBook Pro (late 2008, 2.53 GHz mid 2009, mid 2009)
  • 17" MacBook Pro (early and mid 2009).
  • 20" iMac (early or mid 2009)
  • 24" iMac (early 2009)
  • 21.5" iMac (late 2009)
  • Mac mini (early or late 2009, Server late 2009)
  • Mac mini Mac OS X Server (late 2009)
Apple is aware of the bug. We are hopeful that they will release a fix soon.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Comcast / Xfinity Captive Portal Loop

Symptom: The browser will continue to display something to the effect of “Oops! You cannot surf yet.even though you successfully completed the Comcast / Xfinity HSI activation procedure.

Cause: Most probably, you are running windows vista with an old router.

Possible cures:
• Reboot the computer.

• Reboot the modem and router.

• Kindly upgrade your router firmware.
Goto, search for model WRT54G Version 3, click ‘Downloads’, download the firmware file to your desktop, enter, enter ‘user’ and ‘user’, click ‘advanced’, click 'Firmware Upgrade', click ‘Browse File’, locate the firmware file on the desktop, click ‘Upgrade’, wait 10 mins for router reboot, hold breath, depending on how long you’ve been waiting; cross legs, then click your homepage browser button.*

*YMMV(**), Please don’t follow the example to the letter unless you actually *have* the Linksys WRT54G Version 3.

**Your Mileage May Vary.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Steve Jobs assumes a lesser role at Apple.


Apple’s fine.
God Bless Steve.

[From MacWorld]
"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Free SMS for iPhones? Yes, and No.

Quoting Dan Moren from, the goldmine that is Short Message Service [a tiny amount of bandwidth with a huge price tag] will be free from iPhone 5 users to other iPhone 5 users through Apple’s servers. Moreover, it will likely cause a shift within the industry.

"Once iMessage rolls out, users of many of Apple’s more than 200 million iOS devices will be able to exchange text, picture, and video messages with each other for free. And, best of all, it’s completely transparent to users; iOS can figure out whether it needs to send an SMS or an iMessage, depending on the intended recipient. Apple’s legendary ease of use may deal the most significant blow yet to the existing text messaging model.”

at&t texting “streamlining” points to SMS’s slow decline.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Comcast / Xfinity: Programming the remote to a TV/VCR/DVD combo device

Some TV's use two different codes for "On" and "Off": Try pressing 'Ch +' [Channel Up] followed by the 'Power' button to either power the TV on or off.

If the  remote codes (link) fail to work the television, try programing the 'Aux' button using the TV's brand for VCR's and DVD players.

If the 'Aux' button powers the TV but will not work the volume, try programming the 'TV' button again, this time trying only the volume keys.

If all else fails, try assigning the volume keys to the 'Aux' button:
Press and release the 'Aux' button ['AUX' button blinks].

Press and hold the 'Setup' button ['Aux' button will blink twice] release the 'Aux' button, and press '9', '9', '3' followed by 'Aux' again. ['Aux' button blinks twice].

Try the volume keys now.

Programming a Comcast / Xfinity DTA to the standard remote control

The DTA remote code is 01982:

Programming a Comcast / Xfinity Digital Terminal Adaptor to a Comcast / Xfinity standard remote is a two step process.

1.) Unlock the remote by pressing and releasing the 'Cable' button ['Cable' button blinks] and then holding 'Setup' ['Cable' button blinks twice] release 'setup', and press '9' then '8' then '2' ['Cable' button blinks four times].

2.) Enter the Cisco / Motorola / Pace DTA code by pressing '0', '1', '9', '8', '2' ['Cable' button blinks twice].

The remote should now control the adaptor.