Mountain Lion – Notification Center Shortcut

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by Luke Sheldrick.
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27 07 2012

Just a quick one. Have been using Mountain Lion for just over a day, but noticed there wasn’t a quick way to see the notification center

Seems there is a shortcut available in the keyboard preferences, it’s just not set. So just assign your preferred shortcut, as below.




Mountain Lion

Posted on July 26th, 2012 by Luke Sheldrick.
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26 07 2012

So, Mountain Lion came out yesterday. I bought Apple’s new Macbook Pro with Retina, so am entitled to a free upgrade.

Applied for the redemption code, had to give a load of info, like purchase date, serial number..etc (not quite sure why, surely Apple can check this against my AppleID). Anyhow, they send you out a password and a password protected PDF in separate mails. Received mine within the hour, go to use it, and it informs me the code has already been used. Took a look on twitter, and seems everyone was in the same boat. According to numerous reports, Apple Support are saying to wait 72 hours, when a new code will automatically be issued.

I’m sorry, but that just sucks. I buy their top of the range laptop (well as well as most other things), and now I have to wait for the new shiny! Boo. I have a MacMini I use in my home office, which I’ve read mixed reports if the upgrade code would work for, so decided to just pay for the upgrade, as I’ll probably have to anyway for the MacMini, and I can use that on multiple machines.

Upgrade was pretty painless, a few things are broken, whilst developers update their code (and more importantly, make it work within the App Sandbox). I was reading up on PowerNap, as this is one feature that I think is really cool. My MBP will update, backup..etc when in standby. The default is to have this disabled when on battery power – however I wanted to ensure that was the case. According to the Apple KB, it’s in Power settings, and then in the Battery tab. I don’t have that. OK, so I need a SMC update before I can enable PowerNap. Great – for their latest, flagship MacBook, it’s ‘coming soon’.


Noticed a few things are broken so far:
TruePreview – Stops mails being marked as read in Mail. Manual Fix Here.
GPGMail – PGP/GPG for Mail. Broken at current – devs say to follow their twitter.
Hal9000 Screensaver – As it says on the tin.


GlobalSAN Fail

Posted on November 14th, 2011 by Luke Sheldrick.
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14 11 2011

I bought a MacMini the other day to replace my old nettop at home. Until I get the new storage for it, I figured I’d quickly setup a LUN on my NAS for it. It seems OS X, even Lion, still doesn’t include an iSCSI initiator (wtf, really?). Anyway the typical freebie that you’d use on Leopard/Snow Leopard was GlobalSAN’s free initiator. However seems that as of version 5, it’s not a freebie.

I gave it a try, and went through their process (read giving them my details twice – once to download, then again to get a trial key)… tried it out, and didn’t rate it. So using their provided uninstall script I see the below:

WTF is that all about? Their uninstaller is trying to delet / . .. /sbin ..etc, someone really hasn’t QA’ed their code.

Have emailed them to see what they say about it. Poor show.


Unsecured Call?

Posted on June 7th, 2011 by Luke Sheldrick.
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7 06 2011

“The Cellular network you are using is not encrypted. This call can be intercepted by unauthorized listeners”

Running the first iOS 5 beta on my iPhone 4. Got this come up when I received a call this afternoon.

Apple looking to put in end-to-end encryption of calls?


Apple TV 2 & XBMC

Posted on March 19th, 2011 by Luke Sheldrick.
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19 03 2011

I was browsing around the Covent Garden Apple store the other day, as I needed to get a new SuperDrive for my MacBook Air (MBA), as I’d cleverly managed to throw my other one out when I was having a clear out the other day.

I’d always been interested in the new Apple TV (ATV) , but never got one, as I have XBMC setup at home. On a nettop in the bedroom connected to my LCD, and actually on an original Xbox in the front room, so didn’t see the need. A few friends have total Apple houses (iMacs, Macbooks, iPads, iPhones, TVs, you name it, they have it)… they’re all very nice and all, but I never really felt the need to have the ATV.

Until, in the pub the other evening, a friend at work mentioned he’d bought one, odd I thought as he’s not the usual Apple fanboy. He explained that he’d bought one, jailbroken it, and installed XBMC.

I’d been battling with the Nvidia ION drivers on my nettop, so HD content wasn’t perfect. So when I was shopping, the impulse in me took over, and one was bought.

Jailbreaking was fun. Seas0nPass doesn’t work if you have FileVault turned on, which I do. Creating a new user on the MBA, and making the IPSW on that user (without FileVault enabled). Then the way the ATV is constructed makes it somewhat difficult to plug the HDMI and MicroUSB cable in at the same time. On reflection, I think this is on purpose, as you don’t really need to. I was then getting 1602 errors in iTunes when restoring the custom IPSW, later turns out, you can’t have the power and USB connected. Restoring with just the USB cable connected did the trick. Seas0npass is currently tethered only, so anytime I power off the ATV, I have to connect to the Mac. Not a huge issue, as don’t plan on turning off too often, and have set it not to power off.

Once jailbroken with seas0npass, installing XBMC was easy, and setup in a few minutes. Have it playing full HD content from my NAS. The remote, optical out, and HDMI resolution alll work flawlessly.

The other nice feature is AirPlay, so I can stream the media from my MBA or iPhone 4. I would have been able to from my iPad too, but I sold that as hadn’t used it a single time since getting the MBA.

Overall am really impressed with the ATV2, for the price of it, it’s a stunning piece of kit.


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