Starcraft 2 Heart Of The Swarm Running on the Macbook Pro Retina 15″ 2012


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Trying to make a Hackintosh


Hi all.

Yesterday I decided to try to install MACOSX on the old little PC tower I’ve picked up from my mother in laws. The unit is no screaming beast – a “Stone computers” unit. It’s an Intel Core 2 Duo E7300, running at 2.66Ghz. 3GB of Ram upgraded from 2 (don’t remember the speeds), Intel GMA 3100 GPU (I am guessing it’s a part of the CPU). It has a 250GB HDD on it. As of my experience trying to put OSX on it, it achieved another 1TB drive.

So the problem to be solved, and why would I do this? Well, I still think that windows is not as great as MACOSX for what I need the OS for. Yes, it’s running my Plex Server, and OSX won’t do that much better you’d say. But I foolishly believe it does. And it’s just another interesting thing to try to achieve. I’ve tried it in the past, installed it on a Sony VAIO laptop – it worked, but I had issues with drivers… Now I’ve gone through the KnowHow Guide and expected the situation with the drivers should be resolve-able. Apart from the know how guide, I found a pre-installed image that people were advised to just restore to the HDD.

First obstacle – the PCs BIOS has no ability to boot from USB… This is just a recipe for insanity nowadays. It does have a DVD drive, but not that I have any blank DVDs to burn + the software that is used to create the flash drive doesn’t know how to burn to a disk. Well, what I had to do was shuffle the data around HDDs, I used a 2.5inch 250GB drive that would act as my “flash drive”, or the bootable drive. After waiting for over an hour while the data was moving off that disk to another one, I went down the first route of the two that I picked.

This first route was to use the pre-installed system, you’d think that’s just easier! Well, the image that I downloaded was an .arc, it had all the instructions, you’d need to use R-Drive to restore it to a drive. When trying to do that, all I kept on getting is a message that would say “Image media removed”. That just didn’t make any sense to me. I thought it’d be windows permissions issue, so I moved it to a folder out of the ISO that all the goodness was provided in – still no joy. I tried opening the program as administrator – no difference… I just ended up banning this idea assuming the image file was bogus.

The second route I took was the one that came from Twit and the KnowHow Guide. This guide pretty much is a good explanation how to use the tools at tonymacx86. I used the Unibeast tool to create the flash drive out of my 250GB drive using my sata to usb board that I took out of an enclosure a while ago. It implied downloading mountain lion from the mac app store, which I’ve done, and just going through a process they said would take 30 minutes, but on the Retina Display Macbook Pro I now have it funnily only took about 3 minutes. Away I went to plug my massive flash drive into the sata port of the Stone Desktop, and rebooted. When booting from the “flash drive” it greeted me with a boot loader that allowed me to pick the OSX install, or boot into windows. I picked the OSX install and yes (!) the apple logo has appeared. It followed by the spinning pizza ball, which was all looking good. However soon a crossed circle icon had appeared… Oh another round of troubleshooting. I went through every single available step that was there on the website, I tried all sorts of different modes, but nothing was changing.

At that point I have spent about 5 hours with moving data backwards and forwards, trying not to screw up partitioning, and lose any data. The point was reached – I gave up. Some might say that I just got used to the Apple way of using and doing things (“it just works”), got lazy, and my brain just doesn’t want to think any more. Maybe it’s the Stone Desktop, god knows. But it didn’t work, and the day was coming to an end.

If somebody had better experience with Hackintosh, let me know. I am just disappointed, and unsure if I want to try it again.

Passion Is Essential


Passion is essential.

I have just watched “The Social Network” movie. I kind of reminds me of something. It reminds me of me, when I was really passionate about music. I didn’t become as successful in that area as Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook; but damn, I did some good stuff (I think).

Now it seems that, as soon as you lose the passion, it doesn’t matter any more. Things are not that important then. And something has to drive you. Otherwise it’s a waste of time. When you want to get home and just rush to put your thoughts into reality, be it a song, or an app you developed, or anything, – you do it damn well. You feel the adrenaline. And when it is just another messed up day, – it doesn’t matter. Because you don’t care.

I have found that it is essential to be driven by passion. I am writing this today because something has inspired me. I am willing to trash my tech blog, that isn’t that popular any way. I will put something really weird like this on it, just because I want to.

iPhone is an iPad Nano


 

There are rumours now circulating for years that the iPhone Nano is on it’s way as a cheaper consumer option. Now the big question here is: why do we need it? Most Android phones these days come out with bigger touch screen sizes than the iPhone has, and soon it will become one of the smaller size phones on the market.

 

Now this whole discussion just pointed me back at the iPad and the way people look at it. We all know that the iPhone was here first along with the iPod Touch. So when the iPad first came out, and still, a lot of us geeky people started calling this the “Big iPod Touch”.

Ok, now the problem with that is that it is actually the other way around my friends. For those that didn’t watch Steve Jobs’ interview at All Things Digital in June earlier this year, he has mentioned the fact that they have actually created the iPad first, but decided to release the iPhone first as it was more important (quite frankly I think it was the right choice, because the world needed a better phone). So what does that tell you?

The iPad has more screen real estate, and is capable of doing a lot more just because of that. And now, when you look at the iPad apps compared to the iPhone apps – they are less powerful and feature packed on the iPhone. So how can we call it the big iPod Touch? When the iPod touch is actually the small iPad WiFi?

It’s not one of those smarter topics that you might find out there, but really, no-one has mentioned this thing before. And it just completely pisses me off, that people just like to rant at things. And more to that, when it comes to Apple, they like to do it so loud, that everybody in the world knows. It’s like when my mother, who doesn’t know anything about tech, asked me if I have any problems with my iPhone antenna.

So my point being, is that after reading this article, which doesn’t give you much explanation, (but quite frankly, no more is needed) you still say that the iPad is the big iPod Touch – you’re most likely just the Apple hater, which is fine. I hate Microsoft too.

Thank You all!

Aleksandr

27″ iMac Wireless Interference


So as some of you may know, I work for TalkTalk Group, in the residential technical support, 1st line. We get quite a few interesting issues, some of them are funny (I might post a few of those later), some of them are quite hard to resolve, and some point out to some potential hardware issues. I have never came across anything like that before anywhere on the Internet, being a mac geek and a huge podcast fan, so I decided to write about that on my own blog.

So the story is that I had a customer who has called in with an intermittent wireless connection issue. He has one of TalkTalks Huawei HG520b routers which is situated on the ground floor of his house. According to my systems in work his router was connected at a maximum sync speed of 20.1Mb.

He has got a 27″ iMac on his 1st floor upstairs at a distance of around 15-20 meters away from the router. The iMac had trouble connecting to the wifi and was only getting 1 out of 5 signal bars. We have moved the router upstairs, connected an Ethernet cable, and changed the wireless channel so he could connect wirelessly and get 5 bars on the same distance.

Now when running a speed test, he could only achieve around 6Mbps. To which my answer was WTF?

Now here’s the most interesting thing and why I have decided to blog about this. I told the customer I had an iMac before, it was a previous generation though, and I had a couple of issues with wifi on it, a the whole back on the new machines is aluminium apart from the apple logo, which is in black plastic, where the actual wifi chip is located, it can cause huge interference.

The customer then said, what if I turn the machine the other way round, so it’s back would face the direction to the router. It may sound ridiculous. But we’ve done that. Guess what was the speed result? 14.5 Mb! He turned it back and it was 6 again. So realistically, that huge aluminium back can cause huge problems. Now the main thing that worried me is that it would mean that the local are speeds were limited to 6Mb! While the router is a standard 54g. Clearly the Internet connection is faster than the guys local area network can handle.

I have advised the customer to have a word with apple regarding that issue, because it really seems like a problematic unit. Hope some of you guys found that interesting, thanks for now!

Cheers,

Aleksandr.

Macbook Pro Backlit Keyboard Issue/Problem – How to resolve.


Macbook Pro Backlit

About a month ago I had this problem with my Macbook Pro and the backlit keyboard. So I found an article on Macrumors forums, where people were discussing the same type of issue.

So the problem is that wether you cannot use the backlit when you want it, because it doesn’t go on. Wether it always stays on, which was in my case and I thought it was completely inappropriate.
I will just paste my final answer that I gave to the guys on forums that resolved the issue and I finally understand everything about the light sensors and where which sensors are located. As nowhere on the internet I found anything like that.

Now I have an answer for all of us, because I’ve got it from an Apple Genius in the Apple Store.

I went to the Apple Store to check my MBP on the HDD issues, because I was getting input/output errors. So while I was there talking to the Genius about the hard drive problems I remembered this discussion on the backlit keyboard fiasco. And there is something we got wrong about this:

“the iSight lens if you’re using MBP”

The answer is NO it isn’t there. There is a sensor for the light in there – and it works for the screen brightness. So in the Apple Store, while it was a bright day, and I closed the sensor to demonstrate the problem to the Genius and suddenly the backlit wouldn’t allow me to turn it on at all, as it was too bright.

So the Genius said that the sensor for the backlit is located on the logic board and works through little speaker holes on the sides. And YES it works together with the sensor near by the iSight. So I closed the top of the screen and he had to put his both hands to close the speakers gently and the backlit went on only then.

So is the story solved – YES. Am I happy – NO. As it appears that places where I normally find myself in are not bright enough for the MBP to actually use the sensor in the way that it makes sense to me.

Cheers.

Hello world!


I even decided not to change the first default post name. Still just want to make an introduction, so it works well! My name is Aleksandr Vysockij, I am situated in Liverpool, UK. This is not my first blog I ever written, but I don’t encourage you to see my previous work. All I want to do is implement my minds and views on technology news that are happening in the world today. It can be news, it can be anything. If you want, you call it unprofessional journalism like the guys at Neowin do, that’s about the way it will look like. I am not trying to compete, or create something revolutionary here, it’s just something different from what I have ever done before (different to my old blogs). My pleasure, blogs coming soon!