We Remember Steve Jobs

Remembering SteveToday marks the second anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs. The world will forever remember his hard work and dedication to empowering and enriching the lives of millions.

Steve was the one who brought Apple out of bankruptcy; more importantly, the products as a result have had an impact on the world. Without him, there would be no Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple Store, Pixar, and most importantly, Apple.

Steve, you have provided us tools otherwise unimaginable. Every move of yours quaked the world, and so did your passing. But your spirit lives on; and so does Apple.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Thank you Steve.


Apple Teases Mac Pro Release in the Fall, Posts Cinema Trailer Online

Apple recently began running trailers in theaters teasing the Fall release of the next generation Mac Pro. The short clip has been posted to their YouTube channel.

It is identical to the clip shown on stage at WWDC 2013 during the Mac Pro sneak peek before Phil Schiller blurted, “Can’t innovate anymore, my ass!”

“Designed by Apple in California” wallpapers

I recently created a few wallpapers which bear the signature “Designed by Apple in California”. They are extremely simple wallpapers, and you can download both of them by clicking the image thumbnail in this post.

I would like to give credit to http://www.myipodwallpaper.com for the grid wallpaper. I only added the “Designed by Apple in California” text.

Note: These are for personal use only.

Designed by Apple - iPhone 5 dark

Update: I’ve added three wallpapers (with a blue grid design) for iPhone 5, iPad with Retina display, and Mac (2560×1600). Blue background is courtesy of Louie Mantia.

Designed by Apple - iPhone blue

Designed by Apple - iPad blue

Designed by Apple - Mac

Know Your Rights! Refer to the Constitution in Dictionary for OS X

Dictionary icon

With the recent outrage over the Obama administration having the NSA spy on American citizens through its PRISM program, you might want to refer to the Constitution and check the Bill of Rights (4th Amendment, to be exact). The Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and other references are all available in the Dictionary app for OS X.

What you will need to have enabled is the New Oxford American Dictionary. You can enable it by going to Dictionary>Preferences.



Next, go to Go>Front/Back Matter>New Oxford American Dictionary. Alternatively, enter “(front/back matter)” into the search field. When you scroll down, you will find many different resources, including the Constitution.

So many resources!

So many resources!

Click that, and scroll down to the Amendments section. Here you will find all the Amendments to the Constitution, including the 4th Amendment, which states

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Constitution of the United States of America

Constitution of the United States of America

Prepare your Mac for OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion”

As you all probably know, the next major version of OS X, Mountain Lion, is expected to be available on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012, one day after Apple’s third quarter conference call. This is just like how Lion was launched. In this post I will give the necessary tips to prepare your Mac for Mountain Lion. So let’s get right to it!

What You’ll Need

First, you’ll need to make sure your Mac can run Mountain Lion. Apple gave out the final list of supported Macs along with the GM (Golden Master) build of Mountain Lion on July 9th. Your Mac must be a model that’s on this list:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

If your Mac isn’t on the list, you will not be able to run Mountain Lion. Please note that some features such as AirDrop, Power Nap, and AirPlay Mirroring do have stricter requirements.

Next, I recommend that you have at least 15GB of disk space available because of things such as temporary installer files during installation. Also, even though 2GB of RAM is enough to run Mountain Lion, if you want optimal performance you might want to have at least 4GB. If you have 2GB of RAM and are running Lion and are satisfied with performance, then 2GB should suffice.

Make sure you have the latest version of Snow Leopard or Lion. This is because there is some code that is required in your current machine in order to transition to ML. In addition, because this is a Mac App Store download, only Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later have the Mac App Store built-in.

Pre-Install Checks

While Apple says that OS X upgrades are now as simple as download and install, there is actually a lot more to do before you install Mountain Lion.

First, you’ll need to make sure your Mac’s startup drive is in good health. To do so, launch Disk Utility. Then, select your startup partition on the left sidebar and select the tab that reads “First Aid”. Click the button “Verify Disk” and Disk Utility will check to see whether your startup drive is in good shape. If it isn’t, you’ll need to boot from a different volume such as Recovery HD to click the “Repair Disk” button. Disk Utility will then repair your drive. If it still has problems, you should take your Mac down to your local Apple Retail Store to the Genius Bar to let them help you with your problems.

Next, and this step is vital, is to backup your Mac. Bootable backups work better. You can use Time Machine to only back up files (but not create a bootable volume) or you can use SuperDuper! from ShirtPocket to create a working, bootable backup of your Mac ‘s startup volume. It is essentially a clone of your Mac’s startup volume.

If you’re running Snow Leopard, you’ll want to disable FileVault or any third-party encryption apps temporarily as this may cause some problems during the transition as Mountain Lion inherits Lion’s FileVault 2 encryption system. You’ll want to play it safe so your data doesn’t get wrecked, so disable it temporarily.

Run Software Update to get the latest software for your Mac. Also, to see which apps have updates you might need to install, get the free AppFresh app, which gives you a great overview of all the apps up-to-date and ones that need updating. Don’t worry, it won’t force you to install them.

You’ll also want to check whether your essential apps are compatible with Mountain Lion. To do so, go to Roaring Apps’s compatibility table for OS X and you can check whether the apps you need are compatible.

Snow Leopard Users: You should also check to see whether you have any apps that need Rosetta to run. Rosetta is code in OS X that allows PowerPC apps to run on Intel Macs. With Lion and Mountain Lion, though, OS X removes that Rosetta code that allows you to run those PowerPC apps on your Intel Mac. To check, go to System Profiler, select Applications from the sidebar, and then look at the “Kind” column, which will say which are PowerPC, Intel, or Universal. Universal apps are fine; they run on both.

Optional: Before you install Mountain Lion, you should perhaps set up your iCloud account and transition over from MobileMe. Mountain Lion is so integrated with iCloud that almost everywhere in the OS, there is iCloud.

You’re Now Ready!

Good job! You are now ready to install Mountain Lion when it comes out!