Posts tagged Macbook

Toshiba L655D Toast

May 13, 2012, 6:25 a.m. L655D , Macbook , toast , toshiba

Well, been an year since I had this Toshiba L655D, which was a replacement for my dead macbook. What replace a macbook with a Toshiba? yes. That's pretty obvious! Though I used to own a mac doesn't mean I am a fan boy. At the time the Toshiba was bought, it was more powerful than the Macbook and per ...

Greasemonkey and Jquery Revisited

Aug. 26, 2011, 2:07 p.m. Greasemonkey , JavaScript , Macbook

Thousands have geeks have been combining the power of Greasemonkey and Jquery thanks to a small to a small tip published by Joan Piedra which explains how to load jQuery by adding script tags to the web page using Greasemonkey code. This approach was needed because jQuery and Greasemonkey didn’t pla ...

Replacing the display on an HP Nx7400

Dec. 25, 2010, 10:48 p.m. HP , Toast , LCD , Macbook , swap

Blank screen disease is something that plagues not just Macbooks but other computers as well. Recently my uncle's HP Compaq NX 7400 was infected by it. While most of the time blank screen issues can be traced to a software bug, on this occasion it turned out to be a dead LCD. In fact dead LCDs are ...

Review of the Aspire One D255

Dec. 19, 2010, 4:45 p.m. aspire , Macbook , netbook

I've been having the Acer Aspire D255 for two weeks and I just love it. Netbooks are often derided as not having enough processing power for anything useful. Most people just use their computers for browsing, email and word processing and for that even a lowly Intel Atom processor has far too much p ...

Macbook boot failure

Dec. 13, 2010, 5:22 a.m. bootstrap , Macbook

While I was working in frenzied rush to finish off my MBA asignment, the hard drive on my Macbook died on me. I managed to make do with another disk, until the assignments were out of the way but thought to reinstall OS X on it afterwards. What ought to have been a rediculously easy task turned out ...

A dying macbook

Dec. 8, 2010, 12:39 p.m. Macbook , toast

This is a prequel to yesterday's post about the Macbook and the netbook. The macbook showed the first signs of it's terminal illness in October and it had to come at the most inconvinient time. But that's the way hardware failures always happen.I had two MBA assignments falling due with in a day of ...

From a Macbook to a Netbook

Dec. 7, 2010, 1:29 p.m. Macbook , netbook

A dead Macbook and a netbook.You might think that moving from a Macbook to a netbook is a step in the wrong direction. Nay not so. Not when the Macbook is dead. Not when the macbook required major surgery several times during it's lifetime to keep it running. Will give you more details about these ...

Down from three computers to two computers.

Nov. 5, 2010, 2:31 a.m. Macbook , motherboard , religion , toast

Just a few weeks back I mentioned that I had three computers. It never pays to boast because now I am down to two. For a very brief period, I was actually down to just one. All three of them had failed at different times and two of them went together. But two of them have been restored. The travails ...

Yet another dead macbook

July 23, 2010, 5:26 a.m. bootstrap , Macbook , motherboard , toast

Dell is in a lot of hot water for shipping lousy hardware. One wonders why the same fate has not befallen Apple, the company that is so arrogant as to elegantly package a brick and call it an iphone or an ipad and charge you heaps of money for it. Macbooks are only slightly better. It was only a cou ...

A dead macbook.

April 1, 2010, 1:22 p.m. Macbook , toast

My Macbook never get's shut down or restarted, it keeps running for months on end without any hiccups, but the other day it died. It started with the battery getting drained. I just closed the cover, turned it over and put in the spare battery.  When you do that the Macbook automatically hibernates, ...

Thawing out the Snow Leopard

Sept. 21, 2009, 12:18 p.m. Macbook

The other day, I upgraded from to OS X Snow Leopard and I wasn't entirely pleased with Apple. However having used it for a while I have become less resentful. One of the reasons is that Snow Leopard is fast much much faster than Tiger. This is probably due to the new version being a real 64 bit oper ...

A Shivering Snow Leopard

Sept. 18, 2009, 2:12 p.m. lame , Macbook

Apple's much hyped OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard is here. I didn't bother to update from Tiger to Leopard and there was a pre release discount available, so I thought of grabbing it and started off on a long and tedious process that left me feeling like a fool. Apple's online store in the US ships onl ...

Macbook Hard drive toasted

Aug. 19, 2009, 3:20 p.m. Macbook , toast

On August 8th I left for a well deserved ten day vacation (working vacation mind you) so it was only natural that my Macbook hard drive died shortly before that. I am thankful that the drive didn't roll kick the bucket on the first day of the vacation. That would have forced an immediate return to C ...

JavaFX On Linux.

Jan. 8, 2009, 10:17 a.m. javafx , Macbook , netbeans , RIA

Despite a lot of lip service about being supportive of the open source movement Sun is yet to come up with an official release of Java FX for Linux till now.  In spite of this JavaFX does show up in the Netbeans plugin installer, but when you try to install it the following error message pops up: ...

VoIP and Scams.

Dec. 29, 2008, 5:34 p.m. Macbook , security , web 0.8

Sadly too many VoIP sites are run by scammers but it was a different kind of scam that I encountered when recently I did an asterisk related search on Google. The URL shown on the results page is very different from where I ended up (after a redirect) Microsoft Security Warning? You idiot this ...

Macbook Blank Screen solved.

Aug. 7, 2008, 5:17 a.m. Macbook

The other day I ran into a problem where the screen on the macbook suddenly appeared to power down. It was just black. It stayed the same even after a restart. It appears as if the computer is in sleep mode, but In actual fact the screen is live - but the back light is switched off. It's as if the e ...

Macbook blank screen.

Aug. 3, 2008, 11:35 p.m. Macbook

A few months earlier, my father's Macbook refused to boot up, it wouldn't produce anything except a blank screen. It wasn't something that could be fixed by the usual remedies such as resetting the PVRAM. It was a major hardware problem that was covered by the warranty but getting it fixed by the l ...

Not another dead macbook!

March 28, 2008, 1:39 a.m. Macbook

My sister was working on her macbook when the battery died. Nothing unusual with that. After waiting till the last possible moment she plugged it in but the charging light wouldn't come on. A few moments later the system went to sleep automatically. Now it wouldn't switch it self back on.Signs are n ...

Toshiba A100 - 786

Nov. 27, 2007, 3:09 a.m. Macbook

My mother's birthday present on her sixtieth birthday last week was a Toshiba A100 786. It happens to be her first computer. I wanted to get her a Macbook but because of the trouble my father recently had with his Macbook he wasn't too keen on it.There are lots of cheaper notebooks available in the ...

Here Lies a Dead Macbook.

Nov. 14, 2007, 6:02 a.m. Macbook , toast

My father's macbook which is just three months old is a goner. It refused to boot Tuesday last week. You get nothing but a black screen when you press the power button (even though the power LED is lit). Apparently this is a known issue. There are some variations of it as well. Some users have repor ...

Three Macbooks in the family.

June 21, 2007, 3:07 a.m. Macbook

I gave up on windows many many years ago. Last year i persuaded my sister to do the same. She is my exact opposite when it comes to technology, never the less the switch wasn't difficult. That's because she was using Firefox as the browser and Thunderbird as the mail client. The only piece of evil s ...

Adobe LightRoom a Disapointment.

March 19, 2007, 5:16 a.m. Macbook , photography

I download and tested adobe lightroom on my macbook and was wowed by it. I was pretty certain that I would obtain a license for it when the product was commercially released. But the commercial release had a few change notes and I decided to try the full release (version 1.0) to see what those chang ...

Puppy Linux on a Macbook.

March 6, 2007, 5:24 a.m. Macbook

After downloading and burning the pupply linux ISO on a disk, I tried to boot my macbook with it. It was a roaring success and started up with out any glitches even though forcing the macbook to boot from the CD was another matter all together.I had read a lot of cock and bull about pressing various ...

More Mac Gripes.

Jan. 19, 2007, 8:55 a.m. Macbook

Getting more tired of OS X. It's man pages are unreadable. If you type 'man foobar' at the terminal you can't use the page up / page down keys to scroll through the man page. Terminal chooses to scroll itself instead!Three button miceThe middle mouse button has been made obsolete by apple, sure you ...

OS X - Jaded.

Jan. 17, 2007, 12:47 a.m. Macbook

Now that my Macbook is more than a month old and the novelty has worn of there are quite a few things which I find less than attractive.FileMerge.I used to hate kompare but now I really appreciate it after having to work with FileMerge. FileMerge just sucks.XThere are some linux applications that yo ...

Qemu on OS X.

Dec. 5, 2006, 3:02 a.m. Macbook , virtualization

Tried to install Qemu on OS X. Apparently it's unavailable. There is a link from the qemu site to a OS X port at free os zoo unfortunately that throws up a 404 error. Then I came across Q [kju], another port.As with everything else on OS X installation is straightforward, I even managed to copy am i ...

Macbook and sudo

Dec. 2, 2006, 9:43 p.m. Macbook

I have not been using the Macbook for even 24 hours but almost ended up formatting it. In my haste to get started and frustration with the long list of information asked for by the registration process; i had accidentally entered 'radithadissanayake' as the username instead of raditha. So I used net ...

OS X and MacBook.

Dec. 2, 2006, 8:55 a.m. Macbook

Finally got hold of a MacBook. I've been wanting to buy one since May. It's a 2.0 Ghz core 2 duo and it's just beautiful. My four year old daughter has already claimed it as her own. She spent an hour playing chess on it. The wow factor is very high. So far everyone who has seen it has been thorough ...

Toast Motherboards and Macbooks.

Oct. 23, 2006, 10:08 p.m. Macbook , motherboard , toast

I have been coming up with various excuses for delaying the purchase of a macbook. One of them is pretty valid. It cost an Outrageous 153,000 rupees in Colombo while it costs only about 115,000 Rupees in the US and about 122,000 in Singapore. With people as reluctant as they have ever been to fly, y ...

Macbook and Sigma Zoom.

Sept. 26, 2006, 2:29 a.m. Macbook , photography

What does a Macbook and a Sigma Zoom lense have in common? their out of this world pricing (at least in Sri Lanka.)Today I walked into the apple retailer's shop in Colombo and inquired about macbooks and Imacs. The entry level macbook is Rs 153,000.00 compare that with the price in Singapore which i ...

Macbook.

May 17, 2006, 8:31 p.m. Macbook

Finally, after long last Apple has released a usable and affordable notebook. Sure the ibook was affordable in comparison to the other macs, heck it's even cheaper than powerbook desktop but heck it was obsolete for a long time.In spite of that I nearly bought one early last year but fortunately did ...