Archive for July, 2011

magic carwash .. lol

Posted: July 30, 2011 in Misc Tech


26 July 2011
Melbourne Australia


Something folks should consider before they buy from
Streetwise in VIC

Free upgrade to Lion – First told there were no
free upgrades to Lion, on new iMacs, WRONG so I have to raise a
complaint against you to Apple to get a credit for Lion.

Global recall of new iMacs,
Different streetwise stores saying different things, All I was trying to do I
am trying to minimize my time without my mac and avoid carrying around a
27″ quad-core iMac more than I have to. Parking close to ANY Apple store
or Streetwise is not easy. So how long will it take – 1 day 2 days maybe
longer.. no drives in stock
per Frankston, iMac has to go from Vic to NSW per Hawthorne WTF?

Is there not an easier way Streetwise – No says
Frankston and Hawthorne.

I decided to double check what Streetwsie said with AppleCare but got a different story from Apple – Salvation 

ith Apple and call Apple Care and on hold for 10 minutes ,
then another 15 to level to but

Turns out I can get a free in house
replacement of the drive.. courtesy
of Apple. – Ahh customer service.

Why do customers need to know more about what is going
on than your staff  Streetwise???

Why should I have to triple check what you say
(checking 2 stores then phoning Apple Care to see if there is something you did
not know. Which there was.

For personal use I bought 4 macs from you this year,
referred a few more and each time saving a bit of time and a bit of money, but
I am not sure if it is worth it.

Thank goodness for Apple’s own customer service. But good
customer service should not take a genius, streetwise

Note: After speaking to AppleCare and
registering my iMac HD recall request for an onsite engineer, I was contacted
within 3 minutes by the onsite tech for a replacement this week AMAZING.

I attempted to contact Streetwise over this and query this
directly but they deleted my query and have not responded. I left the questions
on their facebook page and they deleted them. 


Firefox 8 – Ready to install?

23 July 2011
Melbourne Australia

On receiving an email from my brother that his Firefox updated to version 6 overnight, I was surprised.

Mainly because on version 5 was released recently but then also because, (per below) it said I had the most up to date release.

Not to be done I Googled ‘Firefox 6 ‘ and a file came up from Mozilla for Firefox 6 so I downloaded it.

On installation the installer said there is a new version of Firefox available 7, would I like to download it.

On installing 7 the same thing happened and version 8 was offered (see below).

I little confused

Perhaps these are all betas but seem very stable/mature

Version 9 looks to be in early alpha so I will ignore testing it for now

I never found Version 6


21 July 2011

Roll out of New Apple Software by Download Only is not Easy for Some


Having quite a few followers on my blog and on twitter across the globe on Interwebs  (around 10k ) gives a part time journo, and full time geek, an interesting perspective on issues sometimes.

Take the roll out today of Apples newest OS Lion.

It is available for $31 (ish) via download only.

In august it is rumoured it will also be on a USB stick for $80 (ish).

Many people are unhappy that they have to download the 4GB OS, and potentially more than once if they have more than one Mac.
It is easy to make a bootable disk from the initial download, and Apple confirmed to me on 133MAC, that one download means you can

make a disk from that download and install it legally on all your machines. Good news

However, I never thought about any download limitations as I sit here on my 20mb internet connection with unlimited downloads, and Lion installed over night.

*The Oz  Internet Factor* – Unfortunately, in Australia  like many other places, there is good and bad information and good and bad connectivity from Internet Service Providers (a related profession of mine for over 15 years)

Here ISPs do not have to tell customers if they are paying 300-1000% more for their internet connection than they should be even from their existing carrier.

So recently one provider changed their price form $60 a month for 4gb downloads to $50 for 250gb for the same amount.
I pay $60 for unlimited downloads (and unlimited means that, I have tested it many times)
Customers on the old 4gb rate if they go over will pay high excess usage rates when a call to upgrade their plan for free is not known to them

This issue even the Australian Government refuses to get involved in,  and an issue I personally raised with them when I raised a complaint against them (the complaint authority). A few months ago.

But for the ACCC to get involved requires proactivity and then seems unfair to ISPs not targeted, a mess indeed (but easily fixed if someone would do it).

Now with that soap box out of the way we move to Apple.
Also in Australia like many other place software piracy is a thriving business.

If Apple is only releasing Lion as a download or on a USB stick for almost 3 times the download price, I would have thought a disk would have been cheaper, and a smarter way to address the market.

It will be interesting to see if downloads are less because of this policy and I expect it will be.

Planet of the Apes Remix

No Fake Alien Life was injured in the making of this video

20 July 2011

@mr_internet |


It is time for the Lion to be Unleashed

1)     Download it from the Mac App Store.

2)     Once it is downloaded, locate the Lion installer and right-click on it, selecting Show Package Contents.

3)     Navigate inside the “Contents folder , go inside Shared Support and, inside, locate the installer:InstallESD.dmg.

4)     Copy InstallESD.dmg to the desktop.

5)     Now, go to Disk Utility.

6)     Click on the Burn button on the top menu.

7)     Navigate to the Desktop in the selector and select InstallESD.dmg.

8)     Now insert a blank 4.7 GB DVD and wait for the disk to burn.

9)      Done !

Credit to @Craighton  aka Craighton Miller

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