snapz & thoughtz

General snapz and general thoughtz :)​

My Mac is Haunted

I have recently updated my iMac (late 2012) to macOS 10.14.4, to keep up with Apple’s new patches and added features. I always expect issues in all OS update, on any platform. Alas, a bug appeared in the built-in mail application, and it started by telling me the password was wrong for one of the accounts I had.

Since the email mailbox was created in IMAP, I had no worries about existing emails on Google’s cloud. So, I decided to delete it from the iMac and set it up again. Nope, it didn’t like it.. I got an awkward error message:


Restarting the iMac and redoing the steps above didn’t help. So, I created a new user on the iMac and attempted to create the email address again <>. Spammers, don’t worry, I’m cancelled the domain soon :)

Step 1 : Launched the Mail app for the first time, and attempted to add a new G Suite account. Then, I was prompted to open Safari (the built-in browser) to continue.

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Step 2 : You enter your credentials, first the username

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Then, the password

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Step 3 : Once you’ve entered the correct credentials, it will take you back to the Mail app to conclude the setup.. and here is the funny bit.. It created the account using a different email address.. LOL.. (it’s the address I defined as the recovery address in gmail)

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Again, spammers.. I use this address for registrations, and the spam filter will take care of you :)

This is a good bug to analyze, because it only occurs on select accounts. Are the G Suite structures different? Is it a change in Google’s API that Apple’s developers didn’t see in the documentation? I’m waiting for the patch.

The bottom line is, Apple’s quality assurance went down considerably after Steve Jobs, may he RIP.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

On October 8th, 2018 @ 13:30 I lost control of my left arm. When I tried to move it, it would wobble in the direction I intended, but without success. Then I noticed the sound of my breath, when I looked into a mirror, I noticed the left side of my mouth slanted. When I tried to speak, it was slurred.

I suspected it was a stroke, SMSed my family a video of my condition, and asked a colleague at work to drive me to the hospital, where my family were waiting for my arrival.

Examined by the Neurologists, and was diagnosed with transient ischemic attack (TIA), also referred to as a mini stroke.

Took a minute to listen and trace the beeping sounds around me, only to discover they were from gadgets nobody uses. So happy to switch them off, and nobody noticed :)

I’ve been in the ER for ten hours: two CT scans, one Echocardiogram of the heart, and one Carotid Doppler ultrasound of the neck. I was then allowed to rest and snooze in an ER room for a couple of hours.

2AM, I was transferred to a room outside ER, to properly rest for the night. Scheduled to be examined further by the morning teams. I was later discharged with medication, to continue as an outpatient.

I had to visit another hospital to do an MRI, the queue here was only two days away vs. a couple of months in the previous one. Always ask for a copy of the CD to take with you.

Ah, one more thing I took with me from the MRI session, those ear plugs.. They’ll be very useful in meetings :)

Be well, live healthy, and exercise when you can. Those are minor steps to help you avoid incidents like the above. Peace.

Ramadan Greeting Graphics تصاميم تهنئة شهر #رمضان

غداً يصادف الأول من رمضان، الموافق ٢٧ مايو ٢٠١٧م.. صادفت العديد من تصاميم التهنئة بالشهر الفضيل، فقررت جمعها هنا لمشاهدة الجميع. وكل عام وأنتم بخير

Tomorrow is the 1st day of Ramadan, corresponding to May 27th, 2017. I saw many Ramadan greeting graphics. So, I will post here all the graphics I come across. Happy Ramadan.

The Apple Watch and The Exercise Ring

My wife and I bought Apple Watches (Series 2) when we visited Dubai last February. We like how it helps us keep records of our activities and how it motivates us to lead a more active life.

We noticed that when we use the Workout app on the watch, it shows all the details of an Outdoor Walk BUT it never registers it as an Exercise. If you look at the following diagram, the green ring represents the Exercise and it is currently zero:


We didn't like this at all, and searched the internet for a solution, but no solution was found. So, we contacted Apple Support on twitter and they were very helpful. The matter was escalated & we exchanged troubleshooting calls and emails. They asked if I swung my arms when I walked, and I answered: "normally, but not the military walk kind of swing".

It turned out, the Apple Watch keeps track of the exercise using the arm swings. Not the distance (GPS), not my heart rate (wrist sensor), not the time, but arm swings? Arm swings also controls how much calories the watch detects you've burned.. This is silly.

So, we started swinging our arms as if we were jogging, and yippee it started registering. But how much confidence do we now have in how the Apple Watch calculates our activities? Much lower.



Apple Watch Earth Day Challenge

Challenge achieved :)

This needed an outdoor walk, and I'm probably the laziest person in Riyadh. So, my wife encouraged me & we went for a walk together. It wasn't much, roughly an hour, but I'm not fit at all.. LOL.

iPhone screenshots (click to enlarge).

Apple Watch screenshots.

Apple Watch screenshots.

Of course, my wife had an additional award, when she doubled her Move Goal.