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:

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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 <waleed@waleedsgallery.biz>. 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.

Smashed iPad Screen

My son accidentally knocked his iPad off the table, smashing its screen.. Now the quest begins, searching for a service center to replace it.

So... Who else is doing it?

It's been a while since I've jumped on a first release of anything.. But this time, I felt Mac OS X had reached a certain maturity with 10.7 that won't disappoint me.. Can't wait to get rid of scrollbars, use versions, and get Finder as close a user experience as possible to iOS devices.

The installer still has a few minutes to go, and will see you on the other side after reboot :)

 

Update - After Rebooting

The reboot is done and I started launching applications.. Mail took a few minutes to update it's new database, but all was ok later (I like how threads/conversations are viewed).

The 2nd application was Photoshop CS5 and I almost had a heart attack when it didn't launch. Mac OS X Lion removed the Java runtime and that crippled many apps, including Photoshop CS5. It tried to download a Java runtime, but gets this error

A few hours later, Apple posts a page allowing users to download the Java runtime.

Everything is working fine now, and I have my smile back :)

Apple and Me

In 1983 I started using computers with the  Apple //e . Since then, I've been having this urge of employing technology to make my life easier.. I started by writing programs that plots the graphs of&nbsp;polynomial equations, just to confirm the solutions to my math homework. Later on, my roommate bought a brand new IBM XT and it blew our socks off with it's color screen, dual 5.25" floppy drives, and a whooping 640KB of RAM. We then experimented with Fortran, PASCAL, ProLOGIC, dBase, ... PCs, mini computers, mainframes, ... the world of computers just kept growing. 
 Looking back through the years, it was only one vendor that I was happy with;&nbsp; Apple . One of the first books I've read when I started developing on the Macintosh is the  Apple Human Interface Guidelines .. Human.. Employ technology to serve humans, not the other way around. 
    
 This constant innovative thinking is pushing the evolution of technology for the average human being.. I know, I know, many will come and say Microsoft, Android, and a few others who went the way of the  Dodo . But all I can say is we have innovators, and we have imitators. 
 After all the compiled years of experience, did you see hear about iOS5? How much time is needed to imitate all that in Android or Windows Phones? 
    
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In 1983 I started using computers with the Apple //e. Since then, I've been having this urge of employing technology to make my life easier.. I started by writing programs that plots the graphs of polynomial equations, just to confirm the solutions to my math homework. Later on, my roommate bought a brand new IBM XT and it blew our socks off with it's color screen, dual 5.25" floppy drives, and a whooping 640KB of RAM. We then experimented with Fortran, PASCAL, ProLOGIC, dBase, ... PCs, mini computers, mainframes, ... the world of computers just kept growing.

Looking back through the years, it was only one vendor that I was happy with; Apple. One of the first books I've read when I started developing on the Macintosh is the Apple Human Interface Guidelines.. Human.. Employ technology to serve humans, not the other way around.

This constant innovative thinking is pushing the evolution of technology for the average human being.. I know, I know, many will come and say Microsoft, Android, and a few others who went the way of the Dodo. But all I can say is we have innovators, and we have imitators.

After all the compiled years of experience, did you see hear about iOS5? How much time is needed to imitate all that in Android or Windows Phones?