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A piece or two a day. Something to remember, something to learn, none to forget.

Reminders, Contacts and iPhone 6 – iCloud Sync

iCloud sync, Mac OS X (Yosemite) and iOS 8 combined are great tools to keep my data updated to each other on the two most commonly use devices I have. A MacBook and an iPhone. After some personalized settings on my iPhone, I sometimes found that Reminders and Contacts on iPhone and/or MacBook were not updated or synchronized. WHY?

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Road Rules?!

I think there are new set of rules on the road being introduced for the road users around Klang Valley and its vacinities of late. I noticed it for at least 6 months back. Not sure which authority releasing it or when it become official but it has to be true because everyone seems to be doing it or otherwise seems to be okay with it. So here goes: Continue reading “Road Rules?!”

Joomla! on WordPress

I just realized that I have technical notes of Joomla! on WordPress blogging platform. Hehe. So what does that implies?

Joomla vs. WordPress
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(Hmm.. my first Joomla! note here was about a Joomla! site, and even that site is now converted to WordPress.)

Sync Now – Lion

When I upgraded to Mac OS Lion, I didn’t notice this ‘Sync Now’ icon. But it appeared on my Menubar soon after. I didn’t really care about it because later I realized it helps me to manually sync’ed with my Google Apps contents (i.e.:Address book (Google Contacts)).

Well, to remove it from the Menubar is easy. Command (⌘)+ Click on the icon and drag it off the Menubar. Done!

How do you get it back??!

Here’s what I did.

Address Book's Preferences
Address Book's Preferences

Open the Address Book’s Preferences. On Account, click Configure. And then click “OK”. And the Sync Now icon back on your Menubar.

Remember, when you click on Configure; continue to click “OK”. Should you choose to click “Cancel”, your Preferences will automatically assumed that you no longer want to synchronize with Google.

GroomMePretty upgrade – panicked!

Being a lazy-Sunday system administrator, I upgraded the WordPress back-end without doing the usual best practice, B.a.c.k.u.p.! *stupid! don’t ever do this again*. Whatever your reasons are, find a way to backup.. Always..

Well, I’ve upgraded few other sites – nothing worth to remember happens. It was event-less, no problem, mundane, nothing and boring. Click upgrade automatically; take a sip of coffee, flip few TV channels and done. Go to the site URL and everything looks fine. Not  today!!

I went to site URL: and I got this:

I wasn’t panic yet… Told myself, “It’s okay… This sometimes happened. Just go “wp-admin” and what updates I need to further upgrade to fix this. So, I went to WordPress URL. Uh-ooooooohh! The same error as above. Now I panic, cause I don’t have anything backed up!

I quickly mobile text to the site owner , “Oh no!! Something happened to!”. I better let her know before she finds it herself. *the room feels like a bit too chill now* I went blank for a moment. I rarely facing this type of situation. *LOL*

Anyway, few minutes past by; I finally get my brain running again. Google the error message and it brought me to here: arrastheme forum.

Two options: (1) apply Theme’s patch. — can’t do because I cannot login to WordPress dashboard.

(2) manually change a line code in <web folder>/wp-content/themes/arras/library/widgets.php. — yeap I go for this one.

class Arras_Widget_Tag_Cloud extends WP_Widget_Tag_Cloud {
    function Arras_Widget_Tag_Cloud() {
        //(I comment this) $this->WP_Widget_Tag_Cloud();
        //(I add the line below, as per the forum suggest)

Save the file and reload the URL. Wheww.. It fixed!

Hello Oneiric Ocelot!

“Part daydream, Part discipline” … That’s the description given for Oneiric Ocelot, which is also my ‘new friend’. We didn’t get along very well for the past few days, since we met. Every time she faced me from the windows opened, she doesn’t look very pretty, doesn’t really react the way I need her to be, and worse part doesn’t make me happy every time I’m facing her! Continue reading “Hello Oneiric Ocelot!”

Celcom Tethering on Lion with Blackberry

Recently, I did a fresh install of my Macbook to the latest OS X Lion. What’s up with the fresh install, you might asked? Well, I skipped Snow Leopard. Plus I think, my old Leopard hard disk may had some problems with the File-System (due to force-shutdown & etc), of which I am not interested in troubleshooting. I’m pretty sure a wipe-clean and re-install would solve the problem. In less than an hour (not included time to download latest updates, after that) – I got Lion all new and nicely installed.

Okay… Among other things that got really simple and easy in Lion; setting up my BlackBerry to tether is also getting really simple.

As usual, I would install BlackBerry Desktop Software first. I don’t know if this is necessary should you just want to tether but not to sync your BlackBerry with your Mac. For me, I need both; so installing the Blackberry Desktop Manager would be my first step.
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Lion’s Notes

Upgrading Cost:

4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM : RM75 x 2 = RM 150.00
OS X Lion USB Key Installer c/w iLife 2011 = RM 90.00

Fresh Install OS X Lion Service = RM 0.00 (15 minutes DIY)

Essential Software:

  1. Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Business 2011 = RM 0.00 (previously purchased RM 654.00)
  2. Google Chrome & Firefox browser = RM 0.00
  3. Seashore = RM 0.00
  4. VLC = RM 0.00
  5. Merlin 2 = RM 0.00 (previously purchased RM 596)
  6. Zipeg = RM 0.00
  7. Blackberry Desktop Manager
Thinking of OpenOffice or LibreOffice to be added into “Essential Software” list. But for now, Microsoft Office is sufficient.
Complete upgrade cost = RM 240.00
Initial setup time, start to complete initial installation = 4 hours.

Black Macbook Turned Lion

August 8, 2011 – My 3-year-old black macbook turned Lion – Fresh install. Memory upgrade 2G -> 4G.
So far so good. Happy with it.






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