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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.


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.
Continue reading “Celcom Tethering on Lion with Blackberry”

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.






BlackBerry Bold 2 Tethering on Celcom

Well, if you hit the roads frequent enough and BlackBerry’s email services just isn’t sufficient, you will come to understand how important ‘tethering’ is.

I was having a hard time to make this work initially. I’ve gone to various forums make this works, but none really shows/tells me how to do it. I’ve downloaded few scripts as advice, this and that. Nothing works! Out of desperation, I even tried (trial-and-error) CID setting all the way to CID 10!!

Well now, I finally found it! And it works on my MacBook via USB and Blue-Tooth. Here’s how:

"LN-BB" My BlackBerry Name

First, pair your BlackBerry with your Mac. I’m sure most of you already know how to do this. So, I will skip the details. If you have done the pairing, you will notice from your drop-down Blue-Tooth menu (Menu Bar Icons), there is no “Connect” option at your BlackBerry device (see picture: in my case, my BlackBerry is “LN-BB”).

Don’t worry, that’s not the way to connect to the internet via your BlackBerry anyway. 🙂

Now, if you have not installed BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac; I suggest you do that first. Because I think upon installing that, it will also install the necessary files (if it is in Windows we’ll refer it as device drivers) to make your BlackBerry works as modem.

Alright, Blue-Tooth pairing – done! Desktop Manager – installed! As far as it is for me; these are the two things required. The rest are just setting.

Go to Apple icon and click System Preferences. (By the way, my MacBook has Mac OS X 10.5.8, so if you’re behind or ahead of my version; your steps may varies here. But I don’t think it will differs much.)

Configure Bluetooth

Under “Hardware” choose “Bluetooth”. Select your BlackBerry Bluetooth device (mine will be LN-BB); and click on “setting” icon to choose “Configure this device…”

You should check the box saying something about accessing the internet via your device and click “Next”. You will then see something like this.

Setting the details

On phone vendor; find “Research In Motion”. It should be there if you already installed BlackBerry Desktop Manager.

Phone Model; BlackBerry IP Modem (GSM).

Here, I leave the “Username” and “Password” empty. Just the APN; “celcom3g”. CID:1.

Then click, “Continue” and next page “Quit”. There should be note saying proper serial port created for you.

Now, go back to “System Preferences”. Choose “Network”. Click on the “+” sign and add a new interface. Choose Interface; “Bluetooth” and give an appropriate name. Mine is “BlackBerry Tether”.

Celcom's Setting

Configuration: I add a new config title, “Celcom”. I think this is completely optional.

Telephone Number: -empty-

Account Name: celcom3g

Password: celcom3g

Just to be sure, click on “Advance” to confirm the settings there reflect your earlier Bluetooth device setting. Look for “Research In Motion”. Check CID and APN. If it is all good, then just click “Ok”.

Click on “Apply” and you’re done! Click on “Connect” whenever you need to tether.

Hope this helps. I’m sure there is better way to do this or a simpler steps; but this is how I did mine.

When I setup tethering via USB; even simpler! I connect my BlackBerry to Mac. Open System Preferences and click “Network”. At this point, my Mac prompts the existence of a device that can be a gateway to the Internet. I click “Configure”. Then, insert the same setting/details as per the Bluetooth setting just now. Done!

iPhone Features Wishlist

Well, yeap! I have an iPhone. iPhone 3G 16GB. It is kinda old version now, cause iPhone 3G[S] is out there. Never mind that, cause I think one that I have is sufficient at the moment.

I know… A lot of comments made about iPhone by many, but I was however very compelled by the thought of I am using MacBook and iPhone would be a great addition to it. Hopefully, less trouble integrating between the two since they are from the same manufacturer. I have had so much problems, little problems, every now and then, with my Atom Life running Windows Mobile 6.0. Mainly, the problems related to synchronization back to the Mac. Annoying!

At first, looking at the price tag I lost the interest of having one. Ridiculous! I said. I can own a pretty nice notebook with that much of money. Anyway, I got a real nice deal from a friend down in Singapore. He doesn’t like iPhone. Too many functions, he said. He sold it for only RM1,500.00 plus, teh tarik and maggi goreng, that he ate at the mamak joint.

Whoa! When I first got it, I thought it was really nice. iPhone 3G 16GB was the latest available at the time. That feeling doesn’t last. This piece has a lot of missing features! Basic features! Anyway, after iPhone OS 3.0 was released, pretty much all the basics are there. It satisfy me for a while, but now…

Hmm… well, here are my features wishlist:

1. Bluetooth sync to iTunes
I really don’t understand why iPhone has to have this feature missing. It can’t even utilize the iSync application built-in within MacOsX. I have to plug-in the USB in order to sync.

—  added 13/8  —
Now I kinda know what’s the rational behind not having this feature. Folks at Apple think that if you are going sync your iPhone it is better to sync using USB then anything else bcoz:

1- while sync’ing… you’re charging your battery and you need to this daily basis anyway
2- over bluetooth the transfer rate is too slow, compares to 480MB/s using USB, especially if you’re synchronizing some pictures/movies
3- to update “just” your contacts, emails and calendar you should use MobileMe and pay Apple for that service! And you can use the built-in Wi-Fi or 3G or EDGE. Hey those are wireless!



2. SMS/MMS Manager
Nokia provide this and more features via Nokia PC Suite for free! Wonderful apps! Sync, backup, SMS read, store, manage everything, even Symbian upgrade! Why Apple cannot have something, if not better, similar to this? Really disappoint.

3. Bluetooth file transfer
I know I can always email it to the next party, but then Bluetooth is so easy. Especially useful when you are on a flight! Your cellular coverage doesn’t go that high! It is really embarrassing carrying the so called “revolutionary” iPhone when you can’t even receive a file via BT.

I guess this list will grow from time to time. If you happen to know a product software(s) for iPhone that can help me with these; please drop me a note.

Thank you.

Would this be my first Mac problem?

I was separated from my notebook for a total of two-days only! It was weekend and it was Hari Raya Qurban.

Today, I have had outside meetings and have been using my Mac – battery powered all the way. From the indicator at the end of the meeting, it still has about 20% or so to go, but once I got to office, I connect the MagSafe. Oh-Oh! The connector has a tiny LED and it’s blinking green. So far, the color indicator means the following:

Steady Green – Fully Charged!
Steady Amber/Orange – Charging…

I have not had anything else, but today … blinking green!! What the heck is that means? Ermm.. Anyway, I turned off the power source and unplugged the connection. Reconnect the connector, and power on. It work just fine now.

But I still wonder, will this be the beginning…? I hope not!

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