Posts from the ‘bugs’ Category

fix for iBooks on 4.3.5 / ios 5.0.1 jailbroken iPhone / iPad crashing

so you made a mistake of upgrading your iPad / iPhone to iOS 4.3.5 / 5.0.1 – You applied jailbreak via Cydia and now iBooks crash (& you didn’t backup your SHSH).

[update 12/29] how to fix iBooks 1.5 on untethered iOS 5.01 :
– redsn0w 9b10+ (if not latest patch with corona 1.3)
– install fresh iBooks 1.5 (i’ve updated on device)
– install iBooksFix2 from

[update 11/1] how to fix iBooks on jailbroken iOS 5 (need to be jb literate)


you’re not alone, this is a well known issue. unfortunately because it affects iOS 5 beta as well. i have a feeling, our heros: comex & ih8sn0w – will wait until the final iOS5 to fix this issue (cat & mouse game jb community & apple play every year …). there isn’t seem to be a solution, i’ve tried to downgrade to earlier version of iBooks – they all crash (1.2 1.3) & 1.1 opens, but no books show & you can’t even complete a sample download.

well, thx to @raktim_rakzzz i have a solution for ya:

– use pwnage tool to cook up a custom ipsw firmware & jailbreak your iPhone / iPad
instructions here (mac)
– instead of 4.3.4 (mentioned in the instructions above) use 4.3.5 bundle – get at

ps: if you have iPad 3g … like me, you’re out of luck :( – 4.3.5 upgrades to firmware 07.11.01 which doesn’t support this fix


last resort is to downgrade to 4.3.3 via iFaith (win only)

ps: or … use this free epub reader app – Bluefire … until final iOS 5 fix comes out (thx to sinful)

my first day with lion mac os x … i hate it

over the years, i’ve learned not to jump on the “new” bandwagon and wait at least a month before upgrading to a new product, software or gadget.
so i’m not in a rush, especially seeing hillarious videos like this one (NSFW 150k+ views).

but, to give apple credit, 2011 MB Air has fixed my 2 annoyances with previous Air: lid up the keyboard & removed pointless “eject” button (thus moving music play keys, where they are suppose to be). so i was excited to test 2011, especially that my in-laws got it & there was no risk of having to go back to Leopard Snow, etc.
apple failed terribly on not putting back the infared for the remotes (yeah, “get apple tv” – $100 – “philosophy” – but you can’t really send power point presentations to apple tv via airPlay, can you?). and to add salt to the wound, they have removed FrontRow app (although there’s a hack for that).

so … i’m writing this on my 2010 Air & will keep it ’till  x-mass,  if not longer … why?

2011 Air, or Mac OS X Lion – i should say – doesn’t feel like a finished product!

– firefox dmg file couldn’t mount. my very first impression wasn’t good: download firefox, mount dmg, move to applications & … “can’t open” (WFT? did i just upgrade to windows?). had to re-download twice, delete files & restart the system to get it to work …. brand new, $1400 laptop!
– after using the Air for few hours, system preference crashed! really apple???
– when downgrading the resolution to lower 1152×720 – can’t see bottom menu in iphoto. yeah, minor bug, but contrary to apple’s belief old folks can’t see ant size fonts at native – 1440×900 resolution. i’ve gotten used to upscaled, not so good looking 1152xx720 resolution. but not to have iPhoto scale down accordingly?
– mail app – can’t increase font sizes. the option is there … but doesn’t do anything … yep, restarted. nada. again, very frustrating for old people, who can’t see ant size fonts on the screen!
– video “anatomy of mac” is still leopard on the support site. support section of apple’s website doesn’t seem to be aware of Lion’s existence … yet (but i guess it’s more efficient for the co. to have old folks come to the store to take lesson … maybe up sell them on some crap they don’t need)
drop box folder – doesn’t work out of the box … until you enable sharing on it …
gestures – not implemented on applications like firefox. now this is probably firefox’s fault, but still when making a fundamental OS changes like: stuff scrolls up, instead of down (thank god there’s an easy way to disable that). or making 3 finger left/right swipes, switch os “pages”, instead of website’ visited pages …. should give devs a bit of notice? have a discussion to make sure those “revolutionary” videos, correspond with the actual product experience?
[no apple, safari is not the greatest browser out there … it actually sux. e.g. have you heard of a standard cmd-K shortcut to search? cmd-1,2 to switch between tabs?]
ohh & if you want to understand why 2-finger left/right swipe is a disaster. try to explain to a 70 year old a difference between: 1 finger swipe, 2 finger swipe & 3 fingers … the difference between going left, right, up (the middle one, might be up by then :) )
– totally agree with the guy from the video above on, Launchpad doesn’t feel like part of the OS: can’t select multiple apps & move them, can’t manage them via finder. & the name “Launchpad” – again my old folks have no idea that means “application” …
– AirDrop … doesn’t work with older macs. how dumb is that?
dashboard – while you can probably remap “Launchpad” (f4) key back to dashboard … dashboard itself is kinda lost in the “mission control” (another dumb name) … but, ok – that’s a minor annoyance at most.


huh … 2011 MacBook Air, looks nice … but pretty much the same as 2010 (yes, now with a lid up keyboard). did not notice greater battery life. speed … maybe 5-10% faster (but honestly didn’t spend enough time with it).

ok, so i do like the instant integration of yahoo (don’t think that’s automatic with gmail) – when you sing-in the first time, it asks you to plug in the user/password into mail app, it works for contacts & iChat too. nice.

interestingly features, i’ve looked forward to: autocorrect, versions, mail, airDrop … now seem cosmetic conveniences i can live without on Snow Leopard.

so overall, can’t say i’m compelled to upgrade, actually.

overall – Lion OS X feels sloppy.

what’s going on apple? not making enough money? jobs left & attention to detail – we’ve got to love so much about your products – went out of the window with him?
no, i’m not an apple hating a**hole, but i do expect near perfection for a laptop that’s $1400!

but i still love apple

why? no choice, frankly. & i’m brutally reminded of windows in the 90s … by having to wait (3 hours & counting) to migrate my in-law’s PC to mac:
1) upgrade my in-laws’ win XP to SP3
2) so i can install apple’s migration assistant (bit lazy of apple to require SP3 …)
3) so i can migrate … mear 3gb worth of data
will keep you posted, how that goes

[update: sp3 upgrade failed 3 times, then kinda went through, then apple’s migration assistant refused to install even after win said SP3. 4 hours later, i’ve decided to take a USB stick, copy all content of “my documents” & successfully dropped it on the mac … all of which took, 15 min]

google+ plus – not making my life easier … yet

my brief love affair with google+ got stuck on the 3rd date (i mean day :):

– simple sharing rules concept – aka circles

shockingly that’s all. it’s funny how many hoops we are willing to jump through, because we got fed up by,  a free,  yet very unpredictable social network, called FB
[my FB peeves: sucky twitter integration, api that breaks weekly, reason why i loved fb to begin with: auto posts of all of my social tools: youtube, pix, music, blogs, etc – have anyone noticed how they don’t automatically show up in your feed any longer???]

not ready: (but back to google+ … “the hope”)
– no twitter / fb integration.
had to rethink this one … w/ improved sharing rules, all posts will have to come out of + now (instead from twitter, until now), but … even though  i “found” this twittermail solution, it cuts posts off, after 43rd character …
– no simple google contacts -> google+ import. nor fb, nor twitter
(dragging your first friend into the circle seems cool. dragging 100 of them seems like too much work)
– can’t adjust sharing settings after initial post (so when one of my buddies starts cursing, etc … now all of the world can see)
– can’t delete other’s replies to my posts???
– can’t edit post’s (link) description
– can’t delete/edit a contact added on + (i actually edited that contact on g contacts & now i have 2 separate contacts on +)
– spam – yep, in “incoming” i’ve received an invite from “cheap flights” already (i polish, but still)


google, i love you, but … i was looking for a better social network alternative, to make my life easier. i’m going to wait, until you become a cougar … then we can resume our date (i hope).

Twitter not publishing to Facebook any longer?

For the past couple of days, i’ve noticed that my twitter status updates are not getting automatically published to facebook any longer. Seems others are experiencing same problems:

[update 3/11 – a month passed by & … what do you know my twitter updates started posting on FB on their own – fixed … for now]

you’ve got to love facebook and their secret changes, that cause stuff to stop working, without any announcements.  it’s dumb, especially after recent twitter by FB buy out rumors. but we all know fb doesn’t really care about us – its’ users – updates haven’t worked in months.

yet another reason, why we need a new, open facebook, that will work as fb should: connect all of our social (flickr, pandora,, etc) activities on one page.

Solutions? Haven’t found a fix so far. Tried to re-connect via: – no luck
(which humorously doesn’t work if you have an auto httpS enabled)


[update 2/24] starting to have a feeling, that my particular twitter account might have been blocked, due to pirate bay posts …

how to maintain your entourage (outlook for mac)

i hate microshaft’s “culture of programming” and unfortunately it gets carried over to the mac versions of their programs as well.

but some of us have to live with it. namely if you work in a MS / exchnage majority office. so, you have to maintain those ….

recently i had to purge my mailbox due to IT’s retarded 300mb size cap, but in the process i found some usefull techniques of keeping your entourage in good health:

1. how to archive your mailbox – search for “Microsoft User Data” & then “Office xxxx Identities” to find the identify folder

2. i deleted 200mb worth of email, but … identity folder remained at the same size?! – COMPRESS entourage db – let me save you some time here:
– start entourage while holding OPTION key
– choose “Compact database” – it will compact your db by 30-60% and make a backup of the old one … so, once you’ll make a backup of a backup :) – you can delete it

3. search doesn’t seem to work any more … (i’m still trying to fix this one), but theoritically this could be done by: preferences / spotlight / “rebuild”

Adobe CS3 upgrade from trial version horror

So here’s my rant about stupid Adobe software upgrades (boy do i miss Macromedia’s simplicity & seems i’m not alone – Adobe CS3 install horror… round 2):
After trying the Dreamweaver CS3 for 60 days (30 days trial, plug in fake serial key, run unregistered for another 30 …) , i finally got my job to purchase a full fledged Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3) Design Premium. Thinking (silly me) that after setting Dreamweaver up the way I want it and plugging in all the web servers i work with, that all i’ll have to do it put in the serial number that come with the CD/DVD. Nah ….
When i tried to apply my serial number to the trial version of dreamweaver i got the red x (incorrect serial number). When i called customer service. i was informed that i need to speak to technical support … which after additional waist of my time informed me that i need to un-install trial & re-install full version.
I gave it another trial & wrote to the tech support via email (when fail with the first tech support guy, call back). Here’s the response I got :
*** Notes to Customer *** 12/12/2007 13:02:10
Hello xxxxx,
Thank you for contacting Adobe Customer Service.
I understand that you are not satisfied with the service provided by our
Customer Service department for the inconvenience caused to you.
Maciek, the trial versions of Adobe software provide an introduction to
our applications to help you with your purchase decision. You cannot
apply the serial number of the upgrade version to unlock the trial
version. For upgrade versions you require to have the original program
version on your computer.
Adobe has dedicated support for providing technical help to the
customer. Our Customer Service is not trained to handle technical is
sues. Once they determine the issue is technical in nature they refer you to
the technical support department.
I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to you.
As an Adobe customer, you are our first priority. Your comments help
guide development of future versions of Adobe products and support.
Adobe takes its Web mail very seriously, and we dedicate substantial
resources to routing this feedback to the people inside Adobe who need
to know what customers are telling us.
Please let us know if you have any issues and if there is anything that
we can do.
xxxx, for your records, your customer ID number is 111111111. The
customer ID number is the easiest way for us to access your account in
our database. In the future, please provide this number when you contact
Adobe. Your case number is 2000000.
The Web Support Portal Representatives are available from Monday to
Friday. For your convenience, on weekends we have a dedicated phone
support for Customer Service related queries. Please feel free to
contact our phone support.


well … just when i finally decided to say “ok, i have no choice, i’ll go ahead & re-install the damn thing”. guest what? :) when i did start the installation of the entire Design Premium CS3, the Dreamweaver is grayed out & it says “product already installed”!!! & there doesn’t seem to be a way to un-install it & re-install it from that screen (i know, i can go to “add / remove programs”, but … come on!)

at that point i’ve waisted about 1 hour on trying to deal with tech support, 2 hours trying to re-install the CS3 suite & … it took me about 15 min to find this crack :)

open letter to Adobe about their “upgrade” issues:
– why mislead the customer with promise of an “upgradeable” trial version?
– why inconvenience the customer by re-installation requirement and hence loss of already applied program settings & server/ftp information?
– why not better train your customer service and inform you customer about product incompatibility before transferring to another person and in process waisting customer’s and company’s time?

it is easier for your customer to crack the product instead of making a legal purchase, which proved to be a more difficult and time consuming process!

gmail messes up new release

love da g mail. but tonight out of blue i started noticing … cheap MicroSoft (Shaft) like enhancements to the fine product …

– the middle column width shrunk (that end up being just the window re-size / un -hybernate glitch)
– new mouse over contact info boxes … that don’t go away
– reply stooped automatically scrolling down to reply / compose box (something i took for granted since the beginning …)
– and finally the waisted top margin real estate w/ “Copyright 2002-2007 Google Inc.”
– some old messages don’t want to load (this has been happening for a while now … though)

To be fair there’s some good: 5GB of storage! and you can _still_ click “older version” … the question is for how long …
[update most of those bugs have been fixed … wow :) ]

What happened boys? The leader in email revolution is slacking???


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