MACBOOKAIR: bought a new macbookair; lets call MCBA12

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MacBook Air

11-inch, Mid 2012

Processor  1.7 GHz Intel Core i5

Memory  8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

Graphics  Intel HD Graphics 4000 512 MB

Serial Number  C02JD02XF67K

Software  OS X 10.8 (12A269)


Let’s see how long this stays out of the obsolete file.

Brought up all my standard software

Tonight I’ll put together a manifest

Need to figure out the old MacBook Air’s software that was bought from the App Store; it didn’t come over. 

Scrivner is the only thing not over yet.

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MACBOOKAIR: Time to plan an exit

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Well, it is time to play they exit from the MCBA. Then, salvage what value I can from this trek down a technology mistake. A very expensive lesson.

So, what has to be done and what direction to take?

*Strategically, back to wintel, chrome tops, on to the cloud platform agnostic, or Linux?

* Strategically, what cloud services are impacted by platform, if any

* Strategically, where do the iPads fit in the technology plan

* Strategically, glad I didn’t lock into an iPhone. Do I need a “smartphone”. Don’t think so.

* Strategically, the mifis look smart now!

* Tactically, what about iCloud?

* Tactically, what about @me @mac

* inventory the apps on the MCBA

* what gets left on the island until the platform dies

* inventory the hardware that supports it

* what functions does it support and what’s the transition?

* What can be salvaged and sold off?

Argh, more work!


MACBOOKAIR: Finally complete the LION upgrade

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


I was thanks to DRIVESLIM ($, not free) able to free enough space on the slender MACBOOKAIR which I cam McBahh1.

I was then able after 3 password resets finally get an MAC APP STORE id that would work.

I was then able to download the LION MAC OSX UPGRADE ($). That I had already paid for. Thankfully, I didn’t have to pay for it again.

I was then able to perform the UPGRADE.

An hour later, while I was doing other things, McBahh1 dinged like an oven timer and it was done.

Observation: McBahh1 is now running “sprightly”. No more performance like a nursing home resident. We’ll see if any of the old problems return (i.e.: “I’m too tired to compute; I’m taking my union break for as many minutes as I feel like”; “There’s no free disk space; deal with it.”, or my perennial favorite “Year, I rebooted; what of it?”)

Casualties: NVU (free) no longer runs; I quickly found BLUE_GRIFFON (free) to replace it. 

Observation: BLUE_GRIFFON doesn’t do file transfer like NVU did. (Argh!)

New method: FILEZILLA dusted off to upload. New version of FILEZILLA installed. Works.

Casualties: MAC OSX 10.7.3 aka LION in the FINDER utility no longer displays the amount of free space. (Or it’s not obvious how to do it.)

Opinion: Well worth it. But what a hassle. Months of hassle to get to this point. Exponential number of Arghs.

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MACBOOKAIR: Didn’t resume for hibernate

Sunday, April 22, 2012

One of the many petty annoyances.

* The Ghost of Hard Disk Space Past, when all the free space disappears and needs a reboot to recover the 4 or 5 gig.

* Fails to resume from hibernate

* Firefox fails to close

* Random app crashes

* The screen has a finger goo straight line of grease on it corresponding to, I guess, the CVBNM keys. Argh!

* The Apple App Store, Mobile Me, and ICLOUD can “lose their memory of you” when Aplle decides to “improve” stuff. Double Argh!

So I’m coming to the decision that Apple is as bad as Windoze.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

fcsk-ed the disk cmd-opt-r-p reset. Reboot.

Case #212-319-493

Cross your fingers!

There’s 17 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. What life?

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MACBOOKAIR: another panic; lost a document I was writing

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Scheduled a call with support.

Dropping back to netbook. Can’t take the losses. And interruptions.

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MACBOOKAIR: yet another panic

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Have to solve this or “mare metal restore”.

The Apple Time Machine isn’t working either.


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MACBOOKAIR: another panic

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I am going to have to schedule a trip to the apple store?

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MACBOOKAIR: Yet another panic last night

Saturday, March 26, 2011


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MACBOOKAIR: two panics today

Thursday, March 24, 2011


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MACBOOKAIR: So much for that upgrade

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spent a lot of time yday making space for the upgrade purported to fix panics.

Had one last night after the upgrande and two today so far.

“Bare metal restore” is looking like my only option.

If I wanted to have these type of problems, I could have stay on windoze.

Outlook’s looking better and better.


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Another panic

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Another panic

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Another panic. Moved to backup machine. Argh!

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MACBOOKAIR: Applied 10.6.7 update but still having panics

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bare metal restore time?

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MACBOOKAIR: Another panic

Saturday, March 19, 2011


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MACBOOKAIR: Panic on sleep?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

This is getting absurd. Every time I come back to MCBA it fails to resume. Argh! In the ultimate act of desperation, I turned off all hibernation. WINDOZE is beginning to look better. Argh!

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MACBOOKAIR: Another panic

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sitting all alone, it locked up! Argh!

Reminds me of windoze.

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MACBOOKAIR: Refuses to resume from sleep

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Again this morning. Another bare metal restore in our future?


I’d rate MACBOOKAIR and OSX10.6.6 as no better than windoze!

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MACBOOKAIR: Fails to resume from sleep

Monday, March 14, 2011

Argh! Twice yesterday. Need to be sure I never leave anything valuable unsaved.

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MACBOOKAIR: Watch out for “cascading” update?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Applied an Mac update. It triggered an IPAD update. It triggered a reprocessing of all photos.

About 3 hours later, it’s bout 75% done.

I’ll be more careful about updates on the MACBOOKAIR.

I thought that MICROSOFT had the monopoly on bad updates.


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MACBOOKAIR: HIgh CPU effectively locks up box

Sunday, March 6, 2011

ADDRESSBOOKSYNC appears to be the culprit.


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MACBOOKAIR: Could Apple have a wifi software problem?

Friday, March 4, 2011

I don’t know. I don’t have the hardware, software, or expertise to debug the situation. But, when my MIFI and my WIFI, both have sucky performance. And, programs, that access the network, seem slow. And, I ‘always’ see “searching for networks”. Could it be that they have a significant problem with wifi at the operating system level?


How to figure that our?

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MACBOOKAIR: AddressBookSync is taking 98% of the CPU?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

AddressBookSync is taking 98% of the CPU?

I have “sync” set to manual. What’s up with that?

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MACBOOKAIR: Out of space condition

Thursday, February 24, 2011

POSTBOX2 and CHROME running. Zero free space. Reboot. 7 Gig free. Argh!

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MACBOOKAIR: Fails to restart from sleep

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Don’t think I lost anything. No obvious error message. Send report to Apple.


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MACBOOKAIR: Disk space disappears until reboot

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

*** begin quote ***

Case Information

Case ID: 202017437

Case: Application or system is unresponsive

Status: Opened Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Contact Option:

An Advisor will call you Tuesday, February 1, 2011, between 4:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Eastern

*** end quote ***

I’ve gotten annoyed with the continual temporary disk space exhaustion issue.

I left windoze because of all the issues. And, on MACOSX, I seem to be having as many.


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MACBOOKAIR: Email frustration

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Intermittent Problem Sending Email on Verizon FIOS?

PLATFORM = Mac Book Air v1.1
OS = OSX 10.6.5ISP = Verizon FIOS
CLIENT = Thunderbird 3.1.7
FREQUENCY = Intermittent


All 1and1 accounts are impacted.

Yahoo, GMail, and BlueHost accounts are unaffected.


THUNDERBIRD attempts to send email.

It either works relatively quickly or eventually fails.

When it fails, the status is EITHER “looking up” OR “sending message”.

Then it never completes.


It feels like 1and1’s not working correctly.

I can switch network and DNS settings and have the same problem.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Last night’s upgrade to OSX 10.6.3 took about an hour, give or take. And, everything looks OK. Sort of.

(The only thing I noticed at the time was that (a) the application icon and huge NBD and that (b) IPHOTO is still broken. (Argh!)

But today, I noticed that VZAccess Manager v7.0.5 (2424j) for the Verizon Wireless USB720 is GONE!


Another download!


But, now I wonder what else was nuked?

Sure “Quality is Job#1″!

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Not without difficulty, VZACCESSMANAGER downloaded, installed, and a required reboot … (Why?) …

VZAccess Manager v7.0.5 (2424j) for your Verizon Wireless USB720

And, it’s different.


Change control and version control and the vendors do what they want!

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