How to create Mac OSX Lion install disk

Internet driven software update is a great concept and Apple does pretty well in applying it. One can update the Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion OSX easily via the software update and mac app store. But there are times when everything seems to collapse – time capsule down, internet stopped, hard-disk crashed and the list goes on. In such a situation, having an installation disk becomes the ultimate solution. Here is a one-stop solution of solutions that is bundled into a phenomenal mac software that you need in your software arsenal. Mountain Lion Cache Cleaner available for free download but worth buying for $15. This software does an awesome service of cleaning up your mac, optimizing your files/ram, tuning up your internet connection, tackling your os rootkit and a ton of other sub applications. In addition to all this, the software can create a Lion OSX installation disc with so much ease. Here is how:

1. Download/Purchase and install the software from Northern Softworks

2. Start the software
step1

3. Click on File>Create Mountain Lion DVD
step2

4. Insert a blank DVD and click on Burn
step3

That’s it. Your installation DVD ready in a couple of minutes.

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About the author: Sal Souza is an International Designer (Graphic, Visual, Multimedia, Broadcast Media, Industrial, User Interaction, User Experience) and IT Consultant with expertise in New Media, Web 3.0, IPTV, DTV, Media Production, Product Prototyping, Desktop Software, Interactivity, Mobile Applications, Traditional Knowledge, Geographical Indications and Cultural Goods. He lives and works in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Fixing Macbook Air “No Wireless Device Detected”

Recently i upgraded my Macbook Air OS 10.4 to a newer version. Everything worked perfectly until a few days down the line, the wireless radio went offline; intermittently. I contacted Apple and was told that i had to replace the board. These boards aren’t cheap and cost as much as a new macbook. I tried several suggestions on the Apple and non-Apple forums to no avail.

The ultimate solution was to acquire a new USB wireless receiver. I got a Sitecom WLA-5100 usb device, which snapped on and worked like a charm. For a couple of days, I was working fine until I attempted to update the software. No matter what I tried, the connection to Apple was denied due to login/password errors. Apple support could not help either. After searching online for solutions, I discovered that connections via a non-Apple device/port would not be allowed directly to the mac software update service nor to iTunes. Further search on other forums yielded no results until a freelance Apple technician suggested some teething problems with the wireless when upgrading.

In addition, a simple downgrade will not help. Somehow, some drivers/settings are overwritten with new ones and remain after a downgrade to the original OS version. Here is the work around (please do this at your own risk and first check for Apple’s warranty).

1. Back up your current settings onto an external disk

2. Use disk utility (go>utilities>disk utility) to remove partition

3. Setup a new partition and format using mac journal

4. Close disk utility and reinstall the ORIGINAL mac os version that came with the macbook. Mine came with Mac OSX Leopard. See wikihow

5. The wireless drivers will load the original version and fix the error.

PS: If these steps fail to fix your wireless, then go get yourself a new board. 🙁

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About the author: Sal Souza is an International Designer (Graphic, Visual, Multimedia, Broadcast Media, Industrial, User Interaction, User Experience) and IT Consultant with expertise in New Media, Web 3.0, IPTV, DTV, Media Production, Product Prototyping, Desktop Software, Interactivity, Mobile Applications, Traditional Knowledge, Geographical Indications and Cultural Goods. He lives and works in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Fetu Afahye Festival – a visual journey book

Fetu Afahye is an annual festival celebrated in September by the chiefs and people of Cape Coast in the Central region of Ghana, West Africa. Many people believe that the origin of the festival is rooted in the “efin tu” or “dirt cleansing” rituals that were common a long time ago. The week long occasion is the medium for families to get together and to celebrate the procession of chiefs and other traditional rulers, to witness libation pouring, animal sacrifice, durbar procession and church services. Nowadays, the festival is a popular tourist attraction.

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About the author: Sal Souza is an International Designer (Graphic, Visual, Multimedia, Broadcast Media, Industrial, User Interaction, User Experience) and IT Consultant with expertise in New Media, Web 3.0, IPTV, DTV, Media Production, Product Prototyping, Desktop Software, Interactivity, Mobile Applications, Traditional Knowledge, Geographical Indications and Cultural Goods. He lives and works in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Hide or Un-hide OSX User Library Folder

A noticeable default in Mac OS 10X is the hidden ~/Library folder. This is worrisome and essential to some software products. To many readers of this blog or ones searching for answers, here is a quick solution.

You can un-hide this folder by simply running the following command in the Terminal(Applications followed by Utilities followed by Terminal). In the terminal window, run:

chflags nohidden ~/Library

If, you need to re-hide it again, you can run the same command using hidden instead of nohidden.

chflags hidden ~/Library

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WAITING

There are times along the way when we have to wait. Waiting for that life changing letter, waiting for the long awaited promotion, waiting for that special someone or waiting on God for an answer. In however little or much that one must wait, there is but only one option – to wait. This is hard to do because the evidence of “things” happening around us, shows that, everyone is busy doing something. Busy selling insurance, busy catching the bus, busy preparing for that special holiday, busy working towards another promotion, busy getting more money, and busy…

Waiting is submission.

To wait is to submit to another element which may include TIME, MONEY and PEOPLE. There is something worth noting: fully experiencing the act of WAITING will prepare you for the END RESULT. Resisting and fighting-off WAITING will lead to BURNOUT and EMOTIONAL PAIN. On other occasions, the people around us will laugh and challenge us to our utmost limit when we are WAITING. Here are some WAITING experts:

1. Thomas Edison tried 3,000 times to create the lightbulb. When asked about his failures he said “I didn’t fail 3,000 times. I found 3,000 ways not to create a lightbulb”.

2. Steve Jobs had to be fired from a company he built, be jobless for a while and return to build the most valuable technology corporation in the world – Apple.

3. Alexander Graham Bell took six long years amidst tragedies and disappointments to give us the telephone.

As you wait for your something, be of good cheer and encourage yourself that you are not alone in this experience. Stop checking that email or looking at your mobile every other second! Be patient and accept the process because WAITING builds something deeper – CHARACTER.

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Maximise your BB Torch 9800 – Part 2 – Remote File Access

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In Part 2 of Maximising your BB Torch 9800 or other 0S6.0+ device, we shall look at using your device to manage your office files; remotely. Your BB smartphone is a powerful device which can be used to access office files via the FTP protocol. Here are the tools you will need:

1. Your BB device – I recommend the BB Torch 9800
2. BEIKS FTP (€6.50 as at 21/5/2012) – or WI-FI PROXY (€18.50 as at 21/5/2012) or SIMPLE FTP Server (€4.50 as at 21/5/2012). Simple FTP is the most affordable and straightforward; plus i prefer to not spend more than €5 on an APP. All 3 APPS offer free non-commercial trials.
3. An office FTP Server, or a rented cloud service, or access to your company’s webserver

HERE ARE THE STEPS
a) Use the MemoPad within your Applications folder to enter the details of your FTP login details. For all the FTP applications mentioned, you will need the domain(something.com), username and password(try setting up complex passwords with mixed values such as 7&3Du~%2@).

b) Purchase the APP from the APP World and install; remember to accept the standard settings; it makes things a bit easier and gives you 100% access to your data.

c) Start the APPLICATION of your choice(example Simple FTP) and login with the details you stored within the MemoPad Application.

END RESULTS
a) You will be able to download and upload files (Photos, HTML, CSS, Videos) whilst on the field. This makes you professional and your clients take you serious.

b) You will be able to quickly make amendments and link to your files for client services presentations, pitches or quick notes.

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Maximise your BB Torch 9800 – Part 1 – Managing Contracts

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Like most businesses, having information and responding appropriately and in time is crucial. It is handy to have access to your office information when you are away seeking business or servicing a client’s need – especially CONTRACTS, SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENTS, WEBSITE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS, RECURRING PAYMENTS and others along those lines. Having a BB device and using some simple data entry tricks will enable you to monitor and track when these “contracts” require renewing, editing and amending or when to make payments. Here are the tools you will need:

1. Your BB device – I recommend the BB Torch 9800
2. Documents to Go – Pre-installed on every BB OS 6.0+
3. BB Calendar – Pre-installed on every BB OS 6.0+

There are other professional APPS as well such as *Docs to Go Premium (€14.50 as at 21/04/2012) or *GDocs from Google (€9.50 as at 21/04/2012).

HERE ARE THE STEPS
a) Send the agreement, contract or other type of document to your BB Torch via Bluetooth. See this video on how to send files with Bluetooth on a BB Torch.

b) Next ensure that the document has a naming convention that is easily recognizable. For example mc-ex-1112-s1 (manufacturing contract – external – January 1st 2012 – first service). This naming convention will help you to identify the contract even after a few years have passed. See this excellent video on file conventions.

c) Using your BB calendar, you can enter the details of the contract, set whom to call, bank details, email addresses and the name of the contract that requires your attention. The BB calendar allows you to set reminders a year ahead and that’s awesome. See this video on setting reminders with your Blackberry Torch 9800 Calendar.

END RESULTS
a) You will be reminded “in time” about your contract, SLA and other recurring project agreements. This makes you professional and your clients take you serious.

b) You will be able to read the contract details and update yourself no matter where you are in the world – especially when you manage lots of documentation – Contracts, NDAs, NCAs, SLAs and other types of agreements.

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Sign PDF documents with your signature for free

Once in a while, you receive a document in PDF that requires you to append your “real signature”. The best approach is to purchase the Adobe Professional document suite with all the tools to accomplish this task. The common concern though is how often will you repeat this? If you work in the documentation sector, then the Adobe suite is a really great investment, otherwise, its a pricey option to append a signature. A common practice is to print the entire document, append your signature, re-scan it and email it. There are some headaches here as well: encrypted pdf documents, print-protected pdf and sometimes the sender will refuse to accept such method (because it’s open to manipulation). So what free option do you have?

1. With a felt-pen/marker append your signature to fill the entire dimension of a plain A4 paper.

2. Place the signature on a flatbed scanner and scan it to a JPEG image, making sure to crop the edges of your scan properly. Remember it’s your signature so keep it safe.

3. Download this awesomely great and simple software for Apple Mac OS – Formulate Pro. This is an Open Source software developed by Andrew de los Reyes. Donate any amount to keep it always free and open to everyone.

Formulate Pro Verion 0.6
Formulate Pro Verion 0.6

4. Installation is simple. Drag to the Applications folder or to your desktop. Open your document (File>Open) followed by selecting your signature image(File>Place Image), then scale down the size of your signature and move it to the appropriate position. If you are happy with it, then PRINT it out as a PDF(File>Print).

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Choosing the right smartphone

Generally speaking, almost all countries around the world have abandoned analogue mobile phones because digital offers a bit more possibilities and are far flexible. Smartphones are plentiful and varied with a lot of features and bundles to consider. This can be overwhelming especially if you consider how much you have to shell out for a smartphone and all the accessories that go with it. This post is for the smart shopper who’s objective is to get the best device for your money but most importantly your device must stay relevant for at least 2 to 3 years. Devices come and go and unless you have a million dollars to spend, it is a wise thing to make the perfect choice. There are some important considerations and questions that you must answer before settling on a Smartphone.

1. Do you really need a Smartphone?
This question is the most ignored by many people. Do you want a Smartphone because “everyone” own one? You don’t need a Smartphone or any mobile phone for that matter if your current means of communication suits your lifestyle. There are several modes of keeping in touch that you have already in existence that takes care of your staying touch – snail mail, physical address, meeting at a cafe, land line telephone, via a home PC you have access to email and other internet communications like Skype. Consider the nature of your occupation and your need to stay in touch. What type of person or organisation will contact you? After these questions you will know if you do need a Smartphone or not, then take the next step.

2. Investigate the choices available to you
First visit wikipedia and search for a “list of telephone operating companies” in your country of residence. Make a note of them and ask your friends about their experience with their providers. Ask real questions (what is your monthly bill? have you experienced drop calls? who do you call when you have a problem?) Alternatively, you can also write down 3 to 5 important questions and search on the internet via 4 comparative search engines – don’t always trust what one search engine says(most are Adwords, Metatags and Keywords). Use Google, BING, Yahoo and Lycos. *DON”T search for phrases like “best smartphone”, “cheapest deals”. Rather search for “hidden fees at telecom XYZ” , “rude customer service at telecom XYZ“, “Smartphone will not be repaired by provider XYZ” and other worst case scenario-type queries. Doing this will give you an idea of the pros and cons of your chosen provider.

3. Prepaid, Prepaid(registered) or contract(1 year) or contract(2 years)
Your keeping in touch needs combined with the usage fees will determine which type of service you decide. Nearly all of the GSM networks provide a combination of the above. Choose prepaid if you wish to take full control of your calling costs; add a registration of your SIM and you can keep a fixed mobile number. The tricky part are the contracts – 1 year or 2 years. A thumb rule is first try and then commit. Choose a commitment for a year and renew over a period. Remember GSM operators are not your friends! They provide a service! Which you pay for! Always be on the lookout for a better deal (nowadays you can switch providers at least 2 months before your contract ends).

4. Choosing your Smartphone
Having asked yourself all the above questions and performed all the tasks, you are now ready to choose. There are basically 5 PLATFORMS from which all Smartphones are built – the APPLE iOS platform (with its iPhone), the BLACKBERRY OS platform (with its Curve, Bold, Pearl, Torch and Storm), the SYMBIAN OS platform (Nokia C-range, E-range, X-range and N-range), the WINDOWS OS platform (Nokia 700 series and other providers) and the ANDROID platform (too many to list but notable are Google, HTC and Sony Ericsson). GSM Arena is one of the few sites that lists nearly all the Smartphones available over the shelf.

So what are your “keeping in touch” and communication needs? Will you call a lot? Will you be called a lot? Send texts or emails whilst on the train? Are you on call more than 10 hours then consider a Smartphone with longer battery life instead of touchscreen. Or your clients need confidentiality, immediate email response and file security at all times, then consider a Blackberry. Maybe you are in the creative industry and work a lot with heavy multimedia, then probably Apple is the choice. Or you need total flexibility with battery life, touchscreen, agile software, easy manipulation to show products or projects, then any of the Android phones will do just that. For the conservative types who want hassle-free, all round performance and designs that are evenly balanced then a Symbian from Nokia or the Sony Ericsson are the choices. Let this proverb guide you “one man’s meat is another man’s poison“.

I mix gadgets – I love the MAC Pro for producing cinema; Dell’s Studio XPS for music production; Macbook Air for travel and the iPad for presentations. My Smartphone is the Blackberry Torch – which is an all-rounder(battery life, 5mpx camera, touchscreen and qwerty) for me; and a backup is my Swedish Windows CE powered Neonode N2.

5. Bundles versus per call charges
If you find a great deal on bundled minutes and texts (read the FINE PRINT), then you are in luck otherwise prepare to spend heavily, if you go outside your bundle agreement. And it happens! A SIM only, per call/ per sec 1 year contract with NO internet contract is probably the overall deal worth considering.

In conclusion, choose the Smartphone that is durable, with excellent after sales service, ideally simlock-free, works flawlessly with your provider’s network and fits your lifestyle! Happy Holidays!

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