Monday, April 13, 2009

Lucky Easter holiday

I must have been very lucky.

The first day of the holiday we found flat battery on our 4 months old new car. Douglas must have been naughty in flipping a switch that turned on all the interior lights. Luckily that didn't cost me anything to have it fixed.

Last Thursday I bought Mac Mini in Central since I'll be selling my near 2 years old MacBook. During the holiday I must have installed OS X 3 times. During first installation I couldn't resist the temptation of restoring from my time machine backup of my MacBook which was the easiest. Getting online to update the system was the first thing I did but I found problem connecting using my mobile broadband account and authorizing Mac Mini to sync with my iPod Touch.

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During the second installation I found Mobile Connect again crashed the OS on loading. I think what I did wrong was that on successful installation of the MobileConnect I don't have to launch this application because the driver should have been installed and I just need to create a profile and enter the phone number in system reference>network>HUAWEI Mobile.

Restoring from my MacBook time machine backup may be a bad idea so on third trial I tried fresh installation. Too bad this time my iTunes library backup dated 8 April 2009 didn't work, I had to use an older one dated 8 August 2008. The first DVD out of 4 can't be read?!!! The DVD drive was giving noise like a diesel engine but the cooling fan was only running at ~1,500 rpm.

Obviously the holiday was too long so more problems found. The DVD drive is extremely noisy and data transfer rate was extremely slow. It wasn't bad DVD that I burnt the bundled software DVD that came with box also gave that noise, see below.

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The above screenshot was taken at the shop when I returned the unit for their checking. Earlier I saw "...time remaining: 8 hours 2 minutes...." which was pretty scary when I installed those bundled software for the second time. So I thought who cares I could get an exchange if I returned it within first 7 days but to my disappointment they can't do that because I have already registered online this Mac Mini.

Lessons learnt during holiday
  • It's OK to restore from time machine backup of your last Mac but when you enter time machine earlier backups are useless in the new Mac

  • Launch MobileConnect twice will crash OS X

  • Don't register your new Mac in the first 7 days

  • Deauthorize your Mac when you are dumping/selling it as you could authorize 5 computers only

  • Write down how many iTunes store accounts you have, for me I have one for the store in the US another one in Hong Kong hence confusing me (different Apple ID) when authorizing the new Mac Mini

  • It's certainly advisable to have your libraries for iPhoto, iTunes and iMovie stored externally from your Mac or back them up in DVD (verify them!). To save the world with few less searches follow this and this to take your libraries away from your Mac

  • Stop Douglas from playing with switches inside the car



I learn something for every mistake I made.

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