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I Got a Mac

Sunday, March 31st, 2013 No comments

I got my first Mac a few weeks ago – a Mac mini. I got it mostly to learn iOS and Mac OS development and so I could use some of the Mac-only tools. I chose a mini over a laptop because it’s relatively inexpensive.

Mac mini

I can see why people tout Macs so much. Every device I’ve tried to use with it just works with no hassle. The only problem is that the image on my Samsung monitor doesn’t look so great, which seems to be a common problem. After getting a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter and adjusting some of the settings on the monitor, the picture now looks good. I’d probably get a great image if I spent $1000 on one of those Thunderbolt displays, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

I like the Mac OS look and feel. It is taking me a while to get used to the differences between it and Windows. I am looking forward to using GarageBand and some of the other Mac apps. One that I’ve been using is Delicious Library. I’ve wanted to catalog my entire media collection for a while and I couldn’t find anything that I liked for Windows that did books, movies, music, and video games in one app. I’ve been going through the painful process of scanning everything and posting it here. I’ll keep updating as I add more. There are only 2 boxes of books and a box of CDs left.

I played around a little with iOS development last night. It seems like it’s so simple. I used one the Xcode templates to get a simple OpenGL app running in seconds. I really want to check out of lot of the built in features.

I’m glad that I finally joined the Mac world. I may end up taking the mini to work just so I have more time to use it.

Tech Frustrations

Monday, July 18th, 2011 No comments

Technology is great, except for when it’s not.

One day I came to work and I couldn’t sign into my PC. I went and got one of the user support people. He logged in as an administrator and determined that something had turned off the services on my machine. He, of course, thought that it was a virus. I’m not sure though. I’m pretty careful, but I do sometimes click on links that people post on Twitter without thinking. He turned on the services that he thought needed to be on and ran a bunch of scans, which turned up nothing. I couldn’t get any work done that day, but at the end I got my PC back. It has really been the same since. I wish I could get a new PC.

The weekend before this past weekend, DirecTV came to install a 2nd receiver. This one went in the bedroom. From what I understand, the DirecTV installers are usually people that work at third-party companies that DirecTV hires to do the work. The installer got there at the beginning of the 4-hour range they gave me. He did all the wiring and connected the receiver in a decent amount of time. However, he couldn’t activate the receiver because DirecTV’s systems were down. He didn’t know how long the wait would be. He said that his supervisor (I’m assuming the one at whatever company he works for) wouldn’t allow him to leave a receiver that wasn’t activated. He would have to take the receiver and reschedule for another day, which would be 2 weeks later. Of course, I was angry because I had already waited 2 weeks for him to come in the first place. He called DirecTV to reschedule and they said he couldn’t reschedule for that reason. After sitting on my couch for a couple hours, he finally got approval to leave the receiver with me. He told me to call in later to activate it myself. He finally left after about 3.5 hours. I finally have satellite in my room. It’s great to have another option for TV viewing. Sometimes I get tired of sitting on my old couch. Also, I can sit in bed and watch Golden Girls reruns.

It’s a good thing I got the new receiver in the bed room because my big living room TV is dying. On Friday when I turned on the TV the screen was flickering rapidly. I could hear a clicking noise every time it flickered. I’ve only had this TV for 3.5 years, so I was mad that it was malfunctioning. It’s a cheap Vizio, so I shouldn’t be surprised. It was my first HDTV, and at the time I couldn’t afford to get anything more expensive. After talking to Vizio and the company Vizio uses for repairs, we determined what the problem was and that it would be better to buy a new TV than fix this one. When I bought this TV, I also bought an extended warranty. I remember that I didn’t want to, but my roommate at the time convinced me to do so. Well, all of my warranty coverage expired on January 31, 2011, which was less than 6 months ago. If it had done this before January 31, I could have gotten it repaired or replaced for free. Oh well. I’m getting a new TV. It definitely won’t be a Vizio. I’ve already picked out a Samsung that I like. I’ve had great luck with Samsung products in the past and they’re not as expensive as Sony products. I’m going to wait until after my vacation this week to order so it won’t be left outside my door and stolen while I’m gone. Sometimes the Vizio will come on and not flicker, but when it does flicker I can go watch TV in the bedroom.

These are first world problems if anything.

Computer Shutdown Problems

Thursday, May 8th, 2008 2 comments

I’m seriously annoyed with my desktop computer at home. The computer, which is only about a year old, recently started shutting down on its own. I noticed after the big April Windows Update, my icons weren’t showing up in taskbar. Maybe I should’ve done a system restore then, but I didn’t. The shutdown problems started soon after that, so I figured the update might have been causing my computer to act crazy. Now I’m not so sure about that.

Using software that came with the motherboard, I checked the CPU temperature. Mostly it runs around 180° F, but if I open up a browser or start playing music, I’ll see the temperature jump to a cool 220° F. Ouch! So, I think that may be why my computer is shutting down. All the fans inside are still working, so I don’t know what could have changed.

I have also noticed that some of the decorative lights on the computer case are no longer working. Maybe this weekend I’ll take the time to look at it more closely. I’m not really a hardware person, but maybe I can figure something out.

I can’t do anything intensive on it without it shutting down, so for now it’s mostly just a really large mp3 player.

Any suggestions?

Update, 5/10
I replaced the CPU fan and heatsink and I also added a second case fan. Now the system temperature is around 75°F and the CPU temperature is around 100°F. It’s a little louder than before, but at least it’s cool. A cool computer is a happy computer.