• Gadgets,  Technology

    SSD upgrade for iMac mid 2011

    It was exactly three years back I purchased an Apple iMac 21.5″ Mid 2011 computer for my home usage.  I have grown comfortable with Mac OS X over the years, enjoy the media management & sync capabilities with iTunes, the ease of backup/restore with Time Machine with the accompanying Time Capsule device. I consider Windows PC is powerful and productive for work, that’s why I got recently a HP Envy Windows workstation for my office, but iMac is the best PC for home if you can afford it. In iMac, I use Parallels virtualisation software to use Windows 7 and Ubuntu for testing purposes and when I plugin USB drives from outside. While I am…

  • Apps,  Microsoft

    Microsoft Outlook for iOS, Android

    A few years back, no one in the Microsoft ecosystem would have dreamed these will happen. I for one certainly didn’t see it coming. In the last year under CEO Satya Nadella, there have been waves of change at Microsoft. I am loving these! Last week, Microsoft released a unified mail app for iOS and Android. The apps allow you to connect your Microsoft Exchange Server, Office 365 subscription, and Hotmail (Outlook.com) accounts. Apart from those, the mail app supports Google Gmail, Yahoo mail and Apple iCloud. There is great Calendar, Contacts (People), and Files (Onedrive.com & Dropbox) integration as well. I was pleasantly surprised to see the calendar and…

  • Gadgets,  Microsoft

    Project your device screen to TV

    Video Projectors in conference rooms and Televisions are two equipments which have 98% unwanted user controls and features. In my view the job of a projector or a TV is to simply show the input it gets. There is no need for 200 buttons on them and in their remote controls. In every presentation I have done in last two decades there has been only a handful of events where I could effortlessly show my laptop onto the big screen. The sad truth is that it need not be this way and Steve Jobs with obsession over simplicity proved it. In my living room I have been using Apple TV for last four years. To throw…

  • Gadgets

    iPad Air 2

    The last iPad I got was in August 2012 and it was an iPad3. After a while, wife and son took over the iPad and I gladly agreed as I got myself a Microsoft Surface Pro in April 2013. Surface Pro with Windows8 is a great device combining productivity and consumption, but it excels as a laptop. I was missing my iPad especially the vast number of apps that are available only in iPad (or Samsung tablets). So when Apple announced their new iPad Air 2 I immediately ordered it. Nowadays I prefer buying devices locally in India (it may take a month or so to be available here, but that’s fine) due to…

  • Microsoft

    Remote Desktop client for Mac OSX

    I am using an iMac in my home and I connect to my Windows 8 PC at work occasionally through corporate VPN. For some time now from my home, though I can connect to VPN and access Work PC from my Surface Pro (running Windows 8) I was not able to do the same from iMac. It kept complaining machine not found or Access Denied. It turned out I needed to upgrade the Microsoft Remote Desktop App for Mac OS X. You can download the new version (8.0.5) released by Microsoft on 12th March 2014. Its available in iTunes Store here.  This version sports an improved user interface and other…

  • Gadgets

    iOS7 Beta–Anxious moments, Fix

    The readers of this blog know that I moved to Nokia Lumia 920 few months back from iPhone. Listening to this week announcement of iOS7 by Apple in their WWDC 2013 event, I got intrigued and wanted to try it out. Since I have an Apple Developer account, I could get access to the Developer Beta of iOS. That’s what I did after I dusted my iPhone4 from storage. Over the years as I started sporting grey hairs, I have learned that it is always a bad idea to upgrade to Beta (unsupported) software especially Operating Systems in your “Work” devices – whether it is your Desktop PC, Laptop or…

  • Gadgets,  Microsoft

    Fix Sync issues in Windows Phone Connector for Mac

    Continuing my experience of using the Nokia Lumia 920, I am doing this post. I am using a Windows Phone connector for Mac, in my iMac to sync media & photos from the iTunes and iPhoto library there. Everything worked well, except while doing sync the last few days I was troubled with an issue. I had just added to iTunes 4 large video files (each over 2GB), and then  I synced them with the Windows Phone connector. Though I didn’t select these 4 files it was trying to sync them and failing due to lack of space. Adding to this, I couldn’t see any of these files in the…

  • iMac 2011
    Gadgets

    Remove the SD card accidentally stuck in the iMac’s CD Drive

    Today while working on this blog I took a photograph with my Nikon D7000 and copied the photo, removed the SD card and inserted it into my iMac. But accidentally I had inserted it into the adjacent CD/DVD slot. My first reaction was to how I could have been so careless – Apple has trained us all over the years that everything is the user’s fault! I tried to remove it with paper inserted into the CD slot, but it was just pushing it deeper. The thought of taking it to Apple support was scary, then doing a search I saw this is a common problem. I found a solution…