Software update failure saved by OSX Time Machine!

Today I was trying to upgrade the OS X on my Mac mini via the AppStore which seems harmless and seamless like every other small OS X updates. Unluckily it turned into a nightmare (almost).

I was not paying attention to the details of the Update, it was something like Command Line Tools, Combined update and an update on the Recovery Partition. The install was smooth, after I restart the computer Continue reading

Extremely slow installation of OSX 10.10 Yosemite

I was experiencing very lengthy install while upgrading my Mac mini 2011 from 10 find out here now.9 Mavericks to 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview. The install process just appeared to hang at “5mins left”.

After some research, I believe that the cause of this is the MacTex library. If you have installed the MaxTex or any Tex library, you may experience this. The solution is just to wait, it may take a good couple of hours. Leave it overnight and it should be ready the next morning 🙂

Microsoft killed Free Custom Domain Email Service

Not long ago <a href="http://www like it.microsoft.com/” target=”_blank”>Microsoft still provides a free Outlook Email service for custom domains (@[your domain].com) from this Windows Live Admin Console. Apparently Microsoft has no longer support this service, I’m not able create new accounts nor manage the existing accounts. While this is sort of expected, but I’m disappointed that Microsoft made this move without any notice.

According to this blog post, this was happened at around 11 April, 2014. Existing users are unable to login to the console. Users are advised to migrate to Office 365 which cost around $5 USD per month per user. Now I have to find an alternatives, as far as I know there’s only Zoho still provides free domain email service. I think I would choose Google over Outlook for paid Business email service. (which is also started from $5 USD price point).

Bad moves Microsoft. Bad moves…

Gunnar glasses for programmers

Recently got my Gunnar Optiks Intercept Advanced Gaming Glasses, this is an entry level Gunnar glasses for gammers. The reason of this purchase is that my eyes are constantly very dry and tired due to long hours using the computer (coding and gaming :p ). I’ve heard that these two yellow-tinted pieces of glass can help relieve the eye strain for gammers and professional computer users, so I gave it a shot Continue reading