Category Archives: Macintosh

In August Apple lost a great man, a businessman.. Yesterday the whole world lost a great mind.

Steve Jobs for Fortune magazine

The man who believed there CAN be stores selling products from only one company.
The man who dreamed that every home should have a computer (or two..).
The man who built the foundation of OS X.
The man who convinced the music industry to stop fighting the web for piracy, but instead USE it.
The man who gave us Pixar.
The show man.
The man who reinvented the phone.
The man who managed to make his biggest competitors talk sweet about him and even push back lawsuits between MEGA corporations.

The man who made me happy since that sweet day that I bought my first MacBook Pro.
We all know this list has no end.

Thank you Rainbow SA for giving me the chance to learn more about this man and see probably some of the best decisions he ever made while taking Apple from the floor and driving it to the top of the world.

Thank you Steve Jobs for everything you gave me..

..oh.. one more thing, this is not about X, macs, phones, music or any other product.

PS. Its the saddest place to be online. It used to be the other way around.


Thank you Chari for the awesome job on the portrait.  

Time Machine stopped working.

So Time Machine suddenly decided to stop serving me by starting a back up but never ending it. The message I got for return was something like “ error occurred while copying files to the backup volume..”. At the beginning I thought that (TM) disk died so I checked it with TechTool Pro which found no errors. Then I decided to drop all the back ups and just re-partition the disk. Again failure.. Tried another disk with no results. I though that something was wrong with the app it self so the first thing I tried was, of course, to clear the .plists. Time Machine has one on the System level under the path “HD/Library/Preferences”. I killed this one and even after a restart, OS X re-created it but nothing. Then I found some receipts on the web referring to 4 -system- files. Actually they are 4 .plists under the path “HD/System/Library/LaunchDaemons”. Their names are:,, and I thought I could trash them and let X re-create them but guess what.. OS X wont recreate them and will let Time Machine brain-dead. Good thing is that I am a backup freak so thanks to Carbon Copy Cloner and another mobile disk I was able to restore those files even if they were a bit old. After bringing them back and rebooting the system Time Machine came to life again but as usual.. It couldn’t complete a full back up.

In the process of trying to find a solution I discovered a few nice little tools and tips but most of them were useless because I lost all the past back ups thanks to the re-partition I did on the disk. But I would like to mention a few here that Im ready to test. 1st app is “BackupLoupe” which costs $5 but it uses no serial numbers or other protection features. I got a bit socked by the message of the developer on the initial run of the app. Its something like this: “Please consider buying BackupLoupe at our shop. A single license costs 5.00 USD. At soma-zone we don’t believe in copy protection. We do believe in honest customers. If you click ‘This copy is already licensed’, we don’t check back. We trust you.”. WOW.. That is a reason to buy it babe! Since the copy of the 1st back up hasn’t finished yet I am not able to use the app and test it as much as I want so I wont say anything for now, beside the fact that it looks really promising little util to have and the 1st time I wanted to quit it and I got this dialog box, I didn’t choose the “This copy is already licensed” but instead I clicked on the “Buy later”. Another app, actually a widget that is free and looks nice is the Time Machine Buddy. Still waiting for the 1st back up to finish so I can see what useful info I can extract from Time Machine logs. And before I hit the final solution I have to give credits to this big FAQ on Time Machine stuff.

By hitting “sudo grep backupd /var/log/system.log” to the terminal I got a few weird stuff off the log of Time Machine. I realized that all back ups stopped when they were supposed to back up the workspace of Flash Builder 4, on the folder “Documents”. So I excluded the whole Documents folder from the back up but guess what.. Nothing again..

So back to those 4 plists on the system side of the disk and by bringing them back from an old back up I realized that the permissions “should” be wrong so I could try to repair them, just in case Time Machine could come back to life. (Ok I was desperate..) But those were system files and I am not sure how successful a “repair permissions” with Disk Util would be while I am running the system.. So.. Back to the basics. Start the machine with the OS’s disk or the original disk that came with ur mac and of course dont initialize an installation.. Just hit the Disk Util from the Utilities option on the 1st screen. Do a full repair disk and repair permissions and look at that.. Time Machine works again 🙂

Just boot up as usual, from the disk – not the DVD and enjoy this little crappy fruit util called Time Machine.

One thing remaining to test.. Enabling the Documents folder to be backed up again.. So lets see.. Adobe & Apple.. 😛


UPDATE 22/03/2011:

I re-enabled the folder causing the problem and of course the problem is back. Time Machine freaks out for some reason with the permissions of the files of a specific project on Adobe Flash Builder’s workspace. So all I had to do is to change the permissions manually and everything works fine now. How do u trace what is making your Time Machine stop the back up? Simple install the Time Machine Buddy and look for something like this on the latest back up:

Then follow the path and try to change the permissions (of the whole folder in my case). Another way is to use the Terminal command: sudo grep backupd /var/log/system.log

Thanks for reading.


Downgrade iPhone 3G from iOS4 to iPhone OS 3.1.3

Its time to go back.. Not to the island but on 3.1.3.

iOS 4 made my iPhone feels like a Sony/Nokia one, where I press something and I can have a coffee until I get a response back (you said something about Flash performance on the iPhone?). The worst was when I couldnt even answer a call. The downgrade is so easy and I really didnt felt that there was any risk at all. But hey.. This is Apple’s h/w and s/w so do not blame me if something goes wrong. Please read the whole post 1st before you try it.

Here is the “todos list”:

You need to find and download the official iPhone OS 3.1.3. There is a small chance to already have it in your “USER/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates”. If you use time machine then probably you will have it. The name of the file is “iPhone1,2_3.1.3_7E18_Restore.ipsw” and Finder reports that the size is 239.1 MBs (228MBs on Safari). Now if you don’t have it you can download it from here.

You also need an utility in order to bring the iPhone back to life from DFU mode. (Come on don’t be scared).
I used the one called “RecBoot” . The zip you are going to download contains 2 apps. The only one you are going to need is the “RecBoot Exit”.

Ready to go..

-You have to put the iPhone in DFU mode (Device Firmware Update or just “coma”). You do that by turning the iPhone off, connect it with the cable to iTunes and then Press the Power and the Home button at the same time. Hold them down for exactly 10 seconds. After that you release the Power button ONLY and you keep down the Home button for another 10 seconds. If you were good in math you are going to get a pop up in iTunes informing you that it detected and iPhone in recovery mode. The iPhone now has a black screen 🙂 (Don’t worry!)

-Restore: Now press ok and under iPhone, on iTunes, you press Restore by also holding down the alt key (in order to let you browse and find the OS you downloaded earlier). Then the restoration process will take place.

In the end of the installation it is more probably that you will get an error message saying “The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (1015).” Feel happy cause you did it right!

-Now its time to wake up the phone from the coma. Open the “RecBoot Exit” you downloaded earlier and click (the only button in there) “Exit Recovery Mode”.

Now your iPhone 3G feels again like the iPhone 3G!

One more thing..

Keep in mind that you can not restore your data from iOS4 to iPhone OS 3.1.3. So if the only back up you have is from the iOS4 you have to setup everything from scratch (like the awesome first day that u got it in your hands!). Again if you have time machine or you kept a back up from when you where in 3.1.3 feel free to restore the device using that back up.
I didn’t so I had to install everything from scratch. Although iTunes did the most of the work for me (syncing apps, iCal, Address Book etc) I like to keep Music and Emails manually managed so I had to set up them again. As for the Maps’ Bookmarks unfortunately I couldn’t find a decent app to back them app so what I did was:
Going through every bookmark on the iPhone app and hit “Share location”. I mailed them to my account and after downgrading my iPhone I added them back by pressing on the link on every email. Not very happy about that but at least I also got back the name of the bookmark I had before, so thats something.

The whole above process should work on windows too since the RecBoot app is available for this “OS” too.

Have fun!


This “post” was meant to be just a tweet.. But why not a post?

“I miss the days where everyone was trying to invent the future (of the web).
Nowadays seems that everyone tries to predict it..”

So its all about what technology/platform will kill the other?
Im so sick of that.

I dont give an iPad.

If Steve or even Adobe, for some people, want to kill Flash then I would love to see them try.

Flash is a huge part of the awesomeness of today’s web and not even Adobe can kill that.
I really wish I had some more time to mention a few names on what I consider as
“Flash” (Community that is). I might do it some other time.

Have a flashy day.