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MobileMe problems continue…..

July 30, 2008 Leave a comment

…..but not for me. As blogged yesterday, MobileMe is now off my computers, and I’m back to syncing my iTouch through iTunes. Calendars are once again as they should be, even if the calendar colours don’t match (a small price to pay for actually having them on your mobile device). I’m currently testing an alternative for keeping contacts and calendars in sync, so more to follow if it works out.

Removing MobileMe wasn’t difficult, the first step was to sign out in System Preferences on the Macs and delete the account from the iTouch. Getting the correct calendars back on the iTouch was slightly more involved. All the calendars were deleted from iCal, and this was synced to the iTouch. Then the backup was restored to iCal and the data was synced again.

Getting the Macbook back in sync was simply a case of restoring the iCal data that the hackintosh had backed up. It looks like the calendar issues I suffered are a bit more widespread than I realised. TUAW have an article detailing how to back up Address Book and iCal data, and at Macfixit there’s some suggestions that may help with the synchronisation issues.

Since this is a commercial product (and I pity anyone who payed up rather than trying the 60 day trial) is this level of problems acceptable? Maybe Apple should do the right thing for it’s users, refund their money and put the MobileMe service back into Beta where it belongs.

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NYC demands fix for WiFi issues

April 21, 2008 Leave a comment

This story made me chuckle. The New York City Department of Education have suspended delivery of all Macs until WiFi connectivity issues have been resolved. Current suggestions are that the fix will be included in the 10.5.3 update. From the article at AppleInsider, Apple has ‘apologized for the delay both in an email to faculty obtained by AppleInsider, and in a notice on the Apple product catalog on the Dell Managed Systems website’.That’s a lot more than us joe public’s have received so far for a problem that has existed since Leopard first shipped.

The second part is the most ironic given the history of public digs between Apple and Dell. All Apple wireless systems are currently held by Dell Managed Services, who have the DoE contract to handle computer procurement. So Apple has a problem with it’s laptops and Dell won’t release them until it’s fixed. Priceless.

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WiFi woes with 10.5.2

February 16, 2008 Leave a comment

No WifiUntil yesterday my Macbook sat next to a 20 inch monitor, keyboard and mouse acting as my main computer. With the success of my new DIY Mac I unplugged all of that with the intention of finally using it around the house as originally intended. This was the first time I tried using a wireless network connection since upgrading to 10.5.2, and to my surprise it no longer works. I currently have two wireless routers in occational use, an old Benq 802.11b AWL500 and a belkin Pre-N F5D8230-4 v2. The Belkin router is now invisible to my Macbook, and although the Benq can be seen and I cannot connect to it unless I disable the wep security. Not an advisable practice. So I no longer have a wireless Macbook.

There’s a huge list of users suffering the same problems in Apple’s support forums, along with the usual fanboys and ‘experts’ denying it’s related to the software update. So lets put it like this. Every other piece of WiFi equipment I have, including an iPod Touch, can still see and connect to both wireless routers. The Macbook cannot. Still not sure? I made a backup of 10.5.1 to an external USB hard drive before upgrading. I just booted from that, and wireless networking is back.

‘Shared’ drives still missing in 10.5.2

February 13, 2008 6 comments

Finder SharedOne of irritations of Leopard since it was released last year was the shared computers list in the Finder sidebar. Not that it’s an irritating feature since it stopped the requirement of connecting to servers to access them. The irritation is that it doesn’t work. The shared section on my macbook lasted around an hour after I first installed Leopard, and has been AWOL ever since. I’ve scoured the net for any method of restoring this feature with no joy. Other Macs show up if they are using AFP, but anything SMB (that’s windows and my Synology Diskstation) are missing. I’ve disabled Little snitch and the Leopard firewall. Deleted the smb.conf file so a new one was generated. I even followed these instructions to change the DNS lookup order. 10.5.2. was my last hope of seeing this fixed, but after many ‘no known issue’ builds there’s still an issue. Maybe this one is being saved for 10.5.3?

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