New Backup Drive

I purchased a new backup drive for the Mac mini, a Western Digital My Book Duo 4TB. Happy So far I’m very pleased with it. Drives are easy to replace. It is fast fast fast. It was easy to reformat for Mac and the WD Drives Utilities for Mac and PC is available on WD’s support site. Installation of this backup drive eliminated 5 1TB drives that I had in other enclosures.

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Yosemite First Install Attempt

My first attempt at installing Yosemite failed in an inability to complete expanding a file for installation. I was upgrading from Mavericks on a USB 3.0 drive. It rendered the drive un-bootable (I do have backups). Crashed at about 18 minutes remaining. Could the drive or drive controller overheated? It’s in a small aluminum snap together case. Here’s a pic of what it did to the drive:

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The second attempt worked just fine except for App Store is trying it’s best to update stuff that it already has. I installed to the internal spinner drive. Stuck here:

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Retiring the mid 2010 Mac Mini

i’ve been watching these 2012 Mac Minis for quite some time now. This last weekend I discovered that the 2.3GHz i7 with stock hard drive and 4 GB ram was on sale at B&H Photo up in NY. The 2.3 GHz mini stock sells for $799 on Apple’s site. At B&H it is $739 - a savings of $60. Plus for free I picked up another Parallels Desktop 10 for mac It will be delivered this afternoon, 10/7/2014. I’m pumped.Happy

I purchased 16 GB ram upgrade.

I think that I can put my Hackintosh to sleep for a long time. While it worked fantastic, I decided to just get another real Mac. This Mini is the 8th Mac I’ve owned. I’m also retiring my Mid 2010 Mini. That thing ran reliably since 2010.

Parallels Desktop 10 flies running Win 8.1 Pro.

Activation Nightmare

Continuing computer nightmarish episode.

First a bit of a rant: I sure wish there was a ‘Ham Radio Station Operators Who Are Always Tweaking Something (HRSOWAATS) software activation category. A Ham Shack is an always evolving living environment. Very little remains the same for a week, let alone overnight. I buy the stuff I use. I do not condone software piracy at all. I am not trying to rip someone off. I have one PC, one Mac Mini, one MacBook, two Android tablets, and a Dell Venue Pro 8 just for kicks (sort of like mistaking a Klingon Pain Stick for a Firestick Antenna).

OK. Here’s the story. Somewhere on the web this week I read that the Ethernet port on my B75M-D3H v1.2 motherboard was not stable. I know that you’re not supposed to believe everything you see on the net. Guess that explains the purchase some years back of an Isotron 20m coax capacitive hat. Happy No insult intended. Anyhow.

I went into BIOS and disabled the onboard nic. Then I installed a Trendnet 10/100/1000 PCI card i found out in the garage. Booted her up and rebooted.

Windows 8.1 deactivated.
iTunes store deactivated.
Parallels deactivated.
Paragon HFS+ drivers deactivated

I got everything reactivated. Had to email Parallels - they were quick with a response contrary to what the forums said. Microsoft’s phone activation worked (again).

Guess what? Yep. Network card was glitchy. Think it is not supported well with Win8.1 or Mavericks. System was unresponsive. Finder would crash every time Google Drive attempted to upload a file.

To be continued. My fingers are killing me ATM.

Life without Windows??

Life without Windows?

Today my PC started acting really slow while launching programs or opening documents. I had just finished installing Microsoft Flight Sim X. Eventually I got a BSOD that said that a Critical Task had Died. Great. Rebooted and was presented with the Automatic repair screen, black with just the mouse visible. Ugh. It never recovered. Rebooting and the drive is not detected as bootable. At this time my Win8.1 boot disk is on my desk. I do have a system image of the drive that I could recover from if I decide to. It takes hours of work to set the drive up and it only takes a second for Windows 8.1 to screw it all up. I’m not impressed. Sad

This is the Third time that Win 8.1 has killed itself. Note in head, ‘My four year old Mac Mini still has the original OS install, that has been upgraded from OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard, to10.7 Lion, to 10.8 Mountain Lion and now to 10.9 Mavericks with no trouble at all.’

Most of my ham radio software runs on windows. Argh.... The good news is that I do a regular system image backup and the latest one was only about a week old. It restored easily in about 20 minutes.

Star Trek Online OSX Version

The days of spending most of my time running Windows is slowing rapidly. Star Trek Online has finished public beta! I tested it in beta and it seemed to get more and more stable. The game uses a ‘wrapper’ called ‘Cider’ which runs the exact code that the Windows version runs. That means that the developers don’t have to make two separate versions of the game and makes sure that everyone is on the same page. It seems to work fine, although on my Mac, the gameplay is a bit smoother running on windows in boot camp. I will play the Mac client as much as I can to support its development.

Thanks developers for the hard work in getting this awesome game ready to play on my Mac!

Live long and prosper.