Archive for October, 2013

8.1 and 10.9

October 26, 2013

There are many OS and app updates recently, Windows 8.1, OS X 10.9 and VMWare Fusion 6 to catch up launch of new OSs.

One of the welcomed new feature of 10.9 is better support of dual monitor the kind of set up that people need in a work environment with Windows network. Before 10.9 your extended desktop is either all OS X or Windows. It’s not inconvenient a 3 fingers swipe will switch OS within a blink of eyes.

With new 10.9 you could have each of your monitor to display the OS you want independently, it’s supposed to work that way.

I upgraded my 2 MBP’s flawlessly, have done this over the years many times, I was so confident that I didn’t even bother to do backup first.

I have Windows updated to 8.1 in my work MBP before moving OS X up, as I need it for work I expected everything to work normally. The advertised 200 new features I never cared.

Unexpectedly new feature turned bad on me, the dual monitor feature broke down completely after the OS X update, I just can’t extend the Windows desktop which I needed for work! Windows still detected the second monitor but OS X occupied it, Windows as an app can be full screen but it didn’t have control over the second monitor.

Naturally I googled for a solution didn’t get much useful links as this may be pretty new. I assumed this sort of setup must be very common for people at work. The culprit must be VMWware Fusion which launched a new version 6 ahead of OS X and 8.1 upgrade hitting the street.

Within minutes and $49.9 for Fusion 6 licence I have two OSs independently on 2 displays. When I clicked the Windows display the second display will smartly switch to my windows extended desktop from OS X. 3 fingers swipe works the same on both display.

The formula is 10.9 + 8.1 + 6 = magic I want.

Yahoo Blog

October 13, 2013

收到 Yahoo blog (2005 – 2013) 死亡通知,在這裡又要寫歷史。

我試用時應該是 2006 吧,那些年是 Yahoo 的黃金歲月,多數人都用他們的電郵,試用他們的 blog service 實在容易,但功能不多且不見得流行。

我最先用的是 Blogger (1999 – ?), 大概是 2004 吧, Google 收購了它們不久,當年可能因資源問題, 服務不是太穩定, 最近二年見 Google 大力推 Google+ 我想 Blogger 已經年事已老,死期不遠。 Google+ 有很大的發展空間,似是把瑞士刀,張張利是有可能的。Facebook 如果能稱王十年八載已經不錯了,當然 Facebook 也是不錯的發表平台。

還記得當年在同學間有辯論應否將班內活動資料,功課,照片等放在網上,當時反對的佔多, 擔心隱私,在今天幾乎人人用 Facebook 的年代,當年的爭論有點可笑!

我最後做了少許市場調查,決定從多個 CMS 中選了 WordPress,除了短期試了 Habari 之外始終沒變心! 我試過的 Blogware 和 platform 多到都記不清了,有興趣的可看這個, 這個。 對於唔搬又搬搬家所以我經驗十足。

網絡世界中所謂高科技東西有五年盛年已經不錯了, 從來都要有搬家的心理準備。


October 9, 2013

My contract with carrier is ending in 10 days and since they took my aged iPhone 4 which is 3 years 2 months old for a reasonable sum I just have enough excuses to do this.