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2015 Ohio LinuxFest

Posted on 12th August 2015

Ohio LinuxFest 2015

Some of you know that I helped this great organization back in the early 2000s. This event marks the 13th year of it’s existence! And to add to the greatness, a good friend of mine Jorge Castro is doing a keynote!

If you are interested in Open Source and Linux, then this event is worth the trip. Plus, it is free for the basic attendance package.

Head over to their website and register!

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Fix iMessage on Yosemite

Posted on 17th March 2015

Apple-logoFirst off, Happy St. Patricks Day!

It has been a question that many Hackintoshers have been trying to solve since the release of the Yosemite betas last year. How do we get iMessages to work? Many have tried and many have failed. What has seemed to lack is a good comprehensive guide covering a wide range of scenarios.

This guide over at Tonymacx86 is a pretty detailed resources and should help you get your setup going. You are best to use the Clover Bootloader as is seems to handle the manual values as well as NVRAM much better then Chimera/Chameleon. I will note the chapter I followed for each setting in my setup.

Anytime I would try to sign in to Messages, I would get the “An error occurred during activation. Try again.” message. This was good news for me since I just had to make sure Clover had the right serial numbers and so on. Some situations will still require you to call in to Apple to have them whitelist your serial and some other values. For my situation, all I needed to make sure I had valid was:

  • Product Name (SMBIOS and found one matching my hardware using MacTracker) Chapter 4.2
  • Serial Number (Generating one in Clover Configurator and verifying at Apple Selfsolve) Chapter 4.1
  • SmUUID (Generating a random one using uuidgen in the terminal even to know my board did not exhibit the Sid bug) Chapter 5
  • ROM (Using MAC Address of my ethernet minus the colons) Chapter 7.1
  • MLB (Serial number that I generated plus 5 random alpha/numeric characters) Chapter 7.1

I also made sure that all of my configs for iMessage and iCloud were deleted prior to doing anything as to make sure I started as fresh as possible. (Chapter 3.3)

Note on the SmUUID. It is better to generate a unique SmUUID and not assume that your motherboards will work with Apple’s servers. Just run uuidgen from the terminal 4 or 5 times and use that value in Clover Configurator. Also make sure, as is detailed in chapter 3.2, that your ethernet and wifi are labeled as enX and showing as Built-In for this to work right.

Once all of these were set up with correct values, I did need to change my Apple ID password. Once reset, I was able to login and send/receive iMessages once again. Once you have correct values, you will want to always use these with your particular motherboard/cpu combination as to not blacklist that system in the future as long as Apple does not change their verification process again.

And finally, a big shout out to jaymonkey who has spent countless hours keeping his guide up to date. Without his collection of information, iMessages would not be functioning on Yosemite Hackintoshes.

 

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Windows 7 Coming Update or Windows 9 Preview?

Posted on 13th April 2014

20140328-214831.jpgNow that the Windows 7 Update 1 has begun to make its rounds, could Microsoft be getting ready to push yet another update with GUI changes?

Engadget reports that Microsoft Asia is working on testing some new ideas with the tiles in the MetroUI interface. Some of the features they are testing include the ability to interact with the tile without having to launch the program. Microsoft Asia is looking at better integration with desktop apps and the interfacing with tiles.

It is unknown if these new ideas will become part of some future release of Windows, either Update 2 for 8.1 or Windows 9. It does add “interesting” to the vocabulary of what might become part of the Windows ecosystem.

Head on over to Engadget to see a few videos on the new ideas.

Engadget – Microsoft tests Live Tiles you can use without leaving the Start screen

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Out With the Old and In With the New

Posted on 8th April 2014

20140328-214831.jpgAs I stated earlier today, Windows XP was retired by Microsoft from receiving any further support or updates. It seems that along with this retirement, there is also a major update to Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

When Microsoft released Windows 8 to the world in October of 2012, it was met with much criticism. A lot of this criticism was based around Microsoft’s major shift from the desktop environment. The idea that their new operating system was designed with touch input as the primary interface scared a lot of people. What Microsoft did next, was wholly based on the criticism that they received. One year later, in October of 2013, Windows 8.1 was released as a free update. Included, was the previously removed start button from the desktop’s task bar as well as a few other changes.

Microsoft did not stop there.

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The Day Has Come.

Posted on 8th April 2014

20140328-215005.jpgToday is the day that Microsoft has cut support for Windows XP. As stated in an earlier post, this means that the operating system will cease to receive patches for both critical and non-critical issues. They will also cut support through their tech support hotline, but expect most 3rd party tech support companies to continue to support it for a little while.

Hopefully, you have already upgraded any workstations to either Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1.

One point that I have not seen overly mentioned, is that if you are running Windows 7 and using XP Mode for a legacy application, the discontinuation of support in XP will also affect it. Hopefully, you have already upgraded any legacy programs from the XP days to a suitable one that is compatible with Windows 7 or 8.

Now that Windows XP is becoming a nostalgic novelty, time to add it to the virtual machine museum.