I could have save a lot of time in school if I had this. Next up, one that can draw on foggy windows.
Google Drive Account Change
I recently came across an issue with Google Drive. I had started using it with one account on my MBP and then switch to a business account. For a variety of reasons I stopped using it with the business account and wanted to switch back to the original account (my main Google account).
I couldn’t do that, there was no way to log in to my business account anymore to disable the Google Drive on my computer. This left me quite frustrated and looking for solutions. Finally I figured out a way of deleting the old drive info without needing to do anything drastic like reinstall the operating system.
Exit the Drive app.
Open a Finder window.
Press Command + Shift + G - this will open a small panel asking you to enter a directory location
Type (without quotes) “~/Library/Application Support/Google”
Delete the Drive folder.
Open the Drive app.
Can’t login after time machine restore?
You’ve reinstalled OS X Lion onto your computer, possibly because your computer crashed and you need a new hard drive. Crisis adverted, you had a Time Machine backup. Good work not being a bum and losing everything. Install went well but what’s this, you can’t login after restoring your backup. F#&K!
Ok, lets try this.
- Reboot the Mac and hold down cmd+s — This will boot into single user mode. Black screen, white text.
- Mount the hard drive as explained at the prompt. — Most likely: mount -uw /
- Type: passwd [your user name] — For example: passwd jeroen (jeroen is my username on the machine). If you don’t know your username, type: ls /Users
This will list the usernames on your computer.
- Enter your password, and confirm it by entering it again. Notice you do not “see” what you type, this is normal.
- Type: exit
If you have Mountain Lion reboot by holding cmd+r instead of cmd+s to go into Recovery Mode and change your password using the Graphical User Interface.
Integrity is an Antique
…Passion. Hard work. Dedication. Spirit, kindness, honesty, and respect. Without this you’ve got nothing. You’re poor and you’re hollow — you’re a failed experiment. It doesn’t matter where you came from or what you do, we’re all in this together and we’ve all got the same tools to work with. Each one of us deserves a chance and those who taint it should be cast out permanently. The right decision isn’t always the easiest, and second chances are for cowards. Don’t be a coward.
New business cards and an explanation of F#&K!, a year later.
Something I heard a lot from customers when I first opened and continue to hear today is their frustrations with dealing with other companies, mainly Apple. The headaches and hassle of getting an iPhone or Mac repaired. The expletives that would leave their mouth when dealing with all the hoops that needed to be jumped through for such an ordinary problem.
“F#&K! I broke my glass, now what?” Go to the city and deal with the Apple store? That typically meant rearranging your entire day, getting the store on time and waiting forever to be seen by someone who is triple booked.
I created TheMacFix to get rid of F#&K!, I’ll take care of the issues. You bring me what you’re having an issue with and I’ll clear it up. Often times faster and for less than the competition. My main goal is not to be cheaper than everyone because that can create issues later. I want to be the best and if I can do it for cheaper then I feel like I’ve done the best. I don’t like seeing people coming back with the same issue twice. Lots of people like to joke when they leave by saying, “Hope I never see you again.” I hope not either, but I wouldn’t be upset if you came back or referred a friend because you enjoyed your time rather than dreaded it. And it seems as though most people have enjoyed my service http://www.yelp.com/biz/themacfix-brooklyn
A true craftsman
Stolen iPhone, F#&K!
I recently spoke to my friend, Nate, who was buying my old iPhone 4 from me after he had his iPhone stolen while at work. This is the worst issue I deal with; I have no solution other than to replace the old iPhone, there’s no fixing it. It’s truly unfortunate and entirely too common. Besides moral implications of so many iPhones being stolen and a culture that creates such a lust for a device that people are willing to steal using force and even on rare occasions kill.
I setup my old iPhone for use by him, wiped it, restored it, and checked to make sure everything was still working as it should. It made calls, connected to the internet, all the microphones worked and both of the speakers worked. A perfectly good, working iPhone was ready to be given to Nate.
He had been using for about a day when he contacted me to say that his contacts were mysteriously disappearing. “That’s odd” I told him, “I’ll look into it and get back to you.” After hours of research on google and Apple support communities I couldn’t come up with a good solution other than to log out of iCloud and log back in. That’s about as lame an answer as anything the Apple store would tell you, “It’s your fault, do something different.” That’s not good enough for me, so I followed up with a visit to his restaurant to talk to him to see if anything had changed.
Nate was still losing contacts, his favorites were just numbers. No names, no info other than (646) 555-5555 showing up in the list. Even the messages list was looking like this too, no names just numbers. F#&K! That’s a lot of numbers missing, he calculated to be around 200 contacts had been deleted. But, why is this happening? He noticed that a new contact had been added; something like Black Tony. Clearly not someone he knows.
It turns out the person who stole his iPhone had been deleting contacts and putting his own in. iCloud was still enabled on the stolen iPhone. The person that stole it probably hadn’t used an iPhone before and didn’t know about iCloud or restoring the iPhone to wipe the information and was just manually deleting contacts. Insult to injury.
I had Nate change all his passwords starting with iCloud and just for added security all his other passwords such as email and facebook.
Your iPhone was just stolen and it didn’t have a passcode or a very easy passcode like 0000 (don’t do that!).
- Apply a passcode - RIGHT NOW!
- Download and setup Find My iPhone (at the very least you can delete everything on the iPhone)
- Your iPhone is stolen, change your iCloud password
- Don’t leave your iPhone to be stolen?
Sometimes you need cats to hangout on your iPhone
These useless iPhone toppers are KAWAII.