Recent models of Mac boot up with a black boot screen and white Apple logo, instead of the old gray and dark gray boot screen. DarkBoot enables older Mac systems to get the black boot screen as well. For newer Macs, the app can also change the boot screen back to the traditional gray color.
Known to work with OSX 10.10 and 10.11 DP.
MacPostFactor 1.0 has been officially released:
MacPostFactor is a tool to install Mac OSX 10.8+ on older (Intel) Macbooks that only support up to OSX 10.7 (Lion). It works through a combination of a highly customized installer, a replaced set of drivers and various frameworks, and the original install app from the App Store. The installation can be done directly on a Macbook already running OSX Lion (so no USB disk required), or on an USB media for installation on another system.
If you need iPhoto version 9.4.7, which was included in the OSX Mavericks GM release, here's the download link:
Do not install if you're not running OSX Mavericks!
There's no version check during installation, so attempting to install on an unsupported OSX version will break iPhoto.
If needed, you can use the iPhoto Library Upgrader to downgrade your library of iPhoto to an earlier version. In the tool, choose Rebuild library to do this. Do note that some of the features introduced in later versions of iPhoto will be erased from the library.
I followed this guide to replace the HDD on my Mac Mini (2009, aka model A1283):
The most tricky part is probably opening up the Mac. As I did not have a putty knife at hand, I used a rack cage nut mounting tool to create an opening, and a very thin flathead screw driver to pry the case off, as explained in the guide.
EDIT: added picture of tool.
I'ved noticed the Airport Configuration Utility from Apple requires "elevation" (= run as administrator) to work properly on a Windows 8/8.1.
If it still throws out an error after connecting, try disabling IPv6, then reboot.
Google Chrome v39 introduces a new Avatar menu, which is now permanently displayed at the top-right corner of each window.
The only way to get rid of it is through the "experimental" flags. Type the following in the address bar to reveal the flag:
Set it to Disabled to turn it off, then restart Chrome entirely to apply the changes.
Note that this also works under Mac and linux.
A complete list of firmware updates of all Intel-based Macs can be found here, together with download links:
Since a recent update of OSX, there's an issue with the Java-plugin not being active, even though Java Control Panel says it is. This is because in Safari the plugin is still set to inactive.
To resolve, surf with Safari to www.java.com/nl/download/testjava.jsp. You see the Java website with in the center the notification that the plugin is not active. Click on the text to re-active the plugin.
OpenVPN is finally available on Apple iOS!
This means you will now be able to connect through OpenVPN via your iPhone and iPad devices. It is available through the AppStore:
More info about OpenVPN on pfSense: http://blog.pfsense.org/?p=684
Be careful when deleting a POP3-account in Apple Mail. Doing so will also remove all messages from the folders Inbox, Sent items and Trash, even if they are no longer on the server and only available offline.
To prevent this from happening, move/copy all messages to folders created inside the On My Mac section. These are folders that are kept locally and will not be affected when removing accounts. After which, you can safely remove the account.