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A 6-post collection

Enabling a USB to Serial Port Adapter under OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Appears that with the coming of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, we are once again faced with various peripherals that cease to function correctly. I often do work that requires a serial port.  I’ve carried a Keyspan USA-19HS with me in my briefcase for close to a decade (maybe more).  I’ve always been able to get it to work properly, but recently, with my upgrade to a 15″ MacBook Pro Retina Display and subsequent upgrade to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, my trusty little friend may have met his day.  Keyspan does not show a driver that supports OS X 10.9 and loading the 10.8 driver resulted in no change from not having the driver. I...

How to fix Bluetooth Quality issues on OS X (snap, crackle, pop, skipping)

For reasons beyond anyone’s understanding, Apple sets OS X’s bluetooth audio quality quite low, this is probably to allow for better bandwidth, but still.  When I first read the bluetooth quality setting here’s what I found: 1 2 $ defaults read com.apple.BluetoothAudioAgent "Apple Bitpool Min (editable)" 2 To improve overall streaming quality for your Bluetooth audio, set it to something like 40: 1 defaults write com.apple.BluetoothAudioAgent "Apple Bitpool Min (editable)" 40 So much better. [Update:  20130812]:  I found a bluetooth log that you can enable if this doesn’t fix your problem.  By reading through it you may find additional information about your problem.  To enable the log: 1 2 sudo touch /var/log/...

iCloud setup with different iTunes and MobileMe Accounts

iCloud debuted Tuesday for all iOS 5.0 devices. On Friday, the iPhone 4S was released. You’d think that would be a banner week for us. However, there is disharmony afoot in our Apple-land. The Issue In 2001, iTunes was released. I quickly setup an iTunes account using my personal email address. In 2002, .Mac was released. I quickly setup an account with a free email @mac.com. In 2008, .Mac was renamed to MobileMe and my @mac.com account got a new domain and I now also had an @me.com address. For 10 years, that hasn’t caused me a problem. I have purchased an amazing amount of content via iTunes: Music, Videos, Television Programs, Movies, Applications,...

Goodbye Steve and Thank You

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones. We see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the >world, are the ones who do. -- Steve Jobs, The Crazy Ones It's 7:00 a.m. in the morning, EST. My wife is taking...

Goodbye Quicken Essentials 2010 for Mac, Hello iBank 4

I was wrong. That’s not something anyone likes to admit, but when I’m wrong, I’m wrong, I’ll admit it. Some quick background for any readers who are experiencing my personal saga with Macintosh Finance software for the first time. Back in February of 2010, I was terribly frustrated with the direction that Intuit was taking with Quicken for Macintosh, or the lack thereof. I vented that frustration in my article titled, Quicken Essentials 2010 for Mac. Why Bother? I fired up the Macintosh Quicken community. So much so that I got the attention of senior people inside the Intuit organization. I ended up interviewing Aaron Patzer, the GM/VP of Personal Finance at Intuit, and the...