something about APPLE here: I am APPLE fans and like their products. By open this blog, I am not trying to BIAS toward APPLE company. Some of the fact below supported my decision. They introduced the computer MOUSE to the world. They changed the way we look at SMART Phone. They boosted up the use of 3G network. They were the first to use USB port as the main connection for computer system. They were the one who able to make a media centre to sync with every devices in your family. They made thing that work magically simple for us. Everything above and more to come... APPLE

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

iMac in room

This 21.5" baby is sitting right in front of me. I am so happy with it performance and the whole package. First time to own a desktop. Kind of joy and I will work hard for the iPhone apps as well as all those APPLE scripting.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


New iMac out and I am so wanted to have it in my room right now. The upgrade and new price tag were nice enough for me to get it. I will have to dump my 3+ years old MacBook to the corner.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

iPad 2

First times to write about my feeling toward new product here. iPad 2 will be out soon. But I am not happy about SINGAPORE is missing in the 2nd Shipment list. I will have to wait till APRIL for it to come.

Anyway, let start the topic about "THE YEAR OF iPAD 2" from Steve Job. Being a so called "Fans BOY" or "APPLE's product just work". I would like to say APPLE has given me a lot of time to do my own things instead of troubleshoot every single problem that happen during the installation.
I will think this year is really "iPad 2" year. Not because I am a fans boy but with all the APPS that work on iPad. The development teams behind it. The new features that support in iOS 4.3. The hardware that syncing with the device. No other competitor will able to meet it basic functions.

APPS - Apple has a great team that work with developer. Provide feedback and technical support to help developer on their new apps. WIth 65k of apps that are working with iPad. Competitors are far behind from this number. Which company will able to catch up when developer are able to gain back 70% of the sales? The strategy worked so well that no one able to compete with.

APPLE - Every gadget just worked so well with one and others. For example, you may stream video from your iPhone to your APPLE TV to enjoy show on a bigger screen. You may stream your music to Airport Express's speaker to enjoy music on a HiFi system instead of the small speaker on your iPhone. That is something which separate APPLE from others. I do know that majority of People out here still using Microsoft Product. But being an APPLE user for 3 years and I would like to say once you into it. You have no choice but to stick with it as nothing else you are going to fancy about.

The price of the software, the way the gadgets worked together, the seamless setting on both hardware and software side, the impact that given to the world of human race... everything that made me LOVE APPLE more and more. And I am not able to imagine a day without Steve around. He is the GOD... cos GOD is a human but doing some extraordinary things. I do hope that he will recover soon and make this world a better place to live.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Use Time Machine to restore setting on New Mac

How to restore a hard drive using Time Machine

When Apple introduced Time Machine with OS X 10.5 Leopard, it became easier than ever to prepare for a data disaster—the only serious effort Mac owners running Leopard or Snow Leopard need to make is to plug in a hard drive. While we hope your hard drive never goes south, if it does actually fail, you'll thank Time Machine for backing up your data.

Time Machine backs up your system settings, documents, and applications, making it easy to not only recover from a failed hard disk, but also to migrate these files to a new computer, or to a hard drive that's faster or has more capacity. Here's how to restore your data from Time Machine.

Step one: Prepare your drive

Unlike some utilities that simply make a bootable clone of your hard drive, Time Machine saves your files, applications, and system settings in a format that can be used to restore this data to a formatted hard drive with OS X already installed.

If you have a new hard drive, or had to erase and repair your old drive, you first need to install Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6 on the drive, using the discs that came with your computer or a retail version of Mac OS X that supports different types of Macs. When the OS installation is done, the system restarts and you're treated to a little tune.

If instead, you've purchased a new Mac and want to transfer your data from an old Mac to the new one, it's a piece of cake. Since the new Mac has a fresh installation of Mac OS X, simply start up the system and the music will start playing.

Step two: Select Time Machine restore

When you've booted off your new installation of Mac OS X (whether on the new computer, new hard drive, or an erased and repaired old hard drive), you'll be guided through the steps to set up your Mac. You'll see a screen titled," Do You Already Own A Mac?" asking if you'd like to transfer your information.

Choose the third option, From a Time Machine Backup. Click Continue.


Step three: Specify a Time Machine backup

Connect the hard drive containing your Time Machine backup via USB or FireWire. The Time Machine backup will show up in a list called Select a Backup Volume. You can also find and restore from a Time Machine backup on your local AirPort network. Select your backup and click Continue.


Step four: Select the information you want to transfer

This screen asks you to choose what data you'd like to restore. It calculates the size of your User folders, Applications, Documents and other files, which can take quite a bit of time, depending on how much data you have. All of the choices are selected by default. Uncheck the boxes of any file types you'd rather not bring over. Click Transfer when you are ready.


Step five: Wait

That's it. Your files will transfer over and when finished, your computer will restart. If you chose to copy over all file types, your desktop picture, dock settings and everything else will appear just as they did on your old hard drive.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Enabling Airprint in Mac OS X 10.6.5

My home printer has just shifted near to my Airport Extreme router. So I was thinking on hocked it up using a USB cable to my router and establish the airPrint function which supported by the latest iOS update. The main motive of this project is to make use of your MAC OS X to build a bridge and connect to the printer. Simple instruction to follow.

By Machmeter. Original by Lionel - 11/11/2010 17:19:01 CET - Category: Apple - Source: 9to5mac

As previously announced, Apple didn't enable Airprint in Mac OS X 10.6.5, therefore blocking the possibility to share a printer with an iDevice running iOS 4.2.
It is however possible to re-enable that option by installing manually the files that were in the last beta:
  • Download the files here: 
  • You will have to install them in an invisible folder called 'usr'. you can make it appear by typing the following line in the Terminal:

    open -a Finder /usr/

  • Copy the content of the folder 'mime' into 'share/cups/mime/' and 'urftopdf' into 'libexec/cups/filter/'

    this is where files should go: 



  • Remove your printer from the printing preferences
  • Reboot
  • add your printer again and activate printer sharing.
  • If everything went well, you'll be able to print from an iOS 4.2 iDevice. Of course, there is certainly a reason why Apple didn't enable the option, and there could be some bug. If you choose to enable Airprint, we advise you to do a backup of your system in order to be able to go back in case of a problem.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

iPhone Backup

Too many of my friends having problem to backup their iPhone when the SYNC pc was down. Here I forwarded a guide for your reference. My suggestion is... don't use PC, please use MAC if you holding an iPhone. It is the best buddy to work with each and other!!!


The iPhone is for sure one of the most popular portable devices for sale now. Endless films and shows can be enjoyed on the iPhone. YouTube videos can be watched on the iPhone. And it is an extremely sophisticated music library, a link is provided to iTunes Store which makes you can download the latest songs  easily. You will ascertain that this tremendous device will be able to let you enjoy countless hours of your your favorite songs, videos.

It’s amazing all the things you can do with an iPhone and it is remarkable how it syncs so easily with the iTunes software. However, Apple made it difficult when you need to backup iPhone when you suffered a computer crash and lost all the data on the computer.

So, what you can do if you want to backup iPhone to a new computer, PC or Laptop?

How to backup iPhone to your friends iTunes?

How to backup an old iPhone to a new iPhone?

The good news is that there are actually quite a few programs that meet this demand now, for both Mac and Windows users.

Here I will show you the tools for you to backup and restore your iPhone.

The best one is iPhone Tool Kits because it is a versatile program for you to backup iPhone.

iPhone Tool Kits – Backup all your iPhone files, including Music, Video, Photos, SMS, Call list, Contacts and iBooks, etc. Its screenshot as follows:

It is a comprehensive tool, which can take roles as iPhone Music Transfer, iPhone Video Transfer, iPhone Photo Transfer, iPhone SMS transfer, iPhone Call List Transfer, iPhone Contacts Transfer, and iPhone iBooks(.epub format) Transfer and so on.

iPhone to PC Transfer – Backup iPhone music, videos, photos, playlists and more. 
iPhone to Mac Transfer)

iPhone SMS Backup – Backup and Restore SMS on your iPhone

iPhone Contacts Backup – Backup and Restore contacts on your iPhone

In this article, we will demonstrate you how to backup iPhone to your Computer with the iPhone to PC Transfer.

How to backup iPhone music, videos, photos, playlists and more
Step 1:
Connect your iPhone to computer and launch the program. The program will search the device automatically.

Step 2: Choose the files you want to transfer, click the ‘Start Transfer’ button.

Step 3: After you clicking the ‘Start Transfer’ button, the following window will pop up; you can choose transferring to computer or iTunes directly. You can set the output fold at settings option before transferring.

Step 4: When the transferring finished, the following window will pop up. It shows that how many files have been done. You can click the ‘Yes’ button to view the output files.

Well, that’s it!
As you can tell, it is very easy to backup iPhone to your computer. Now you can do your own iPhone backup to computer transfer with above guide!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Enable custom screen inside iMovie (from MacLife)

iMovie is a great piece of movie editing software for beginning to intermediate videographers, but did you know it can handle some advanced features like picture-in-picture? This simple trick can improve the professional look and feel of any iMovie project and we’ll show you how you can put a custom logo as a lower third in any of your videos.

What You Need:

>> Mac capable of running iMovie
>> iMovie ’09 (or later)
>> Transparent PNG logo

1. Create a Transparent PNG

The first step is using an application like Photoshop, Acorn, or Pixelmator, and then create a transparent PNG. Wherever there is full transparency in the image, you’ll be able to see the video through the logo. This makes for a cleaner effect than a single blog of color.

2. Enable iMovie’s Hidden Features

iMovie has a deep, dark secret. Okay, it’s not that secret, but there are a few hidden features in iMovie that you must enable to make this how to work properly. Head over to iMovie > Preferences > General and check the box labeled “Show Advanced Tools”.

This will enable various features, including a dual mode toolbar, keywork controls, cutaways, picture in picture, green screen, blue screen, replace modes, and chapter markers.

3. Drag and Drop Your Way to Picture-in-Picture Happiness

After enabling the hidden features, you can now drag and drop your transparent PNG overtop any video footage that you have in the project. When you drop the image on top of the video, a pop up menu will let you select “Picture in Picture.”

After doing this, your image will appear stacked on top of the video file, but it may not appear in the video preview the way you want. This is because we need to tweak the cropping.

To change the crop method, click the small gear icon on the image in the project viewer, then select “Cropping, Ken Burns & Rotation.”

The video preview pane will then change to let you select the cropping method, click the “Fit” option, then click Done.

After doing this, you’ll notice the image in the preview now has selection points on the four corners. You can drag this image around in the video preview window to the position you want. You can also resize the image by clicking and dragging on any of the four selection points. When you are finished, click Done.

You can repeat this process for any clip that you wish to add an image overlay to.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Apple TV 1st Gen Hack (part 2)

To complete with the whole Hack! I have missed out the USB part for a full function APPLE TV as well as playing RMVB on it.


Great, now the combo update has been downloaded to the Documents folder. Go to your Apple TV menu and go NitoTV -> Settings -> Install Software -> Smart Installer

This will take a minute but when its done you can plugin USB drives and your Apple TV will recognize it. Volia!


go NitoTV -> Settings -> Install Software -> Install mplayer Codecs

Please restart your APPLE TV and you will be able to look for your USB drive in the Menu under Nito TV --> Files

Enjoy... Great way to play back all my download which were RMVB extension.

Monday, January 17, 2011

APPLE TV 1st Gen Hack

Today I hacked my 1st Gen APPLE TV. And I got it all working perfectly on my HD TV. Thanks for all the guide below. Just some detail here during the set up of this perfect project.

Using the USB to hack the APPLE TV was an easy job without any problem. Just plug it in and it will hack the ATV automatically. All my MAC devices able to read ATV in the network. May be it was because I am using APPLE airport Extreme router.

Problem facing when I tried to play HD video on it and the format was not supported by ATV. So I went to the menu to install some 3rd party software. I have forgotten the steps that I took. But somehow I ruin it, the menu of the ATV was missing after I installed the "ATVfiles" program. The ATV restarted with the opening video and blank menu. So I took the step below "which located far below this post" to resolve it.

Glad that I managed to get it work once again. And I saved US$99 for 2nd gen ATV whereby my 1st Gen work similar to it with a harddisk inside to keep movies.

The uber USB flash drive creator for the AppleTV. Creates USB flash drive based installers that include patchstick, factory restore and various LInux distributions.

Brought to you by the creators of atv-bootloader and many others.

The Intel/PPC OSX version of atvusb-creator.

The Windows XP/Vista interim solution atv-win

Note that the current version is atvusb-creator-1.0.b13 and

This version is comes with ssh, bin tools, and two plugins (XBMC/Boxee Installer/Launcher and SoftwareMenu). That's right, two full blown OSX applications with their own AppleTV plugin to launch AND get updates. And not only that but previous problems with launching an application into the front under all display resolutions has been resolved.

Remember that some USB flash drives just will not format correctly and if you have problems try another brand. Minimum flash size is 512MB. Follow the GUI and select "ATV Patchstick", make sure to select the correct disk and hit the circling arrows to the left of the drive menu if you insert the USB flash drive after launching atvusb-creator.

The contents of the patchstick will look like the following, if yours does not look similar or is empty, then the creation failed and you need to create again either by pre-formating two hfsplus partitions using disk utility or trying a different brand flash drive. All USB flash drive are different, some work, some do not work.

Standard patchstick rules: create the patchstick on your OSX box, power-down the AppleTV, insert the flash drive, power-up the AppleTV, wait for boot/patching, power-down again, remove flash drive and power up and enjoy XBMC for Mac ( or Boxee for Mac.( Remember that Boxee requires an account so if you don't have one, head on over to and register for an account.

One final note (sure, sure), Both XBMC and Boxee are net installed from XBMC/Boxee launcher so remember to first select "Update" and install the individual applications.

Oh yes, atvusb-creator can be found in the downloads section so have at it and enjoy XBMC and Boxee native on the AppleTV OS.

The other two platform (Linux and Windows) will be released later.

XBMC Launcher-0.8 has been released. Check the Update menu in either XBMC or Boxee Launchers. Not only can the Launcher update the Application but it can also update itself. Next for this version is the XBMC and Boxee Launchers have been combined into one. the launcher update will remove both of the older launchers and remove them with the new one. XBMC/Boxee Launcher issues should be goto

With your ATV unlocked and connected to your local network via either Wi-Fi or Ethernet, you’ll now use the Terminal software supplied with Mac OS X to connect to the box and install Remote HD. Head to your Applications folder, then open Utilities and double-click Terminal to run the app. After a moment, copy and paste the following command into Terminal:

ssh frontrow@appletv.local

Now you’ll be asked for your password, which is simply “frontrow” (no quotation marks). You’ll be connected to your white ATV and can now issue three separate commands into Terminal which will download, uncompress and finally install the Remote HD plug-in. Be sure to hit the Return key after each one!

scp RemoteHelper.tar

tar xvf RemoteHelper.tar


If you happen to get a password request, just type in “frontrow” once more, again without the quotation marks.

Apple TV via Remote HD

After the Remote HD plug-in installs, your Apple TV will restart and you’re ready to go. Open the Remote HD app on your iOS device and after a moment you should see your ATV box appear under the first section, “Computers around you.” Tap on the “AppleTV” selection and the app will connect to the box and you’ll be able to navigate your ATV remotely from the app. Note that the default password is empty, but you can always select one of your own for extra security.

Last but not least, you can open an AirPlay-compatible app, start playing a video and then tap the AirPlay button -- you should now see “AppleTV” as one of your video streaming options. Select it, and in a moment your video will be magically thrown directly to your orphaned white Apple TV box, all without wires.

SOLVING blank screen problem...

You were right, my problem was due to ATVFiles. Things working perfectly after  installing ATVFiles-1.3.0b1.  You can either ssh ATVFiles-1.3.0b1 to Atv or run the following command from terminal  Type:  wget  Once the .run file is on atv you can install from terminal  Type: chmod +x  Type: ./

Friday, January 14, 2011

iPhone 4.3 preview

The mobile hotspot for the iOS will be the most attractive feature that I am looking for. And I was amazed by the multi gesture that implemented on the iPad. But the bad news was the display is going to stay the same. As I was thinking it will be Retina display...

Monday, January 10, 2011

4 quicktime player on one screen

Today I am going to share this DIY project which feature 4 different Movies play on the same screen in different position so that can view it all in one shot.

First of all, position the screen to 4 different corner and grab the full properties of the screen by using the code below

tell application "QuickTime Player" to get the bounds of the first window

You will get a code something like this {0, 22, 660, 394} -- "full properties"

Grab the result and paste on the script below to fulfill the need of the code

set qtMovie1 to "Location of Movie 1"
set qtMovie2 to "Location of Movie 2"
set qtMovie3 to "Location of Movie 3"
set qtMovie4 to "Location of Movie 4"
tell application "QuickTime Player"

open qtMovie1

set the bounds of the front window to {"
full properties of Movie 1"}

open qtMovie2

set the bounds of the front window to {full properties of Movie 2}

open qtMovie3

set the bounds of the front window to {full properties of Movie 3}

open qtMovie4

set the bounds of the front window to {full properties of Movie 4}

-- if you wanted to play all, add in the below code
play documents

end tell

They were kind of lag on my almost 3 years old MacBook. But I am able to multi movie in 1 go... Greedy man

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Script for send email with attachment

I found the script below and modified some of the field. It was a fail script when I ran it at the first time. Then I found out the "as alias" which placed after the attachment field is a must. As the script has to duplicate the object and paste into the email. I am going to automate the script to mail attachment on my desktop to this blog. Safari has an option to save picture on desktop. That is a common task for me to execute as I save image when I browse around the web. Will post it once I able to run it smoothly.

set theSubject to "new subject"
set theBody to "this is the message body"
set theSender to "Simon"
set theName to ""
set theAddress to "receiver email address"
set theAttachment to "Macintosh HD:Users:Desktop:raina.jpg" as alias

tell application "Mail"
set newMessage to make new outgoing message with properties {subject:theSubject, content:theBody & return & return}
tell newMessage
set visible to true
set sender to theSender
make new to recipient at end of to recipients with properties {name:theName, address:theAddress}
tell content
make new attachment with properties {file name:theAttachment} at after the last paragraph
end tell
end tell
end tell

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mac APPS store

Mac App Store

Monday, January 3, 2011

Special Funny Characters on iPhone

japanese smilies for new ios 4

Is the message above look nice? All you have to do is enable the "Romaji-Japanese" input on your iPhone. Go to SETTING --> GENERAL --> KEYBOARD --> INTERNATIONAL KEYBOARDS --> ADD NEW KEYBOARD. And choose from there.

Press on the button "^_^" to see the full list of icon as shown below. Enjoy!

japanese smilies for new ios 4

japanese smilies for new ios 4

japanese smilies for new ios 4
japanese smilies for new ios 4
japanese smilies for new ios 4