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Correct iCloud bookmarks sync between Mac and iOS devices

I upgraded from OS 4.3.1 to OS 5 right after it was released. I really enjoy all the features and this is the only iOS version where I can live without jailbreak it as, most of the feature I wanted from jailbreaked iphone is there in OS 5.

However, few days ago, I realized something was just not working as intended. I realized most of my new bookmarks that I added in my MacBook and Mac Mini Safari browser did not appear at all or appear incorrectly (not in the designated folder, mostly right under the Bookmark root folder). My search over the internet did not give much solutions.

I tried several trial and error, and the one following is the only proven to work best so far:

1. First, disable and choose delete all your iCloud Bookmarks from all your iOS devices (iphone, iPad).

2. Backup your MacBook/Mac Mini Safari bookmarks either by File>Export Bookmarks or just copy ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist into your temporary location e.g. Desktop. ~ indicates your user directory. Access it by using Shift+Cmd+ G in Finder.

3. Now delete the original Bookmarks.plist from the Safari folder in Finder. Then restart your browser. Your browser should now recreate a new default Bookmark where you will be Google, Yahoo! and other default bookmarks.

4. In Safari, File> Import Bookmarks the backup copy of your original bookmarks. This action will create a new imported bookmark folder. You may view that folder containing all your bookmarks at Bookmarks>Show All Bookmarks.

5. Now, the crucial step, drag all your bookmarks from the imported bookmark folder into each folder (Bookmark Bar-for those bookmarks list appear horizontally below your Address bar, and Bookmarks Menu- for those bookmarks that stay within the Bookmarks drop-down menu.

6. You may now delete the old imported bookmark folder. Manually sync your iCloud to update the changes that you made. Try this several times.

7. You may now activate iCloud Bookmarks feature in iOS.

8. Open your iOS Safari browser, wait for moments until your bookmarks reappear according to the their respective folder location.



29/11/2011 Posted by | iPhone, Mac | , , , | Leave a comment

Resolving error 1600 when jailbreaking Apple TV 4.3 using Seas0npass

Just would like to share for those encounter error 1600 when you are using Seas0npass to jailbreak Apple TV 2 4.3.

I always encountered error 1600 halfway throughout the jailbreak process. For your info I am using Mac OS. In fact, I am using 2 Mac OS Lion (MacBook Pro and Mac Mini) to jailbreak the Apple TV. I almost give-up already and actually bought Western Digital WD TV Live!

I tried to figure this out from Mr Google but the explanation available so far related to the cause for error 1600 e.g. it was due to micro usb cable issue, other usb devices connected to the computer just do not work for me. I easily can restore using iTunes to the standard, non-SP firmware even with my computer connected to other usb devices using the same exact cable.

However, last night, suddenly the jailbreak just work! And here I would like to share that experience.

The issue is as from my understanding is the failure of the Apple TV to maintain its DFU mode during the restore process by iTunes. The difference between successful jailbreak and has error 1600 half-way into the process is determined by when you actually release the MENU+PLAY buttons as told by the instruction from the official Seas0npass site.

From my several unsuccessful attempts, this is my observation. You must release holding MENU+PLAY buttons EXACTLY WHEN Seas0npass is showing “Uploading iBSS.k66ap.RELEASE.dfu to device”. Do not release holding those buttons BEFORE that (while Seas0npass is showing “Found device in DFU mode”) or AFTER THAT (while Seas0npass is showing “Restoring in iTunes”).

Take note though that, after each unsuccessful restoring process, you must first “clean” the Apple TV by first restoring to the original, non-pawned firmware. Well, the process may look tedious but promise you that the effort is worthy!

At this screen, connect your Apple TV using the micro USB cable to computer. Start pressing and holding the MENU+PLAY buttons. If still not entering into DFU, release for short while and press again.

Keep holding the buttons!!!

When the progress bar at this screen is more than 50% of its progress, then you must release holding the buttons

Now, just wait and relax to allow the iTunes to restore the new jailbroken firmware.

12/10/2011 Posted by | Apple, Apple TV | , , | Leave a comment

EasyFind: Find file name on Mac OS

This will be the most embarrassing posting for Apple Mac OS X. Mac OS X claims it has a super advanced search tool called “Spotlight”. With all its wonderful search capability, it misses the most basic feature, to find file based on name. Spotlight will not be able to find file if you can not remember the whole exact word of the file name.

That’s why you have to download EasyFind that will supplement the missing feature of Spotlight (or cover the Mac OS embarrassment?). You can download from the developer website HERE.

15/02/2011 Posted by | Mac | , | Leave a comment

On my iphone

27/10/2010 Posted by | Apple, iPhone | Leave a comment

My opinion about my iphone 4 vs my wife Android HTC Legend

If anyone ask me why I like/choose iphone? The first answer is its App Store. This the foremost reason why I use smartphone. If not for the app, I rather stick to the like of standard phone e.g. Nokia (the most boring phone in my opinion, sorry Nokia users)…

I am now using iphone 4. This is my second iphone as I only begin interested to use iphone when they start OS 3.X (starting with iphone 3GS I think). My key reasons that delayed my attention toward iOS device are before OS 3.X, it even does not have copy-and-paste!

My experience with iphone 3GS is actually is mixed. The software is superb, no doubt. But the battery life is just terrible. At my pace of using safari almost every hour, the phone will only last exactly when I arrive home after office (around 7pm). By then, I have to place it on its resting place, to recharge the battery.

Now with iphone 4, I am really happy to see the battery life is very outstanding. At 7pm, it still can retain 30%-40%. The camera also really shock me. The High Dynamic Range (HDR) implementation is really perfect. The difference between standard, non-HDR photo and HDR is very obvious. To test it, please shoot to a scene where there is an extreme brightness level. See example below.












On software, even though my earlier statement praises what Apple did, for iphone to really shine, it has be to be jailbreaked. Jailbreak is the only mean to really unleashe the full capability of iphone 4. In my later posting, I will share how jailbreak will really make your iphone always one-step-ahead of standard iphone.

So, what about Android? My wife use HTC Legend running Android 2.1. Frankly speaking, Android is wonderful. If there is no Apple ecosystem (no Apple Mac OS X laptop), I will go for Android. It is very much cheaper than iphone and no worry about jailbreak, unlock, etc.

What about the app in Android? For me, even though iOS thru App Store do has the biggest number of app compared to others e.g. Android Market, the truth is the app on Android Market is more meaningful. Apps in Android Market allow a lot of customization to your phone. App in Apple App Store are pure productivity, game and similar to that kind of apps. There are no way you can for example change to different type of SMS application (with the exception for web browser, Apple now allow other web browser to be placed on App Store). Only thru jailbreak, then only you will be able to install customization e.g. make new shortcut, access the root folder, make it as wifi router, etc.

In Android Market, you can access a lot of quality app that really improve functionality of your phone. And they are more free app in Android Market compared to Apple App Store.

Hope my article above will help some people to decide between Android or iphone. Blackberry? Sorry babe…I never once own any Blackberry, so no comment.

27/10/2010 Posted by | Apple, iPhone | | Leave a comment