Apple have announced a repair extension program for the following MacBook Pro models to fix video issues:
- MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012)
- MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2011)
- MacBook Pro (17-inch Late 2011)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 inch, Early 2013)
The program starts in Australia and most of the world on 27th of February, but is being tested on Americans and and Canadians from the 20th.
Issues addressed include
- Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen
- No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on
- Computer restarts unexpectedly
You can enter your Mac’s serial number here to check your model, purchase date and warranty coverage.
From lathiat: When using ‘dd’ on Mac OS X, use /dev/rdiskX instead of /dev/diskX and it goes MUCh faster, i.e. 20MB/s versus 2MB/s.
Just in case you want to know how many times you can sit on the couch and run down your laptop’s battery before having to take it to Apple to get it replaced, here are Apple’s battery life specs (hint, <= 1000 cycles).
When you absolutely, positively need to destroy a lot of hard drives, check out these solutions from eDRsolutions and Bow Industries . Or BBQ your hard drive above the Curie point (taking precautions against the fumes of course!), or drive a nail through it (safety goggles and or face shield).
If you’re a user of Lingon to generate your launchd plist files you can now find it on the Mac App store (US$4.99), where presumably it’s now being more regularly maintained than it has been recently (it was crashing for me…)
Alternatively there’s now a web based “OS X launchd property list generator”
Of course, now that Apple’s deprecating Java, that’s probably going to annoy the folks
Having thought about what I actually use Java for on Mac OS X (now that Apple’s indicated it’s deprecated). Probably the main ones are
- Eclipse (Free development environment for many languages, not just Java)
- NeoOffice/OpenOffice (Free alternatives to Microsoft Office)
- GanttProject, a free Gantt charting and project management app
- FreeMind, a free mind mapping application
I guess I’ll just have to fire up Java under Windows in Parallels? I guess if I’m happy to give Google all my information I could replace my use of NeoOffice with Google Docs.
Apple’s recently released Java for Mac OS X Update 3 includes the following information in the developer release notes:
As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Mac OS X, is deprecated.
This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the same level, and may be removed from future versions of Mac OS X. The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products.
The Edible Apple has a collection of Mac references in Futurama.