Upgrade MacBook Pro 13″ (Mid 2010)

After the battery of the laptop died and bloated even the case of the Mac, I felt like I have to do something. However, with the proper guides this is no problem at all. So I did

  • Change the battary (guide on ifixit.com)
  • Upgraded to an SSD disk (guide on ifixit.com)
  • Added RAM (guide on ifixit.com)
    • If your RAM modules have a higher frequency then your machine can handle and your Mac get stuck in the middle of the boot process, try to upgrade only one module. This will help (gives you a bit more memory, but keeps your machine running), at least until you have proper modules.
  • Install the new mac OS Sierra using a bootable USB stick (german guide on macwelt.de)

Jailbreak old iPad 1(with 3G) to use it as phone (using a Mac with Yosemite 10.10.4)

I would like to turn my old iPad one (with 3G) into a phone. All you need to do install an app called [Ac!d]TelePad from the author Bassem Kassem (of course a SIM card allowing for calls is required).

The only “problem” is, that this is a Cydia App, not an App-Store App. Cydia is an alternative Appstore and you have to jailbreak your iDevice in order to use it.

Searching for iPad 1, iOS 5.1.1 (which is the latest supported version for iPad 1) and Jailbreak will ultimately lead you to GreenPois0n Absinthe 2.0.4, which seems to do a great job, but did not run on my Yosemite mac. The app opens but just disappears without any feedback.

Searching for another little while brings up redsn0w_mac_0.9.15b3 (e.g. from here). According to its readme file it is a

a lightweight, multi-platform jailbreaking, unlocking and customizing tool for the iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone4, iPhone4S, iPod touch 1G, iPod touch 2G, iPod touch 3G, iPod touch 4G, iPad1, and iPad2

I started the app (after making a backup of the iPad and resetting it). It worked just fine. Afterwards I could install all previous settings from the backup. The iPad worked as before. Just one difference: Cydia is now installed on my iPad.

In Cydia I added the resource http://BassamKassem.myrepospace.com. Doing this one can simply search for the app  [Ac!d]TelePad, install it and then you can use your old iPad as phone 😀

IPad/IPhone: Photo Stream Viewer – Browse Pictures from Ftp-Connected Servers

If you have a picture gallery on a ftp server, e.g. your NAS in the home network, you can simply browse (you do not have to copy the pictures to your mobile device first and then watch the copied files) through the pictures using this app : Photo Stream Viewer.

Cool idea, really like it!

Installing Inkscape on OS X 10.8.4 using Homebrew

I really need a nice vector graphics program on my mac. As “free” option I like to choose Inkscape. On my previous machine I installed it as binary (from the inkscape webpage I guess). Now I would like to install it using Homebrew (“the missing package manager for OS X”). Assuming you have homebrew installed (installation requirements here), you also need XQuartz installed, an X Window system for OS X. Continue reading

Surviving Mac OS X bash terminal with Midnight Commander (MC)

Yess, that is the way to get my mc back to mac!


As written here: https://github.com/mxcl/homebrew/wiki/Installation you should install at least the Command Line Tools for Xcode (https://developer.apple.com/downloads) if you not already have Xcode installed.


Abstract : Midnight Commander (MC) is one of the few tools I’m still using since I’ve been inducted into software engineering more than 10 years ago (for comparison I’ve changed 5 integrated development environments (IDE) ). MC is classified as “a visual file manager” but for me is something much more, it’s an engineering booster. In fact it’s my fist IDE (MCedit supports color highlighting for various programming languages). In short, MC is one of those few things that changes your world. That’s why I’m going to show you how you can painlessly integrate MC with Mac OS X bash terminal.

Goal : Configuring Midnight Commander under Mac OS X bash terminal

Acknowledgement : My gratitude goes to the open source community and especially to:
Miguel de Icaza – creator of Midnight Commander, Gnome, Mono, Gnumeric (and I guess other cool stuff)

Let’s get started!

Installation: I’m a huge fan…

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