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iphone and macbook info to help you – Tips from Daish at Ahimsa-Creative.com

Installing Bootcamp on your new 5k retina iMac

Technically installing bootcamp on any recent Mac should be the same, so other of you using the new retina Macbook Pro or even the Mac Pro can follow these instructions.

You would think that is ts a simple process, but I found it to be quite confusing and annoying, so i decided to make a little guide.

 

In your Applications>Utilities folder you will find Boot Camp Assistant.
like any form of Boot Camp, its a pretty “no frills” affair and they dont make it any more exciting than it needs to be.

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You will need 2 things

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1.Copy of Windows 7 or 8 in an ISO format.

This somehow stands for “International Organization for Standardization”, but forget that ( plus the letters are in the wrong order) . Its just what is known as a “disk image” and usually looks like a small round thing on your desktop once mounted or a file with a picture of a hard disk.

You can create that using “Disk Utility” (which is on your mac already) or other DVD copying software if you have the original, or be sneaky and download it you little devil. Bill Gates is probably in Africa and won’t notice. YOU CAN ONLY USE WINDOWS 7 or 8 as the new imac runs only  64-bit architecture. If you think this is some sort of small lego set, then pipe down and just remember the numbers 7 or 8 (if you can).

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2. A small usb 2.0 thumb drive which is at least 8GB in size.

which will hold the installation. Seems pretty redundant to have to get the installation made twice, but hey, I didn’t design the process. Once this is done you can reuse that USB if you need to install bootcamp on other machines.
Generally I would recommend a funny USB stick that makes it look like a dog is getting busy with your USB port, but as the USB ports are on the back of your imac you may use a boring looking one if you like.

 

3. (optional) An empty external hard disk… if you want your windows to be on an external disk.
or you can use your main hard disk which will be automatically partitioned. 

For most of us, its just easier to use the same hard drive, so its always there when you need it, not that most of us will take our iMacs with us (although it is light enough to and i will probably do that sometimes). One thing to be aware of, is that, in the case of the iMac retina, you will be partitioning a “fusion” drive (25%SSD and 75% HDD), and I’m pretty sure none of the SSD will be part of your partition. I dont have the resources to test this theory but seems very likely than any partitioned area will be from the “furthest” part of the HDD, which allows you to partition and unpartition easily without losing Mac system data.

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I suggest leaving all the options on. Some people say partition your hard disk first and skip the first step. I say they are very silly, or possibly know something I dont. Anyway this is the easiest way I feel.

Before you start this process, MAKE SURE you have the CD KEY for windows handy. If it is in a file on your mac, you WILL NOT be able to access it once your computer reboots in windows. This will greatly affect your happiness and you may have to start again. Just write it on a piece of paper or if you have a second computer please have it readily available

It will give you a warning saying it will erase your USB stick. Throw caution to the wind and let that happen. Then it will go to this screen….. for LOOOONG time. Go have a cup of coffee or other beverage of your choice.

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This is doing what it says I imagine. Let it do its thing. Go and play with your kids, or if you dont have kids, then go play with your girlfriend, and one day you may be able to play with your kids.

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After reboot

Ok, it gets a little confusing here, so just copy what I did. It will show your hard disk with 4 separate partitions. 2 of the are quite small. Ignore them.

I told my mac to partition my hard drive with 225Gb for windows… seems some is lost in the conversion and it went down to 160.6GB. Make sure to check thew sizes of the disks to find the right one. It will also have in capital letter “BOOTCAMP” next to it.Now the next part baffles me. It WILL NOT allow you to install windows on there as it says it is not formatted in NTFS format. How Apple managed to include this flaw is beyond me and so strange as that is the sole purpose of this software. Very silly Apple!

To fix this, just click the “Format” button just below, it will warn you about erasing data. Just say yes and it will only take about 10 seconds to complete.

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Now it still referenced as “Drive 0 Partition 4” but loses its bootcamp name.
Note: when you open the computer up again in OS X when all this is finished, it will still be called “BOOTCAMP” and  will be slightly larger than shown here. Also you OSX partition will recuperate the space… Its all very confusing and I’m pretty sure that it because of the fusion drive. That being said I’m glad I’m chose a fairly large space for it (chose 225GB and ended up with 172GB) as i want me PC drive to be fairly large so as to not come into space issues further down the track and I advise you add 20% more on to what you want to end up with.

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The Setup Process

It will reboot and a tiny windows logo will appear… actually you will realise soon that everything is small on the Windows side.

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The next phase will be to enter your windows PRODUCT KEY. As i recommended before if you have a digital version of it, you had better have it written down somewhere (like I didn’t), or if you have two computers, search it that way. (which I had to do)

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After that you are basically home free. It will install and then go into setup mode.

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After reboot you choose language

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Yes, this is truly how Microsoft see me. Some faceless idiot on a dangerously blue screen.

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And suddenly that allow you to personalise with pretty colors.

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It says many things, and eventually “almost ready” for about 30 mins. It truly is NOT almost ready, but the cycling colors are quite mesmerising.

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 YOU MADE IT

Good on you!!  You successfully installed windows on you iMac.

Further viewing

Here is a really blurry video that some guy called diego made. Its totally different to the method I used as he does each stage separately. Anyway seems to work and may be a good backup for some of you that get stuck somewhere in the middle and need to start over. My technique I feel is more simple for the general user.

An easy way to free up space in OSX Yosemite

So for those of us out there using SSD drives (Solid State Drives) to boot up our macs, which is most of us these days, at the very least for our Startup Disks, you generally have less space than the good old days, so really need to make sure that you don’t waste any space on redundant items.

The average is a 256GB SSD, and as a general rule you need at least 10% free to run at full capacity, and I would generally recommend at least 20% to guarantee performance, especially if you use large Photoshop files, or even use a lot of web browsers with a lot of tabs open.

I was looking through my hard drive for large files and this got my attention immediately as it was the largest folder in my Library folder.

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DICTATION & TEXT TO SPEECH

One of the interesting new features of OSX Yosemite is the “Dictation & Speech” function which allows you to either talk  to your computer and it be converted into text, or it reads text to you. Unless you have a visual impairment, you will be excited by the first one initially, nut in actually fact will probably play with the second option more, at least once when you first get your new OS (it is actually quite fun).

You may forget about that day and carry on with your life never to use it again in many cases.

You can find the “Dictation & Speech” preferences in the “System Preferences” Control Panel.

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DICTATION

Dictation allows you to talk to your mac and have it write down what you say. You can choose to do it live over the internet or allow it to download fully and

TEXT TO SPEECH

This is generally for the hearing impaired, but its always fun to play around with these. You may not realize that each one you use can take up to 400Mb on your hard drive.

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DELETING DICTATION VOICES

This will delete the accents the computer understands. Its about your voice here. im guessing you only need 1, unless you like to talk in silly voices to your computer.

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DELETING SPEECH VOICES

You can turn off the voices, which will then ask you to delete them, but in my experience it did not actually do so. Please see the next section to find out how to manually delete and check how much space you can retrieve.

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 WHERE IS THIS DATA SAVED

You can either use the System Preferences area to delete them, but this doesn’t always work. To make sure, you should check this folder

/System/Library/Speech/

You can see the path at the bottom of the window. Voices are the ones that read to you and will be the most significant in size. I completely deleted the recognizer as it was also large, and its easy to re-download anytime by enabling dictation at a later date. I find that method of writing less eloquent than my typing method. I like the “Lee” voice so i left that one available, so in the end it takes up only 421.7Mb, a total saving of over 2.5GB.

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I managed to get about 2.5GB back, as i had experimented with about 10 different voices. Now to find something else to delete.

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Thanks for reading, and food luck freeing up more space.

Ready to Jailbreak your iOS7 device?

Scroll down to the middle if you just want the software to install the new jailbreak

So as a long term jailbreak user, (since ios4.2 limera1n and greenpOison and later redsn0w) it has been a hard year (but not necessarily a bad one) just having to use a regular non-jailbroken device as you get used to all the fabulous UI (user interface) tweaks that make having Cydia and the jailbreak hacks worthwhile on your device. While being able to “try before you buy” apps on your device is handy (especially if they are really expensive and there are many alternatives) its not the main reason for me to do so. If you just install the UI tweaks (my favorite listed below) you will not be at the mercy of pirated apps from the dodgy app stores and your device will stay secure.

Some of you may have read my review on the previous evad3rs jailbreak called evasi0n – here which i have been using for ages on my iOS 5 iPad and its rock solid (i have another older iPad which is my experimentation ground)

So….. I plan to get my interface back to a more functional level. My Phone used to have so many pirated apps that it was impossible for me to upgrade to the newest iOS . While that was good in a way, as I believe its better to wait as long as possible before updating an iOS, and this teaches you patience and wariness for updating just for the sake of it, it does mean you miss out on truly understanding some of the new key features. As I myself am working on a game to be released on the app store, I want to make sure at least one of my iPads has the latest iOS

If you have purchased Cydia interface upgrades, they will still be available to you in iOS7. Some may no longer be compatible, but the interface upgrades are the ones which get updated first, so you will generally be fine.

As with all jailbreaks. I hope everyone understand the reason for a jailbreak device. You own it. Its yours. You can do whatever you want with it. Don’t be fooled into the government or corporations telling you otherwise. Its your choice to modify anything you own to make it however you want. On the flipside to this, and something we are all learning is that value/currency/payment is a system that is rapidly changing, and the idea of money will too. Until that point the people that make music, software, games etc are still using it. You vote with your dollar, so support the people and companies that you want to survive. Vote with your dollar and pay for the apps that you use. They will appreciate it , and keep making great apps and things that you obviously like. (or you wouldn’t be using it)

soon you can have an iPad that works like this.

The jailbreak iOS 7 news

While Jay Freeman (Saurik) has warned about any early jailbreaks, as he still hadn’t found a stable version of mobile substrate to run on the 64-bit systems, by using the activator install (which allows a whole bunch of new hand swipe gestures onto your device. Evad3rs had partnered up with the dubious Chinese TaiG app store, which has now been severed, thankfully and your jailbreak devices will be safer for it.

its now 2 weeks since i heard that news, and the system seems to be totally stable. I would keep your ears out for any update to mobile substrate as essentially its the gateway to your device and how it interacts with all the jailbreak upgrades. If all this confuses you then dotn get too concerned. the NSA is basically watching you anyway, so I dont see how a little less privacy is going to hurt.

One things we need to be aware of these days is that your iCoud keychain is probably the most important thing on your iPad or iPhone and that will allow someone access to your credit card numbers and other passwords, although apple themselves have also been know to lose a few number now and then. The moral of the story here is, play safe and I would still recommend using a 3rd party password holder like 1password.

How to jailbreak your iOS 7 device

So here is how to actually do it. Its super simple and i have to say evad3rs once again made the easiest JB ever. Much easier than some i have done that take hours. While this takes a while, it’s so easy, you just need to unlock your phone in the middle of the process, so make a cup of tea and read a book (or my blog) while you do it. You should also be sure to disable your 4 digit passcode before you do. Be careful when you do this as you do NOT want it to delete your saved iCloud Keychain passwords. Just click “keep”.

So download from here or go to the main website listed below: DO NOT GO ANYWHERE ELSE there are loads of scams on the internet that get you to install bogus apps. most are harmless and they are just making money out of you downloading apps for them, but some may damage your install and you may lose a bunch of data. Oh and if you can, please backup your device.

Just run the software with your iPad attached to your computer. Thats it. brilliant!

Mac OS

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PC

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or get it from their website – http://evasi0n.com/

you can find out more on their twitter page- https://twitter.com/evad3rs

Heres what it looks like on the iPad once Cydia is installed. Just click on it.

The essential iOS UI upgrades (according to me!)

Activator – Allows any new swipe and tape gestures to open apps, change setting and generally save a bunch of time for things you do often

I used to use hold home button to enable and disable my wifi but now Siri has taken that function i recommend. It actually quote easy to activate and de-activate the wifi now (apple copied the jailbreak activator(with SB settings – see below) design to make their new “control center” so thats no major problem. one handy shortcut I use “double tap the time” for my calendar as that makes more sense. The possibilities are (almost) endless.

Infinidock – allows an infinitely scrollable dock, as well as extra icons (or folders) . I recommend 9 icons for an iPad “otherwise it gets too squishy in portrait mode., you can have another 9 just waiting off the the side. This is by far the best jailbreak app i have ever used. Put folders in here to have almost every app you have accessible in 2 taps. Note: you cant make folders while an app is in the dock. take it out, combine them then bring the folder back into the dock.

Infiniboard – vertically scroll your icons, which helps keep them in more defined groups. Please note: As the new search screen is a pull down menu, if you do make your icon vertical scrolls very long, it will not be very convenient to go back to the top and scroll to the search function. Also of all these tweaks, it seems the most incompatible with iOS67 in the sense that they were designed for different purposes.

Iconoclasm – allows you to add rows of icons on one screen, can be combined with “shrink” to make them smaller. I recommend 5×5

This will also make a big mess.

When you install iconoclasm and infiniboard, be prepared for all your icons to be taken out of their folders and you will need to rearrange all of them. Make sure to do screen-grabs of your screens before installing this upgrade as its a pain in the ass to remember where everything was. Hours of fun getting that all perfect again (maybe) but worth it in the end ( definitely). You will get a warning from iOS7 telling you that it has adjusted your layout to prevent errors.

My solution to the big mess… AHIMSA CREATIVE SUPER TIP!!! Put 9 folders in your infini-dock (or 18 on two screens) to do a simple cleanup of your icons into categories. makes it really easy to put all icons in a group on their own page later. Also its much easier to make folders while in the top row! (as icons often try to slide up, but in this circumstance they are stuck there)

Barrel – make the transition from screen to screen more fun. make it a cube, swirly thing (some are annoying) subtle is good. different is good.

Zeppelin – not functional per-se, just changes your carrier logo to zelda, or batman, or anything better than what it was. I use zelda. Zelda is awesome. its totally free. and awesome. did i say it was awesome?

and this tip

In this picture you can see all 6 activated on my iPad

Note: How to respring? - this is a necessary function that you need to do if iconoclasm or any other crash, or get disabled. without SB settings you dont have an easily available button anymore, so try this in activator – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz7Jq-ytwO0

Where to get these

I purchased all of these through Cydia (yes hackers eat food too!) . All in all for them i paid about 10 bucks. They are easy to get for free- so why?, well i dont have to add any sources to my phone (which is also easy but I dont want to , and im happy to support the jailbreak community, as they are providing us with a freedom that we would surely miss. It also means i never have to back these apps up as they will forever be installed in any Cydia installation i do in the future. This will give you the cleanest and most reliable jailbreak installation without any add-ons. Note: every app you re-install will make you restart your springboard, and essentially reboot the OS. You will have to put your password in every time, which gets tedious but its only say an hour of your life.

apps you CANT use in iOS 7

Folderenhancer – add custome background textures to folders plus add infinite scrolling in folders.

Display out – allows you output the display from your iPad to your tv, although i dont have a connector with a lightning port to hdmi anyway.

Multiflow – im sad about htis as it was the bbest multitasking app on iOS by far… makes all available apps open on screen simutaneously, like expose on your mac. cantr wait until the update this as i hate the iOS multitasking ( whcih doesnt even have “close all’ or “free up memory”. it has not worked since iOS 6, so we may be waiting a long time for this one.

RetinaPad – while this was a true saviour on my old iPad, by automatically (WTF!) upgrading all iPhone games to iPad resolution, amazing!! Anyway since the retina revolution, almost all apps have retina quality now so its no longer needed.

infinifolders – like infiniboard for inside folders… unfortunately we will have to live with the silly 9 item folders for the moment. Also allows folders in folders.

SB settings – while the new apple iOS7 has a pretty nifty “control center” – this still takes the cake because you can make it active any way you want (using activator) and also “free up memory” whihc is very handy. anyway. DO NOT install this as it will kill all your other jailbreak devices ( i tried it and it was true). There is a workaround (see below if you are impatient)

Taking it further

If you do want to take your phone further, you can add sources. there are many things that are available outside of just stealing apps, so for the hgh end users, you may want to give it a go ( and its fun pushing your phone/ipad to its limits, breaking it and starting again, if thats your thing. -

How to add a repo – http://www.ijailbreak.com/cydia/how-to-add-a-cydia-repository/

Top repos for 2014 ( not guaranteeing anything as i haven’t used them) – http://www.cydiarepo.com/257/top-cydia-sources-repos-for-ios-7/

Get activator and SB settings ( I would wait until the update) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i1ZmIySya8

Repos are nto dangerous by adding, its what you can do with the software that can be dangerous. If you cant understand what you are doing you are probably not the kind of person that should be doing it. i know that goes against just about everything Einstein said, but he never jailbroke an iPhone, that i can be sure of.

If you every get stuck and your iDevice you can do a hard reboot bu holding the sleep and power buttons for 5-10 seconds until the screen goes balck. then hold the power button for 3-5 seconds. should get back to a workable state.

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Why not to use third party versions of mobilesubstrate:
http://www.ibtimes.com/mobilesubstrate-ios-7-jailbreak-update-saurik-says-no-eta-release-date-warns-against-unofficial

and the partership of evad3rs and the dubious chinese TaiG app@ store has now been severed, thankfully and your jaiolbreak devices will be safer for it
http://www.ibtimes.com/evasi0n-ios-7-jailbreak-controversy-evad3rs-disable-taig-chinese-app-store-installation-after-piracy

Simple Awesome Screenshots in OSX

So, this is nothing new, but every time you upgrade your operating system this thing seems to revert, and it certainly did happen to me when i recently upgraded to OSX 10.9 Mavericks. I take a lot of screen grabs. I mainly use them for emails (where i dont need to save them), but sometimes i do and I really dont want them hanging around all over my desktop thankyou very much!

By default, they appear on the desktop, but they can be easily told to go to a folder. I keep a “Screenshots” on the desktop for easy referencing. Its always sorted by “Date Modified” descending, so the newest one is at the top. This method works for any version of OSX but i assume you are all upgrading to 10.9 most recently.

Here’s the method for making a nice screenshot folder on your desktop

STEP1

  • Click this link (which will show you some png images of cameras)
  • Click the camera image you like. When it appears bigger and loads right click on it and select “copy image”
  • Go to your desktop. Type ⌘-N to make a new folder – Call it “Screenshots
  • select the folder if it isnt already and type ⌘-I ( to see info) and then hit “tab”
  • type ⌘-V to paste the image in there, Now it looks pretty.That is important, and will help you find it much easier on your desktop.

STEP2

  • click the icon on the top right on your screen. Type in “Terminal” and open this app
  • copy and paste this into the terminal once it has started up and loaded, , then hit “return”

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Desktop/Screenshots

  • now copy and paste this into the terminal, then hit “return”

killall SystemUIServer

It should look like this, except it will have your computer name and user name.

and now you can take a screenshot and test to see if it worked.. It should appear in that folder. To take a screenshot see below.

The Basics of Screenshots in OSX

So while im writing this, i thought I better explain all the options available to you for Screenshots.I do know that many people still do not know how to do this, as people still often ask me what i’m doing when i take screen grabs. So heres the basic deal. You can take snapshots in OSX… (big whoop!) well, yes it is and its basically the most used function i use on it every day. and there are many awesome ways to do it.

There are 3 basic modes

 

Area Mode Presentation Mode Whole screen
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• Selected area (the most useful) • Presentation Mode has a nice drop shadow and no background (makes it look pretty) • the whole screen (only use if you actually need t he menu to be visible on screen)

 

Details of each mode

Window Mode

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In window mode you can draw a box around whatever you want and it will just give you that area… probably the most handy

….although there may be one that I use even more than that. If i only need it temporarily, why waste disk space by saving it, if you hold the “control” key when you click the mouse ( so its ⌘-shift-4, release the keys, hold control, click and draw your box, release the mouse – then ⌘-V when you are in the right program), it will just save it into your clipboard temporarily. You can then paste it into an email, or even into photoshop, which will automatically size the document to the last snapshot you made.

see example

Presentation Mode

-shift-4 (release) space bar (release) click window

This mode does exactly what it says it will. Make a window ready for presentation. You can see how below. It removes all the background, and make a nice drop shadow of the window. Like all Snapshots (unless you change the default) it is in PNG format, which means it contains transparency and the drop shadow will bledn into whatever background you have.

this is the same image put inside an orange table. No ugly white blends here!

Fullscreen Mode

-shift-3

This is fairly self explanatory and does what it says it will do…. I dont recommend this at all as it wastes disk space (by having a large file size) and is generally erdundant and harder to email. If proportionally shrunk down it also makes your target area much harder to see.

So I ope this helped some of you out there to streamline your screenshots. There are other modifications you can make but I generally suggest you leave them alone unless you know what you are doing. Happy Snapping!