Wednesday, November 24, 2010

iPhone Battery Symbol and then stuck on Apple Logo

If your iPhone shows a battery symbol when you turn it on and then gets stuck at the apple logo there is nothing more frustrating than that. Because in that case your iPhone will not even be detected by iTunes for you to update it to the latest firmware.

This usually happens if your iPhone was left somewhere and the battery got discharged to a level that it had to turn itself off. That is why you see the battery symbol.

To solve this problem you need to follow these steps. These steps are DIFFERENT FROM DFU mode.

1) If your iPhone is connected to the computer disconnect it.

2) Hold the power and home button together and keep holding it. You will see the apple logo and then after some time the screen will go black again. This might take 20 seconds to 5 minutes but do not lose patience. When it comes back you will see the iTunes logo.

3) If you know how to jailbreak it go ahead, if you do not want to jailbreak just restore it and you will have the latest version of iPhone firmware.

I hope this will be helpful to some people. If your iPhone is rather stuck on iTunes logo try steps to recover from iTunes logo.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

SVN repository MKACTIVITY error for Google Code

If you use Google Code and trying to commit for the first time it might fail. The reason being your credentials are not ok. You will get an error that says svn: MKACTIVITY of '/svn/!svn/act......

There can be two problems that can cause this.
1) You did not checkout with https option. If you made that mistake just check it out again in the same directory with https option this time.
2) The username that you are using (your current username for linux) is not the same as your Google Code (or any repository) username. When this happens all you need to do is to force SVN to use your own username.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Internet Explorer is slow on Windows 7

If you installed or upgraded to Windows 7 you might have noticed that the internet is very slow. It takes a few million hours (may be little exhagerated) to load a page. I recently installed Windows 7 on a computer in my school and to my dismay the computer was very slow. It took me little time to figure out the problem but it is not very intuitive.

The problem that makes internet so slow

The problem is with a service that tells the other resources on your network, about your resources. You do not care if people do not use the resources that you own, what is usually the case. The service is called "Function Discovery Resource Publication" and it starts when you boot up your computer. This way it is always runnign giving you a degraded performance experience.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How to set Maxtor Central Axis as a Time Machine or Time Capsule

If you read my last post, you will see how did I set up the drive on Mac, so that I can access it, even though it will not appear on your system as a mounted drive. If you are now able to access the folders the next step is to set it up as a time machine.

There are crude ways of doing it and then there is a very easy way of doing it. I will list the easy way first but if you want to do it the hard way you can do it. All you have to do is to download the automator script and run it. When it asks for the size of the time capsule, just specify the capacity that you want to use. For instance, if your hard disk is 1 TB and you want to use all of it you can definitely use it. This script will create a file (sparsebundle) on your desktop. You need to copy this file to one of the folders on your network drive. To access these folders go to "Go -> Network" and copy this to any of the folders.

Seagte Maxtor Central Axis drive icon does not appear on MAC OSX

I recently bought a maxtor 1TB central axis drive from Seagate outlet to use it as a Time Capsule. I unwrapped it the day I received it and connected it to my router; installed the software and everything worked fine. I created users and set up security and everything that the manual said. However, I was supposed to see icon for a new mounted drive but I do not see it. It took me a little while to figure out what was wrong. Actually, I was not able to figure out what was wrong but I was able to access it to copy files back and forth from my computer and this new network storage server.

If you are at the same position as me, what you need to do is to go to the "Go->Network" menu and you will see your network drive. Open it and you will see the folders; folders are nothing but the users that you created. You can use any of the folders to copy files to and from over wi-fi. I will explain in my next post how to set this drive up as a time capsule.

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