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2015, the return of Microsoft?

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Desktops & Laptops, Opinion & Ideas, Strategy | 0 comments

I still remember that day in 1995 where Windows 95 was launched. I was 15 years old, and I already started my passion for technology. The day of the launch in Argentina, I went to the biggest computer store at that time, and purchased the 17 Floppy disks version of the Microsoft Operating System, I wont forget the feeling waiting for the eternal bus to get me home to start the installation.

Those were the days were Microsoft and Bill Gates were news every week. Not only because of Bill’s amazing fortune, but because Microsoft was getting bigger and bigger delivering new versions of the software that was present in almost every computer of the world. Those were the times where they even saved Apple from going bankrupt in 1997.

As a consumer and tech fan, the enthusiasm I felt for Microsoft on those times, was something I never felt for any of its company products again. In my own opinion, Microsoft has been failing over and over again during Steve Ballmer’s “reign” by successfully promoting their customers to look aside and some of them started to migrate to a now stronger Apple.

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MacBook Pro and Yosemite wifi problems

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Guides & Help | 0 comments

Hi all, I am having problems on my own Retina MacBook Pro 15″  and also on my wife’s which is a 13″. For some reason sometimes the wifi speed is good, and sometimes is really bad.

Here you can see a complete test I shooted today with my iPhone 5S camera, please share your comments in case you have the same issues or if you know what the problem could be. Thanks!

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FIX: Google Apps “A server error occurred and we were unable to save your last change”

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Guides & Help | Comments Off

Today I was working on a Google Spreadsheet with my Google Apps for work account from work, I was adding multiple images to it. Suddenly an error appeared:

“There was a problem, a server error occurred and we were unable to save your last change. We are restoring your spreadsheet to its previous state.”

The spreadsheet was not getting the latest changes saved and entered into an endless loop of the same error popping up over and over again.

I tried several things I came up with, plus some other suggestions I found online. These are the things I tried and didn’t solve the issue:

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One Plus One invitation giveaway

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Fun | Comments Off

In just 2 days I am going to giveaway an invitation to purchase a One Plus One mobile, to enter the draw you just need to:

1) Enter ITCentralPoint.com and share any post you like over Twitter by using the Twitter share button at the bottom of the post.

2) In 2 days we will select a random winner and contact him over Twitter to send him the invitation, if there is no reply within 1 hour, we will select another person.

Spread the word to get more chances over Twitter by using the hashtag: #ITCentralPoint

This simple!

UPDATE: The Winner of the OnePlusOne invitation has been @Humberto_LiSa, congrats!

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iPhone 6 bendgate compared to a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Mobile & Tablets | 1 comment

It seems this time Apple is in real trouble, as you may have heard, several buyers of the iPhone 6 Plus have complained about having issues with their phones while wearing them on their front trousers pockets or while sitting on them when carrying them on their back pockets. The problem is that after exposing these phones to some normal wearing pressure, they start to bend, and the #BendGate was born. I can understand if it bends if you sit on it, but not if you use it on your front pocket…

Yes, the company that you thought would never have a problem like this, because of their design and fabrication “High standards” is actually having a problem that will definitely have a negative effect on their image.

I personally would have never thought that Apple would have an issue like this…clearly, they could have done better and maybe focus on testing their phones properly instead of being focused on the secrecy part.

I don’t understand how companies of this size, with thousands of people working on the project and millions of dollars invested in R&D have this type of problems. You have to remember, the iPhone 6 Plus 128 GB costs almost USD 1000, so I think you should expect top quality for this price. Its going to be interesting to see if their stock value will be affected by this. Apple didn’t comment on the matter till the moment I’ve published this post.

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Apple: One More Thing…about your streaming

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Apple | Comments Off

When Apple announces something, all of us who love technology really take it seriously and we are very anxious about the announcements, about how a company like Apple will shake the market with some innovative product, or how we will start drooling about getting that marvelous product they are about to make public.

Since the death of Steve Jobs a lot of people think or thought that Tim Cook was not good enough for the role, and that Apple would not be able to innovate anymore. I think they are wrong, I think that although they are different persons, Apple has an amazing team of people that will continue to make great products to enrich people’s lives (as Tim Cook would say it).

But when a company like Apple (the company with the highest value in the world), decides to live stream an event like the one of the last 9th of September 2014, they need to make sure they have their things in order to be able to fulfill the millions of requests they know they will get on such a date.

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Apple iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay – Sum up

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Apple | Comments Off

I wanted to wait some days before actually writing something about what Apple has announced, I think letting some water flow under the bridge before writing brings a little bit of more objectivity, and I hope thats the case of this post.

As you may have heard, Apple announced several things on their September 9th 2014 event in California:

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Two new versions of the iPhones, one with a 4,7″ screen and another with a 5.5″screen called “Plus”. Both models bring the new A8 processor, more screen resolution, improved camera and they come in 16, 64 and 128 GB. Yes they don’t offer anymore the 32GB version which was an odd choice, I would have expected them not to offer the 16GB model, but thats the way it is. Both models finally offer NFC that (for now) will only work with Apple Pay, something I will talk about below.
The main difference between the two models (besides the obvious bigger screen) is that the Plus version offers optical image stabilization for the camera, something that will improve your shots when your hand shakes a bit!.

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How to always carry an Apple Lightning plug with you

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Apple, Mobile & Tablets, Reviews | Comments Off

Since Apple introduced the lightning connector on their devices, it has been a very nice experience. You dont have to figure out on which side the connector should be plugged because it would work either way (contrary to the micro usb plug).

Unfortunately, not everything that shines is gold, and I found myself in several situations where I would love to have a lightning adapter with me.

You probably feel identified with this situation: You are on a place where several people around you only have micro usb chargers so you can’t charge your iPhone :(. Lets face it, its really uncomfortable to carry a 1m cable on your pocket, and even so, remembering to always take it with you is another hassle.

In Europe, the micro USB connector has been set as a standard for mobile devices, so Apple is obliged to at least sell an adapter that would allow you to use any micro USB cable with their lightning devices. I wanted to test this, and today I received the Apple adaptor I purchased online.

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Review: Henge Docks Retina MacBookPro dock

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Desktops & Laptops, Reviews | 4 comments

Today I received the long awaited Retina MacBook Pro 15″ dock from Henge Docks, I must say I am surprised with the quality of the materials they used on the construction.

It looks sturdy and the finish of the aluminum makes it looks as an extension of the laptop itself. Although I created my own USD 2 DIY dock some time ago and I’ve been using this since I purchased my first late October 2013 rMBP, I was waiting for this particular dock because I don’t have to plug or unplug any cables at all to use it.

As you can see, the dock incorporates all the connectors for this MacBook Pro model, and all the cables to connect your stuff go down as you can see on the second picture.

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Easily convert .webloc files to .url in OSX

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Guides & Help | Comments Off

Its been several months since I moved from the Windows world to the MAC world (at least at home). But until today, one of the things that annoyed me a lot was the fact that everytime I dragged and dropped a website URL to my desktop to access it later, a .WEBLOC files was created. These files are compatible with Safari Mac Browser, but Windows doesnt know what to do with them. I needed a solution to be able to open the shortcuts of pages I create with both Windows and Mac computers.

So after searching online I found this post on Apple Forums, where a good samaritan called MarkDouma created a free little application called Webloc Finagler for OSX to just drag and drop the Webloc files and the app will convert them to  .URL files. The created files will be pointing to the same website and fully compatible with both OSX and Windows :).

You can download the little App for free from this direct link.

One more time, Apple decided to go out from a widely used standard and create their own. If Apple really wants more people on board, they have to makes easier for Windows users to feel tempted on migrating. I am in favor of creating new standards if they actually are better, but you cant ignore what already exists, it must be backwards compatible too.

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How to fix Snagit to correctly paste images in GMail

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Guides & Help | Comments Off

Sometimes you want to paste a captured image with Snagit into a Gmail new mail and you just see an empty box instead of the image. The problem is the depth of the image captured by Snagit, and here is how to fix it.

For existing images you already captured you can do the following

In Snagit Editor (while watching the image you captured and can’t paste in Google Mail), go to the tab “Image” and then go to “Color Effects” then choose “Color Depth” and then change the drop down menu to “True Color 24 bit”.  Now you should be able to paste the images without any trouble in Gmail.

If you want to make this change permanent for all the images you capture

Go to the capture profile settings, choose the little arrow beside “effects” and then go to “Color depth” and choose “Custom color depth“, set it as “True Color 24 Bits” and to end click Ok.

From now onward, every image you paste in Google Mail will work.

 

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How to make a full backup of your Google stuff

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Cloud & Online Services | Comments Off

Ever wondered how to download in easy steps all your stuff at Google?

Easy! Just point your browser to www.google.com/takeout and select exactly what you would like to download.

Start by clicking on “Create an archive”  and then choose exactly on the items you would like to have an archive file created.

When the file is created, Google will let you know so you can download it to your computer or you can enter again the address mentioned before to see your already created archives.

Works like a charm! and you have everything backed up on your own computer :)

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Solar freaking roadways!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in New Tech | Comments Off

I´ve supported a project in Indiegogo which objective was to get 1 million dollars, it already passed 2 million.

This is because the idea (which has already been tested in practice) its to convert all roads into solar roads by installing panels on top or as the replacement of the asphalt.

The idea is amazing, and although it sounds like science fiction it would be great if the whole world focuses on this technology. Their estimations for USA is that if all the roads would be replaced with solar roadways, they could generate 3 times more the energy the country needs to work.

Imagine clean energy and free for everybody. How far the lobbyists will allow this to move forward? We will never know, but definitely its something all governments in the world should keep an eye at.

Check this catchy video below:

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Microsoft LifeCam Studio webcam on Mac OS X

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Apple, Guides & Help, Reviews, Soft | Comments Off

I was struggling with my Microsoft Lifecam Studio webcam because it was not working properly.

I have a Retina MacBook Pro 15″  (late 2013) and I test the camera with the PhotoBooth app on Mavericks. All I was able to see was a super burned white-colored image.

After researching online for solutions I came across this program on the App store that costs USD 8. I must say, it was worth it, because from the moment I installed it, the problem was solved. Now I am able to use my camera without any troubles.

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DIY: Make a vertical laptop stand with a USD 2 napkin holder

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Desktops & Laptops, Guides & Help | Comments Off

napkinholderSome days ago I received my new 27″ screen to place on my desk together with my MacBook Pro. And I knew that once I had the screen, I would have to make some space on my desk. The main idea is to save space by placing your MacBook laptop in vertical position and not how you would normally use it. As I will only use the 27″ thunderbolt screen when at home, I won’t need the laptop to watch its screen anymore…

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Dell U2713HM full resolution problems on OSX Mavericks

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Apple, Guides & Help | Comments Off

Yesterday I purchased a Dell U2713HM a 27″ display that gives me up to 2560×1440 resolution.

I connected it with an HDMI cable to my Retina MacBook Pro 15″ (late 2013). At first it didn’t work as expected, and I was getting “only” full HD resolution, I knew this was a possibility because I was not using the correct cable. You need a Mini Displayport to Displayport to get the full possible resolution, I purchased the cable but didn’t arrive yet.

Today the cable arrived so I plugged the new screen to my Mac, and surprise! It didn’t work either. :(
I was getting a strange resolution, and then I was able to get full HD again, the most, but not the full juice.

I started reading online and found a lot of suggestions, unplug, restart, reset SMC and more. I realized my laptop was almost new, and I could call Apple support. So I did, but unfortunately Daniel, the support representative was as lost as me. While he put me on hold (he was asking somebody else), I found the solution online.

It seems the EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) in Mavericks was not right for my new monitor (I also read this solves the problem for other Dell Models U2711 & U2713H). Fortunately, from this link (I also made a mirror here just in case) I could download a ZIP file  which contains the correct EDID for these Dell monitors.

I just download the file, and uncompress it. Then copy the folder to the following path: /System/Library/Displays/Overrides. Then restarted and the display will work as it should have the first time, full 2560×1440 no problems!

Note: In my case, I got a bad start first, and then the computer started correctly so everything was ok. I’ve noticed it took a couple more seconds than what a normal reboot would take.

Just when OS X was restarting, Daniel (the Apple supporter) came back to me. I explained him what I just did and he was surprised of the solution. I gave him the information and he told me that he will report it so the engineering team can prepare an update for Mavericks.

For the time being, you have the tip here, hope this can solve your problem the same way it did for me. Now, I am enjoying full resolution on my 27″Dell screen :).

This is the model of my Mac, just in case somebody es interested

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TeamViewer a tool with hidden costs

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Desktops & Laptops, Opinion & Ideas, Reviews, Soft | Comments Off

Several years ago, I believe 2009, I purchased a license of TeamViewer 4, we were looking for a tool that would allow us to provide remote support to our customers without the hassle of opening firewall ports. So after testing several tools at that moment, we decided to go for TeamViewer.

The application has always been expensive for our taste as a small company, but all in all, you paid one time fee every year and a half or two and you would get a very good tool with all the updates. We kept on upgrading until version 8 which was working fine for us with exception for one thing.

In version 7 & 8 they introduced the possibility to support remotely Samsung devices. It was fantastic, because we would be able to see exactly what our customer was seeing on their phones on our own screen. This allowed us to connect and help them with their mobile requirements too. So we encouraged all our customers to get Samsung Android devices because they would benefit from us to provide them support. Hey! I even made my father purchase a Samsung Galaxy S3 so I could help him with his device remotely.

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Review: China dock for iPhone 5 & 5S compatible with a case

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Mobile & Tablets, Reviews | Comments Off

Some days ago, I wrote about how Apple is making their own docks for iPhone 5 and 5S incompatible with their own phones if the device is inside one of their own cases.

On that post I commented that I found a dock in China which seems to offer what I was searching for. Today I received it and I must say, ITS GREAT!

It comes beautifully packaged in a box with protective material. The quality is amazingly great, and it comes in Black or White.

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How to insert images from Google Drive into a Google Spreadsheet cell

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Guides & Help | Comments Off

I discovered this today and its very useful, so I decided to share it with everybody.

Till now I was able to insert an image in whatever region of a Google Spreadsheet by going to “Insert” > “Image“. But this wasn’t fixing the image to the cell you wanted to place the image to.

As explained on this Google Drive help link, you can enter a URL of an image directly into a cell like this:

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Petition: Google please allow us to always show the subject of an email in Gmail

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Desktops & Laptops | Comments Off

Every time you want to reply or forward an email in Gmail you cant easily see the subject. To edit it or see it,  you have to go through a couple of clicks to show the subject and then you would be able to edit it.

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