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Meet Apple, the old Microsoft

Meet Apple, the old Microsoft

So, the Apple October 27th event is now in the recent past and a lot of us were really waiting to have the first look at our potential next laptop.
The event was focused mainly on the Touch Bar a new touch screen above the keyboard of the new MacBook Pro line that occupies the spot where once the old function keys (F1, F2, etc.) slept for so many years.  The touch bar implementation is genius, it really looks great and Apple taking most of the time of the event just on this feature, showed us how proud they felt about it or that this was all the innovation we were going to see on the event. They also added the long waited Touch ID sensor to the MacBook, which for me should have already been there at least a generation back.


MacBook Pro and Yosemite wifi problems

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!

Dell U2713HM full resolution problems on OSX Mavericks

Dell U2713HM full resolution problems on OSX Mavericks

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

Retina MacBook Pro, how to manually switch video cards and save battery

Retina MacBook Pro, how to manually switch video cards and save battery

73486I purchased the latest MacBook Pro retina in November 2013, its the 15″ version which has two video cards on it, an Intel Iris and an Nvidia 750M if I recall correctly.
Its nice to have two video cards because you can do more graphic hungry stuff without having to use another computer, but there are times where you really need as much battery as possible, and you don’t want any application to trigger the power hungry Nvidia 750M. (more…)

My first days with the MacBook Pro Retina (late 2013)

My first days with the MacBook Pro Retina (late 2013)

IMG_7203 (Copy)As you might have read some time ago I decided to switch to Mac, I`ve been a Windows user for 17 years now and I support them, configure and manage them for work. I wanted to have the experience of OS X on Apple hardware first hand and so I purchased a Mac Book Pro Retina 15″ which was announced in October 22nd Apple event and I received last Friday.

My first impressions are great, its an incredible well built machine. Its design is really beautiful and on the inside it seems to be very powerful. I opted for the Quad Core 2.6 Ghz. version with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD drive. I am really happy till now although I didn’t have the opportunity to do much with it. (more…)