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March 25th, 2011 — Apple
What do you need to get the student pricing on Apple products?
I bought my MacBook at an Apple Retail Store (the cool looking Apple operated stores) and when I asked for the student discount, the store employee asked if they could see a student ID. I was admitted but did not have a student ID yet, so I told them that and they asked me if I could prove that I have access to a campus website/resource that is only available to current students.
I was going to log into the class registration website, I opened the page and was entering my credentials when the employee said that that was enough. So they are not trying to investigate, they just need to know you are student (sometimes they may not even want that).
Other resources that could prove student status would be – acceptance email, my.university.edu website.
Of course you could just go to the online store and go to the Apple (for Education) Store and buy from there.
March 4th, 2011 — Apple, Mac OS X
That beep sound made by the Terminal app on Mac OS X can get really annoying, here is how to disable it
1. Open the Terminal app
It’s located in /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app. Or you could search for Terminal by bringing up the Spotlight search, click on the magnifying glass at the top right corner.
2. Open Preferences for the Terminal App
Once you have the Terminal app open, click on the Terminal menu and launch preferences or use the shortcut Command+comma(,).
3. Choose Settings in the preferences window and switch to the Advanced tab
4. Uncheck the Audible Bell setting
May 15th, 2008 — Apple, Internet, Leopard
Why Update Rails
Mac OS X Leopard ships with Rails 1.2.6 which was the latest version when the OS released. But the rails team has updated Ruby on Rails to version 2.0 (2.0.2 now to be exact). Version 2 of rails brings many new features, updates and fixes. To get your Mac running the latest version of rails, open the terminal and run the following commands
$ sudo gem update --system
$ sudo gem install rails
$ sudo gem update rake
$ sudo gem update sqlite3-ruby
You have to run the commands with the sudo prefix to run them as the super user (equivalent of admin) or you will get a the following error
You don’t have write permissions into the /usr/bin directory.
$ sudo gem update –system – this command updates the ruby gems package manager (this update is required by the latest version of rails)
$ sudo gem install rails – updates and installs the latest version of rails including the dependencies
$ sudo gem update rake – updates the rake tool which is used by rails
$ sudo gem update sqlite3-ruby – updates the ruby sqlite3 bindings, you can skip this command if you don’t use sqlite as your database
You will get visual updates as the update process goes on but if you still feel like testing the update once you are done, type this command in the terminal
$ rails -v
and to get a list of all the gems currently installed on your mac displayed with their version numbers use the following command
$ gem list
If you have any other suggestions or questions about the update, write a comment.
April 2nd, 2008 — Apple, Firefox, General, Leopard, Mac OS X
I had a really bad experience installing Firefox on my Mac so I decided to pen down the detailed instructions along with my experience installing it as a first time Mac user.
Installing Firefox on Mac OS X
Goto Firefox.com, click on the download link and the file should download to your Downloads folder
Open the Downloads folder using Finder and locate the Firefox.2.x.x.x file, double click on it ad you should see this screen
Click accept and in a few moments, the image will be mounted and you will see this window
Now open the Applications folder in another Finder window and drag the Firefox icon from the above screen into the Applications folder
You will see a progress screen for a few moments and you are done installing Firefox
Right click on the Firefox disc image icon on your desktop and Eject
To launch Firefox, double click on the Firefox icon in the Applications folder
For future use, you could drag the Firefox icon from the Applications window onto the dock to create a shortcut
Installing applications is supposedly a trivial task on a Mac but when I tried to install Firefox (my first non-Apple application) I was clue less about how to install it.
It was my Day 1 with the Mac and I already got the hang of Safari so I decided to try the mighty Firefox for a few reasons -
- First its a damn good browser
- Second I was used to it as a windows user
- Third and most important, Firefox maintains a consistent UI across all platforms
Just like everyone else I downloaded the DMG, double clicked on the DMG and it showed me this screen.
What the heck??? What am I supposed to do with this little window?? What does it mean? I was really frustrated, why can’t they include instructions to install the app? I initially thought it was actually a splash screen. Then after playing with the window for a while, I discovered that the Firefox logo is an icon and by the signs I thought I should drag this icon into the white Applications icon in the window. Didn’t work. Tried some googling with no luck then realized that I could drag the icon into a new Applications finder window. And finally there I had it, Firefox on my Mac.
This was in the past and when I was a Mac noob. Now that I know how to install applications (apps), when I think about my first install experience I feel embarrassed. And I wish Firefox developers designed it in such a way that the Firefox icon could be dragged into the Applications icon in the same disk image window rather than the user opening a new Applications window and then dragging the icon into it.
It was actually my mistake, they had install instructions on the download page which I did not notice and closed.
March 10th, 2008 — Apple
I bought an Apple MacBook. Even though its the cheapest Apple laptop I bought and even though I could have got something really more powerful if I chose to buy a Dell or a Toshiba its really cool. Thats no surprise I guess. But I am not sure if the coolness is due to the Mac factor or due to the laptop factor because I have never owned a laptop before. One of the main reasons I like Apple laptops is because of the design (not because of Leopard). By design I mean the hardware design, and by hardware design I don’t mean how the parts are hand picked and fitted together with craftsmanship so that they work seamlessly. By design I just mean the look and feel. Just take a look at it. Its just an inch thick. It weighs just 2.2 kgs (5 pounds). Has a 13.3 inch screen, this might depress some but thats what portability is about, right?
The power adapter (Magsafe adapter) is an innovation in itself. It connects magnetically and unplugs when someone trips over it. It has a slot loading optical drive, there is no drive bay that you need to push.
The main thing where other laptops miss on is symmetry. With a Macbook as with all other Apple products, they are symmetric, the keyboard looks the same from any direction, no out of order special keys, the keys are all equally spaced. Its not just the keyboard, when you look at the laptop from any angle it looks the same. At times I get confused which side the display opens. When I say from all sides, I don’t really mean from all sides, its a cuboid, it can’t look the same from all sides. When you look at a Dell or a HP you can easily say which is the front and which side is the top (when the screen is closed).
But the problem like the others argue is Apple products are expensive. And yes they sure are. The beautiful design has to come with some overhead. Thats business logic.
After a lot of moving back and forth I have decided to get a MacBook. I wasn’t completely ready to get one untill I saw one and felt it with my hands because I was having a feeling that the 13″ screen might be a bit too small. But once I went to the Apple store I was convinced that this is the one for me, its the one im gonna spend the rest of my life(1-2 years) with.
And Apple offers student discounts on select products. Check the Apple online store and compare with the Apple online student store to see the discount. In case you are going to buy at one of the retail stores Apple has, you better check the discounts online because I had some bad experience while buying my MacBook with student discount.