Downgrading From 10.6.6 Build to 10.6.6 Released Version

Downgrading From 10.6.6 Build to 10.6.6 Released Version

Scenario :If You have installed build versions 10.6.6 then once release version you wanted install the released version 10.6.6. It won’t allow you to install. It will give you a error “ The system doesn’t not meet the minimum requirements. If you update from software update server it wont show you the released update

Solution : Please open the 10.6.6 Build folder and there you will see two packages named 10.6.6 update and Reviser. Install Revisioner  Client.pkg from that image.

It will degrade previous released versions. For example it will degrade to 10.6.5

After you can easily upgrade to latest 10.6.6 releases versions


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Some time PPTP- vpn is not working in Snow leopard

Some time PPTP-Vpn not working.In system pref it shows it is connected but not able to connect to internal networks

Solution: Please delete all the conents of following folder and then restart

/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration

Download You tube and other Video in Safari

Ever wanted to download a YouTube video to watch later? No need to purchase third party applications or plugins, this feature comes built right into Safari. Start the video in Safari and hit ⌘+Opt-a to bring up the activity window. Then simply find the largest file (usually multiple MB) and double click it

Mactracker: Find Out Everything About Any Mac

Have you ever tried to hunt down technical information about your Mac? This can be quite the daunting task to someone who isn’t particularly familiar with Macs. But fear not, whether you own a brand new MacPro or a 1997 Apple Quicktake 200, today’s app will tell you everything you need to know about it.

Below we’ll introduce you to an awesomely helpful application called Mactracker. You’ll get to see what it does and learn about why you should download it today and never delete it.

 

A Magic Application

What is the serial number on your Mac? When was it manufactured? What type of RAM does it take? What graphics card does it have? Did that Blueberry iMac that’s collecting dust in your basement come standard with an Airport card?

Whether you’re a serious techie or you have no idea what all those questions even mean, you should be able to find out the answers. The reason is that these mundane facts become vital information when it comes time to upgrade or repair your Apple products.

In an ideal world, there would be some magical Mac application that knows just about everything there is to know about almost every Apple product ever created. This application would be free to download and easy for even non-nerds to use. Wouldn’t that be something?

As it turns out, this fantasy app is actually a reality, and it’s called Mactracker.

Meet Mactracker

Despite its seemingly mystical existence, Mactracker is a pretty plain looking Mac application. The interface is split up into two primary sections: the navigation on the left and the list of models on the right.

screenshotMactracker Interface

Clicking on “All Models” will show you a list of every Apple product that Mactracker has information on. As you can see in the screenshot above, mine currently has data on 520 models.

At the bottom of the window, there’s a search bar that allows you to quickly filter the results. To see more information about a specific model, simply double click it to open that model’s dedicated window.

screenshotModel Information Window

As you can see, each window contains a small image of the product in the upper left and a number of different sections for the available technical information.

These tabs make it easy to quickly locate specific types of information for the model in question. Here you can see everything from benchmarking stats to historical data. One particularly great feature that nerds will enjoy in this window is the old startup and death chimes for Macs dating all the way back to 1984. Clicking the buttons shown below will play the audio clips.

screenshotMac Chime Audio Clips

The included timeline of Apple product releases is another excellent nostalgia-producing feature.

Finding the Right Information

To illustrate how to use Mactracker, let’s go through a typical example. Let’s say we want to upgrade the RAM on my 2007 White MacBook.

The first thing we want to do is locate the right model in the library. If you actually happen to be on the Mac you want to find information for, Mactracker is smart enough to help out with this search.

Simply click the item on the left that says “This Mac” to see a list of possibilities. As you can see in the image below, Mactracker knows I’m on a Macbook but isn’t quite sure if it’s the 2006 or 2007 model.

screenshotThis Mac

Fortunately, I know I’m on the 2007 model so I can just double click that model to open the info window.

Alternatively, if you’re not sitting at the Mac you want to look up, you can just use the categories to find the proper model. The categories are broken up into Desktops (iMacs, Mac Pros, etc.), Notebooks (iBooks, PowerBooks, MacBooks, etc.), Servers (XServes), Devices (Mice, Keyboards, iPhones, iPods, Apple TVs, etc.) and Software (operating systems only). Each of these is then expandable into subdivided categories as shown below.

screenshotBrowsing By Category

Once you drill down far enough that the list of models becomes manageable, you can then select your specific model.

Model Information

Now that we’ve found my Mac we need to identify the tab that contains the info we’re looking for. Since we’re upgrading the RAM we’ll go to the Memory/Graphics section.

screenshotFinding the RAM Specs

As you can see, I have two slots that take 200-pin PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 SO-DIMM RAM. Now I can use this information to search for RAM on the web.

You can option-click on text in Mactracker to copy it to the clipboard. This makes running a Google search for the info above super fast.

My Models

Another neat feature in Mactracker is the ability to create a list of all the Mac’s that you routinely work with. This is perfect for small businesses or IT departments that need to keep track of a list of products.

To add a product to your list, click on “My Models” on the left then hit the plus button on the bottom. This should bring up a window like the one below.

screenshotMy Models

Here you can fill in specific information about a Mac. To auto-fill this content from the current machine, hit the button on the bottom that says “This Mac.”

If you enter your Mac’s warranty information, Mactracker will keep your models divided into three categories: those in warranty, those leaving, and those out of warranty. This is an awesome feature for quickly checking to see if a failing product is covered.

Smart Categories

Mactracker allows you to extend the categories section by creating your own “Smart Categories.” These function just like most Smart Folders inside of OS X: you simply create a few criteria and it does the rest.

screenshotSmart Categories

Mactracker allows you to choose from a large list of criteria that includes all kinds of hardware and software options. You simply drag these criteria from the list to the area below and then the enter the specific text of the attribute you want.

For instance, in the example above I created a category that searches for Macs containing Firewire 800 ports whose default OS was 10.6. This is helpful if you need to quickly see which of your machines has an Airport card, Bluetooth support, etc.

Comparing Models

One final feature of Mactracker that I only just found while writing this review is the ability to quickly compare two or more models. To do this, select as many models as you want from the list and hit Command-K.

This will bring up the window below showing a side-by-side list of the specs for each model. If you want something simpler, in the preferences menu you can change this list to only show the differences between the models.

screenshotComparing Models

 

Run Windows Apps on Your Mac Free With Wine Bottler

Have you ever wanted to install a Windows application on your Mac?

there some apps like cross over provides the same feature but It is Paid one.

The problem with running Windows applications on your Mac is that it usually requires various complications such as hard drive partitioning, installing a full on Windows environment, and/or expensive software like Parallels. But what if you just need to run one application and don’t really want to mess with all that other stuff?

Enter WineBottler, a free and easy way to wrap a Windows application into something that will run natively in OS X

Installing WineBottler

The obvious first step is to visit the WineBottler website to download the application.

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Once you’ve downloaded the app, run the dmg file. This will mount the disk and pop open a window containing two applications: Wine and WineBottler. Throw both of these into your Applications folder.

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X11 and Prefixes

Before we go any further, a little bit of explanation is necessary. This can all get pretty nerdy and technical so I’ll try to keep it as basic as possible.

As mentioned before, WineBottler doesn’t run Windows applications but instead wraps them in such a way that they’ll run on OS X. This is accomplished through the magic of a utility calledX11.

Throughout the process of running and installing applications, you’ll probably see X11 pop up in your dock. If so, leave it alone. It needs to do its thing for all of this to work.

Now for some jargon. When using WineBottler, almost everything will revolve around “prefixes.” The easiest way to think of these is simply as Windows applications. So when you see something referring to default or custom prefixes, remember that’s just referring to applications that you can install.

Installing Default Prefixes

Now that you have a rudimentary knowledge of how it all works, open up WineBottler. You should see three different options on the left: Existing Prefixes, Install Predefined Prefixes and Create Custom Prefixes.

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Click on the predefined prefix option to bring up a list of applications. This is essentially a bunch of free software that you can install quickly with barely any effort.

As a web developer, I often have the need to test the sites I build in multiple browsers. Being a Mac user, it’s easy for me to hit Safari, Chrome and Firefox, but let’s face it, those aren’t really the browsers that are going to give me trouble are they? The good old Internet Explorer family is where the real troubleshooting usually occurs. For this reason, I was quite happy to see these applications in the list!

To install one of these applications, simply click on it and hit “Install.” You might want to click the “Silent Install” option as well. This can save you a few clicks down the road.

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In my experience, this process can either be surprisingly fast or astoundingly slow. If it seems like it’s taking a while, take a break and come back. And I don’t mean check your email for a minute, I mean go mow the lawn and take your kids to soccer practice because it’s going to be a while.

Once the installer is finished, the application should be sitting in your designated folder. It will appear just like any other application and requires only a double click to run

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Running the applications can be a little weird, but they’re functional for the most part. A few things I’ve noticed being strange are keyboard shortcuts like copy and paste being remapped and scrolling with momentum getting completely out of control in some apps. Otherwise everything seems to work just fine and it merely feels like your Mac got hit with the ugly stick.

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Installing Custom Prefixes

It will often be the case that the application you want to install isn’t in the list of predefined prefixes. Fortunately, WineBottler has you covered. If you don’t see the app you want, click on the option to install custom prefixes.

Make sure you’ve got the windows app downloaded so that the .exe file is easy to find on your Mac. Now hit the “select File” button at the top of the window and navigate to that file.

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Again you’ll be taken through a pretty basic installation process. The WineBottler screens and actual application installation menus will fill your screen so be ready to manually walk through them just as if you were installing the application on a Windows machine.

Extra Tools

Unfortunately, not every application will work with WineBottler. Some apps simply aren’t compatible and others will require a bit of troubleshooting on your part.

Fortunately, the Wine application comes with a number of useful tools for helping you through this process. Among these is a DOS prompt and various “Winetricks” that you can install that are essentially support software like the Adobe AIR runtime.

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Run your own Mac Jabber Server


Openfire is a real time collaboration (RTC) server licensed under the Open Source GPL. It uses the only widely adopted open protocol for instant messaging, XMPP (also called Jabber). Openfire is incredibly easy to setup and administer, but offers rock-solid security and performance

Features

1) Multi-chat

2) Saves chat history

3) Web access

4) Show online status

5) Option to change user’s online status

6) File transfers

7) Send email to contacts instantly

8) Instant connectivity to IM Services

9) Chatback

10) Platform independent

11) Supports Ldap

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Check out the Ignite Realtime Openfire webpage and download the server. Once you install the app you will have an additional control panel in the “System Preferences” pane for Openfire. There you will be able to administrate your Openfire server.

A common issue that people have while installing Openfire, is that once installed the administration panel wont let you login. The fix to this is simple, just restart the Openfire service, and then restart the system. Once you’re back in you should be able to login without any issues.

Difference Between iPhone Unlocking and Jailbreaking

Difference Between iPhone Unlocking and Jail breaking

There is a lot of confusion among several people about jail breaking and unlocking

Jailbreaking

iPhone OS uses two partitions – first on is the media partition and second one is the operating system partition. Music, movies, contacts, App Store apps etc. are stored on the media partition. This partition is usually the size of your iPhone’s memory capacity, minus 500-600MB for the OS partition. Because of the way that Apple have set up the iPhone OS, we can not do any hacking in this easily accessible partition. To hack the device, we must get into the OS partition. The OS partition, the space on the iPhone that Apple has locked us out of, is where the jailbreak lies

Jailbreaking is a process that allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to run unofficial code on their devices. Once you jailbreaked your iPhone you are able to download many applications, mods and hacks which are unavailable through the App Store but available via unofficial installers such as Cydia and Icy. Some of popular Cydia, Icy advantages are as on >> Winterboard (To install Themes), SBSettings (Faster Method to Manage iPhone Settings), Tricker3G (For running WiFi only App on 3G or EDGE), Cycorder (Video Recorder for iPhone 2G, 3G) and lots more

Is Jailbreaking Legal?

Yes and no. The legality of jailbreaking is very unclear. Most iPhone owners including myself think that since we own the iPhone, we should be able to do whatever we want with it

Apple’s lawyers think differently as they consider jailbreaking to be a violation of copyright

Why Jailbreak Your iPhone ?

  • install 3rd party applications rejected by Apple for various reasons (ie. nudity)
  • video recording (now available on the iPhone 3GS)
  • changing the look and feel by installing custom graphics and themes
  • free tethering
  • get access to cracked App Store apps for free (not endorsed by me, but still worth noting)
  • be able to unlock your iPhone

What If Something Goes Wrong?

It’s very unlikely that something will go wrong… If you have a problem, simply plug your iPhone to your computer, launch iTunes, and click “restore”. As I mentioned above, it will restore your iPhone to factory settings

What Is Unlocking?

Unlocking your device means to open up the iPhone’s modem to accept SIM cards from unofficial carriers. For example In the US, iPhone will not connect to any carrier other than AT&T, unless it is unlocked. Should you want to use your iPhone with another GSM carrier, you need to unlock

What If Something Goes Wrong?

Although unlocks can sometimes mess up your settings a little bit, they are constantly improved to fix errors and bugs. If something goes wrong, you can always restore your iPhone to factory settings.

In Short…

Jailbreaking an iPhone means that 3rd party applications can be installed on it (ie. apps from other developers than Apple). Unlocking an iPhone means that any SIM card can be used on it.