Tag: operating system

Handheld device upgrade agita

blackberry upgradeBlackberry came out with a new version of their OS for the Curve. I received notification of said fact a few days ago, and went for it.

If you use your phone, any phone, as the primary point of contact, you probably shouldn’t try upgrading over-the-air. Even if it doesn’t fail, you bound to feel some heartburn. In this case, the upgrade was done via the Blackberry Desktop Manager, and on the first run the process failed to get everything backed up. I gulped, thinking I was going to have to fiddle with all manner of settings after the fact, but the upgrade stopped on its own.

Back up everything beforehand, the manual way, then start the upgrade process. And pour a cocktail – you’re going to need it because the restarts can take a while. Over here there were two stiff drinks, as the boot seemed to stall at the halfway mark.

What’s new? Not a heck of a lot. The texting interface now looks and acts like Blackberry Messenger. There are also a bunch of application icons scattered around for social network applications and such that actually prompt for download – highly unnecessary, and I’m not sure how to get rid of them. Oh, and the alarm setting has been updated.

MG signing off (to find some Tums, despite still being hungry)

Snow Leopard upgrade notes (UPDATED)

I upgraded yesterday. Here’s what happened…

The MacBook Pro was a Tiger install upgraded to Leopard. I deactivated and removed Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, and Acrobat 7 as I knew they wouldn’t run afterward (and really ran kind of lame beforehand too). I had 51.77 GB on the drive, which I then backed up with Carbon Copy Cloner to an external drive. Immediately post-install I had 64.99 GB of drive space. I don’t know how much of that pickup is attributable to the base 10 change, but 13 gigs is quite a difference. I think it probably had more to do with cleaning up the two previous installs.

I lost quite a few apps, but by choice. Anything that required Rosetta was deleted, and I don’t think the machine is any worse for wear. After cleanup I was sitting on just over 70GB of free space. There were some [geeky] quirks too:

  • Little Snitch still runs, but when messing with settings System Preferences reverts to 32-bit mode.
  • I had to re-pair the Nokia with the computer, bluetooth-wise. My AT&T service still isn’t any better.
  • MySQL ceased operation, and I believe it had something to do with symlinks from the startup module. I upgraded to 5.1.39, the 64-bit version, and all is good again. I also ran Marc Liyanage’s script for removing MySQL, and it found an old version 4 lying around. It never harmed anything before (I was previously running like 5.1.10), but freeing up even more drive space was a blessing in disguise.
  • Home grown OpenSSL certificates got wiped out. Now I get to follow my own instructions for re-creation. I found this out when Apache wouldn’t start, and thought it strange that the upgrade would delete the certs while the httpd.conf file was left untouched.
  • GD is included in the PHP build, which is now 5.3.0. No need to plug that in anymore.
  • mcrypt was not included in the new PHP build. And that problem has already been solved.
  • My hosts file doesn’t seem to work anymore. Still haven’t figured out what the issue is there.

It was a sum total six or so hours of work. Still well worth the hassles, as I picked up roughly 18GB of drive space and the machine is now noticeable snappier.

MG signing off (while keeping his fingers crossed he didn’t overlook anything)

UPDATE: Also, I’ve taken to GIMP as the go-to photo editing tool, at least until I work up the courage to plunk down the dough for CS4 (or is that CS5). The universal binary, version 2.6.7 for Leopard, works just fine here.

Looking for a VMWare trickster

VMWare creates a virtual drive on a machine to run other operating systems. Set up the drive, install the operating system of choice, launch, and run….easy. But can VMWare be used to run an operating system wholly contained on another fixed drive (meaning hard drive) installed on the same system?

If someone knows the answer to this, including how to do it, let me know. You can read about my dual operating system laptop under Open Source Love if you can’t understand why anyone would want to do this.