"Thanks for test driving OS X Yosemite"

I feel warm and fuzzy inside!

Email - OS X Yosemite thanks

Creating OS X 10.10 Yosemite USB Drive

OS X Yosemite (OSXY!) is out of the door and it's time to do the USB boot drive.

You will need one of the following:

  • USB drive
  • SD card

You can use USB/Firewire/Thunderbolt external hard drive. Although, I like to keep things small and simple.

Oh and you need a Mac running 10.7 or higher.

Prefer the point and click method?

  1. Get hold of OS X Yosemite from the App Store if you haven't done so already.
  2. Grab DiskMaker X (hint: click on What's this? to download) and copy it to Applications folder.
  3. Run DiskMaker X and follow the instructions.

It's that simple.

Or you prefer to do this in Terminal.app

1) Fire up Terminal (Spotlight to the rescue. Command + spacebar, type Terminal and hit enter).
2) Locate your USB/SD drive (be sure you do know what the name of it!)

df -h
    

Here's my terminal print out of the USB drive.

/dev/disk2s2                        15Gi  5.0Gi  9.6Gi    35%  1315387  2516409   34%   /Volumes/Install OS X Mavericks
    

3) To erase the disk, since the USB drive is /dev/disk2s2, it is /dev/disk2.

diskutil eraseDisk HFS+ newdisk disk2
    

The command is to erase the disk, name it as newdisk and HFS+ is Mac OS Extended filesystem.

4) Now it is time to build the OS X USB drive.

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/newdisk --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app --nointeraction
    

It will prompt you for your password.

Grab a cup of tea or coffee for this bit.

Erasing Disk: 0%... 10%... 20%... 30%...100%...
    Copying installer files to disk...
    

Once it is done, you can now boot to the USB drive. To do this, reboot your mac and hold Option (alt) and select the drive.

Top tip:

If you have some apps that you wish to install from the USB, create a directory in the root of USB drive and store them there. It is handy having to install some applications such as VMware Fusion, Adobe products etc. It is a time saver!

Kano - A computer kit for kids

It's a computer — and you make it yourself

Love the idea, love the design (website is superb) and this reminds me a lot of the classic ZX Spectrum 48k. It is an exciting time for kids to get into the world of technology.

I wonder if this will take off at school? Food for thoughts there.

Apple's Bendgate

Since the new iPhone 6 and 6+ came out, something was going to give and it is the latest *-gate aptly named:

Bendgate

Over at Mac Rumors, a video demonstrated of the iPhone bent at an angle and hilarity ensues all over the place. My assumption is that these people who has phones bent are possibly wearing tight trousers/jeans/whatever-is-the-latest-hipster-movement. Who knows what actually went on.

I wonder if we should start introducing iPhone Etiquette soon. You know like how to handle a phone in one hand, back straight, walk like a chicken. Lots of ideas to be had there...

Start listening...

Waking up to this morning headline about Robin Williams was surreal because you didn't expect this to be happening for him at the age of 63. The general public would always thought the famous will grow old and die.

For some, they always live the life to the full with a closet of darkness behind them tormenting at every move. It is something that people with mental health issues have.

It's all temporary people would say, "Perk up" said people to Ruby Wax when she mentioned this in her TED talk about when she was sectioned with clinical depression, Stephen Fry suffers from it, and look, a LOT of people have depression. Don't say "Oh I know how you feel", "You will feel fine tomorrow", and a bunch of other nonsense phrases that people trying to make you feel better.

Enough with this nonsense and this isn't a "you don't understand let me explain post". This has been done to the death with people in the past few decades.

Let's change it.

Today.

It all begins with a simple "How are you?" and a good cup of tea or coffee (biscuits and cake are highly optional). Sit them down and do this.

Listen.

Let them talk.

Give them time.

Words cannot form easily.

It is all abstract.

Just... listen.


To seek help or finding out more about mental health. Here are
some fantastic websites online:

Let's remove the stigma about mental health starting from today. It is no longer required in this day and age. We need to do this to help us.