If you end up in a situation where your iPhone just won’t boot up anymore (not even showing the empty battery icon nor the Apple logo) – or it is simply not recognized in iTunes anymore – it might be, that some of the pins in the Dock connector are be broken. At least that was what happened to me.
Fortunately you can get a replacement of the exact same iPhone model at your local Apple Store for some bucks (which are a lot below the price you would have to pay for a completely new iPhone model).
Thanks to my friends @dikk and @appleadvisor for their kind support!
Don’t worry, I didn’t move away from Apple devices But due to my current job, I got an Android OS based mobile phone. And of course I wanted to be able to access my perfectly organized contact cards there – and for free, not with some kind of costly synch tool.
Turned out to be not so easy – something I generally think about Android so far, but that is another story and shall be told another time – but I got it working anyway in the end. Credits and thanks goes to Jeremy and his blog post “Sync iCloud Contacts/Calendar with Android“.
Here’s what you need to to, in order to sync iCloud Contacts and Calendars to Android OS:
OS X nearly drove me nuts today, as it suddenly stopped accepting my Username/Password combination for authentication. First this happened when I wanted to relogin from the Screensaver, worked again after a hard-restart to login to the OS, just to come back when working inside OS X and trying to authenticate in order to delete a protected folder.
Recently I had to create a lot of Microsoft Office Word documents based on the same template, so I decided to use Mail Merge. Unfortunately when you generate a document from a defined Mail Merge template in Word, you end up having all the pages inside one huge document. But I wanted to have each form in a seperate word document.
To achieve this non-standard behavior, I wrote a little helper: execute the following VBA Macro on your Office Word Mail Merge template to have Word generate & save every record into a single file.
There is one thing to do manually, because I couldn’t solve it programmatically: you have to manually set the “Mail Merge Output” setting to “Current Record”! (default is “All”)
Here’s the VBA code for the Macro:
Mit folgendem Befehl im Terminal.app lässt sich die kurze Verzögerung entfernen, bevor das ausgeblendete Dock angezeigt wird (sofern man es natürlich standardmässig ausgeblendet hat):
defaults write com.apple.Dock autohide-delay -float 0 && killall Dock
Vor allem in den Fullscreen Apps in OS X Lion erscheint danach das Dock auch umgehend… ich persönlich hatte da schon Probleme, dass es wilde Mausgesten benötigte, bis es endlich eingeblendet wurde.
Verhalten rückgängig machen über den Terminal Befehl:
defaults delete com.apple.Dock autohide-delay && killall Dock
In case you have a USB mouse connected to your Mac and it’s not responding, check the Console.app in Applications > Utilities for USB related error entries. If you find the following text in the error log, it might simply be a broken/loose cord and doesn’t mean it’s an OS X software issue:
“The IOUSBFamily is having trouble enumerating a USB device that has been plugged in.
The IOUSBFamily was not able to enumerate a device.”
I noticed recently, that I had a grayed out item named “Unknown” in my login items list in OS X Lion, even indicated with a warning icon next to it. But I couldn’t remove this – obviously missing – item from the list, because the removal icon (-) below the login item list was grayed out/deactivated.
After browsing the web a bit, I surprisingly found a solution to remove such items on Apple’s support website itself: just reboot your Mac into Safe Mode (hold down the Shift key when starting up) – and the broken login item will be gone automatically afterwards! It seems like OS X cleans up such things on a Safe Boot – and I am happy again