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Aug-13-2019

OSX slow boot after cloning drive with SuperDuper

I just upgraded my MacBook Air with a 1TB SSD from OWC. I cloned the OS drive with SuperDuper, and then pulled out the old drive and installed the new cloned drive.

When I booted up the machine, it hung for an unusually long delay.  After that, it worked.  It just took an unusually long time for the boot to get going.

Here’s the issue: you need to tell OSX to use this new drive as the boot drive.  Here’s the deal: it’s looking for the old drive, and when that times out, it falls back onto whatever is left, which is the new drive you just installed.

Here’s the fix: go to Settings -> Startup Disk -> Unlock (enter your password) -> Click on your boot drive -> Lock again.

Done.

It’s worth noting that this issue has nothing to do with SuperDuper, it’s all about OSX knowing what disk to use when it boots up.  SuperDuper comes up in every search because everyone uses it – it’s such an excellent tool for cloning or backing up your drive.

The next time you boot, you’ll see it goes much faster.  You might also have problems like permissions need to be “fixed.” This can happen if you’ve been running the same O/S and installing, uninstalling software for a few years.  To do this, go to Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility -> Select the O/S or boot drive -> First Aid -> Run

Good luck!

 

Posted under IT
Mar-7-2019

AT&T 972 Telephone Power Supply

AT&T 972 2-line speakerphone

A few years ago I moved, and I finally got around to unpacking old boxes and throwing out a lot of unused stuff. I came across this “Advanced American Telephone Model 972” also call the AT&T 972. It’s a decent 2-line, caller ID telephone. Of course I had no idea where the power supply was. I looked all over the phone and couldn’t find that little diagram that shows you the the polarity of the power jack and voltage and wattage. I searched for, found, and downloaded the instruction manual. Would you believe that in 29 pages, not once did they describe the power supply capacity and details? The manual said to call some 800 number for replacement parts. I’m sorry, but that’s bulls**t. So I hit google, and there were tons of places offering to sell a power supply specifically for this phone (eBay, Amazon, and on and on.)

Here’s the catch: EVERY SINGLE IMAGE was deliberately obfuscated so you couldn’t see what the voltage was. I probably have it in a bin full of wall-warts, and just don’t know which one it is because the manual won’t tell me and everyone selling a replacement part would rather sell me something for $25 than just say hey, here are the specs, check your stash before spending money.

AT&T 972 Power Supply
AC 9V 300mA

Well, I figured it out, and so I’m making this blog post to undermine this nonsense.

It’s a 9 Volt AC, 300mA adapter. Yeah, AC. Not DC. Weird. After searching for at least an hour, I found an expired eBay auction with a decent photo (shamelessly screen grabbed here.) Turns out I had one adapter with an AC output, it was 9V / 200mA, and it worked just fine. So there. To hell with all you vendors who deliberately obfuscate the details of the power supply in an attempt to make people spend money.

In conclusion: if you have an AT&T 972 and you’re wondering what the power supply voltage and amperage should be, the phone takes an AC, 9V, 200-300mA supply.

Posted under WTF?
Feb-13-2018

Airlines want full planes, not happy passengers

AAEver since the merging with US Airways, American Airlines’ primary objective seems to be filling every possible seat and flying their planes as full as possible. Actually, all airlines try to do this, and the biggest of them (AA and UA) put their full planes (read: their profits) ahead of their customers by overselling the heck out of each flight, and having many passengers eagerly waiting for a seat on “standby”.  The problem here is that if you miss a connection, you’re basically screwed because they’re giving away your seat and you’re going to sit on your hands hoping to get a seat at some point, somehow, to your final destination.  To hell with your vacation or work plans.

I had this epiphany a few weeks after swapping air travel stories with another passenger during a Southwest flight from LGA to DEN.

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Posted under Flying, WTF?
Jun-20-2016

Jet Blue is doing it right

JetBlue-LogoRecently, I’ve been flying a lot on JetBlue and Southwest.  This month, I’ve booked two trips with JB. That’s right, I’m turning my back on Priority Status with AA because JetBlue schedules are better, fares are lower, and their seats are more comfortable.

Over all, I’ve been very happy with JB. Then, on June 19th, 2016, this happened: I was greeted by a Jet Blue pilot who was commuting home (on this very same flight, a month ago). He recognized me (probably because I talked his ears off last time) and he wished me a happy Father’s Day.  Hey, I know that’s no big deal, but I’m like a kid in a candy store when I get to chit chat with professional pilots about airplanes and about their jobs. So for this guy to acknowledge me made my day.

After we arrived, like a knucklehead, I’m the guy who left my phone in the seat-back pocket. Of course I was in a hurry to exit because I had to pee for about 2 states!  And I didn’t realize I had left my phone until I exited the secure area at Dulles airport.  No way to double back to the gate!  UGH!  So I went to the check-in counter and asked the agent for help.  He made a call and asked me to take a seat. 2 minutes later, he came over and told me they found the phone and to go to the office by baggage claim to retrieve it. By the time I got there, the phone was waiting for me.

Dear Jet Blue, you’re doing it right!

Posted under Flying, Travel
Oct-22-2015

E-Mail Addresses for Cell Phones

Email Addresses for cell phones

Alltel: 123-456-7890@message.alltel.com
AT&T: 123-456-7890@txt.att.net  or  123-456-7890@mms.att.net
Boost Mobile: 123-456-7890@myboostmobile.com
Nextel: 123-456-7890@messaging.nextel.com
Sprint PCS: 123-456-7890@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile: 123-456-7890@tmomail.net
US Cellular: 123-456-7890@email.uscc.net  or  123-456-7890@mms.uscc.net
Verizon: 123-456-7890@vtext.com  or  123-456-7890@vzwpix.com (mms)
Virgin Mobile USA
: 123-456-7890@mms.uscc.netvmobl.com

Posted under IT