ses: (geek - laptop stress)
[personal profile] ses
I own a model MacBook2,1. Currently there is a 120GB 4,200rpm hard drive on the machine, which is starting to creak a little, so I would like to replace it before it gives up the ghost.

I am looking at replacing it with a hard drive which has a minimum capacity of 500GB. Does anyone here have any suggestions or experience about which manufacturer is most reliable? I don't mind paying more for the drive if it is going to be more reliable.

ex_luludi775: (my MacBook (rainbow))
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If you have recently upgraded to Apple's new OS, Snow Leopard, please read below:

"Think your Snow Leopard woes are finally over? Don't go logging into that Guest account, then. A flurry of reports have surfaced around the web explaining that even an accidental login to one's Guest account within Snow Leopard could lead to mass deletion of all user files on the primary account, and when we say "mass deletion," we mean "mass deletion." The problem goes something like this: if one clicks on the Guest account after upgrading their machine to OS X 10.6, and everything hangs, there's at least a decent chance that all of your data will be evaporated whenever you surf back over to the main profile. Apple has yet to address the issue (at least publicly), but we'd probably recommend disabling Guest accounts on your rig(s) until all of this gets sorted. You know, unless you actually enjoy watching your data vanish." from (several other sources also reporting same)

Also, from

How to restore Lost home folder after logging in as guest in Snow Leopard

Be aware that Snow Leopard seems to have a problem with how guest accounts are handled on systems that had them enabled before upgrading from Leopard. In several cases, people have accidentally logged in to their guest accounts and upon logging out and back into their normal accounts have found their data missing. We reported on this problem in the past, but here are some extra options for restoring the lost home folder from a backup.

This problem seems to be occurring with people who have had the guest account enabled for log-in before upgrading to Snow Leopard. After the upgrade, some problem with the account configuration can result in a non-guest account being cleared and reset the same way guest accounts are reset upon logout (See the latest Apple discussion post about this problem here).

So far this has not happened for computers where the guest account has been enabled after upgrading. As such, one preventative measure is to disable the guest account's ability to log in (and then disable the account altogether), and re-enable it so Snow Leopard sets it up instead of using the configuration that Leopard set up. I tested this out on my Snow Leopard upgrade (upgraded from 10.5.8 to 10.6) and the guest account worked as expected when enabled in Snow Leopard.

Additionally, if you do not need the guest account, just disable it. If you do need guest log-in functionality and do not want to take any chances, you can create a managed user account without a password to use instead of the guest account. Parental controls can then be used to apply extra restrictions to the account (the only main difference will be the account will not reset upon logout).

As for tackling the lost home folder problem when it has occurred, you will need to have a backup of your data. We strongly urge everyone to use Time Machine or a similar full system backup for this very purpose, and hopefully those who are affected have a recent backup handy. Here are the ways to restore your home folder from a backup:

Immediately restore the entire system

If this problem just occurred, and you have Time Machine running all the time, you should be able to restore your whole system installation to the most recent backup (within the hour). To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Boot from the Snow Leopard DVD (hold "C" at start-up with the disk in the drive).
  2. Select your language and choose "Restore from Backup" from the "Utilities" menu.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions and be sure to select the most recent backup from the list of available restore points.
  4. Click "Restore" and wait for the procedure to complete (may take an hour or two).

After this process is completed, try disabling and re-enabling the guest account, or using the alternatives I suggested above.

Restore the home folder

You can restore the lost home folder from a backup without restoring the full system (though the first method is the most straightforward). To do this, follow these instructions:

  1. Create a new admin account in the "Accounts" system preferences (new name, new password).
  2. Log out, and log into the new account.
  3. Go to the /Macintosh HD/Users/ directory in the Finder and invoke Time Machine.
  4. Navigate back in time to where you can see the most recent intact home folder that was lost.
  5. Select and restore that folder to the Users directory using the "Restore" button.

    (Skip the following steps for the alternative method below.)

  6. Go back to the Accounts system preferences and right-click the account with the lost home folder, and choose "Advanced Options."
  7. Next to the "Home directory" field click "Choose" and select the restored home folder.
  8. Click "OK" and save the changes, and then log out of the new admin account.
  9. Log into the old account.

Advanced Account Settings: the option to choose a new home folder for an existing account.

(Credit: Screenshot by Topher)

An additional step to this is to ensure the old account is working properly. After step five above, where you restore the folder to the Users directory, follow these steps instead of the remainder of the steps in the above procedure:

  1. Go to the Accounts system preferences and delete the old account.
  2. Use the "+" sign to create a new account, giving it the same short and long names as the previous one, with the same password.
  3. If the system claims an old home folder exists with that name, select the option to use that folder.
  4. Check that the new account is using the old home folder by right-clicking it and in the "Advanced Options" check the home directory path (changing it as described above if it is different than that of the restored home folder).
  5. Log out and log back into the newly created account to test it.

This alternative procedure will ensure the old account is refreshed and started new, but keeping the data in it preserved. This will give it new user and group IDs, along with other unique identifier numbers that may have been in conflict with the "guest" account, resulting in the lost home folder upon logout of the guest account.


Retro Mod

Jul. 17th, 2009 08:07 am
ex_luludi775: (my MacBook (rainbow))
[personal profile] ex_luludi775
This is a very uncomplicated Mac modification I did. It is (literally) a sticker. For anyone interested, I got it here.

If you're brave enough to actually dismantle your MacBook and put in an insert, they have those, too, and a handy little video, showing you how to effectively void your warranty in 70 seconds, erm, with instructions on how to install it.

I am not that brave.... hence, I give you the sticker method, which took a whole 10 seconds and didn't stress me out a bit =)

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Memphis Hospital Confirms Steve Jobs’s Liver Transplant

Methodist University Hospital in Memphis has confirmed Steve Jobs had a liver transplant

Methodist University Hospital in Memphis has confirmed Steve Jobs had a liver transplant

UPDATE: Hospital spokeswoman Ruth Ann Hale declined to add any more information to hospital’s statement. She would not say when the transplant was performed (the Wall Street Journal said about two months ago); how long Steve Jobs had been on the transplant waiting list; nor where the donor organ came from. “We’re not saying anything beyond what it says in the statement,” she said by phone on Tuesday night. It’s safe to assume the donor liver came form a deceased patient — otherwise why would Jobs be on a waiting list? But the lack of a time frame for the operation is puzzling. Perhaps it’s to protect the identity of the donor? If the time of the operation is known, maybe it makes it easier to identify potential donors?

Methodist University Hospital in Memphis has confirmed that Steve Jobs had a liver transplant — and the disclosure was made with Jobs’s permission, the hospital says.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the hospital said Jobs was the sickest person on the waiting list at the time the donor organ became available.

The hospital’s statement is likely in response to growing questions about the transplant. On Tuesday morning, the New York Times published a high-profile story asking whether Jobs’s money and power helped him to jump to the front of the queue. “Whenever someone rich and famous receives a transplant, suspicions inevitably arise about whether that person managed to jump to the head of the waiting list and take an organ that might have saved the life of somebody just as desperate but less glamorous,” the paper said.

The hospital’s statement appears to be a flat denial that Jobs received any preferential treatment.

“He received a liver transplant because he was the patient with the highest MELD score (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) of his blood type and, therefore, the sickest patient on the waiting list at the time a donor organ became available,” the hospital said.

The hospital said Jobs is doing well.

“Mr. Jobs is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis.”

Full text of the statement after the jump.


Link to PDF of media release.

I am pleased to confirm today, with the patient’s permission, that Steve Jobs received a liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in partnership with the University of Tennessee in Memphis.  Mr. Jobs underwent a complete transplant evaluation and was listed for transplantation for an approved indication in accordance with the Transplant Institute policies and United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) policies.  He received a liver transplant because he was the patient with the highest MELD score (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) of his blood type and, therefore, the sickest patient on the waiting list at the time a donor organ became available.  Mr. Jobs is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis.

The Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute performed 120 liver transplants in 2008 making it one of the ten largest liver transplant centers in the United States.  We provide transplants to patients regardless of race, sex, age, financial status, or place of residence.  Our one-year patient and graft survival rates are among the best in the nation and were a dominant reason in Mr. Jobs’s choice of transplant centers.  We respect and protect every patient’s private health information and cannot reveal any further information on the specifics of Mr. Jobs’s case.

James D. Eason, M.D.

Program Director, Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute

Professor of Surgery, Chief of Transplantation, University of Tennessee Health Science Center



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