Wasn’t Irreversible

In the morning I was handling the databases which I created for different content management systems and previous blogs. I think I was still sleepy that I didn’t notice deleting my blog’s database. It was a really unlucky moment. I wasn’t in panic yet but looking for any backup file in the server. Unfortunately there wasn’t any.

All the things I wrote since November (not much but doesn’t matter) was went up in smoke. At that moment I wanted to Google any keywords which I had in the articles and baam! I found all the articles cached in Google servers. It took about 15mins to copy and paste things back but I felt really happy. Thanks Google, for saving my articles..

Don’t make the same mistake but also remember that there may be a way to return it back. Just open your eyes and try to realize..

Battery Charge Level Problem MacBook Pro

After Toshiba, Apple betrayed me too!

Is the “Breakthrough Battery” slogan, a lie?

Apple is announcing here that “A built-in battery powers MacBook Pro for up to 7 to 8 hours on a single charge”. However mine even can’t afford the 4th hour (even with no keyboard illumination, at the lowest level of screen brightness and 2 min after turn-off screen mode, no USB devices or cards attached, no resource occupying process – simple pdf files reading) as well as losing it’s Battery Charge Level capacity!

My 1 month old MacBook Pro lost it’s Battery Charge Level by %9! plus the measurements are annoyingly inaccurate.

Last log date 11.01.2010 Monday
Current Batt Charge: 5074 mAh
Maximum Batt Charge: 5450 mAh

In average with Coconut Battery App measurements, usual capacity of 5450 mAh is now 5074 mAh and this is not good. After recognizing the fault, I contacted Apple Germany and they gave me some ideas about calibrating the battery (that’s why I wrote the article below) and calibration didn’t work at all. After each calibration, I’ve faced with more lower measurements.

So I am waiting for the MacBook’s Battery Charge Level to go below %80 as soon as possible (before 300 recharge cycles) and then I will ask for a battery replacement.

Catastrophe: Apple Customer Service in Germany, I had 3 calls, hold on the line for 15 to 20 mins in each, listening the “we are sorry for keeping you wait” jingle! at the end jingle listening + problem description = no solution took about 35 mins x3 = 105 mins in total! If you consider that they are charging around 1/4€ a min!

It was just money and time loss!

Utterly Disappointed with Toshiba!

I have been utterly disappointed with two Toshiba laptops I bought in the past so as with the Toshiba Customer Service.

Toshiba Qosmio F10 and Tecra M7

Case 1 – Toshiba Qosmio F10

10 days after it’s warranty ended (it had 2 years of international warranty), the mainboard of the laptop crashed totally. I’ve learned that it was a common fault for all Qosmio F10 series and ones in America called back and replaced for free.. Unfortunately in my case nor Toshiba Turkey neither Toshiba Europe disagreed for the replacement. Result: I paid 1150$ more and %0 of customer satisfaction.

Case 2 – Toshiba Tecra M7

5 months before it’s warranty deadline (luckily! it had 3 year of international warranty), the mainboard of the laptop crashed again! my f..king luck! I took it to the customer service. After 40 work days which equals approximately 2 months, I got it repaired. After 100x calls a day! Normally they had to refund the price!

If you care about your mental healty, I advice you one thing: No Toshiba anymore!

Memory Loss

During the last months, I was facing with it. I was forgetting this more often than usual.

When I look back in time, I just remember people around me who were complaining about this problem. They were motivating themselves for eating more red meat or taking some vitamin pills in order to fix it. :)

Now, I am wondering why? Why such a strong red meat eater like me is facing it? Is it because that I am getting older? or is it because I am sleeping while my mobile phone is on, staying next to my bed? Am I more dependent on electronic gadgets so that my brain is getting lazy? or having more responsibility and things to take care of.. over my limits? Maybe all or nothing? I don’t know yet but last week I week I read an article in NY Times titled “How to Train the Aging Brain” ;)

If you are having similar questions or concerns, it would be helpful for you also. Check it out..

Was it because of Labyrinth??!!

Yesterday while I was waiting for the boarding at the Dresden Airport.

I started to play the game Labyrinth on the iPhone (which one was a gift by 12 Days of Christmas app).

After playing 2-3 levels, I heard the announcement for the boarding. I pressed the home button as usual walked to the gate.

The day before my flight, I checked in using the mobile portal and got a mobile boarding pass, similar to Austrian’s above.

Unfortunately I couldn’t able to reach my home screen when the attendant asked for the boarding pass. iPhone stuck, no matter I did, I got no response. I tried to reset using the home and sleep button, somehow it didn’t restart.

At the end, I couldn’t show it and they checked my identity card and check my status on their screens and let me get the plane. iPhone betrayed me because Labyrinth corrupted it system files or whatever.

I send the reports over iTunes, hope it will help. Who would compansate it, if I would miss the plane? Illusion Labs or Apple?

Remember to calibrate your battery! MacBook, iPhone 3G and iPhone 4

Just once in a month does sound acceptable! So give yourself and your MacBook a rest (actually you can continue working – no prob) and calibrate your battery for staying more time wireless. Here you will find the article about how this calibration is done.

For aliminium case macbook pro series;

– charge it full
– keep the cable plugged for 2-3 hours more
– unplug while the computer is on
– use the computer until the battery warning appears on the screen
– save your work and keep using it (ignore the warning)
– your notebook will turn itself down
– turn it off or allow it to sleep 5 or more hours (what about night or day long?)
– plug the power cable and let it plugged until LED light changes to green

Congratulations! Your Mac’s battery succesfully calibrated.

If you’re someone who wants everything tidy on your calendar like me, than you can get the iCal and merge it with yours. Same procedure is valid for your iPhone and/or iPod, if you own one.

For more information and tips, here you will find a very nice article.

P.S. If you notebook battery health goes below %80 before 300 cycles. You can request a replacement.

MacBook Pro Sound Balance Problem?

Today, while I was listening Last.fm from my brand new MacBook Pro, I’ve noticed that there is a unbalanced treble sound.

The speaker on the right side was predominant compared to the one at the left. I check the balance of the sound system from the System Settings and realized one more that there is a easily recognizable difference.

I checked the forums in the web and found out that it’s a common problem, so no worries :) just keep on loving your Mac. If you want to read more about it, click here.

Can you cook Indian?

As you all might know, to be a good cook you have to have a talent! It was never my ambition to be a cook either. However, I have to cook and eat to survive.

Even though I am mostly “creating” my own mixtures of food (well have to admit that they are all unique and really delicious, wish I could remember exatly how I prepared them), yesterday I found out that in the supermarket nearby. Knorr made an invention, Curry Madras sauce.

All you have to do is mixing vegitables, chicken meat and this piece of invention. Lastly yogurt. You can create a really good Indian selection just at your home. Adding hot chili or black pepper is of course up to you.

Good appetite in advance.