Thursday, January 10, 2019

Louis Rossmann Repairs a Dead Mac After Best Buy and the Apple Store Declined Repair

Awesome Louis Rossmann tells a story of a dead MacBook Air taken to Best Buy and the Apple Store, where personnel said the Mac can't be fixed. Next Rossman fixes a corroded pad that houses an SMC chip and the Mac is fixed. 

Rossman first rules out keyboard and trackpad trouble by disconnecting. Rossmann finds very little current draw and fan still doesn't work with the keyboard and trackpad disconnected.

Finds corrosion near pad PP5 es 5

Three Step Fix after removing a bad SMC

1. Add solder around pads in the area

2. Scrape

3. Then use wick to make sure that any solder that was added, wasn't added on top of corrosion.

Rossman added flux and new solder on top of the pad, while installing a new chip. The MacBook Air started once again.

The System Management Controller (SMC) is a subsystem of Intel processor-based Macintosh computers -- similar in function to the older SMU or PMU of non-Intel Macintosh computers (PowerPC).

The SMC has roles in controlling thermal and power management, battery charging, video mode switching, sleep and wake, hibernation, and LED indicators. The SMC also enables enforcement of the macOS End User License, allowing it to identify when it is running on non-Apple hardware.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Testing an Opteka 650-1300mm Lens

The Corridor Crew tests a $160 Mega Zoom Lens (650-1300mm) with a 2x converter (2,600mm).

Corridor Digital produces viral videos with special effects on the Internet. One of their most popular videos is "World's LONGEST Lightsaber" published on June 30, 2018.

Corridor: World's LONGEST Lightsaber.

Using an Apple iPad as a Second Monitor -- A Dual Display Notebook Computer

Fstoppers demonstrates using a Wi-Fi connection and the Air Display app for Apple iPad with a Windows laptop -- it also uses on a Mac.

Fstoppers demonstration uses the Air Display app to connect an Apple iPad via Wi-Fi. If you want to eliminate any lag situations, you might want to use the Duet Display app, which uses a Lightning cable or a 30-pin cable connection to a Mac's USB port. A set up with two Apple iPads used as two external displays is also possible. The setup works with all desktops and notebooks running OS X 10.9 or Windows 7+; and all Apple iPads and iPhones running iOS 7.0+.

Unbox Therapy demonstrates a Triple Monitor Mega MacBook with DuetDisplay and Ten One Mountie Clip.

See also ...

Fstoppers: [Video] Turn Your iPad Into A Wireless Monitor For Dual Displays

App Store Duet Display

Monday, April 23, 2018

Go Daddy Experiences Domain Forwarding Outage

Go Daddy is experiencing an outage that is causing domain names to fail to forward to their specified address on Monday April 23, 2018.  Subdomains and general website forwarding is failing with and without masking.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Using Quotes in Filemaker Code: How to Allow Quotation Marks in Phrases and Prevent Interpretation As Code Operators

There are times when you want quotation marks to appear in a natural world phrase in English language (for example) or a code within code for output of a Filemaker function. However, when you put quotation marks in Filemaker code, the quotation marks are interpreted as the boundaries of the phrase.

If you want quotations to appear as part of the functioning code, you need to put a backslash in front of each quotation mark.

For example, suppose you want a Filemaker calucation to automatically construct HTML code with the following styling (you want to prevent the quotes from being interpreted as code operators) ...

<span style="background-color: red; color: white; font-size: x-large;">&nbsp;<strong><em>RELATED NEWS …&nbsp;</em></strong></span>

"<span style=\"background-color: red; color: white; font-size: x-large;\">&nbsp;<strong><em>" & SAMPLEFILEMAKER::samplefilemakerfield & " …&nbsp;</em></strong></span>"

Note: The very first quote defines the beginning of a desired text phrase. The second quote, preceded by a backslash defines the quotation mark that is need in the HTML code for the desired output.

The third instance of a quotation mark also defines a quotation mark that is need in the HTML code for the desired output.

The fourth instance of a quotation mark defines the end of a FileMaker text phrase.

The ampersand joins the text phrase with a field output.

The fifth instance of a quotation mark defines the beginning of a second text phrase.

The sixth and final instance of a quotation mark defines the end of the second text phrase.

See also ...

Monday, April 2, 2018

Twitter Widget Settings Page Will Be Deprecated Summer 2018; Replaced by Emdbed Setup on

Twitter will be deprecating widget settings, and will be encouraging all users to use the embed link at the bottom of a timeline, or in the vertical ellipsis action menu in the upper right of a Twitter page, to access the embed code for a particular timeline. Users can also go direct to

The widget settings page will stop the functions of creating and editing widgets on May 25, 2018.

Widgets created with the widget settings page that have specific color settings for links or specific heights will no longer render the custom specifications. Twitter expects the content of the timelines will still function, except for timelines created using the search function.

Twitter hopes that user search timelines can be replaced with a user timeline, list timeline, collection timeline, or likes timeline. Twitter mentions that these methods will offer more fine-grained control over what Tweets show up on users webpages.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Facebook Timeline Not Showing on Main Page But Shows on Posts Page

Timeline of posts is not showing on the main page for

but DOES show on Posts Link

This might be occurring in some other pages as well. Check your Facebook business pages.

Occurred on this page …

Saturday, November 4, 2017

How to Get Bcc Field or Blind Carbon Copy Field on Mac Mail

One common frustration regarding Apple design are the choices they make for default tasks in their software. Many times they change the default configurations in software upgrades.

You might ask, what the heck happened to Bcc? In the default configuration, Apple currently has the Bcc field configuration turned off, and only the cc field configuration turned on.

To turn Bcc on, you can simultaneously  type/press the Command-Option-B keys.

You can also go the VIEW menu and look for the option to check the Bcc Address Field. It will stay on in subsequent emails, unless you deselect it from the menu or press Command-Option-B again.

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cc means carbon copy, and bcc means blind carbon copy. The terms originate from old-fashioned paper letter when carbon paper was used to type a second letter underneath the original letter in a typewriter.