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M y company gave me a new 2010 Macbook Pro and I needed to transfer all the files from my old 2007 Macbook Pro. There are several ways I can do this: Use Migration Assistant with a FireWire cable. Use Migration Assistant with a USB cable (and an External USD HD Enclosure). Restore from a […]


I have been asked a few times by friends how to sync their iPhones to another (or a new) computer without having iTunes delete the apps they already have on the iPhone. Well, the answer is quite simple really. Connect your iPhone to the new computer SInce you are connecting your iPhone to the computer […]


Finally, I’m able to jailbreak and unlock an iPhone again after months of watching from the sidelines as new model iPhones with enhanced operating systems were rolled out by Apple. You see, I’m still stuck with my old First Gen iPhone. Too bad, the latest and greatest iOS4 isn’t backward compatible with mine, so it […]


For the social media savvy, use your email to let people follow you on the Social Web by adding your social media channels in your email signature. For Apple Mail: Step 1. Gather your favorite social media icons 1. Search for your favorite icons on the web and download them to your computer. 2. Upload […]


Facebook began the roll-out of its new simplified privacy controls after the backlash it has generated from FB users worldwide–even landing them on the cover of Time magazine. Privacy issues started to crop up when Facebook changed their privacy model from “regional networks”, that revolves around communities for your school, your company or your region, […]


You don’t know the real value of something until you lose it. If you use the in Mac as much as I do, then you’re sure to notice something’s wrong with it. The scroll bar isn’t displayed on the right-side of the Dictionary window when viewing Wikipedia articles. I noticed this a few days […]


Since Apple recently released the new iPhone OS 3.1.2 firmware, the iPhone Dev-Team likewise released an updated jailbreaking and unlocking tool–PwnageTool 3.1.4. It supports the iPhone 3GS OTB, iPhone 3G and 2G, and the iPod Touch 1st and 2nd Gen. PwnageTool is for Mac OS X only. Read First: This tutorial is for those who […]


Read First: This tutorial is for those who already have a jailbroken iPhone OS 3.0 and upgrading to iPhone OS 3.1. If you have the first generation iPhone (2G), you can use this tutorial to jailbreak and unlock your phone. If you have an iPhone 3G, you can use this guide to jailbreak only. Then […]


In my last post, “MacBook Pro Hard Drive: S.M.A.R.T. is Failing!”, I discussed how I backed up and replaced my MacBook Pro hard disk that is about to fail using SuperDuper over a networked PC, a Phillips and Torx screwdrivers, and a simple video tutorial. This time, I will show you how I restored the […]


S.M.A.R.T. Status

Macbook Pro Hard Drive : S.M.A.R.T. is Failing!

by Eric Pena on September 15, 2009 · 6 comments

in Mac,Tutorials

I was about ready to upgrade my 15″ Macbook Pro from Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard when the Disk Utility on the OS displayed the name of my hard disk drive in red letters. Sure enough, the S.M.A.R.T Status indicator says “Failing”. Immediately, the first thing to do […]


Note: There’s a new Volume Boost app in Cydia from that they integrated with their popular Winterboard app. I tried it but I didn’t notice any change. So I just reinstalled the one from Fishbone’s and everything’s good again. Prior to iPhone OS 3.0, iClarified has always added an app in Cydia called Volume […]


As I reported in an earlier article, while the Dev-Team has released Ultrasn0w to unlock the iPhone 3GS, it won’t be able to do a jailbreak. Without a jailbreak, there’s no way to use Ultrasn0w to unlock (Ultrasn0w can unlock the iPhone 3G by using PwnageTool or Redsn0w). Although the Dev-Team has already identified an […]


The wait is over for all iPhone 3G users to unlock their jailbroken phones who previously applied yellowsn0w. The iPhone Dev-Team has fnally released their much awaited new tool—Ultrasn0w. Although Ultrasn0w should also be able to unlock the new iPhone 3G S, there is still no tool to make the required jailbreak before an unlock […]


Update 2: Latest is Installous 3.1.10. This already includes all the programs I listed below including AppSync so you don’t have to install them separately. Make sure you’re on iPhone OS 3.0 and up. You may get some error messages during the installation of Installous but just ignore. If you have problems installing an app, […]


Update: PwnageTool 3.01 is now available and is said to fix the PPC issue on Mac OS X and the Icy Installer bug. This guide will help you upgrade and jailbreak your iPhone v2.x to 3.0 firmware using PwnageTool 3.0 created by the iPhone Dev-Team. This tutorial is specifically for the iPhone 2G (1st Generation […]


This tutorial will help you save all those important and juicy text messages on your iPhone to your computer for later reading.


If for some reason, you lost some important information on your iPhone, whether from 3rd party applications, your photos, contacts, notes, SMS, call history, calendar, etc., and doing a restore from iTunes is futile, don’t give up yet! As long as you have performed a backup in iTunes recently, your data is safely tucked away […]


In Part 1: Using VMware Converter On A Vista PC, we learned how to use the free VMware Converter 3.0.3 to create a Windows Vista virtual machine from an existing Windows Vista server. Now that we have the Vista VM copied to our OS X hard drive, we boot into OS X Leopard and install […]


I have been using Parallels for almost a year to run Windows Vista on my MacBook Pro. Well, that was after I ran into problems with VMware Fusion. Now, with the latest Fusion 2.0, it’s time to put it out to a test again and see how it fares with Parallels 3.0. I wouldn’t want […]


From iPhone firmware 2.0.1, I upgraded to 2.1 using iPhone Dev Team’s newly released PwnageTool 2.1 for Mac (Note: If this doesn’t work for you, you can try QuickPwn 1.1 for Mac). As I mentioned in my other post, I didn’t upgrade to 2.0.2 because there wasn’t anything exciting with it. But 2.1 is a […]

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