ChromeOS now launching on two devices and finally getting it right

Very interesting read and a good analysis. The ChromeOS team can be really proud about their progress, this has a lot of potential indeed.


We often joke Google (s GOOG) is like the old Microsoft (s MSFT) — getting things wrong, bumbling its way into new markets, and getting things right on the third try. This seems to be quite true of Google’s efforts to develop a cloud PC. Google and its partner, Samsung, are launching a new Chromebook and Chromebox today, targeting them at the educational and corporate customers.

The Chromebook from Samsung is like any other 12.1-inch budget laptop, while Chromebox is a tiny PC that you can connect to any keyboard, mouse and monitor similar to Apple’s Mac Mini(s aapl). The Chromebook starts at $449 while the entry-level price of Chromebox is $329.

They both are powered by Intel(s intc) Core processors and include 4GB RAM, Display Port, USB ports, gigabit ethernet, and dual band Wi-Fi. The Chromebox has Bluetooth and DVI output as well, while for $529 you can buy…

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iOS4.2 Update löscht Netzbetreibereinstellungen

Hier auch nochmal auf Deutsch: falls Ihr auch Probleme mit gelöschten Netzbetreibereinstellungen nach dem iOS4.2 Update habt, gibt es eine einfache Lösung. Bei mir waren plötzlich alle Vodafone Einstellungen verschwunden und vor allem dieses nervige Popup bei jedem Anruf plötzlich wieder da “Rufumleitung aktiviert” 😦

Also hier die einfache Anleitung:

All Systeme
– iTunes schliessen und iPhone trennen

Windows (32Bit):
Aus dem Startmenü -> Ausführen -> “C:\Programme\iTunes\iTunes.exe /setPrefInt carrier-testing 1″ (ohne ” eingeben)

Windows (64Bit):
Aus dem Startmenü -> Ausführen -> “C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe /setPrefInt carrier-testing 1″ (ohne ” eingeben)

– Die Terminal Applikation öffnen
– Folgendes eintippen (without the “) “/Applications/ -setPrefInt carrier-testing 1” return drücken, dann startet iTunes
– Das iPhone wieder anschliessen, iTunes zeigt dann einen Dialog mit der Möglichkeit zur Neuinstallation der Einstellungen

Das hat prima mit meinem iPhone 4 und Vodafone Deutschland funktioniert und sollte bei anderen Netzbetreibern eigentlich auch so gehen. Mit einem iPhone 3G unter iOS 3.1.3 ging es trotz neuem iTunes nicht.


iOS 4.2 Update problems – Carrier Settings

I have just updated my iPhone with iOS 4.2 and ran into a nasty problem: all my carrier settings were lost! While you can restore them manually, a really annoying beast returned: the active diverts dialogue. I am using the iPhone with Vodafone in Germany which finally sent out a carrier update in October and now it came back to hit me.

I figured out a simple solution: tell iTunes to reinstall the carrier settings.

All Systems
– Close iTunes and disconnect the phone

Windows (32Bit):
Select from the Start menu -> Run -> C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe /setPrefInt carrier-testing 1

Windows (64Bit):
Select from the Start menu -> Run -> C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe /setPrefInt carrier-testing 1

– Open the Terminal application
– type (without the “) “/Applications/ -setPrefInt carrier-testing 1” and hit enter, iTunes will start up
– Connect the phone again, iTunes will prompt you with a dialogue to reinstall the settings

This has worked fine for my iPhone 4 running iOS 4.2.1. I tried to execute the same on an iPhone 3G running 3.1.3 and it did not work.


How to copy files between two NAS using NFS

I am copying files between a QNAP TS-109 and a Synology 110j – other NAS models  should work pretty much the same way. On both systems there is a user called “admin” which i am using for all of the below.

  1. Enable CLI (ssh or telnet) on both systems and lookup their IP adresses (using the “ifconfig” command)
  2. Enable NFS server on the target system (Synology in my case)
  3. Modify the “/etc/exports” file on the target NAS to include a line with the directory you want to share over NFS:

    <PATH> <CLIENT IP>(rw,no_root_squash)



  4. Run “exportfs -ra” to refresh the NFS export list.
  5. On the client NAS (QNAP in my case), login to a shell and mount the NFS share

    mount -t nfs <SERVER IP>:/<PATH> <MOUNT POINT>


    mount -t nfs /mnt

    Make sure that the <MOUNT POINT> is an existing directory.

DONE. Now you can just cd into the respective directories and copy files.


iOS4 on iPhone 3G is too slow

For anyone that may think of upgrading the iPhone 3G to iOS4 – dont’t!

After I have done the update the phone becomes really unusable for me and I am not able to see any worthwhile benefit that it would bring. The only few things are folders and a nice display of the pictures you took on a map (to be honest I take very few pictures anyway because of the bad camera). I am getting really annoyed with it now, hardly remember any phone that was this slow to use. Unfortunately the iPhone 4 is not an option as long as the antenna design is not changed. Hence I am seriously thinking of switching to some nice Android device now. At present it takes my iPhone 3G about 20 seconds to open the SMS inbox. Other apps are slow as well and on top totally unpredictable. Sometimes launching the phonebook takes 30 seconds, sometimes it’s quick. Many apps (internal, not 3rd party) keep crashing randomly. So after waiting 30 seconds, you are back to the home screen.

The main reason why I bought an iPhone was that I felt Apple is doing a really good job on software maintenance – until iOS4 that is. To be honest it is beyond my understanding why it was well possible to write a fast performing OS for the iPhone 3G (2.x) and then suddenly it is no more (4.x)? Guess Apple engineers are just too lazy to optimize their code nowadays.

Fortunately the downgrade to an earlier iPhone OS is still possible and I will do it tonight. These are the links I have found:

ATTENTION: If you downgrade your phone, you will not be able to restore your previous iPhone backup! iTunes will complain that the backup was made with a newer OS version. I am trying to find a workaround. Looks like the only known solution is to use TimeMachine to find backup that was made with the old OS version you are downgrading to. Otherwise you need to setup the phone as a new model. If you do that, your current backup will be overwritten!! So make sure you backup your backup first. More info here:

I am now experimenting with the idea of editing the Info.plist file to fake an older version number. Instructiond here.


Running time machine on a network drive

I am running time machine on my QNAP TS-109 for some time now. I had a few problems with the AFP share not being accessible after a while for which i found a good solution (see other post).

Enabling time machine to use (non TimeCapsule) network drives is a piece of cake. Just enter this command in a Terminal session “defaults write TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1”. Once done, you can pick any share you created on your drive to use for time machine backups.

Works really well,  put down here so i keep note of it 😉


My personal wishlist for iPhone V4

I had long resisted the iPhone. While i was one of the first people in my company to be able to touch and play with the first iPhone i was sticking to my Nokia N95 8GB for quite a long time. Admitedly (rather late) i am now an iPhone addict (in the positive sense).

So here is my personal wishlist of what should be in the new version of the iPhone should there be any soon – for what it is worth:

– 3.7″ – WVGA screen (not bigger, please)

– At least 2mm thinner

– Minimum 50% increased battery lifetime

– Back cover and front cover having the same color (black + white is truly ugly). The whole ID needs an overhaul as it is truly well engineered but not really competitive anymore.

– Frontside should be mostly screen with very limited framing (why not have the screen go around the buttons ;-)) )?

– 1 Ghz CPU

– 5MP camera with flash and 1080p HD camcorder

– Wireless iTunes sync

On top of that i personally think the iPhone 3GS should actually turn into an iPhone 3G nano with about 3/4 of the size of the current model keeping the same resolution and featureset (subject to getting the touch experience right). So Apple could continue the “classic line” as nano and bring the hardware up to standards with the new “premium” models.

I know this may be conflicting Apple’s strategy, but it is a wishlist.

I did not write anything about software as i think there are plenty of good suggestions already. And to be honest (putting my consumer hat on) i am pretty happy with the choice of applications. A bit more multimedia (HDMI out?) would be really cool.