Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

Howto: T-Mobile 3G USB modem on Leopard

During the current business trip to the UK, I was provided with T-Mobile’s 3G USB modem. While I was using Windows laptop, everything was nice and dandy. Connecting it to USB port was all I needed to do: it automatically installed all drivers and apps and started itself. All I needed to do was click on Connect and in few seconds I was online, with fantastic 3.6Mbps speed.

When I switched to Macbook Pro running Leopard, things weren’t so rosy. Connecting to Mac yielded “unrecognized device” or some similar error. There was nothing about Mac on the included CD.I later heard that there is in fact Mac CD in the package, I only was not given one After some searching, I found the drivers but actually getting online was a bit more trickier. Here’s the step-by-step guide.

eBay frauds

I recently posted my old laptop for sale on eBay. I have bought several stuff before (using a different account) and was aware of how things generally work. I was also aware of the number of different scams bustards use to trick both sellers and buyers. Items I bought had rather low price, thus thieves and other cheating scam had no interest in it.

This time however, I was selling a valuable laptop. It was the first thing I ever tried to sell, thus I was extra careful and checked everything and everyone.

Leopard launch at Apple Store in Regent Street, London

There was a good deal of interest in the store, and lots of buying

(Photo: Aleksandar Vacić)

My business trip to London coincided with the Leopard launch. Of course I could not miss that, even though I did not buy anything, due to me being very busy on Friday and completely forgetting to transfer the money to an account connected with my card 1.

The store was chock full and the queue was running around the store. On the entrance you got Leopard themed t-shirts. Rather lame (I don’t like this supernova X design) and only in one size, which is M; it looks like british people are mostly thin. Who would’ve known

It was interesting watching it all. People were in rather long queues in front of the registers, even though arriving tomorrow will give you probably no waiting at all. Lots of people were buying Macs, some even going with two or three. The workshop at the top was fully seated plus some people standing (first time I saw that in this store).

A testimony for the iPod brand strength is that there was queue for buying iPods too - lots of those in queues were taking home various side-buys apart from Macs and Leopard.

For the fun, I asked one of the guys running around (fetching stuff that people bought) can I buy a MacBook Pro with custom hard disk. I expected sorry, please come in tomorrow but he actually said sure, although it might take up to an hour. Well, what can you say - just great.

There were some people in Apple shirts that did not do any selling, mostly speaking with people. Some had rather hard-to-miss outfits. ;)

Take a look at assorted photos I took last evening - I hope they catch the atmosphere.

Kimi, finally

After two seasons when he finished just a bit short of the title, mostly due to unreliable McLaren car, Kimi finally won the title thanks to…well, there’s no escaping it: hot-headed, inexperienced and mostly dumb Hamilton. He just needed a quiet race. Nothing fancy. Push only if Fernando goes in front. No, the dumb-ass had to race like a maniac, like it’s first race or middle of the season.

Dumb ass. This must be the worst season in McLaren history. They were on the verge of winning both titles and eventually lost both.

Kimi wins the most dramatic finale in the recent history

Sincere congratulations to Kimi - he deserved it.