Itanda connects your Touchbar MacBook Pro with Apple Cinema Display

by admin on August 5, 2017

Itanda USB-C to MiniDisplay Port Adaptor

The Itanda USB-C to Apple Mini Display Port Adaptor works fine with my 2016 MacBook Pro 15 Inch TouchBar and Apple Cinema Display 27 inches.

Mac OSX Sierra : Don’t Have Permissions To Edit File : Solved

by admin on July 14, 2017

From the Apple Support Knowledge base :


Reset permissions

If the issue occurred after changing the permissions of items in your home folder, follow these steps to reset the permissions:

From the Finder menu bar, choose Go > Home. Your home folder opens.
Choose File > Get Info. An Info window for your home folder opens.
If the “Sharing & Permissions” section at the bottom of the window isn’t open, click the triangle in that section to open it.
If the Lock button at the bottom of the window shows a closed lock lock , click the lock and enter an administrator name and password.
Click the Action menu in the bottom corner of the window, then choose “Apply to enclosed items.” Click OK to confirm the action. A progress bar appears at the top of the window.
When the progress bar completes, open the Terminal app from the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
Paste or type this command in Terminal, then press Return:

diskutil resetUserPermissions / `id -u`

On U.S. keyboards, the ` character is just above the Tab key. After entering the diskutil command, if Terminal says that permissions reset on user home directory failed (error -69841), enter chflags -R nouchg ~, then enter the diskutil command again.

When the process completes, quit Terminal.


The 2017 Nokia 3310

by admin on March 3, 2017

The 2017 Nokia 3310

This awesome classic is back! I love the display and the UI. Would buy it today only if it supported the basics

  • 4/5G
    Basic Social Apps like Twitter, FB, WhatsApp
    GPS Navigation
    Apps like the Old Nokia…

The 2017 Nokia 3310

Navmii : A Free Voice Guided Navigation App For Blackberry 10

by admin on August 12, 2015

Navmii is a free smart navigation and traffic app for drivers. The company is a leading provider of connected navigation solutions globally. The company is headquartered in London UK, with offices in San Francisco and St Petersburg, Russia. Navmii launched Navfree in September 2010 and was the very first free navigation app on iPhone. It uses OSM maps.Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 7.04.49 pm

Here Maps for iOS are here.

by admin on April 1, 2015

Finally. We have another good offline maps solution for iOS. Here Maps.

Nokia’s Here maps are amongst the best in the world. Having turn-by-turn navigation, that too, offline, makes this an absolute must for your iPhone.HereForiOS-5

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How to send photos from iPhone to Mac

by admin on August 29, 2014

Its really very simple. Just connect your iPhone to your Mac using the USB iPhone cable. Open Applications : ImageCapture on your Mac. Your iPhone will want to know if it can trust this computer (in case it’s not your default synced Mac). Say ‘Yes’.

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Now ImageCapture displays all your photos. Import as many as you wish.

Suunto Ambit 3 Wish List

by admin on August 28, 2014

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Much as I love my Suunto Ambit, I wish the following things were possible. Will keep adding to the list:

– Easier calibration of built in 3D Compass.
– Ability to load .gpx tracks created from other apps like JOSM.
– Ability to export recorded tracks to apps of my choice (for example OpenStreetMap)
– An app to map Temperature against Time (just like we can see Altitude against time right now).
– An app t record tracks and place WayPoints with the click of a button.
– I know this is asking for too much, but support for Windows Mobile and Blackberry 10 if possible.
– A more detailed App store which has photos, screenshots and more info on the Apps.
– A discussion board on Suunto site. Currently its very difficult to seek help, discuss issues and ideas etc.

Will keep adding to this wish list.

Suunto Ambit: Best Smartwatch

by admin on August 24, 2014

I have owned the Suunto Ambit for over a year now, and it has clearly been the best ‘smart watch’ I have come across. It has:

– GPS : recording tracks, waypoints, navigation
– Altimeter
– Thermometer
– Apps. Yes it has a thriving app store at and you can code your own.

It connects to your Mac via a USB cable and the ‘MovesCount’ app, plus simultaneously gets charged as well. The battery lasts about a month without GPS. If GPS is active, it lasts about 17 hours.

Apart from the regular time, stopwatch, alarm, storm forecasts, sunrise/sunset etc. The new Ambit3 can display phone notifications on your watch via a connected phone app, but I have never really been a fan of notifications on the watch. I can always look at my phone, equally handy, for that.

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Why the world needs OpenStreetMap

by admin on January 27, 2014

An excellent piece by emacsen:

…why do we need a project like OpenStreetMap? The answer is simply that as a society, no one company should have a monopoly on place, just as no one company had a monopoly on time in the 1800s. Place is a shared resource, and when you give all that power to a single entity, you are giving them the power not only to tell you about your location, but to shape it. In summary, there are three concerns- who decides what gets shown on the map, who decides where you are and where you should go, and personal privacy.

Who decides what gets displayed on a Google Map? The answer is, of course, that Google does.

How can we map for OSM using our phones (if your phone has a built in GPS chip)?

iPhone: GoMap!
Blackberry 10: Nogago Tracks.
Blackberry OS before 10: GPSLogger II.
Windows Phone: SimpleOSM.
Android: Vespucci.
Symbian S60: PyS60Editor.
Nokia Internet Tablets N800/N810/N900: OSM2Go.
n case your phone doesn’t have a GPS chip, you can always use something like the Columbus V990. (This page is in German, you can use some online translation service to read it).

These are only some of the tools that I have experienced myself. There are many others. Just look around and find one that you prefer using. Some of these apps, like Nogago and GPSLogger II help in recording gpx trails and waypoints which you must import into OSM editors like Potlatch/JOSM/iD etc to create maps. Apps like GoMap! and Vespucci allow you to directly add waypoints and other information on OSM.

Map responsibly and understand the security concerns involved.

Gionee E6

by admin on December 2, 2013


I finally got my hands on a Gionee Phone. An E6. Gionee is a Chinese brand which has recently ventured into India. The phone runs on Android. Its easy to make an Android Phone work with a Mac.

The phone itself has good build quality, a display which is not only very responsive but also carrying excellent colour and contrast, and a design I prefer over some of the rival Android phones. The unibody construction feels good to hold with nicely rounded edges, and the display is nice, not all horribly reflective like a certain popular Android brand. All at a great price.

The first thing I tried was to use the phone without a Google account. Its very much possible, and Hotmail works well, so do the contacts and calendar. Since my contacts and calendars are on Hotmail, they transferred in a breeze. You can also export all your contacts from Apple AddressBook as a vCard, import that into your Gmail account, and setup that account on your Gionee E6 to bring your contacts to your phone.

Another way to transfer contacts is : Go to Apple AddressBook (called Contacts in Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks) -> Preferences -> Accounts -> Add Account (Its the + plus at the bottom of the dialogue box)-> Google.

For Calendar -> Preferences -> Accounts -> Add Account  (Its the + plus at the bottom of the dialogue box) -> Google.

However, the moment you want to use the Play Store, you need a Google Account.

Since the phone has a pretty good GPS chip, so I thought of trying it out for OSM Mapping. On the Android, Vespucci is one of the best options. It works wonderfully. OSM Mapper Helper is another useful tool. DoubleTwist is one of the many apps that promises to sync with your iTunes.