Friday, September 5, 2014

Solution to "system administrator has blocked one drive" in Windows 8.x

Windows 8.1 System does not directly allow the use of skydrive. At least that's what I found when I tried to open the onedrive (skydrive)

Here is the solution on how to get out of the situation

  1. Press the Windows key (start menu) type in gpedit.msc, this will open the Group Policy Object (GPO) on  the Windows 8.1 machine.
  2. Goto Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Onedrive/Skydrive
  3. Double-click Prevent the usage of SkyDive for file storage.
  4. Disable the prevent thigy, and click OK.
  5. Close Group Policy Editor.
Voila!
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Spotlight turning crazy after latest updates in MacOSX

So, my mac has restarted couple many times without warning. I wrote about it last time here
The stripes seen on the screen and the GPU panic records indicated that the motherboard might be in trouble. Went to apple met a genius who ran diagnostic "MRI" to verify the hardware is OK (with the greens except the RAM in yellow, which I upgraded from 4GB to 8GB).

Now we went back to the 10.9.4, I want to actually go to 10.8. But let's give it a shot.
Just documenting what else did I do to prevent the restart and did not work.

I started out by killing everything else in the computer that was not being used. No success there. The shutdown/restart is random. Sometimes in the middle of typing. Am I stroking it hard?

Also bought a cooling fan for the laptop. Helps to control the heating. Installed Temperature monitor and wrote a small script to monitor the temperature trends and if restart correlates with the temperature. Not much success there.

Since the spotlight was running wild, most of the time, I disabled it. But a mac without spotlight is not fun experience.
I did this to turn off the spotlight indexing, which I thought was eating up my computer. (I mean 8GB RAM, and 2.4GB intel i5... come on!!!)
sudo mdutil -a -i off
This also did not help, obviously.

So, I booked an appointment at apple, and went back to the os before updates. Lets see...

Link out:
http://coolestguidesontheplanet.com/spotlight-control-mac-os-x-mavericks-10-9/

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Macbook Pro heats up and shuts down after the updates to 10.9.x

At times I think why?
Why did I decide to upgrade the OS. It was cool with 10.8.x. I even had upgraded the RAM: from 4 GB to 8GB, thereby leaving plenty of 'em for spare RAM (without needing to download more RAM.. wink wink).
One evening I saw that there were more than 5 GB of RAM consistently being not used. So, I thought may be going for 10.9 will be OK. Bad decision. I think Mars eclipse was happening at the time when I made that decision.

Fast forward now:
Now and then it restarts. I think it is due to overheating. I opened up the back cover to see if the fan thingy is OK. There are two fans, and both are spinning fine.
Not sure why!!

Well, my preliminary assessment is that it is that indexing service that is using my CPU go crazy::: thereby causing the heating.  When it is not indexing, it is not that heated even with my heavy lifting programs running.

So, next time it starts indexing, I need to either kill it. Or, let it do its business till finished, without adding load. But that kinda reminds me of my windows machine which needed to be left for updating the virus/adobe/other updates. Not good feeling!!!
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