Solusi: Bluetooth Not Available di Laptop MacBook

Tiba-tiba saja, bluetooth di laptop saya tidak bekerja. Ketika mengklik ikon “bluetooth” di menubar MacBook saya, muncul tulisan “Bluetooth Not Available”. Masuk ke System Preferences untuk membuka menu terkait bluetooth, juga tidak membantu. Dan, ini sangat mengganggu.

Saat ini, ada beberapa piranti yang terhubung ke laptop melalui bluetooth yaitu: tetikus, papan ketik, dan headphone. Tetikus masih saya gunakan, karena saya lebih nyaman, dan saat ini saya menggunakan monitor eksternal. Jadi, laptop lebih untuk mesin saja. Saya gunakan papan ketik eksternal karena kebetulan ada salah satu tombol yang tidak berfungsi dengan baik, dan lagi-lagi karena saya tidak bekerja langsung dengan laptop saya.

Karena kondisi ini, otomatis semua perangkat tidak dapat digunakan. Ketika tanpa bluetooth, saya bisa menggunakan papan ketik dan trackpad. Tapi, tetap saja bagi saya ini kurang nyaman.

Solusi

Setelah melakukan pencarian untuk solusinya, bluetooth saya kembali normal. Solusi yang saya pakai adalah dengan menghapus berkas Property List terkait bluetooth ini. Caranya cukup sederhana:

  1. Masuk ke direktori /Library/Preferences (bisa melalui Finder atau Terminal)
  2. Hapus berkas com.apple.Bluetooth.plist
  3. Masuk ke direktori ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost
  4. Hapus berkas com.apple.Bluetooth.XXXXXXX.plist (sesuaikan nama berkas sesuai yang ada.

Selain itu, saya juga sekalian menghapus berkas System Junk.

Setelah proses di atas, saya matikan laptop saya lalu saya tunggu, hitung-hitung restart juga. Setelah beberapa saat, saya nyalakan kembali, dan ikon bluetooth sudah tersedia kembali, dan saya bisa menghubungkan kembali seluruh perangkat seperti sebelumnya.

Hello, HEY!

Yes, I’m joining the crowd to give HEY — email service by the awesome guys at Basecamp — a shout. I wrote them to request for an invite three around three days ago. I am sure that they’re having lots of invitation requests, but today, I finally got the invitation code to register an account.

Before registering, I have read some key information about HEY: about how it works, the HEY manifesto, some key points on the FAQ page, and also how the pricing will work. I also understand that Imbox is not a typo.

Some key points about HEY

In my opinion, these are some key points about HEY. It’s not about my personal preference, but more about ‘what I — or probably you — should now by having a @hey.com account.

  1. It’s NOT an email client. So, it’s not like Gmail for Android/iOS. It’s not Outlook you can have on your Android, Mac, or iOS devices. It’s not even close to Spark, Postbox, or Newton.
  2. It’s an email service provider, with — currently — @hey.com domain for the email address created. That’s right, it’s like Gmail by Google, or Yahoo Mail, or Outlook. It’s also like how you have your email address, powered by your cPanel-based hosting, or maybe you have it installed yourself and having Roundcube as the interface. Creating an account at HEY is like you open an account at Gmail, or having an email at Yahoo Mail service.
  3. It’s not free. It’s a paid service. To enjoy the full service at the moment, with the upcoming features in the futures, we need to pay US$99/year minimum. We need to pay extra if for ‘shorter’ username. 2-characters of username costs US$999/year, and 3-character of username will cost US$349/year. And, we need to pay a year in advance.
  4. It offers “better” privacy. Hint: Gmail.
  5. It might change your workflow. It might be better for some people, but probably it’s not for everyone.

More features that might works better for you can be seen at HEY website.

Let’s give it a try

Reading some of those points above, I was curious about how it works. I mean about the interface, functionalities, workflows, and more. It’s 2020, and making working with email to become an enjoyable experience — for those who work a lot with emails — is still a big challenge.

I am a Gmail user — or Gmail-based email, because I also use Google App for Work — and I use lots of Google services. I signed up for my Gmail account when it was still ‘invite only’ period.

My first question about HEY was, “If HEY is that good, how the integration between services I currently use?”. I have an Gmail email, and once I signed up for it, I can use all the other services right away. The integration between those [Google] service is already that good.

I still believe that HEY is not ‘just another email provider’. Basecamp is a reputable company. I follow Signal vs Noise blog. I bought both REMOTE and REWORK. It’s built by people who know what they do, and who want to make the idea of working to become something efficient and fun at the same time. If we’re talking about productivity, Basecamp should be mentioned here.

I already logged-in to my email account. I have HEY app installed on my iPad and Android phone. I also already sent my first email to it.

Let’s see.

Database of dimensioned drawings

Dimensions.Guide is a comprehensive reference database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our world.”

For example, this is how Marvel’s Iron Man compared to Thanos and Spider-Man.

Few Things You Need to Know About The New Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA)

According to the news, the new Yogyakarta International Airport will be operating in late April 2019. For the first phase, some airlines like Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia Indonesia, and Silk Air will have their inaugural flights.

I will not talk about the controversies, but one thing for sure: there will be a new airport to support the ‘current’ airport that is too small to handle millions of passengers per year.

Location

New Yogyakarta International Airport is located in Kulon Progo Regency. Yes, it’s still in Yogyakarta Special Region. See map below. “So, is near the city center?”, “Is it far from Adisutjipto International airport?”, you may be asking.

I personally haven’t visited this ‘new’ airport. As a citizen who lives not far from city center, — I define Malioboro area as the city center here — New Yogyakarta International Airport is quite far.

In a very normal traffic, I can reach Malioboro area for about 25-30 minutes by car. Referring to Google Maps, the distance between Adisutjipto Airport and Malioboro area (I use Tugu Monument as the point of reference) is around 9-10km.

Leaving for your destination from Adisutjipto should not be difficult also as you can find taxies easily. Or, you can use ride sharing transportation like Go-Jek Indonesia or Grab. If your destination is also available using Trans Jogja bus, it might be a solution also. Even, if you need go to directly to Solo city for example, the train station is just outside the arrival area.

Compared to the above route, the distance from the ‘new’ airport is ‘only’ around 48km (I pick the ‘shortest’ route provided by Google Maps).

How far is the New Yogyakarta International Airport?

If you could not figure out yet how far is the new airport, let’s see some other contexts for comparisons. We will use the distance between Yogyakarta Tugu Monument as the starting point and Google Maps to measure the distance.

So, distance from Yogyakarta Tugu Monument to:

How to get there?

I think Damri as the bus operator will server the route to the new airport, and the train from PT KAI as well. But, I think it will take a little bit time. Renting a car might be little expensive. Taking Go-Car from Go-Jek or Grab is a reasonable option. Conventional metered-taxi, probably. It will cost more, I suppose. I checked the fare for Go-Car and Grab, it is around IDR 180,000-200,000.

How-To: Calling Siri on Mac Using Custom Keyboard Shortcut or Dictation

What Siri can do

I tried using Siri on Mac after my upgrade to macOS Sierra, and it works as expected, even I’m still using some basic commands. It’s just like they way I talk to Siri on my iPhone and iPad. Asking Siri is simple, just hit the Siri button on the menu bar, and send your command.

But, can we call Siri from a keyboard shortcut or even dictation? Yes, we can.

Delete Old Devices Backup on OS X to Reclaim Disk Storage

One of the routines relate to my laptop is to keep everything organised. This includes folders management, removing unused files or installing/uninstalling applications, etc.
For disk usage checking purpose, I use OmniDiskSweeper. Yes, I also have Macpaw’s CleanMyMac 2, but OmniDiskSweeper will do a simple and specific task as mentioned on its site:

OmniDiskSweeper is really great at what it does: showing you the files on your drive, in descending order by size, and letting you decide what to do with them.

One of the directories using lots of storage was ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/. This directory stores the backup of the iOS devices. I have iPad and also iPhone. I only have 250 GB of storage configuration for my Macbook Pro, and the backup consumes tens of GB.
iTunes Devices Preferences
To remove the unnecessary backup files, open iTunes, choose Preferences, and select the Devices menu. There are some old backups that I think safe enough to be removed. So, I did that. So, I only keep the latest backup for now.
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The backup solution is pretty easy and straight forward. Even I don’t regularly synchronised my files, in most cases I only backup the media files especially photo. And, I prefer to use Image Capture to save the photos/videos to the folder I wanted.

Photo Sizes on Flickr

I’m not sure when Flickr started to generate more sizes for uploaded photos. If you upload a photo, it will be uploaded to Flickr, and will be processed to generate multiple image sizes. Here are the sizes for reference — based on a photo taken using iPhone 5:

  • Square 75 (75 x 75)
  • Square 150 (150 x 150)
  • Thumbnail (100 x 75)
  • Small 240 (240 x 180)
  • Small 320 (320 x 240)
  • Medium 500 (500 x 375)
  • Medium 640 (640 x 480)
  • Medium 800 (800 x 600)
  • Large 1024 (1024 x 768)
  • Large 1600 (1600 x 1200)
  • Large 2048 (2048 x 1536)
  • Original (3264 x 2448)

250 Million Tweets per Day and More Than 100 Million Users

CEO Dick Costolo
At Web 2.0 Summit 2011 in San Fransisco, Dick Costolo (Twitter CEO) revealed some latest statistics about Twitter. Here are some facts:

References: Forbes, Business Insider, The Next Web.

I don't send Instagram photos to Flickr automatically. Why?

I like taking photos using my iPhone 4 and send them to Instagram. At the same time, I also like Flickr. iPhone 4, Nokia N8, and Flickr should be a great combination. Both Instagram and Flickr have their good and bad. And, I think both services can not be compared. Each service has its own medium and audiences, including the way how contents delivered to its users.
Posting to Instagram is super easy. If you use it, you know what I mean. It also has filters. There are some good photography applications to edit or manipulate photos available for download at App Store. Everything looks perfect. But, I decide not to post my photos sent to Instagram to Flickr stream automatically. Yes, it’s a very easy process and I don’t do it. Why? Here are my personal three main reasons:

1. It’s not big enough

When a photo posted to Instagram, it will be posted in multiple sizes. They are Thumbnail (150×150), Medium (306×306), and Large (612×612). Even I can post the large photo, it’s not big enough for me. I want to have my photos on Flickr as my personal photography archive too. By uploading manually to Flickr — from desktop or directly using application like Flickr for iPhone I can bigger photo, even the original photo size — taken using my iPhone.

SSH login without password using OS X

KeysLately, I need to deal with more login combinations. And, most of them are about logging in to server via SSH. I decided to create a simple mechanism rather than having some login combinations written somewhere. Why not remember those logins? Well, too many things to remember.
So, I tried to create an automated system to servers and found this useful tutorial. I tried it on my Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and it works. I put it here for my reference:

  • From Terminal, run: ssh-keygen -t rsa
  • Copy/add ~/.ssh/authorized_keys:

Done!

About Nokia Tune


I just knew that Nokia tune was composed in 1902. This tune — also called Grande Valse — is a phrase from a composition for solo guitar, Gran Vals, by the Spanish classical guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega. And, it’s estimated that this Nokia tune is heard 1.8 billion times per day, about 20,000 times per second. [Reference: Nokia tune on Wikipedia]

Some Notes About Enabling Multi-Site option in WordPress 3.0

After upgrading my blog using WordPress 3.0, I was thinking of taking the opportunity to have the multi-site option. Previously, I played with WordPress Multi User. So, I think it would something I’m familiar with. If you’re not familiar with WordPress 3.0 features, you can check WordPress Codex first. You can find lots of useful information there. It’s a good place to start.
Currently, this blog is already using Multi-Site feature. The setup was easy, but I want to share few things I had during the ‘migration’. By default, this feature is disabled. So, you will see no settings/option under your WordPress Dashboard menus. If you’re ready to enable this feature, the first thing you need to do is to modify WordPress configuration file (wp-config.php). Add this line of code into wp-config.php:

define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true);

Posterous as Media Sharing Service


Few weeks ago, I posted a question about media/image sharing provider as Twitter companion. I asked about the better solution between TwitPic or TweetPhoto. Andre Siregar (@dregar) mentioned about using Posterous as the image sharing provider. Right now, I’m enjoying Posterous. Posterous offers many features that are easy to use, especially — of course — when it has something to do with email.
When we share media files (photos/videos) — related to Twitter — the idea is to put the image somewhere in the internet, and broadcast the URL to our Twitter account. Most services offers similar mechanism. And, most of them also have ‘post by email’ feature. Now, I think I will use my Posterous account as my primary service to do this. The main reason is that I like using ‘send by email’ feature.
Other reason is about personal preference. Posterous has flexibility on the design. I have made some modifications for my Posterous page. It’s still simple, anyway. Also, Posterous can handle multiple media formats so that it’s not limited to photos/image only, but audio, audio or any other files. If I want to share to Twitter — for example — I can do it easily using Autopost feature, or send it to a certain email address. Nice!