Monday, November 7, 2011

The Future of UX Is ... Windows

Video link from a colleague: UX in 2019

Interesting take from Microsoft with two flawed assumptions...

1. Apple will be able to create that many new devices by 2019
2. Windows Mobile will be able to run on those devices

Because if Microsoft is thinking that these are devices built by Microsoft, they've got some catching up to do.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

MacBook Workaround When It Thinks It's On AC Power Even When Unplugged

My MacBook just started thinking it's on AC power even when unplugged.

None of the proposed solutions worked: Cleaning the MagSafe adapter and port, PRAM and SMC reset, etc. So most likely a logic board or hardware issue, and this laptop's so old and out of warranty there's no way I'm paying for a logic board replacement.

So I was stuck with the fact that the MacBook would not display how much power was left in the battery using the standard Apple menu. Not good when you're on the go.

However, I did notice that in System Preferences > Energy Saver it did show the "Current battery charge: XX%" accurately. So the issue was that XX% wouldn't show up in the menu bar.

As a workaround, I downloaded the freeware called "Slim Battery Monitor" and it now shows me the XX% accurately in the menu bar. Even though it still thinks it's charging on AC, at least it shows the XX% accurately again so I know how much battery life is left. Not a real fix but better than nothing...

Anyway, if you can still see the XX% in System Prefs > Energy Saver, this may help you. Good luck!