Finally Learning to love the Apple Magic Mouse

November 1st, 2013 No Comments »

Having struggled now for over a year with the Apple Track Pad, I’ve decided to give the Apple Magic Mouse another try.  I’ve bought and returned the Magic Mouse twice but decided once again to give it a try.

I’m really liking it! It seems I’ve either gotten better at the MAC way of doing things or the mouse has improved.  I did have problems previously with accidentally touching the top all the time and causing scrolling by accident but now, that does not seem to be the case. 

Who knows, but I’m a happy camper now.



Sad Your IR Control no longer works with your macbook pro retina?

September 5th, 2013 No Comments »

Me to.  Today, I finally spent the time and found a program call rowmote that solves the problem for me.  let’s me control the volume on my safari or google browsers playing video as well as pause and resume.  That’s all I wanted!


Why Apple Will Survive and Thrive

August 22nd, 2013 No Comments »

As you know if you’ve been following my blog, I’m now pretty invested in Apple hardware.  Two Thunderbolt monitors, the most expensive MacBook Retina you can buy, lot’s of keyboards and trackpads as well as an IPad and various other apple accessories.

Yesterday, my trackpad that I bought something like a year ago started acting up (would not click every so often).  I went by the apple store here in San Francisco last night and explained this to the guy at the main desk (not the genius bar).  His response after looking at it for about 2 minutes was

I really don’t know but let me just give you a new one

No receipt, no long story, just a new one.  All I had to do was accept it by putting my name and email into his iphone.

I don’t know that Apple will stay the biggest company in the world, but I’m sure they will be around for quite a while.

Wrangling the Adobe Premiere Record Head and Zooming

June 17th, 2013 No Comments »

I just figured out that where you leave your record head is where the bottom scroll bars zoom around. Here is what I’m talking about.

How To Export Marked Sections of Adobe Premiere Timeline Exactly

June 12th, 2013 No Comments »

Exporting exact time line marked sections is a little tricky. There is a subtle pop up that shows you where the exact spot is to mark with the O what you want.

Here are the videos showing the example.

Switching from VMWare Fusion to Parallels 8, Stay Tuned…

May 2nd, 2013 No Comments »

I’ve now switched from Fusion to Parallels.  Too much hanging with Fusion. Let’s see how it goes and I’ll report back.

VMWare Fusion Woes and Repairs

April 27th, 2013 No Comments »

I’ve been using VMWare Fusion and OS X 10.8.3 for a while now.  I’ve got the big Retina (768GB SSD, 16GB Ram, 2.6Ghz).  Still, with two cores set to windows 8 pro, I get hanging when I try and go back and forth between the VM (full screen, two monitors) and OS X.

I’ve had a VMWare support call going for about 2 weeks now. They have looked at my logs, tried a bunch of stuff but nothing helps. It still gets these 5 to 10 second pauses about 10 times a day at least (I usually stay on the windows side but I still get pauses sometimes there).

I recently took my Retina to a mac store to have them run diag’s. Who knows, maybe it was broken.  They ran there in store diags and discovered the camera was broken but no errors on anything else.

They suggested I part with my Retina for 3 to 7 days and they would send it to the repair center (free of course) and the repair center would replace the broken camera as well as run better diags on the components.

So, I bought a new Retina on Craigs List (2.8GHz, 500GB, 16GBRam) so I could keep my work life going (can’t be without a main computer and I do everything on my Retina).  One nice thing is that I could test whether my WinClone bootcamp partition backup was really working (yes it does).

Four days later, I get it back from Apple.  They replaced the screen, all the memory and the motherboard.

Still though, same problem with VMWare Fusion hanging.

At least my camera works now (and time to sell the 1 week old faster Retina, but I have to say I could not tell a difference in the speed.  I certainly did miss the hard disk size though).

VMWare Fusion Shortcut for Getting out of Full Screen Mode

March 18th, 2013 No Comments »

I recently upgraded my retina to OS X 10/8.3 and Fusion 5.0.3.  Though lots of issues installing bootcamp and windows 8, I did pick up a very handy short cut. 


Toggles between full screen mode and single screen mode.  The reason I need it is because the normal vmware fusion menu is gone from my vmware session in full screen mode.

More details here


The other reason I need it is because snagit does not work with screen captures when in dual screen mode. Now, it’s easy to pop back and forth between dual screen mode and single window mode, do my snagit (as above), then go back again.

Upgrade My Macbook Retina to OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 and VMWare Fusion 5.0.3 (1040386)

March 15th, 2013 No Comments »


I’ve been having tons of issues with hanging and crashing with m Retina using VMWare Fusion.  I just read that Apple released 10.8.3 today and decided to call vmware and ask about it and if they had a fix that would work with it.

THEY SAID YES! and they said it was safe.

So, I upgraded everything this morning (after backing up).  Everything upgraded flawlessly.  So far, no crash or hang.

I understand this supports windows 8 with bootcamp.  Will try that later.

Keeping my fingers crossed

VMware Fusion 5.0.2, Office 2013 and Strange Flashes and Artifacts

February 25th, 2013 3 Comments »

I’m a happy VMware Fusion user except for sometimes.  As I said in my previous post.

There is a nasty bug that happens if you apply the latest OSX patches for my Macbook Retina.  The way to avoid the problem is to turn Graphics Acceleration off inside of VMware setup.  Turns out, after upgrading to the latest Microsoft Office 2013, there is another bug which causes the screen to make funny flashes while you are working.  I contacted VMware and they logged into my system and added the following two magic parameters to my vmx file for my windows 8 VM.  It seems to have solved the problem.

vmgl.GL_ARB_map_buffer_range = "FALSE"
vmgl.GL_APPLE_flush_buffer_range = "FALSE"

* the vmx file is located where you launch your vm from.  on my system, it is

/Users/macwinguy/Documents/Virtual Machines/win8rtm/Windows8x64R.vmwarevm