How to force eject a stuck disc from MacBook Pro

How to Force Eject a Stuck Disc from MacBook Pro

I burned six discs for a client this morning and the sixth one got stuck.

There was a burn failure error message but no Disc icon or eject button.

Tried several ways, including banging, and discovered three simple steps.

1. Shut down.
2. Click and hold touchpad.
3. Turn on.

The disc popped out from the drive and I continued working happily ever after.

How to force eject a stuck disc from MacBook Pro

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Lessons Learnt from Aircon Installation Service

Today, we replaced our defective 13-year-old aircon with the new Mitsubishi Starmex System.

We chose this model because Jack Neo demonstrated on TV the easy self cleaning maintenance.

In this post, I document the little lessons learnt from this experience of aircon installation.

Mitsubishi Electric Starmex Inverter Air Conditioner System
Mitsubishi Electric Starmex Inverter Air Conditioner System

Lesson #1: Installing on weekdays is recommended over weekends to avoid complaints from neighbours.

Lesson #2: Using back existing pipes and trunking does not include them in the overall warranty.

Lesson #3: Test gas pipe leakage by releasing gas at compressor and if gas rushes out, pipe is good.

The compressor
The compressor

Lesson #4: Test condition of existing electrical wiring by turning each unit on and off individually.

Lesson #5: There are two pipes from each aircon unit. One a gas inlet  and one water outlet.

Lesson #6: Installation of water outlet pipes must angle downwards for water to flow all the way out.

Gas inlet pipe (bigger) and water outlet pipe (smaller)
Gas inlet pipe (bigger) and water outlet pipe (smaller)

Lesson #7: Thicker insulator reduces chances of condensation, but costs S$60 more per room.

Thicker half-inch insulator on the right and normal size on the left
Thicker half-inch insulator on the right and normal size on the left

Lesson #8: Finally, remember to vacuum suck the water outlet to flush clean it during servicing.

Main water outlet directed to the bathroom
Main water outlet directed to the bathroom

Before and after pictures:

The compressor outside on the aircon ledge
The compressor before and after on the aircon ledge
Replacing the old unit inside the middle bedroom
Replacing the old unit in the middle bedroom
Moved above the window in the master bedroom
Moved above the window in the master bedroom
Living room with piping accessed from the bathroom
Living room with piping accessed from the bathroom
Kids room extended trunking to a new position
Kids room extended trunking to a new position
The home turned into a workshop for a day
The home turned into a workshop for a day

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PS:

– We purchased the Mitsubishi Starmex aircon system from GainCity at Compass Point in Sengkang.
– My review? Very happy. Both the salesman and installation staff met my demands flexibly.

Signing up for Amazon UK Affiliate Program

Signing Up for Amazon UK Affiliate Program

For years, I have been making trickle of dollars from Amazon affiliate program.

Recently, sales picked up, especially in the cameras and accessories items.

From my website statistics, I can see visitors coming from all over the world.

However, I suspect sales were mostly done with the US visitors, and not the rest.

That is because I know there is an Amazon UK, an Amazon Japan and Amazon China.

Amazon UK and Amazon US are two separate companies  

I also know they are not linked with each other, and UK visitors will buy from UK.

That means I am losing sales with my international website that only sells to US.

So today I signed up as an Amazon UK affililiate, which took me less than 5 minutes.

Just go to https://affiliate-program.amazon.co.uk/ and fill up a list of questionnaires.

One pre-requisite thing to have is an existing website or blog and to specify your sales method.

The last thing to do in the Amazon UK sign up process  

The second last thing is to sign up automatically for Amazon Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

So now I cover the whole of Europe within that five minutes of sign up process.  YAY!

The final thing to do is to specify the payment method, which was a disappointment to me.

There is no PayPal option, and Singapore is not listed in the option of direct bank transfer.

The only way to get my money is via the traditional method, a cheque mailed to my address.

The money I receive will be in Pounds, and that’s ok, coz that is still earnings from my blog.

Signing up for Amazon UK Affiliate Program

How to convert existing Amazon links to UK links?

Back to my website with all the Amazon US links… should I create new links to the UK?

That will be a tedious job for one hundred over links… is there an automated way?

Indeed there is… and I will blog my findings in the next post, after implementation.

Adrian Lee
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PS:  I did’nt know which EU country I signed up for until I looked up  .de, .fr, .es and .it with  http://www.bitmedia.com/cc/url1.htm .

PPS: After implementing the automatic country redirect, I will conquer Japan, Canada and China.

PPPS: Let me know your thoughts or anything I should know that I missed out.

 

Donut Selfie

Travel Photo Tip #1 – Donut Selfie by Karen X Cheng

  1. Switch camera to video mode.
  2. Press the video record button.
  3. Hold camera with one hand.
  4. Press the lens on one side of your head.
  5. Move the camera away from your head.
  6. Move the camera in front of your face.
  7. Make one round and end the other side.

Post video online with tag #donutselfie.

Watch Karen’s Tutorial with more tips.

Donut Selfie Tutorial #1…

Donut Selfie Tutorial #2…

Donut Selfie Tutorial #3…

The result…

Enjoy!

Adrian Lee
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Car COE (Certificate of Entitlement) Prices in Singapore

Historical Chart…

This COE chart is made for my personal reference. Let me know if you spot any error.

Categories:

Category A – Cars up to 1600cc & 97kW (130bhp)
Category B – Cars above 1600cc or 97kW (130bhp)
Category C – Goods Vehicles and Buses
Category D – Motorcycles
Category E – Open

Source:
Latest COE results

Coming soon…
Latest
Highest
Prediction

wp-optimize

How I Deleted a Million WordPress Spam Comments

Today, I optimised my blog with  WP-Optimize by Ruhani Rabin of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

wp-optimize
wp-optimize

Basically, the free WordPress Plugin cleans up loose clutter that is accumulating in the database.

WP-Optimize Clean-up options
WP-Optimize Clean-up options
WP-Optimize General and Auto Clean-up Settings
WP-Optimize General and Auto Clean-up Settings

This is the report I get after optimising…

2010 post revisions deleted
3 auto drafts deleted
0 items removed from Trash
960627 spam comments deleted
33 comments removed from Trash
151 unused comment metadata items removed
0 unused akismet comment metadata items removed
1152 unapproved comments deleted

Phew! Finally I found a plugin to remove almost a MILLION spam comments.

Adrian Lee
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iPhone 6 Slow-mo Movie

EPIC 240FPS Slo-Mo Movie and Sound Effects

Testing the iPhone 6 Video Camera Slo-Mo feature, I shot a few items falling to the ground.

The amazing thing is the sound effect created when the audio is also slowed down.

Only the louder sounds remain intact while background noise is reduced.

Another amazing thing is that the ten-cent coin sound better than the one-dollar coin.

Watch and listen to the video…

http://youtu.be/ik1sn9xtGlg

Slo-Mo feature works best under bright or natural light, otherwise flickering occur.

Shot and edited with iPhone 6.  Leave a comment…

Adrian Lee
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iPhone 6 Slow-mo Movie
iPhone 6 Slow-mo Movie

Two iPhone Camera Apps Take Advantage of iOS8 Features

Want to take better photos with iPhone 6? Reduce noise and grain in low light situation?

Here are two apps that utilizes iOS8 camera features that will help you take better low light photos.

1. Manual by Little Pixels
2. VSCO Cam by Visual Supply Company

Put the camera apps in auto mode. Make sure the ISO setting remains on auto while you adjust the shutter speed down.

VSCO Cam

Keep the camera steady. Hold it against a stable object or use a tripod.

Follow these steps for better quality low-light photos from your iPhone 6.

Let me know how it works for you.

Adrian Lee
http://adrianvideoimage.com/

 

PS:

Other camera apps in the same game…
Camera+
Pro Camera 8
ProCam 2

 

Striving in Sunny Singapore