Bootcamp Windows 8.1 on MacBook Pro screen too dim

July 18th, 2015

Adaptive Brightness

If you have installed Windows 8.1 via Bootcamp on a MacBook Pro and the laptop screen is dim even at maximum brightness then you might be suffering from the Windows 8.1 “feature” of Adaptive Brightness (around since Windows 7).  Disable this through Control Panel and you get your brightness back.


Apple Watch Pricing

March 9th, 2015

The Apple Watch pricing has been announced at an Apple event.  The Apple Watch Sport is the cheapest with aluminium cases.  The Apple Watch is stainless Steel and a mainstream premium product while the Apple Watch Edition is made from 18-carat gold and costs from £8000.

Raspberry Pi 2 Launched

February 2nd, 2015
  • A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance)
  • 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)
  • Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1

Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as Microsoft Windows 10.

iPad Air 2 Announced

October 16th, 2014

The iPad Air 2 is 6.1mm thick and has a Touch ID fingerprint scanner.  It’s screen has up to 56% less glare than the iPad Air.  CPU is 40% increase and GPU 2.5x that of the iPad Air.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus announced

September 8th, 2014

Apple have announced the new iPhone 6 on the iPhone 6 plus. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch screen and the iPhone 6+ has a 5.5 inch screen. Both are thinner than the previous models and have more rounded edges like the iPad Air.

Android overtakes iOS as most used mobile OS online

August 11th, 2014

The Register report that although Android sales long ago overtook iOS in terms of number of devices sold, it has taken until July 2014 for the online mobile usage to move from an Apple OS to a Google OS.



Raspberry Pi Updated to Model B+

July 30th, 2014


The two-year-old a Raspberry Pi has been updated with a new model replacing the original Model B a model B+. This is very similar to pass a new slightly smaller form factor and double the number of USB ports. In addition the power supply has been improved reducing the requirement for a USB powered hub.

The process remains the same and very fewer other features change.

Apple announce iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

June 5th, 2014


Apple have announced their annual upgrade to iOS and OS X. iOS 8 will be released to coincide with the iPhone 6 in the autumn. OS X Yosemite replaces OS X Mavericks and increases tie up between iOS and OS X.

Provided you have an iPhone and Mac you will be up to handover calls and SMS messages from your Mac to iPhone and back.

HealthKit was demonstrated for developers to create health-based applications.

Tesco Mobile add Personal Hotspot for iPhone after 3 years

April 27th, 2014

The option to share internet access through your mobile data connection (3G or 4G) from your phone to a laptop, tablet or other device is now know as tethering (for those with long enough memories it was called a “data modem” in the Ericsson T39 days but worked via a cable rather than with WiFi).

Ericsson T39Data Cable Ericsson T39

With the Apple iPhone the ability to tether (worked on iPhoneOS 3) is now known as Personal Hotspot (introduced in March 2011) as the internet connection from the mobile data contract is shared by WiFi.  In iOS 7.1 the use of tethering has been tightened up by Apple. However, this feature can be disabled by the mobile phone carrier as was the case with Tesco Mobile when iOS4.3 introduced the feature.  The Tesco Mobile website FAQ stated for several years that they were working on adding the feature.  With iOS 7.1 Tesco Mobile have added the Personal Hotspot feature to the iPhone.


Windows 8 ISO and Windows 8.1 ISO download

March 24th, 2014

I have been trying to obtain a copy of the Windows 8.0 Pro ISO disc image to burn to DVD.  This is surprisingly hard to do depending on your circumstances.

I bought the Windows 8 Pro download when it was on offer for £24.99 in Jan 2013 to install through Boot Camp on my MacBook Pro.  Having had issues with the Windows partition which had since been upgraded to Windows 8.1 via the Windows store, I decided to start afresh!

I had assumed that the Windows USB image I had created to repair and reinstall Windows 8 would work with Boot Camp 5.  This seems to depend on which Mac you have!  My Early 2011 MacBook Pro certainly didn’t want to play.

I went to the Windows 8 upgrade with just a product code page which rather unhelpfully does not let you download an ISO.  Instead you must download an installer onto the machine you want to upgrade.  As I could not access the Boot Camp partition I used another Mac with Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit) to download the ISO.

Although not mentioned anywhere, and for no obvious reason, Microsoft will only let you download a 32-bit ISO on a 32-bit copy of Windows and 64-bit ISO on a 64-bit copy of Windows!  It doesn’t even tell you which version you are getting.

The issue for Boot Camp 5 with Mavericks is that only 64-bit editions of Windows 8 (and 7) are supported!

I then moved to downloading Windows 8 ISO as a 64-bit file by reinstalling Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.