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OS X: External monitors are not recognized after monitor sleeps

I had a vexing issue the last few days with 1 of 3 external monitors on Mac OS X 10.11.6, where this one display would not wake up after the computer or display went to sleep. I switched around the monitors, unplugged and replugged them, and nothing seemed to help. I went to the point of disconnecting the monitor and replacing it with another extra display. This worked–to a point. Then, it happened all over again. I thought it was the port on the video card, since this is a Mac Pro with 2 cards. Eventually, any monitor plugged into this port would not wake back up after sleep.

Low and behold, I found a fast and easy solution–since it’s only been one time since the monitor has done this since I found the new trick, I can’t say for sure if it’s still a software issue, or a hardware issue, however, this trick worked to get the monitor lit up without unplugging or restarting:

1.) Go to System Preferences –> Displays
2.) Hold down the Option key and click on the “Gather Windows” button
3.) Click on “Detect Displays”

At this point, the sleeping monitor should wake right up!

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Petition Apple to Pay For iPhone Touch Disease

Now, Apple–You know this isn’t right. You’re about to alienate a whole lot of people with this latest nonsense (remember the #applescript thing this week?) They all bought your phone and it’s clearly broken–it’s not their fault so don’t charge them for something that they didn’t cause, didn’t build or have any control over. Do the right thing and fix your phone on your dime. Sign this petition to help show Apple that these kinds of tactics are not right. #apple #iphone

Save Applescript

Sign our petition to save Applescript and Scripting Technologies in Mac OS X

Save Applescript

Please consider signing our petition to save Applescript.

In an article posted here, reports are coming in that Apple may consider removing scripting technologies such as UNIX CLI (shell, python, ruby, perl), System Services, Apple Events (JavaScript, AppleScript, AppleScriptObj-C, Scripting Bridge), Automator, Apple Configurator (AppleScript, Automator), and Application scripting support in Photos, iWork, Finder, Mail, and other Apple applications from future versions of the Mac OS. Removing these vital functions of the OS will affect thousands of users who rely on scripting to automate their work on a daily basis, such as graphic designers and scientists.

I personally rely on a myriad of scripts to automate routine functions at my job as a graphic designer and would be lost without these time-saving scripts.

Only Apple can decide to make this technology stay in the operating system and I hope that you will sign and share this with anyone you know who relies on Applescript and scripting technologies on Mac OS X.

Sign here and share!

How to reenable the boot chime on the 2016 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook ProApple has decided to remove the Macintosh boot chime (or f-major tone) that has been a staple of the Macintosh since 1998. Apple also removed quite a few of the other iconic features that has made the Mac identifiable including USB ports, the glowing Apple logo and physical function keys, which were replaced by the fancy new Touch Bar.

To reenable the iconic MacBook startup chime, head to the Terminal, located in the Applications —> Utilities folder and type in this line (and then enter in your admin password):

sudo nvram BootAudio=%01

Hit return and you should now hear the tone at every startup. To turn it off, type in this line:

sudo nvram BootAudio=%00

Will the 2016 MacBook Pro feature an OLED touchpad?

Will the unannounced 2016 Apple MacBook Pro feature an OLED touchpad? Rumors and photos seem to point in that direction.

It’s all in the photos

New Macbook Pro OLED Touchpad

Supposed new Macbook Pro OLED Touchpad leaked images

Well, these photos from Cult of Mac certainly seem to verify that Apple is cooking up a strange new contraption above the normal row of number keys on the MacBook Pro keyboard. What the photos seem to show is a new blank space above the keyboard number keys, normally where the function keys reside. The photos were apparently smuggled from a manufacturer in China, which has been known to leak unannounced Apple products in the past. Multiple reports are also saying that this is indeed the next MacBook Pro.

What can this new OLED touchpad do?

This new row would seemingly contain a touch-sensitive surface, capable of showing icons and graphics, which would most likely be able to change depending on context. An example of a keyboard with OLED keys can be seen in the image to the rightOLED Keyboard. These keys can change graphics depending on the software and situation. This will be a radical departure from the standard “F-keys” that appear on most every laptop computer on the planet, including laptops from Apple. These F-keys may be able to change their state depending on the software program a user is running, or, even alert you to incoming e-mail, news or weather conditions.

When is the 2016 MacBook Pro coming to the market?

The unannounced MacBook Pro with the rumored OLED touchbar has been pegged for a late 2016 release, which is usually in time for a holiday release to maximize profits for Apple. This new OLED touchpad is also a cool and unique feature on the venerable MacBook Pro line. Keep watching Capital Mac Service for updates on this exciting new product that may be dropping later this year!