Monday, August 27, 2012

Failed to get brightness for displayID


If you are experiencing frequent disk I/O and your console is full of

25/08/12 4:30:19.506 PM ALSPlugin 235.55[62]: Failed to get brightness for displayID 0x042731c0

Chances are you are using a non-apple display with "Automatically adjust brightness" in System preferences -> Display

Uncheck and save precious CPU/Disk I/O cycles


Image from: http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/61080/auto-brightness-in-mountain-lion

Sunday, August 26, 2012

How to install Grease monkey scripts on Google Chrome 21


Chrome updated its policy to not to install extensions and scripts outside of Google webstore by default. (Gatekeeper, everyone wants to be the police)

After using Google reader without my OSX lion mod for over a week of frustration, I was motivated to find a solution. Know what! it is simpler than I thought.

Drag and drop the file in chrome://extensions tab to install.


  • Download the extension file from the website and save it to your computer.
  • Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
  • Select Tools > Extensions.
  • Locate the extension file on your computer and drag the file onto the Extensions page.
  • Review the list of permissions in the dialog that appears. If you would like to proceed, click Install.


Link: Mafia wars loot lady | How to geek


Thursday, August 16, 2012

RIP - My Macbook Pro (13" Mid 2010)


TL;DR If you have a Apple Portable within the 1yr manf. warranty, stop reading and go and buy Apple care if you haven't already.



My Macbook pro is dead since Aug 1. It haven't seen its 2nd year anniversary. It is heartbreaking to know that repairing GPU cost almost 60% of the price of new macbook pro.

The worst thing is I couldn't switch to Windows/Linux.

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