Macbook pro and three consecutive led flashes

Just in case if you have Macbook Pro, mine is 15″ from 2008, and one day it stops working or shuts itself down shortly after you’ve logged into the system, don’t panic and don’t run into the closest Apple store to buy a new one. There is probably a solution. There are other symptoms of failure, e.g. it wouldn’t boot or chime, or the display would stay black even when you could here the fans spinnig. That all doesn’t metter – I had all of these with my laptop – as the only thing that could bring you hope is the following: take a look at the front light indicator and if it flashes three times in a row then pauses for a while and then anther three flashes repeatedly then try to replace your memory DIMMs.
Frankly speaking I don’t know the root cause behind that issue but it worked for me and once I replaced my 2x2GB Kingston memory DIMMs to the stock ones (2x1GB) the problem had gone.

Hope it saves you a couple of quids.

Below is the link to the official knowledge base article that describes that.


Finally, OpenIndiana has found its place in my VirtualBox environment. Very hope, that I would have enough time to play with it. Anyway, it’s nice to have it as a Solaris reference.

Is technical support worth its money? Not so sure.

I can’t stop wondering why the absolute majority of all support requests I or my colleagues have dealt with in the past were treated, let’s say, in a strange way. The vendor would fight, yes fight, very hard in attempt to defend itself and redirect the blame on the customer or another vendor if that is possible. Using any pretext.
The last such example that was closed a couple of days ago has been opened for more than 10 months. We raised a support ticket in January 2012 and during all that time a vendor was harping monotonically that there was a problem in SAN or we had a problem with the storage array. Eventually, they had acknowledged that the problem was on their side but they didn’t have a reasonable workaround or a patch for us. The only real solution we were provided is an upgrade to a major version. I wouldn’t worry so much if that had been a single example but there are plenty of similar cases and poor quality provided by the technical support personnel has become ridiculously common in our IT everyday life.