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Issue with iMessage after switching to Android

Recently, my son dropped his iPhone 4 and shattered the front glass. The phone is over four years old, so instead of paying to get the glass replaced, I decided to use a Samsung Galaxy S3 that a family member had available and I would give my son he iPhone 5 that I had been using… at least for now. :)

The switch went well until I started missing text messages from people. It turns out that messages from people with iPhones were still going through the iMessage system and never reaching the Android device. After a bit of searching, I finally came upon the Support Profile page at Apple.

From here, all I had to do was unregister the device that I had been using previously, in this case the iPhone 5. Once I did that, messages from everyone started coming into the Android device with nothing missed on my end.

I hope this helps someone else in the same situation.

New Addition

I am bad about not blogging more often. I think that is one of the things I am going to try and get better at for 2014. As such, I realized that I did not announce the birth of our daughter this year.

On June 27, 2013, we were blessed with a beautiful little girl. She just turned 6 months old this last week.


Ruby on Rails frustration

I spent the afternoon and evening getting Ruby on Rails setup on a MacBook Pro. It should have been a straightforward install, but I kept getting an error about psych missing when I would run gem to install Rails. The system kept saying that I should install the yaml package and reinstall Ruby.

After much searching and frustration, I ended up using Homebrew to install libyaml. After reinstalling Ruby using RVM, all worked and I’m up and running.

Hidden Library Folder

I was working with iTunes tonight after installing Mountain Lion on my MacBook Pro. I was going to copy the Script folder from the ~/Library/iTunes folder on the old system to the new system. I pulled up my home folder and realized that Library was not there. After doing a little digging, I found out how to get to the folder the Apple way.

  1. With Finder in the foreground, hold the Option key and click the Go menu.
  2. You will see the Library folder listed as one of the options.
  3. Select Library and you will be presented with an open view of that folder.
  4. Once you close the Finder window for the Library folder, it will be hidden from view again.

iOS programming

I purchased a 13″ MacBook Pro after the first of the year. I have finally found time recently to start digging into Objective-C. I started reading Programming in Objective-C, 4/e (Kochan)

The past few days, I started watching the lectures for Stanford’s iPad and iPhone App Development course (CS193P) from Fall 2011. The instructor, Paul Hegarty, is very good. You have access to all the slides and assignments just like students. The best part is that it is all free. Check it out on iTunes U.