Hi all,

The site hasn’t had an update for ages, but after having given it some considerations, I’ve decided to start blogging here about repairs on small electronics (iPhones, laptops, etc.) that I do.

If you’re interested in that, I welcome you to visit my site from time to time ūüėČ

Meeting the king & queen

Today my wife and I had the privilege to meet and greet our king and queen from the Netherlands, Willem Aleksander en Maxima on the dutch embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

The royals are here for an official visit to Poland, but found some time in their schedules to meet with a select group of dutch living in Poland. Felt very privileged to be part of this meeting and want to thank via this way the dutch embassy for the organisation of the event and of course the time of our royals for their time meeting and talking with us.

Mac OS X – System-wide equaliser

I’ve been often wondering why Apple didn’t include a system-wide equaliser in their OS X. To be honest, even most free mp3 player software already comes with it. It used to be in iTunes, but somehow they had to get rid of it.

Now I wonder… what could be the reason they don’t allow you to do so. Sometimes, when playing a movie on my laptop, I wished I could turn up the volume a little more then the default max. Yes, I am aware that there are apps in the AppStore that offer this option, but why pay 7$ for something like this? Even more so… most of those software solutions mess up the sound quality a lot.

However, when you listen to different kind of music styles, you’d also like to adjust basic equaliser levels of bass, mid-range and treble. Just to have the perfect experience. And hey… wasn’t that exactly what Apple was striving for?

I would love to figure out what the reasons were not to include this in OS X and why to remove it even from iTunes.

Long Time + lectures iOS dev

It has been a long time I’ve been writing anything here. Well, I’ve been extremely busy with work. Have travelled a lot for several projects and after more than half a year of hectic life, finally some nice holidays.

I will from this day on write a few times a week on new developments, projects and lectures I’ll be giving.

I will also record my lectures for iOS development for online attendance. Please note that I will only correct work from registered students.

Aqua Data Studio support

As being an IT professional working with several database platforms, I’m using since years the applicatoin: Aqua Data Studio from AquaFold. This tool is in my opinion amazing. It contains all you really want in a good database development and maintenance tool. It’s quick in compare with other commercial products and last but not least, the price. It’s very affordable.


The support however is something that is really worth noticing. Ever had some questions or problems with a tool and waited like forever to get a response from the vendor that actually didn’t help you further? Well… not with these guys! I’ve had several times contact with them. Different subjects like me loosing my license-key mail to a bug in pie-chart¬†when showing storage usage of table spaces. I seriously got quick answers (no longer than a few hours wait!!) and guess what… this pie-chart that didn’t show correctly? I already have a patch that fixes the issue!! They fixed it in a matter of hours.


I am very very satisfied with the whole product and how the company behind it handles support. That’s why I wanted to write this big shout out here. If you are considering buying a tool like this, forget about the rest and get this one. It’s worth every single buck!!


Mac App Store drama. Apps bought in 1 country not valid after you’ve moved!

Today I got a very unpleasant surprise. Recently I moved from The Netherlands to Poland. Still all European Union. My MacBook Pro got however pretty stuffed with stuff and since I had some time today I’d figure I re-install the whole thing to get rid of some nasty issues which got in there after installing, uninstalling and working/changing too much.

So I started off, backing up, cleaning my disk, installing Mac OS X Lion and then… I thought… let’s update the address info etc. in my Apple ID as well. So said, so done, and I updated my info to reflect my current address.

I sign in, go to the Mac App Store and click the “Purchased” tab. Me expecting to get the nice list of apps, ready to install.

However… it said: “You didn’t buy any apps yet.“… I was heavily surprised, since I bought a bunch of apps and even some expensive ones. Like costing over 40 EUR or even some over 100 EUR each…

No matter what I did… I couldn’t get the apps back, so I started mailing with Apple support who as always, replies swift.

However… the first guy answering started complaining about the fact that I already requested 2 times a re-download option for my iTunes purchases… that’s write… I did that, when I was having major issues with my laptop, but that was regarding music. I learned my lesson with that and I have good backups now for that. However it seems that Apple itself forgot what the differences between the stores are. They write even themselves on their site

Buy, download, and even

You can install apps on every Mac you use and even download them again. This is especially convenient when you buy a new Mac and want to load it with apps you already own.

Ehh… guys…. re-download…

Check out the mail which I received after having replied on the first response about the iTunes story. It’s a very nice answer.


Dear Frank,

Josh here, from Mac App Store Support.  Let me begin by apologizing for the frustration you have endured during this issue.  I will do my best to explain why your apps are no longer available in the Mac App Store.

I’m afraid that your change of residence is what caused this. ¬†Content from the Mac App Store is country-specific. ¬†App purchases made from either the iTunes Store or the Mac App Store are licensed only for the country from which the purchase is made. ¬†After you change countries, it is impossible to upgrade or redownload the applications you purchased while your account was set to the previous country.

I truly apologize for the inconvenience, Frank.  I realize that this is not the answer you wanted to hear.  In order to access these applications again, the only option I can offer is to re-purchase them from the App Store with your current Poland address.

Thank you for your understanding.  I hope that I have served to clarify the cause of your issue.  Have a wonderful day.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to assist you.  You may receive an AppleCare survey email; any feedback you provide would be greatly appreciated.



In the current world I find this really stupid. The Netherlands and Poland are both EU. The apps are in both shops available, but no… you can spend your money again.

Of course I replied to Apple that I didn’t like this¬†behavior¬†and will send this story to some news papers and other media who love spending attention to big IT firms like Apple.

I can tell that when I changed my address and location I didn’t even received a warning that my apps and purchases wouldn’t be available for download anymore.

How I solved it now? I just changed my info back to The Netherlands. I don’t mind. Let Apple have my wrong address. After the change the apps where available for download straight away.

I can just say one thing. Way to go Apple!! What are you thinking. People spend money on having software legal. All other apps which I DIDN’T buy through the Mac App Store I can just install, put my license key and it’s working. I will never ever buy an application again through the Mac App Store. This just proves that buying straight from the vendor has huge profits as well.

Final email from Apple were they say they are sorry but are not going to do anything about it.

Hello Frank,

It’s Lauralee here. Josh is out of the office and has asked me to keep an eye on your request in the meantime. Please accept my sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this issue has caused.

Frank, as the content from the App Store is country-specific, any applications need to be dated before changing countries. After you change countries, you won’t be able to upgrade the applications you purchased while your account was set to the previous country. Again, I’m terribly sorry for the inconvenience that this has caused.

Please know that Apple is always open to feedback from their customers and we recognize that no one is better qualified to provide feedback about iTunes than the people who use it. As such, it is my recommendation that you submit your comments through our feedback page. A large number of the things we do to our products and services are relative to suggestions that we receive from our customers. The more we see an interest in making a change, the greater the chances of it being implemented. Please submit your suggestion through the following link:

I would like to thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback, Frank. It is people like you who can help make positive changes for yourself and Apple.



iTunes Store/Mac App Store Advisor

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to assist you. You may receive an AppleCare survey email; any feedback you provide would be greatly appreciated.