I came up against a bit of an issue today, I realised my Xcode was stuck on version 4.1 and the AppStore wasn’t detecting the update available to v4.2. Now normally this wouldn’t be an issue, however version 4.1 doesn’t include the iOS 5.* SDK’s.

So I decided the only way around the issue, would be to completely remove the old version, then install the fresh version 4.2 straight from the AppStore.

This seemed to do the trick for me:

  1. Open Finder
  2. Open the Utilities folder
  3. Open a terminal window
  4. Copy and paste the following line in:
    sudo /Developer/Library/uninstall-devtools –mode=all
  5. Press return
  6. When prompted, enter your password
  7. Press return

Xcode should then eventually uninstall. This may take some time depending on the speed on your machine.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a very merry Christmas! Lets hope your day is full of good spirits and good food :o)

Thanks for taking the time to visit my site, and a massive thanks to my regulars and those who take the time to comment and submit tutorials!

Here’s to yet another year at the helm of an ever increasingly popular outlet for tech news/reviews and how-to’s!

Mike Hudson

For as long as I can remember one of the biggest ‘gripes’ of my friends and family has been the speed of their laptopsPC’s boot times, and their application response time. 9 times out of 10 these issues are caused by applications starting at boot up that either the user has never used, or are some kind of update check facility for common applications. Either way, it’s almost always beneficial to tweak these startup apps to suit the users computer use habits.

Which is where applications such as Soluto earn a big space in my ‘PC Repair Utility Belt’. Soluto can be compared to simple boot up timers….. Or can it? NO! Soluto really is in a realm of its own. The Soluto GUI has been designed to ease even the most technaphobic user into power user tweaking.

Among other things, Soluto monitors your PC or Laptops boot process, and then offers suggestions on what applications you can remove, delay or pause from your PC’s start up process. This can often shave off 2 to 3 minutes of frustrated boot times. But wait… It doesn’t stop there, any applications you remove from the boot up process will then (obviously) no longer be running in the background, thus improving your PC’s overall performance! All Soluto‘s suggestions are driven by what members of Soluto community decided to do with the highlighted app, thus meaning it’s always learning and always offering the best solution!

Soluto is often the first thing I turn to, when a user presents a laptop or PC with performance issues. However – in the past, doing Soluto diagnostics remotely has often been quite challenging. It’s surprising what the user sees compared to what is actually on their screen. So yet again the clever boffins over at Soluto HQ have come up with a soluto which fits the bill perfectly.

The recently launched Soluto ‘dashboard’ offers up an ‘at a glance’ overview of all the PC’s you support, enabling you to drill down into each machine; diagnose and better still tweak the boot sequence, check for and install outstanding updates, install handy software remotely, check the machines core and hard drive temperature, tweak browser add-ons and check the machines battery health. With even more functionality being developed and tested as you read this actual post!

The dashboard is perfect for this time of year, aiding family and friends without even stepping out into the cold.. You can send invites to install the Soluto client to your friends and family, and as soon as it’s installed you can ease their frustrations! What more could you ask for!??

Currently the Soluto dashboard is a ‘closed’ invite only system.. But I have some good news!! The nice friendly Soluto people have offered me up an invite code to give to my readers! So what are you waiting for? Head over to Soluto and when prompted enter the invite code: mikesentme

As with all Soluto solutions, I am excited to see whats next to be unveiled and I am confident this all new dashboard is going to save me lots of time, and my friends and family lots of frustrated rants at their misbehaving PC’s.


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