Upon getting back from the US in late August I noticed that my laptop suddenly doesn't want to connect to my home wireless network. At the time I didn't really give it much thought because everything else from the iPad to the iPhone to all the other laptops at home connected just fine and since I have a desktop computer as well there wasn't really much need to fuss.
A couple of weeks later I realized that turning off security on my network allows the Mac Laptop to connect just fine ... ok, I thought, so it must be due to something with the security settings. I'm guessing WPA just doesn't cut it anymore and Apple is doing their thing and pushing everyone forward. Just like they were the first to stop with floppy and CD drives on some computers.
I'll just buy a new router that supports WPA2 then, more security never really hurt anyone.
Again, I had enough other devices that connected just fine and didn't feel like fussing about it. Plus by this time I had discovered a neighbour's wi-fi for the most important of internet things.
Eventually I got so used to the neighbour's wifi I started using Spotify and some other things that need quite a bit of oomph.
Then two days ago the builders working on the facade of my building put up scaffolding outside my room and suddenly that friendly neighbour's wifi didn't work anymore!
At least not that well!
Therefore I was forced to fix the issue immediately and discovered that there is a very freaking weird bug in Mac OS X Lion.
Apparently when you upgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion sometimes (all the time?) your keychain will get screwed up. This means you suddenly lose connectivity to all networks that require login and you have previously used!
The fix is "simple":
- Remove all networks from networks list
- Open Keychain and remove all Airport passwords from System
- Voila, connectivity!
If this is the sign of things to come as Steve Jobs moves away from Apple I don't think I'm going to like using these products much longer ...
I write articles with real insight into the career and skills of a modern software engineer. "Raw and honest from the heart!" as one reader described them. Fueled by lessons learned over 20 years of building production code for side-projects, small businesses, and hyper growth startups. Both successful and not.
Subscribe below 👇
Join Swizec's Newsletter and get insightful emails 💌 on mindsets, tactics, and technical skills for your career. Real lessons from building production software. No bullshit.
"Man, love your simple writing! Yours is the only newsletter I open and only blog that I give a fuck to read & scroll till the end. And wow always take away lessons with me. Inspiring! And very relatable. 👌"
Senior Mindset Book
Get promoted, earn a bigger salary, work for top companiesLearn more
Have a burning question that you think I can answer? Hit me up on twitter and I'll do my best.
Who am I and who do I help? I'm Swizec Teller and I turn coders into engineers with "Raw and honest from the heart!" writing. No bullshit. Real insights into the career and skills of a modern software engineer.
Want to become a true senior engineer? Take ownership, have autonomy, and be a force multiplier on your team. The Senior Engineer Mindset ebook can help 👉 swizec.com/senior-mindset. These are the shifts in mindset that unlocked my career.
Curious about Serverless and the modern backend? Check out Serverless Handbook, for frontend engineers 👉 ServerlessHandbook.dev
Want to Stop copy pasting D3 examples and create data visualizations of your own? Learn how to build scalable dataviz React components your whole team can understand with React for Data Visualization
Did someone amazing share this letter with you? Wonderful! You can sign up for my weekly letters for software engineers on their path to greatness, here: swizec.com/blog
By the way, just in case no one has told you it yet today: I love and appreciate you for who you are ❤️