About Nitin Chandra

Highly skilled professional with almost 30 years of hands-on experience in software product development including business modelling, resource management, security, mobility and programming. Proficient in a variety of programming languages, frameworks and platforms. Well-developed organisational, planning, communication and process optimisation skills. Designed, developed and owned numerous software products like IAVT (Intelligent AntiVirus Toolkit), IntelliPrint (Indian Languages under Windows 3.0), Intelligent Hair Styler etc, at the start of my career. Have also authored two books; “A Date with a Computer Virus” and “Chipping In”. A reviewer for various magazines like PC Quest, PC Magazine India etc, besides having run the Solutions! BBS for over 5 years. Have worked in senior positions across a wide variety of companies including Adobe, Innodata, ACL, Beehive Systems etc. Other experience includes network and systems management, infrastructure disaster prevention and recovery, large scale software deployment and management as well as client support. Specialties: Product Concept and Design, Software Architecture & Design, Product Engineering, Embedded, Team Building & Mentoring, Network Infrastructure, R&D Based Projects, Cross-Platform Projects, Internet Technologies, Security and Mobility. Just like the Solutions! BBS, it is time that I start sharing my learning with others around me…

How to rename “EFI Boot” to “Windows” on the Mac

This is an irritant for some people like me who use multiple drives and partitions. Since all Windows and/or Linux boot partitions show up as “efi boot” on the Mac startup, it is desirable to change the name on startup so we can easily figure out which partition is which.

For some, it is merely the aesthetic value, but, in either case, being able to change the EFI boot name is generally desirable.

In this video, we will see how to do this on the Mac for installers and then how to change the same once we are booted into Windows on the Mac.

Generally, since we would format the Windows partition to NTFS, we have to use a small workaround in Windows to change the boot name for the Mac.

In this video, we will see how to go about the name change…

Windows 10 on Mac – Without BootCamp limitations!

Once upon a time, the Apple BootCamp worked as expected for the most part. In recent times though, that is no longer correct as many might already know.

There are occasions when I need to use native Windows and I would like that to be on an external SSD to be used and re-installed as and when needed.

There are 2 main issues when trying to install Windows on a Mac if you do not have a Windows system around.

1. Keyboard/Mouse/Trackpad does not work
2. You need Windows to get a NTFS formatted drive

There is a lot of material on the Internet that seems to be more in the legacy domain now.

I will discuss how to create a bootable USB drive for Windows 10 on the Mac using simple tools that anyone can deal with. The bootable USB I create works fine on both my iMac and MacBook Pro since I get the keyboard working in both cases and that allows me to install the Apple BootCamp drivers and application without any external requirements.

Let us see how this can be done…

Download Windows 10 ISO from:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO

Download UNetBootIn from:
https://unetbootin.github.io

Download Extramagic from:
http://extramagic.forbootcamp.org

Download the AutoUnattend.xml from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dxoQk3YAeWOqJYuRTtIHQU0_dsrywKTI/view?usp=sharing

Mac OS – How to create a USB installer and downgrade

Given the fact that there are applications that are yet to be updated to be compatible with MacOS Big Sur, quite a few people saw a need to downgrade back to their older MacOS versions.

I will discuss how to create an external USB bootable drive for multiple MacOS versions and how to use this drive including on systems which have a T2 chip on them.

The Apple support links are as follows:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT211683

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372

The free archiver Keka can be found at:

https://www.keka.io/en

Let’s see how this works…

Mi Webcam HD 720p

Mi offers this webcam along with their non e-Learning edition of the notebooks. Interestingly, I could not find it on their site, so, I purchased this from Amazon.

This is a very small, credit card sized webcam and works perfectly with the Mac and Windows systems that I tried it on. Simply plug and play.

The build quality of the webcam is nice as also the video quality.

BEBONCOOL 4-Port USB3.0 Hub for Macs & PCs

After having gone through quite a few hubs for my new iMac, I finally settled on this one.

It has an additional input via a micro-USB for power which allows me to drive my external high capacity hard disk drives which would not be possible in a non-powered hub.

I used one of my old mobile chargers and plugged in the micro-USB power from there to this hub.

This is currently available on Amazon at the following link…https://amzn.to/32vzG83

Let’s take a look at this now…

Adobe Lightroom Classic 10 Bug – Masking broken?

I generally use Lightroom for all my raw processing and avoid Photoshop unless I am replacing a sky or a similar composite.

One of the tools I use a lot in Lightroom is the Adjustment Brush and the AutoMask feature in that for edges.

Although I have updated to version 10 and therefore cannot show a side-by-side comparison, but, the change from the earlier version is quite visible even in normal masking.

Let’s take a brief look at this issue…