My first Hackintosh: Update to Catalina Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming Coffee Lake

During summer 2019 I replaced my ageing 2015 iMac with my first Hackintosh and shared with you my working configuration. You can find the full post here: My first Hackintosh: Mojave Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming Coffee Lake

Since then, many things have changed and I would like to provide an update so that the information stay relevant:
Upgraded from Mojave to Catalina. The mainboard received a major bios update (from version F7 to version F9e, but had to revert to F7 in  Jan 2020!!) Updated Clover from version r5033 to r5101Updated all kext (except custom USB)Updated Hackintool from version 2.7.1 to 2.8.8 Everything still works after the updates. The hardware remained unchanged.

Please refer to the original post to get the full details. Here I am just highlighting what has changed!
Hackintool Update (2.7.1 to 2.8.8) Hackintool should check automatically for updates and propose to install the current version. To check manually, open Hackintool, then select from the macOS top bar "Hackintool…

My first Hackintosh: Mojave Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming Coffee Lake

Last month I decided to replace my ageing 2015 iMac with my first Hackintosh...and what an experience has it been!  I invested a lot of time in getting it up and running but now it works like a charm and I want to share with you my working configuration.

You may find this useful if you have identical or similar hardware. I will focus on the Clover configuration, drivers and kexts specific to this hardware and provide links to the guides I used for more general info on Vanilla installations.

Please note that many guides for the Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming use an unsupported memory fix driver called OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi . The developer of this driver says that you should never ever use it, as it can cause serious issues to your system (here's his post). After a lot of and trial and error...I managed to use the standard memory fix driver contained in Clover r5033 (OsxAptioFix3Drv.efi) , by changing one little setting in the BIOS!

Another casualty: after Inbox, Google is killing Trips

When Google discontinued Inbox just a couple of months ago, I made a post explaining how to replace its beloved "trips bundles" functionality. Well, that replacement won't last long.

Google will kill Trips in August.

Is there a replacement for the replacement?

Apparently yes, as features will be included in Search and Maps. Here is the official announcement.

Gmail Customizable swipe actions just arrived on my iPhone!

Here they are!
Server side update. No update needed from the App Store. Swipe left and swipe right only. No differentiation between long and shirt swipe. You can select the same actions for both sides and also select “none”.

How I replaced Inbox by Gmail - Trip bundles

In the first episode of this short series, we proposed a Gmail setup to replace the reminder integration functionality of Inbox. Admittedly, it is not as appealing as Inbox in terms of elegance and graphical style , but it gets the job done quite nicely!
The setup will further improve with the addition of customizable swipes to the Gmail iOS app, so for available only to Android users. This update is supposed to be rolling out as we speak. By the way, today, 3 April 2019, the Gmail iOS update has not yet reached my iPhone. And the Inbox app is still working!

In this article we focus on the replacement of another beloved feature of Inbox: Trip bundles.
Inbox conveniently created a bundle for each trip, elegantly displayed on the left side of the inbox. One tap and you would get all the details of your reservations, neatly organized, as well as the related email messages below.

How can we replace this functionality after Inbox’s departure? (oh yeah, see what I did there!)
Which trip relate…

How I replaced Inbox by Gmail - Emails and Reminders still in one place

If you are like me, you have been using Inbox by Gmail for the last few years. And you loved it. Sadly the service is shutting down in a few days... 💔

I enjoyed in particular one feature, which became part of my routine to deal with everything I have to do: emails and reminders all in the Inbox. Everything in one place. Handy, isn't it?

So, first thing first, I sent feedback to Google to reclaim this lost feature. Yes, lost. Whilst Google suggests that most of Inbox features have been subsumed in Gmail, that is not entirely least not all in one mobile app...
Second, I  looked into alternatives email apps, like Outlook, Spark, Edison, Newton, Spike,  and many others... Although I found some of them appealing (Spark for example seems rather polished), they did not really tick all the boxes.
In particular, none of them seemed to recognize the existing snoozed emails from Inbox or Gmail. That is, if you snoozed an email in Inbox/Gmail, you would not find it in the "…

The Journey Begins

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton