Apple/Mac

A 11-post collection

Goodbye Steve and Thank You

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones. We see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the >world, are the ones who do. -- Steve Jobs, The Crazy Ones It's 7:00 a.m. in the morning, EST. My wife is taking...

What I Learned about Time Machine backups from timedog

I love Time Machine. For years and years backups were something I was supposed to do, but never found the time to do. Backups were difficult, you had to purchase backup software, find a drive, set them up, and then either manually execute your backup (which is what I did for years) or figure out how to automate them. Enter Time Machine With the launch of Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”), Apple included this brand new Backup system. But, this article isn’t about Time Machine. Perhaps I’ll do one of those at some point. This article is about what I just learned about TIme Machine. I’m backing up a lot of stuff I shouldn’t be…...

Adobe Type Units Error - How to Fix It

The Problem I was recently perusing my /var/log/system.log file under OS X Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.6), also available by running the Console application in your Utilities folder and selecting system.log, when I noticed several error messages that bothered me: osascript[236]: Error loading /Library/ScriptingAdditions/Adobe Unit Types.osax/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Unit Types: dlopen(/Library/ScriptingAdditions/Adobe Unit Types.osax/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Unit Types, 262): no suitable image found. Did find:\n /Library/ScriptingAdditions/Adobe Unit Types.osax/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Unit Types: no matching architecture in universal wrapper Safari[239]: Initializer-based scripting additions have been deprecated. Please update this addition: "/Library/ScriptingAdditions/Adobe Unit Types.osax" That last...

OSX Hints and Tips

There are many ways to customize your OSX environment to suit your personal tastes. However, not every preference you want to change can be modified using System Preferences or Application Preferences. Often, settings are deemed too obscure for everyday users and relegated to complex keystrokes or hidden system settings. This is my guide to a number of these that can make your life a little easier, or your experience a little better. OSX Keystroke Shortcuts I’ll start with a series of keystrokes that are available in different contexts while you use your Macintosh. These are not your normal keystrokes that are self-documented underneath application menus, these are hidden gems you’ll want to become familiar with: Start-up Keystrokes (hold...

PXE Boot your Parallels VM

The Problem If you’re in a corporate environment you probably have Windows OS servers. Those servers probably use a protocol to boot machines without an OS called PXE (Preboot Execution Environment). Here at the office, this is how we load the Windows OS on all of our desktops / laptops. However, if you use Parallels Desktop on a Macintosh, you may want to have the same corporate image of Windows running in your Parallels VM. Unfortunately, Parallels doesn’t offer a “Network Boot” option by default. So, what’s a Macintosh guy living in a Windows world to do? The Solution First things first, let’s create a new Virtual Machine (VM) to use as our base: Leave the Installation...