7. OS X
Drag and drop network file transfer #
Similar to the previously mentioned Dukto, Mover Connect enables configureless drag and drop network file transfer between Macs (and optionally iOS devices). Tested under 10.5 through 10.8.
/mac | May 01, 2013Where is the Microsoft Office 2011 update app? #
Normally, Microsoft AutoUpdate is launched from any Office app via Help > "Check for Updates". However, if Office won't launch, you'll need to run it from this (annoyingly non-indexed) location: /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0/Microsoft AutoUpdate.app.
/mac | Apr 25, 2013Import a single EML file into Apple Mail #
We've looked at a few tools for batch importing EML files into Mail, but what about importing just a single EML file? Clicking and dragging an EML file into a mailbox within the Mail interface does not work, nor is there an option to import EML files under File > Import Mailboxes.
The solution is to double click the EML file to open it in Mail (assuming Mail is your default email handler) and then click Message > Move To > mailbox_name.
/mac | Apr 15, 2013Classic preference pane missing in Tiger #
Following a clean install of Tiger on an iMac G4, the Classic preference pane was missing. Copying the System Folder from a retail OS 9 CD to the hard drive made the Classic preference pane appear, but it would not load ("No startup volume: There is no volume with a system folder that supports starting Classic. Please install Mac OS 9.1 or later.").
Thankfully, Ken Watanabe outlined an excellent method for installing Classic in this thread: Mac OS 9.2.2 for direct startup (or Classic). Here is a condensed version:
/mac | Mar 26, 2013"'Firefox' is an application downloaded from the Internet. #
Are you sure you want to open it?" kept appearing every time Firefox was launched. The quarantine bit was apparently stuck:
$ xattr -l /Applications/Firefox.app ... com.apple.quarantine: 0000;51...|com.apple.SafariClearing it did the trick:
$ xattr -d com.apple.quarantine /Applications/Firefox.app
/mac | Feb 11, 2013Unpacking IPA files and converting CAF to M4R #
To explore an iOS app (IPA) file, simply change the extension to ZIP and double click to unzip. Right click the APP file inside of the Payload directory and select "Show Package Contents". CAF audio files can be converted to M4R (ringtones) via afconvert:
$ afconvert -v -f m4af input.caf output.m4rIf you attempt to import a ringtone longer than 30 seconds into your iPhone, this enigmatic error will appear:
The ringtone "foo" was not copied to the iPhone "bar" because its duration is too long.
/mac | Feb 11, 2013Deleting Backups.backupdb #
In Lion and earlier: $ sudo /System/Library/Extensions/TMSafetyNet.kext/Contents/MacOS/bypass rm -rf /Volumes/volumename/Backups.backupdb
In Mountain Lion: $ sudo /System/Library/Extensions/TMSafetyNet.kext/Helpers/bypass rm -rf /Volumes/volumename/Backups.backupdb
Thanks to Eric and Brad. More on Time Machine's Safety Net.
/mac | Jan 26, 2013Automate mouse clicks in OS X's Terminal #
with Carsten Blüm's cliclick 2.1, which emulates mouse and keyboard events like moving the cursor, clicking, command clicking, and more. Running it in an infinite loop like so:
while : ; do cliclick c:. ; done
came in handy for a game that required a rapid succession of clicks.
A more practical example can be found in the included "Read me.html":
cliclick c:28,11 w:500 m:28,35 w:1000 kd:alt w:1000 c:. ku:alt
/mac | Dec 21, 2012Import Outlook 2010 calendar to iCal #
/mac | Dec 14, 2012Copying OS X install ISO to portable drive #
Disk Utility's Restore function fails with errors like:
$ sudo asr -noverify -source SnowLeopard.iso -target /Volumes/target
The same command can used to create bootable copies of the startup disk à la SuperDuper! and Carbon Copy Cloner (may need to follow with bless -folder /Volumes/target/System/Library/CoreServices, though the man page states "By default, asr will restore in place, and will not bless any folders. If --erase is specified, any blessed folders on the source will also be blessed on the target. bless -info /Volumes/<vol> will display current blessed folders for the given volume.").
In Lion and later, the -erase option seems to be required, i.e.,
$ sudo asr -noverify -source SnowLeopard.iso -target /Volumes/target -erase
/mac | Dec 07, 2012
2013: 5 4 3 2 1
2012: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2011: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2010: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2009: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2008: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2007: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2006: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2005: 12 11 10