Hiding Files and Folders in OSX Finder…..

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
If you ever have a need to simply hide extraneous files and/or folder entries in Finder you can use the following command:chflags hidden ~/MoviesThis example will hide the "Movies" folder from showing up in Finder. There is a easy way to get to the folder if you decide to later on, just go to Finder's "Go to Folder" menu option. If you want to reset this option you can use the following command:chflags nohidden ~/MoviesIf you want to check a file or folder for hidden files you can issue the following command: ls -lO
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Elgato turbo.264 HD video encoding coprocessor review…….

Apple, HDTV, Macintosh, MP4, OSX, osx Server
I just picked one of these babies up from the apple store and after testing it a bit for the past hour, I have one word for it: WOW. This little guy is no gimmick, it's zippy as hell and it does exactly what they say it would. The details for the device are on Elgato's Website, but this is just a mini review of the tests I ran against a couple of software encoders.Here is my setup:- Mac OSX 10.5.8 with latest updates running on a 2.16Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo Black MacBook w/ 2 GB 667Mhz DDR2 SDRAM.- Test input file was a HD movie I grabbed from vimeo through BT. It's 12.5 minutes in lenght.- Output was done through the Elgato Turbo stick, Mpeg Streamclip encoder and…
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WineBottler makes running Windows Applications in OSX simpler……

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, Windows
Let's be clear on this, Wine, which is what WineBottler uses, lets you run Windows software on other operating systems. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows without the need for a emulator or virtual machine. Not every program works yet, however there are already several million people using Wine to run their software.WineBottler makes it really simple to create a application bundle out of Windows programs that will run on OSX. WineBottler is a tool similar to codeweavers Crossover, where separate prefixes -- like runtime environments -- are created per app. However, WineBottler 'wraps' or 'bottles' a separate prefix in each application bundle. WineBottler allows standalone (i.e. not requiring wine to be installed) applications to be created as well, by including…
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Freshclam error "Incorrect argument format for option –checks (-c)" after Leopard update

Apple, bug, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
Someone must have screwed up something in the freshclam plist as part of the update for Leopard (2009-05). I was getting this error constantly in my system.log which was not only annoying as hell, but also kept clam from downloading new virus definitions. Anyways, here is how you fix it.use sudo and edit the file /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.clamav.freshclam.plistsudo vi /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.clamav.freshclam.plistSomewhere in this file you'll find a block of code like this: <array> <string>freshclam</string> <string>-d</string> <string>-c 4</string> </array> </code>Change it to look like: <array> <string>freshclam</string> <string>-d</string> <string>-c</string> <string>4</string> </array> </code>Then use the following two sudo commands to reload the freshclam service.sudo launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.clamav.freshclam.plistsudo launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.clamav.freshclam.plist
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Safari 4.0 crashes upon exit under OSX 10.5.7

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, Safari
I've had this problem ever since Safari 4.0 came out a little while ago. The symptoms are simple, when you close a Safari window it crashes. I reported it the first couple of times to Apple using crash reporter, then I started to look around for a solution, but to no avail. I gave up for a while and used firefox again. Today I got fed up with this and started to debug the issue from command line and finally found the problem.A little while back I had purchased a QNAP NAS device, which I absolutely love. At the time I was impressed by the fact that it supported both XP and OSX. There is a piece of software you install on your machine called QGET which allows you to…
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OSX 10.5: How to create a public share folder…..

Apple, CLI, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
This problem has been around (I think) ever since the introduction of POSIX permissions. In pre-10.5 versions you could sorta do something like this by changing the default umask on the system, but that was system wide and applied to all folders/files a user created on the entire filesystem.....not nice. The real question is how do you create a directory that is totally public without mucking around with system/user wide settings. A folder that anyone on the system in question can read/write/modify/delete anything anyone else has put in there. A true shared directory with share permission inheritence. We call it "pub" directory at my place of work.The old trick in OSX (in case someone is interested) was to write a small script that you ran via cron every 5-10 minutes…
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OSX 10.5: How to delete user accounts from Command Line….

Apple, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
I ran into this problem a little while back and thought I should document it. It's kinda similar to the "How to get Admin rights in OSX Leopard using single user mode..." document from earlier this year. Here is the procedure:Boot into single user mode. Hold Command-s at startup.Check the filesystem: /sbin/fsck -fyIf no remaining errors, mount the filesystem: /sbin/mount -uw /Start up directory services:launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plistNote that single user mode said to use com.apple.DirectoryServicesLocal.plist, but that didn't work -- this did.Find what groups the user belongs to: dscl . -list /groups GroupMembership | grep username -- repeat for each group except for the user's own group.Remove the group corresponding to the username: dscl . delete /groups/username (this may not be necessary -- you may get an error that the…
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How to mount your Journalized HFS+ disk in Linux….

Apple, Linux, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, osx Server
This is something that people who deal with OSX and Linux come across everyday. Yes you can format your USB stick or removable HD using FAT32. The problem is that FAT32 does not support large sized files which can cause problems. So how do you solve this.....Easy. Attach the Journalized HFS+ disk to your MAC and startup disk utility. Inside disk utility find the disk in question and click on the partition(s) while holding down the "ALT" key. Keep holding the key down and go to the File menu and choose "Disable Journaling" (command-J). Eject the disk, move it over to your linux machine and hook it up. Linux can now read and write to the disk. Once you're done, move the disk back to the apple machine and after…
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