Archive for ‘OSX’ Category

Disk for Iphone….Turn your IPhone (IpodTouch) into a portable HD.

datePosted on 13:48, February 13th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

MacFUSE project has grown a lot since we last covered it here and here. MacFuse 2.0 is here and it’s looking really nice. MacFUSE is the mac implementation of FUSE (File-system in USEr space) filesystem originally developed for Linux. For those of you who’ve not heard of this gem before, MacFUSE allows you to extend Mac OS X’s native file handling capabilities via 3rd-party file systems. Pretty much anything that has some order to it can be turned (viewed as) into a filesystem (ie: sshfs, youtubefs). As a user, installing the MacFUSE software package will let you use any 3rd-party file system written atop MacFUSE.

Disk for iPhone is a MacFUSE based filesystem that allows you to read and write files on your iPhone.… Read the rest

Would you like your PC over IP?

datePosted on 13:13, February 10th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Imagine if you could hide your 16 Core, Quad GPU, Nitro burning gaming PC in the closet in the basement. What if you could build the next University lab where all the highpowered CAD workstations where humming away in the machine room and you could actually “teach” in a quite classroom/lab. Fill in the rest of the scenarios yourself. The next wave in thin client computing is here and it’s name is Teradici. They don’t really make a end user product (they just make the custom compression chipsets), but companies like Leadtek have end user products on the market now.

Integration of Teradici‘s PCoIP remote enterprise desktop technology in Leadtek‘s WinFast VP200 enables delivery of a high-definition graphic and multimedia experience across standard IP networks, unmatched by any thin client on the market today.… Read the rest

I have to admit I have not touched DSS in a while, but the instructions below are generic enough that you should be able to alter it for your Darwin Streaming Server. For the purpose of this exercise I assume your Axis camera is setup for mpeg4 video and aac audio. I also further assume that you have a reachable IP address on the camera and know how to login to the web interface. First thing we want to do is make sure you have the uptodate firmware. As of this writing the newest firmware is 4.40.1. So make sure you have atleast that version as well.

1) We need to login and change the RTSP daemon’s timeout value. If we don’t do this the server will stop sending packets out after 60 seconds (default).… Read the rest

How to turn Spotlight OFF (and ON Again)….Leopard Solution

datePosted on 20:01, January 14th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

A number of people mentioned that the previous tip on how to turn spotlight on/off does not work with Leopard. Now that I’ve had a bit of time, I’ve confirmed this and found a way around it (it’s even easier in Leopard). Here are the details specifically for OSX 10.5+ (Leopard).

  • To turn off Spotlight service temporarily
  • % sudo launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

  • To turn off Spotlight service permanently (no worries, you can turn it on again)
  • % sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

  • To turn on Spotlight service temporarily
  • % sudo launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

  • To turn on Spotlight service permanently
  • % sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

Have fun….

Energize your Mac’s Safari browser….

datePosted on 18:48, January 11th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

If you’ve been wanting some of the newer features of the “other” browsers in Safari, Glims might just be the right thing for you. Glims is a Safari plugin (OSX only) that gives you a lot of new features:

  • Adds thumbnails to search results
  • Adds thumbnails to search results
  • Adds search engines to the default Google search tab
  • Adds full-screen browsing capability
  • Adds Favicons to tab labels
  • Adds keyword search from address bar
  • Undo “Close Tab” (cmd-z)
  • Re-opens last session when Safari starts
  • Auto-Closes download window
  • Focus last selected tab
  • Always open links in a new tab
  • Type-ahead support (auto cmd-f)
  • Sets the focus on the search field when opening a new window
  • Adds Amazon’s information banner on search results
  • Adds Amazon’s information banner on search results
  • Adds a “Max Window Size” menu item to resize the Safari window
  • Forms autocomplete always on
  • Dated download folders

The plugin is still in beta stage, but very usable. 

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Apple pulls out of Mac World 2010 and beyond…..

datePosted on 22:30, December 16th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Yep, you heard right……First they pulled out of NAB (last year) and now Mac World. Why you ask?….well in their own words:

Apple is reaching more people in more ways than ever before, so like many companies, trade shows have become a very minor part of how Apple reaches its customers. The increasing popularity of Apple’s Retail Stores, which more than 3.5 million people visit every week, and the website enable Apple to directly reach more than a hundred million customers around the world in innovative new ways.

I don’t know, but I personally feel that it was atleast partially due to these very shows that Apple is enjoying the popularity it is now. For me, there were two times each year that I would clog up the net — along with millions of other — and watch the keynotes…..Mac World and WWDC.… Read the rest

µTorrent (uTorrent), now available for OSX…..

datePosted on 12:47, November 27th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Finally. Now all of us macheads can have a (very) tiny bittorrent client too. Yes, I’m talking about the public beta of µTorrent (uTorrent) which was just opened today. Head over here and grab your copy. Sadly it’s 10.5 Intel only….

COGE: Opensource mac VJ software…..

datePosted on 14:00, November 11th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

If you like Quartz Composer and are into VJ/Visual software, CoGe might just be for you. It’s got clip triggering, effects, mixing and playback modules. Check out the CoGe forums for more info…..For now here is a “Intro to CoGe 0.85b” and “What’s New in 0.93b release” videos:

Have Fun!!!

Energize your Apple TV based Media Centre machine with BOXEE….

datePosted on 13:35, November 11th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

I was lucky enough to get a alpha Boxee account and I have to say…..It’s slick. If you haven’t tried it, head over to and sign up for a invite (Mac OS and Linux only for now). If you already have an account you might be interested in this tutorial video that shows you how to install boxee on your Apple TV box.

Before you leave please make sure that when you create the patchstick there are no external drives connected.

OSX: Time Machine backup to NAS

datePosted on 13:15, November 5th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Let me first state that this has been tried in my environment and it works. It might NOT work for you. Try it first and make sure your backups are clean and good. I have a OSX server (10.5.5 as of this writing) that needed to be backed up and am using a QNAP TS-409 PRO as my backup location. The QNAS has a AFP/SMB share called “Backup” where I keep all my backups. The server is configured with 2x80GB drives in raid-1 mode (mirror). Here is how I did it (again your milage may vary):

1) First we need to find out the MAC address of your server. I’m using one of the two ethernet ports on the server (en0) so I just open up a terminal window and type ifconfig en0 to get the MAC address.… Read the rest

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