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Note for adding an SSD to a 2012 Mac mini

Oh well. May be someday. SSD is good.

This particular instance affects you only if:

  • You are upgrading a 2012 Mac mini.
  • That 2012 Mac mini shipped with Mac OS X 10.8.2
  • You are adding an SSD to this Mac mini as a second drive, alongside the existing Hard Drive using an OWC Data Doubler Kit.

If your installation involves all three factors, then you need to pay attention, as your installation will be affected. If one or more of these factors are not involved, then you don’t have to worry.

Info comes from here:



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FTP server in Lion

Each of these FTP/SFTP server tricks work in all new versions of OS X, be it Mavericks 10.9, Mountain Lion 10.8, or 10.7 Lion.

Start the FTP Server in OS X

This will start a generic FTP and FTPS server on the Mac, but not an SFTP server:
•    Launch the Terminal (/Applications/Utilities) and enter the following command to start the FTP server:

 sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist

•    Confirm the FTP server works by typing:

ftp localhost

If you see the familiar FTP login:
$ ftp localhost

Trying ::1…

Connected to localhost.

220 ::1 FTP server (tnftpd 20100324+GSSAPI) ready.

Name (localhost:Paul):

You know the server is running. If you don’t see that, then the server either hasn’t finished starting yet or you didn’t enter the command properly. You can then ftp from other computers to your new server via the same ftp command, or by using the “Connect to Server” option in the Finder.

Disable FTP or SFTP Server in OS X

Here’s how to disable the FTP server:
sudo -s launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist
As the command suggests, this unloads the ftp daemon and shuts down the server. Obviously you can only shut down and disable the FTP server if it was enabled to begin with.
Disabling SFTP is just a matter of unchecking the “Remote Login” box that sits within the Sharing Preference Panel of OS X.
Note: The FTP and SFTP servers are different, and enabling one does not enable the other. SFTP is recommended because of the default encryption layer and secure transferring.



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Can’t launch Freehand MX on Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard?

Can’t launch Freehand MX on Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard?

Install latest version of Freehand. Note that latest version probably is NOT the best version to work with. Adobe totally f*cked FreeHand. But, as they say, try to download the registration file from Adobe and install it into /HD/Library/Application Support/Macromedia/. Start Freehand and be happy. As in good old days…

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Hidden User Library in Lion

The User Library is hidden in Lion.

Since it is a folder hidden by Apple, it is flagged.

Use this Terminal command to make it visible: (enter your own username)

chflags nohidden /Users/username/Library

Another way to access the User Library: Hold the Option (or Alt) key when clicking on the Go menu in Finder.

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Completely disable Mac OS X Lion App Window Restore after quit

If manually deleting specific apps saved Resume states is too tedious for you, you can always choose to just disable the Resume and App Restore feature completely in Mac OS X 10.7.

  • Launch System Preferences and click on the “General” icon
  • At the bottom of the “Number of recent items” list, uncheck the checkbox next to “Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps”

This is a sweeping change that impacts all applications and the Finder itself, meaning all apps will no longer save their previous state, including when you reboot your Mac.


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Disabling the New Window animation in OSX 10.7 Lion

Use the Terminal and a defaults write command:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool NO

You’ll have to relaunch any currently running apps to have the changes take effect.
If you want the new Lion window animation back, that’s easy too:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool YES


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Apple’s gadgets can inspire god-like devotion

Neuroscientists say Apple’s gadgets can trigger areas of the brain associated with religion.

For Apple fans, the brand triggers a reaction in the brain that’s not unlike that of religious devotees, according to a BBC documentary series that cites neurological research.

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