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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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Apple Help Writer is here

The power of light and knowledge :). It deals with issues kinda “How to uninstall MacKeeper” and tells about secret Google Update agent which sits in background and updates Chrome or Google Earth or whatever installed by Google.

Keep good work!

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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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Useful Terminal commands, Part 1

At first, goes this:


takes your arguments and reads them aloud through the audio output device.

It’s very well made — see

Try it with texts  My name is Dr. Smith and I live on Smith Dr., The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert and Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.


Create an ISO image from a CD/DVD:

$ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk2s0 $ dd if=/dev/disk2s0 of=cdname.iso bs=32m


Use preview to access a man page:

$ man -t rsync | open -f -a /Applications/


$ srm 

Command line version for secure delete.


$ ifconfig en0 ether 00:00:00:00:00:00 

Changes (spoofs) MAC address until next reboot


Find MAC address of computer

$ ifconfig en0 | grep ether | sed s/://g | sed s/ether// 


OS X specific things:


uses the Spotlight search indexes from the commandline, so you can do full-text searches without using the Search pulldown.


How to enable TimeMachine to backup to a NAS:

$ defaults write TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1 

Command to create sparsebundle and to copy over to NAS

sudo hdiutil create -nospotlight -library SPUD -size 160g -fs "Case-sensitive Journaled HFS+" -type SPARSEBUNDLE -volname "<VOLNAME>" ./<HOSTNAME>_<MAC_ADDRESS>.sparsebundle 

Works very well backing up to my NAS.

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10.7 Lion – iTunes pop-up notifications in the dock

This is interesting one…

There’s a hidden setting for the Dock that will show pop-up notifications of which iTunes track is playing, a little like Growl.

First, quit iTunes if it’s open, then open a Terminal window and type the following:

defaults write itunes-notifications -bool TRUE;killall Dock

Then start iTunes and try playing a track. Neat, eh? The pop-up fades away after a few seconds. To add the iTunes icon to the pop-up window, type the following into a Terminal window:

defaults write notification-always-show-image -bool TRUE;killall Dock

To deactivate the pop-up at a later date, quit iTunes again, then open a Terminal window and type the following two lines:

defaults delete itunes-notifications
defaults delete notification-always-show-image;killall Dock

My theory is that these pop-ups hint at either a forthcoming notification system (maybe in OS X 10.8), or it’s a legacy of a notification system that Apple decided to abandon. But it’s easily to imagine a similar system working with Mail, showing notifications of incoming mail. In addition to the preference keys mentioned above, I found various other keys relating to the height and length of the pop-up bubble. Whoever designed this clearly intended it to be tweakable.

From Thomas Keir, author of book Mac Kung Fu
via  MacOSXHints

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BootCamping – Disabling Intel Turbo Boost

Intel Turbo Boost is a relatively new technology, which increases the speed of the Intel CPU on demand, but does it by overclocking it. Turbo boost is just a fancy name for dynamic overclocking and higher clock speeds are equal to more heat.
Here’s how to disable it:
Credits: Tautvidas Sipavičius blog


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