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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
11:48 am
iMac Snow Leopard downgrade?
The mid-2011 iMacs (still the current version) originally shipped with Snow Leopard, right? Obviously they ship with Lion now, but if I were to buy a new iMac now, could it be downgraded to Snow Leopard? I know most Macs can't be successfully downgraded to a previous version of OS X, but I figured if the current gen of iMacs was made with Snow Leopard-compatible hardware originally, couldn't a downgrade from Lion theoretically work? Just wondrin'...
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
11:50 am
LiveJournal extensions for Safari
I have an arrangement whereby I do my main web browsing in Chrome and my secondary browsing (eg, using alternate accounts) in Safari, and Firefox sits in the corner. I've been thinking of swapping Chrome and Safari because of Safari's better integration with Mac OS X Lion. I can find equivalent extensions for Safari for most things, except for LiveJournal. Not surprising, really, as LiveJournal was never a big player and even less so now. I need something that can do the same as the (unimaginatively named) LiveJournal Extension. Really, the only part of that extension I use is its ability to put pluses against LJ cuts so I can view what is under the cut as part of my main stream. Nobody knows of anything, do they?

Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, June 5th, 2011
6:20 am
Legacy browsers
Google is dropping support for many older browsers, including the current version of Opera.


And Mozilla is likewise about to "force" users to upgrade to Firefox 4.


I'm kind of SOL because I have a PPC Mac and Firefox 4 doesn't support PPC...


Monday, May 9th, 2011
10:24 pm
Hello all!
A friend of mine suggested I join up and share with the helpful community here ^v^

My initial post is a sorta question...

Most of the time I can nail a problem (as I'm sure most of you can too), but once in a while I run into a hitch...

Working on a volleyball circa 2002 iMac G4 System 10.4.11 ... a few programs do launch and run, Office, AppleWorks, Calculator.... but MOST suddenly do not work.

System Preferences, TextEdit, Disk Utilities, most everything starts, then quits a few seconds later.

I've done all the usual fixes, SudoPeriodicWeeklyMonthlyDaily, tried a variety of individual program permission fixes, and command line permission overhaul via diskutil repairPermissions / (since the GUI app won't work)...

I've also even tried the major overhaul suite of AppleJack via command line in single user mode, and the programs crash the same way in safe mode also.


The only things that are known to have changed is that they replaced the power supply last week, and the motherboard battery probably needs replacing too (but I fixed the date for now via command line).


Any thoughts?.....

Right now backing it up, before probably having to do the Archive/Install....

Thanks for reading!
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
2:27 pm
System keychain access w/o admin
So every once in a great while I am here at my parents' house and travel out to my mother's classroom to help her with stuff. They have a wireless network there, and for many years I knew the WEP code to it because it was just located in the keychain for her iMac. That's changed recently, now it's a WPA/WPA2 passphrase (PSK/personal) and it looks like the passphrase is squirreled away in the "System" (as opposed to login) keychain. She/we do not have administrative access to either her iMac or her Macbook laptop.

Is there any way to get a secret out of the System keychain file without knowing the root password (or other admin password)? I copied the file /Library/System.keychain off of her laptop but when I open it with my own copy of the Keychain Access application it wants to know a passphrase to it. I have no idea what this might be.

Does anyone know what I could do?

(And yes, I've considered a wireless cracking tool like AirCrack-NG, as well as just asking someone. As far as the latter goes, she has enough trouble getting a hold of someone to ask her own tech questions, and most of the time when I'm there school is not in session - ex. Christmas break.)

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, October 24th, 2010
2:21 am
Voice recorder software
Can anyone recommend voice recording software? This would be for recording college lectures using the internal mic on a Macbook.

Preferably free, but any recommendations welcome.
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
1:59 pm
New Macbook Air
Some years ago, I made a promise that if Apple would come out with a netbook sized laptop, I would buy it! (No, I don't include the iPad)

Well, they just released one that fits the bill, HOWEVER...... They just can't even come close to the price, not even close...

I do have a Hackintosh thanks to a friend's very helpful instructions! I bought an Acer Aspire One, Opened it up to replace the WiFi card (not an easy task) and proceeded to take the rather tedious route of installing OS X.

I have compiled a list of pluses and minuses of the two computers:

Hackintosh (Acer Aspire One) plusses.

LOW PRICE (Approx $350)
small size (perfect size as far as I'm concerned!)
Ethernet port
3 USB ports
Decent quality especially for the price!
Actually runs OS X Leopard better than my old 1.33 GHz G4 12" PowerBook!

Sleep mode does not work in OS X
SD card slot not recognized by OS X
Cannot easily upgrade OS X
1 gig shared memory can only be upgraded to 1.5 gig

New Macbook Air 11 inch plusses

Unibody construction, strongly built
Looks nicer
Core 2 Duo rather than Atom (chose the equivalent processor speed of the Atom, 1.6 GHz)
Better graphics capability, though am quite happy with Hackintosh's graphics
2 gigs of memory upgradable to 4
Built-in Bluetooth
LED backlight LCD display
Slightly bigger display/more resolution
Solid State hard drive
First Macbook to ever come close to the size of my Hackintosh

Macbook Air minuses

FOUR TIMES THE PRICE OF HACKINTOSH! ($1300 + tax with 1.6 GHz processor)
almost 2 inches wider than Hackintosh
No Ethernet port
Only two USB ports
No SD card slot
Solid State drive smaller than the HD in Hackintosh (128 gig rather than 160 gig)
Come on! Its 2010! 64 gig drive is not big enough for a laptop

I'm certainly willing to pay double, even TRIPLE the price of my Hackintosh to get an official Apple product of this type. But I'm really having a difficult time justifying QUADRUPLE the price...

I may go ahead and get one, but, wow.... I'm paying for my promise...

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
11:45 am
When I want to scan a Windows download that has been acquired through, uh, less-than-legal means, I usually use ClamAV plus Windows Defender to be really sure it's clean.

On the Mac, I use ClamXav. Is there something that's better that I could use in addition / instead of ClamXav? What is best for finding malware in Mac files? I don't need anything that monitors my system, just something to scan files with.
Sunday, March 7th, 2010
6:37 pm
Disk Images for Distribution
First of all, you guys are great. I've come here with a lot of questions and come away impressed every time. This is by far the most knowledgeable furry computer group I've run across to date.

Now that you're suitably buttered up: How do I do those fancy things that some vendors do with their disk images? Large icons, background images, custom volume icons, etc. and so forth. I'd really like to know how one goes about creating disk images for software distribution.

Bonus points for a tool to assist in creating the property lists or whatever are required.

Double bonus points if it's free, although any license/price will do.

Current Mood: hopeful
Saturday, February 27th, 2010
6:50 pm
Framework Installation without Admin
My mother has a Mac she gets from her work (she works at a school). She does not have the admin password or admin privileges on her account. I want to install a program on there I wrote, but it requires the installation of a framework first. The framework is 55 megabytes and comes in a .pkg file. If anyone cares, it's Mono, the free/open-source equivalent of Microsoft .NET that runs on more than just Windows NT.

I have tested the program on a Mac, and it works fine. I have even added features that specifically integrate with the Mac (it uses the menu at the top of the screen, it uses it's dock icon, etc.) But I do not know how to install a framework (make it available) without having admin privileges. It's unlikely that "ask someone" (for admin capability) is a workable solution. The program itself is just an .app bundle and she should be okay dragging that to /Applications (I think, if not it will run elsewhere).

Does anyone know if there are ways to do this or am I S.O.L.?

Current Mood: curious
Friday, January 22nd, 2010
6:11 pm
Remove Wi-Fi Password from iPod Touch.
I work at a school. We have several iPod Touch units that will be used in this upcoming semester in classes, one of which is Web design. Which means they need Internet connectivity. We have a campus-wide wireless network, which uses WPA-Enterprise (EAP). It requires students to enter their network username and password for access.

The problem for the iPod Touch units is that it remembers the students' username and password, which is undesirable. Yes, I know there's the "Forget This Network" button but realistically we cannot expect students to remember to press this button every time they log on using one of these.

I have looked at the iPhone Configuration Utility provided by Apple for enterprise-type provisioning of iPhones and iPod Touches but can find no way to prevent the caching of passwords.

We have an Apple AirPort that could be used to bridge to the campus Ethernet (which requires no logon). This is already being done with some other equipment including MacBook Pros. I've e-mailed my boss the suggestion, but as it stands now we (i.e. me) have to figure out some way to solve the credential caching problem.

Any clues, Apple furries?

Current Mood: frustrated
Sunday, December 20th, 2009
2:33 pm
Apparently I find myself in high demand for Mac assistance, both at work and in my family (my mother is a teacher, and I work at a school). This despite me seeing myself as a highly casual Mac user.

Does anyone have a link to a reasonably comprehensive list of new features in Snow Leopard that is somewhat tame—i.e. not like Apple trying to sell me on the system?

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
12:59 pm
Bus Error
I have a small Unix application (this, for the interested) that I compiled into a Universal binary on Leopard. It runs fine on Leopard, but on the Macs at work, which run Tiger, it throws a Bus Error on startup no matter how I run it or what options I use. This has been confirmed on both a iMac G5 and an Intel iMac. The version of Tiger is 10.4.11.

Is there anything I need to know about compiling Unix apps to run on Tiger (using Leopard) using Apple's compiler (the Xcode version should be the latest available, but I'm not sure)? Thanks!

Current Mood: irritated
Monday, October 19th, 2009
9:14 pm
I know that Mac OS X has no uninstall facility, which is fine (I guess) for .app bundles that you just drag to Applications, but I just installed a .pkg file that only after it was done installing I realized I didn't need it for what I was doing. How can I remove the files installed by a package that uses Installer? Preferably without being nickel-and-dimed by yet another shareware author. :X

Current Mood: aggravated
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
12:06 am
Is there maybe something about the Mac OS that is "kinder" to hard drives than the Windows OS? (Or conversely, is there something about Windows that puts more physical stress on hard drives than OS X?) Reason I ask is, I frequently hear friends who have Windows boxes say their HD has crashed and they've lost everything, yet I hardly ever hear a Mac user report a dead hard drive. (I can't recall any offhand, actually.)

As for myself, I've been using Macs since 1985, and I've only ever had one hard drive go bad on me, and that was after I'd had my pushed my ancient SE/30 to the max for 6 years. I managed to get all of my data off of it before the absolute end came, though. So I can say with 100% assurance that in almost a quarter-century of using a Mac, I've never lost so much as a single byte of data as a result of a hard drive failure.

Am I just extraordinarily lucky, or is there really something about the Mac OS that makes hard drive failures less likely than under Windows?
Sunday, September 27th, 2009
5:20 pm
Reading HFS+ drives in Windows
After recently picking up an external hard drive from OWC, I found out that there is software for Windows which allows reading and writing to Mac formatted hard drives.

They sell Mediafour Macdrive 8 which only works on XP, Vista and Windows 7. Currently, I have two computers running Windows. One has Win2000 the other XP. I can get Macdrive 6 which will work on Win2000 but NOT XP!

There is also TransMac which WILL work on both XP and 2000.

I also found a free one called HSFExplorer but from what I gather, it only lets Windows read HFS formatted hard drives.

Anyone have any recommendations? Any experience with any of these software packages?
I would like to keep the hard drive formatted in HFS as I only have two computers running Windows, soon, maybe only one :P


Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, September 11th, 2009
5:58 pm
History menu item in Firefox
Not a Mac question, but I figured I'd toss this out anyway...

Does anyone maybe know a way to reconfigure the History drop-down menu in Firefox 3.0 so that the number of states displayed is greater than 10? (I'd like it to be more like 30.) I've looked through the list of about:config settings, but I haven't been able to find anything that appears to change that menu item...
Sunday, August 30th, 2009
9:26 pm
*sigh* shoot me please...
I have my G5 Powermac up for sale. I get some interest. One guy asks me questions....

"Does it come with a monitor? Will it run Adobe Creative Suite?"

I answer no, I'm keeping my monitor, and I check to see what the current system requirements are for Adobe software. It is quite within the requirements. so I said "Yes".

He responds asking if it will work with a monitor NOT made by Apple. I respond "Certainly! I have it connected to a NEC 20" LCD monitor. It works quite nicely"

Then, I get an e-mail saying he wants it and will buy it.

Later, I get another message asking if it has an Intel processor?

Umm.... No, this is a G5. O.o

Then he says, "I will pass, I'm using software that requires an Intel processor"....

ARFRRRRGH!!!!! What is WRONG with people?!?!?!

......i want a gun....

Current Mood: pessimistic
Saturday, August 29th, 2009
8:23 pm
10.5.9 update?
Anyone know if there will be any more updates to 10.5, or is 10.5.8 all we're going to be getting?
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
9:54 pm
PowerMac G5
I hope its ok to post this, if not, I'll remove it.

However, I've decided to part ways with my G5 Powermac and wanted to let other mac using furs to have first crack at it before I post it elsewhere.

Here are its stats.
Purchased Spring 2006.
PowerMac Dual-Core G5 2.0 GHz
2.5 Gigs RAM
Factory upgraded to nVidia GeForce 7800GT with 256 Megs VRAM.
160 gig Maxtor 6L160M0 HD
Superdrive LG HL-DT-ST DVD-RW GWA-4165B:

Looking at Low End Mac's list of resellers with this machine for sale, I see anywhere from $800-$1000+ for equal or lesser machines. So I'll put $700 on it.

It has been a flawlessly running Mac and has been my main machine. I just need to free up space and get a smaller machine such as the Mac Mini.

I'm putting the OS it came with (OS X 10.4 Tiger) back onto it and will repack it in the original box with all the original accessories and disks.
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