OS X tips

As a declaration of geek pride here’s my best OS X tips…

– Browsing a Nokia N95 from OS X over WLAN
– Keyboard shortcut to send files via Bluetooth
– Make a DVD copy of Mac OS X Tiger
– Installing OS X 10.5 onto a 1.42Ghz Ghz PPC MacMini
– Writing to an NTFS formatted drive
– Locking/unlocking multiple files
– Removing Automator actions from Finder contextual menu

December 07 – using OS X 10.4.11 on a 2.16 GHz MacBook

1. Browsing a Nokia N95 from OS X over WLAN
I discovered this via: www.allaboutsymbian.com and kid666.com

The N95 uses Symbian S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 software – and SymSMB 2.0 from Telexy Networks does the job. In principle, it also allows my N95 to browse my MacBook over WLAN – or any other network device for that matter.

It took a fair amount of head-scratching and trial and error to get this to work (mostly ‘cos I’m a der-brain with networking but also because SymSMB seems better configured for Windows)… but being able to access most of the data on the internal and microSD card wirelessly was worth it…

The ‘in-phone’ help and User Guide is thorough if a bit obtuse so here are some key points I worked out for myself…

a. Accounts
iStumbler allows you to browse mDNS (or Bonjour) services and hosts on your local network and I used my MacBook listing i.e. lewismacbook.local. (note the two .’s) for the Domain in the SymSMB Accounts settings (Name & Password as per your OS X User). This is also required in the Workgroup or Domain field of the SMB/CIFS File System Authentication window of Finder when you Connect to Server – and be careful about case sensitivity here.
b. Connections
The Name i.e. LewisN95 is supposed to allow you to browse the device directly e.g. smb://LewisN95/N95Phone – but this doesn’t seem to work in OS X – so I just used the IP address listed under Connections instead. This isn’t ideal since it may change session to session depending on what’s connected to your wireless network – but what can you do?
c. Shared folders
Name shared folders when setting up – you can’t edit them later – N95Phone for C: and N95Card for E: seemed appropriate to me.
d. Network drives
This only works for me by defining the Access point and entering the Host as an IP – and in truth Nokia’s Home media software does this job better.
e. Other points
– Connect directly to either the phone memory or memory card – not to the phone itself i.e. smb:// or smb://
– Open port 445 in the OS X Firewall

2. Keyboard shortcut to send files via Bluetooth
To send a single file via Bluetooth File Exchange with only a couple of clicks select the file in Finder and hit apple+SHIFT+B which opens the BFE Select Bluetooth Device window…

3. Make a DVD copy of Mac OS X Tiger
These surprisingly simple instructions also worked for a Toast Titanium 8.0.1 mounted version of the ‘Mac Osx Tiger 10.4.6 Ppc.iso’ I torrented…

Step 1. Start Toast Titanium 8.01, drag the ISO file onto the application window, click ‘Mount’… then follow the instructions from Step 2 onwards…

4. Installing OS X 10.5 onto a 1.42Ghz Ghz PPC MacMini
You’ll need Cocktail to show hidden files/folders in OS X, this OSXInstall.mpkg file I found on thepiratebay.org – with full instructions – oh… and an OS X 10.5 DVD installer disk image – though read the accompanying comments and decide for yourself – instructions for installation are here too. While it took several days to download it was the fastest of the bunch.

I’m now happily running OS X 10.5 on my MacMini – a clean install onto an external Firewire partition worked fine but an upgrade just kept crashing out. I did a clean install onto the MacMini’s HD and then used Migration Assistant to copy over all the users, applications and settings from a backup and it seems – with a few minor glitches due to pre OS X 10.5 software needing to be updated – to be working fine. I like it too – networking is now sooo easy.

August 07 – using OS X 10.4.10 on a 2.16 GHz Intel MacBook

1. Writing to an NTFS formatted drive
I’m a Mac & PC user with data stored across multiple drives – some NTFS formatted. I’ve never been able to write to NTFS volumes from OS X… grrrr… until now… hooray! The write speed isn’t blistering but it works and is stable – at least so far.

Below is my ‘trial and error’ experience refined into instructions that should be simple, straightforward and trouble free… hopefully. There’s plenty of supporting documentation and extra info via the sites links too.

Install MacFUSE – I’m using MacFUSE-Core-0.4.0

MacFUSE implements a mechanism that makes it possible to implement a fully functional file system in a user-space program on Mac OS X (10.4 and above). It aims to be API-compliant with the FUSE (File-system in USErspace) mechanism that originated on Linux. Therefore, many existing FUSE file systems become readily usable on Mac OS X. The core of MacFUSE is in a dynamically loadable kernel extension.

Install NTFS-3G – I’m using the Mac OS X Binary Package ntfs-3g 1.710 – actually a redirect to Daniel’s Useless Site

The NTFS-3G driver is an open source, freely available read/write NTFS driver for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, NetBSD, and Haiku. It provides safe and fast handling of the Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 and Windows Vista file systems. Most POSIX file system operations are supported, with the exception of full file ownership and access right support.

i) Connect your NTFS formatted drive

ii) In Disk Utility

Unmount the NTFS volume
In Info – note the Disk Identifier e.g.: disk1s5

iii) In Terminal

NOTE: Generally I find instructions confusing if they contain things like:
mkdir /Volumes/”your_disk_identifier here”
Do I include the quotes, underlines and/or spaces or not? So in my instructions just replace my Disk Identifier i.e. disk1s5 with your own…

diskutil list | grep Windows_NTFS

Lists all attached NTFS drives and confirms the Disk Identifier details from Disk Utility

mkdir /Volumes/disk1s5
ntfs-3g /dev/disk1s5 /Volumes/disk1s5 -o ping_diskarb,volname=disk1s5

If you want your drive to appear on the desktop with a recognisable name – like 300Gb_SATA (avoid spaces and do use underlines) – then:

ntfs-3g /dev/disk1s5 /Volumes/disk1s5 -o ping_diskarb,volname=300Gb_SATA

If it fails to mount (usually because of a failed boot-up in the log file) then you can force it…

ntfs-3g /dev/disk1s5 /Volume/ntfs -o volname=disk1s5,force

To unmount…

umount /Volumes/disk1s5

or Eject or drag to Trash

2. Locking/unlocking multiple files
I found this tip online a while back – lost it and couldn’t find it again – but managed to remember… You’re trying to trash a folder with lots of files and folders in it… with lots of files and folders in them… etc… but some of them – and you’ve no idea which – are locked. On trashing the folder or on Empty Trash (I can’t remember which) OS X gives a “… file(s) are locked” error message.

Google shows lots software that will do this.. and Unix command line scripts if you you don’t mind using Terminal… but it can actually be done quite simply….

… in Finder select that ‘pesky’ folder

Switch to list view

Apple A – select all
Apple right arrow (the one marked “end>”) – expand directory tree one level

Repeat these two steps until you’ve fully expanded the directory tree and selected absolutely everthing…

Hold down Alt and open Find menu – select Show Inspector

If any files are locked the ‘locked’ checkbox will be dashed

Click to lock all
Click again to unlock all.

Sorted – now you can delete…

3. Removing Automator actions from Finder contextual menu
via Kenjun
Workflows from deleted apps still appeared in my Automator contextual menu and I just couldn’t find where they were… so obvious now of course…

Click on the ‘House’ icon in the sidebar to get to your user account.
Then click on:
Delete the workflows from there

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