Excluding folders and files from Time Machine backups is very easy and can make a big difference in the size and speed of backups.
Go to Time Machine’s Preferences window and click Options.
In the next panel, click the plus sign at the bottom.
if you’re backing-up to an external HD, your Time Machine volume is excluded by default, shown in gray, and you cannot remove it.
Any drives or partitions that aren’t formatted for a Mac can’t be backed-up, so are also shown in gray and can’t be removed.
What’s excluded from backups ?
System work files, including the sleepimage ...(continue read)
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Please note that in order to install and run MacPorts on Mac OS X Lion, your system must have installations of the following components:
Apple’s Xcode Developer Tools
Command Line Tools for Xcode. Download it from Apple Developers
The Macports Install process:
Download “dmg” disk images for Lion and Snow Leopard. These contain pkg installers for use with the Mac OS X Installer.
You need to synchronize your installation with the MacPorts rsync server. Run the following command in Terminal (enter the admin password when asked) sudo port -v selfupdate
Note: There have been reports ...(continue read)
In Snow Leopard (10.6) the window switch animation disabled when you click ctrl+# between spaces. Now that it’s Mission Control in Lion (10.7), there’s this long animation. The old fix doesn’t appear to work.
First you can change the speed of switching into Mission Control. To do that just enter following commands:
You can disable the animation that shows up when you launch mission control with this
defaults write com.apple.dock expose-animation-duration -int 0; killall Dock
If you’d like to keep the animation, but speed it up, you can do this instead:
defaults write ...(continue read)
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Want to remove the applescript logo in the menubar with the clock and airport ?
Hold the Apple key and drag it out of the menu bar.
This works for other Apple menu bar icons like battery, Airport, Input menu, Sound, Displays, etc.
It’s also allows you to drag them off the menubar and rearrange with the cmd key, the other does not. For ones that don’t, there’s almost always an option to get rid of it by looking in the preferences of the app in question.
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Fire up Software Update, Mac OS X 10.6.8 has been released. The update prepares your Mac for installing Mac OS X Lion when it is released next month and includes other bug and security fixes.
The 10.6.8 update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac,
including fixes that:
Enhance the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion
Resolve an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit
Improve support for IPv6
Improve VPN reliability
Identify ...(continue read)
Apple today released Security Update 2011-003 (Snow Leopard), a new software update that addresses the “Mac Defender” malware that has been afflicting Mac users over the past month.
Available for: Mac OS X v10.6.7 and Mac OS X Server v10.6.7
Impact: Remove the MacDefender malware if detected
Description: The installation process for this update will search for and remove known variants of the MacDefender malware. If a known variant was detected and removed, the user will be notified via an alert after the update is installed.
The update weighs in at 2.36 MB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.7.
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Are you looking for Apple Mail Library Mail Cache?
Developing HTML email newsletter and problem with images cache? If you are getting an html email with images and that image file is changed on the server mail is not updating the image. It is obviously looking to a cache file then going back to the server to pull the new image.
Easy way to force Apple Mail to reload all images from server
In terminal: rm ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.mail/Cache.db
Open Mail, all images will be refreshed
Other way to fix mail cache
You could download OnyX to clear all apps cache and also tune up other ...(continue read)
Apple today released Mac OS X 10.6.7, the seventh maintenance update for Snow Leopard, via Software Update.
The 10.6.7 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:
Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac
Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers
Address various minor Mac App Store bugs
For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4472.
For information on the security ...(continue read)
Snow Leopard has brought an annoying bug (still available in 10.6.6). A number of people are having a problem where the Finder will hang or crash, followed by a Finder error message saying “The application Finder.app can’t be opened. -10810″. The general agreement among affected users seems to be that this is spurred mainly when accessing external drives, but there could be a few other related reasons.
Sometimes, when dealing with external hard drives or USB sticks, Finder crashes and does not automatically reopen. Trying to click on the Finder icon in the Dock does not help ...(continue read)
After installed developer tools/Xcode you will lose about 8GB disk space or want to reinstall Xcode ?
To uninstall developer tools/Xcode type in the following command in the terminal
sudo /Developer/Library/uninstall-devtools –mode=all
The system will ask you root password and process will take about 5 mins.
But beware, this completely removes Xcode and once it is gone, it’s gone. Of-course you can always reinstall it. So be sure of what you are doing.
My experience was 8GB from macbook pro.
Note: You can find Terminal in you Mac by going to Applications >> Utilities. (no need to uninstall ...(continue read)
Is iTunes puts weird words for Russian songs I import ?
ID3 tags added on a non-Mac machine are likely to be either CP-1251 (Windows) or CP-866 (DOS) coded. When iTunes imports such tags into the library, it has no knowledge what code page was used and by default assumes it is all MacRoman.
I’ll explain how to fix cyrillic in two steps
Copy Russian Conver script file to ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/iTunes. (Note: You can change the name of a script to ensure proper sorting in the Script Menu.)
Apple today released Mac OS X 10.6.5, the fifth maintenance update for Snow Leopard, via Software Update. The download weighs in around 500 – 700 MB, here are the release notes from Apple:
The 10.6.5 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:
improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers
address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture
address stability and performance of graphics applications ...(continue read)