Mac OS X 10.10.x Issues with Bluetooth/WiFi

It has been at least three months and two point releases with Mac OS X 10.10 that I have been stuck using my old iMac/G3 mouse (because I was the strange one that loved my hockey puck mouse) instead of my beloved Apple Magic Mouse. Why? Ever since moving to Yosemite (Mac OS X 10.10) – I have had nothing but problems with Bluetooth and WiFi. I spent half my day yesterday going through forums, help articles, etc to try and get this all sorted out for my Mac Mini.

I finally was able to put my trusty hockey puck mouse on stand-by because my Bluetooth issues seem to have seemed to go away (at least for the past several hours) but I am still unable to get any WiFi signal. I have delete preferences, configurations, changed my router settings, and nothing. Better yet – this is on a brand new Mac Mini – with a clean install of Mac OS X 10.10. All the while – my other three computers that sit on the same desk – can find my WiFi networks as well as my neighbors. Fortunately I still had an ethernet cable lying around so I am able to connect via that – but seriously. I am not alone with these issues and while I am usually one of the first to upgrade – this whole mess has really made me reconsider updating with future releases.

I hope Apple soon gets a fix in place for people like me (there are a lot) so we can work wirelessly once again. If you are one of the lucky ones like me – make sure you try the following (in hopes something works for you):

Don’t hold your breath…instead, be glad you kept that ethernet cable and that old trusty mouse from the 90s…you know the one with the cord.

HOWTO: Kill the Dock in Mac OS X

Today I ran into a situation on my computer where the dock would not show after a restart. If this ever happens – you can easily fix it by opening up the Terminal application (Applications > Utilities > Terminal) and then type in the following code then hit the return button. Within a few minutes – your dock will then appear as expected.


killall Dock

Growl 1.1.3 beta 4 + Mac OS X 10.5.3 = Nightmare

I use Growl mostly for email notifications because post the Mac OS X 10.5 update IMAP flag support (new mail notification) blows. Unfortunately x2 GrowlMail (the mail notification which I love and rely on) did not work with 10.5 – so I am forced to rely on having SquirrelMail open so I can see what new mail is where within my many mailboxes. Anyway – I recently saw there was a new(er) beta available for Growl and all was working as expected until I downloaded Mac OS X 10.5.3. After that – I had a lot of weird errors and most notably – the inability to restart without physically pressing the power button until a forced restart took place. Finally – tonight (this morning) I did some research and found that other people were having the same issue and everyone with this same issue all came to the conclusion it was because of some startup item (System Preferences > Users > Login Items). Sure enough – after disabling Growl on startup, my computer restarted without any issues. Phew. Tech support is bad – but worse when it costs you time (and then money because of lost time).

Undeleting Accidentally Deleted Files

It happens to everyone – and it happened to me last week. I use my MiniStack external 500gig drive for my iTunes music library…and to make room for a complete backup (using Time Machine) I accidentally deleted all my music. Did I have a backup of all my music? No. I recently cleaned up my backup files and deleted the backup that had all my music files.

I have since changed my backups to include music on a regular basis but to get back all the lost music – I used File Salvage. The process took a long time – but I expected that when combing through a 500 gig drive. If you ever need to recover files – check this application out!

Backup to Amazon S3 With Rsync.

Finally – I stumbled upon an article that outlines how to use rsync, Mac OS X, Jungle Disk, and Amazon S3 (all which I use). This will simplify and speed up my backup process. (Especially when my external backup drive has been acting a little irregular this morning.) If you do not backup your files, or have not looked at Amazon S3 yet – this is your chance!

Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) SMB Fix

I ran into an issue earlier today where I could not connect to a SMB share after my upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5. After some research, I found a thread in Apple’s Discussions.

Basically…you need to not use “Connect to Server…” – you need to mount/unmount the SMB share via the command line.

Basic Mount/Unmount Process

  1. Create a directory (folder) where you want the mounted share to appear. I created a folder called “SMB” on my Desktop
  2. Type in the following command: mount_smbfs [email protected]/remote_share /Users/useyourusername/Desktop/SMB in the terminal
  3. You will be prompted for your password, type it in
  4. You now have access to the files on the remote server in the folder you created – enjoy!
  5. Once you are done, unmount the server by typing in the command: umount /Users/useyourusername/Desktop/SMB

Hopefully Apple will fix this issue ASAP, but until they do, you now have a way to connect to servers via SMB.

Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Finally

I finally had some time this evening to install Mac OS X 10.5 on my MacBook Pro. I have not done a thorough run through of all the new bells and whistles but I have to say – it is pretty sharp OS. Everything is very crisp and clean. I will report back later when I have more of an opinion. 😉

so long, farewell ben!

After working with Ben for almost eight years he had decided to move on. I wanted to wish Ben all the luck in the world. We had a great time working together for many years…as he put up with my on again off again relationship with Mac OS X Server and I put up with his “not as funny as he thought” videos and comics 😉 We also had a good time playing Carmageddon 2, Diablo, Diablo II and Quake 3 Arena. We did do some great work in between all the games and great music (I got him out of the “ambient” music mode and opened the door to electronica, DJs, etc). We did do a kick ass job of putting together a really sweet Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server server set up using Apache, MySQL, PHP, WebObjects complete with failover. Best of luck and thanks for the good times.

fun Mac OS X screenshots.

I spent the majority of Monday night cleaning up my hardrive, my email, my server space, and my iDisk. During this cleanup I saw some interesting (and in my mind funny) things…I just had to take a screenshot. Enjoy.

The first screenshot is from my Mail.app. Someone had sent me an html email that contained lots of graphics…when I saw the number of attachments I had to laugh. Sometimes I think about putting something similar to that in my CC line of my email for those who copy everyone they ever knew. Stop the insanity! Good work Apple on putting this one in.
Lots of Attachments

The next screenshot was taken when I was uploading my movies to my iDisk. I should only have 1gig of space, but on this day…my Finder thought I had 2 TB of space!
iDisk space
[tags]Mac OS X, screenshots, Mail.app, Finder, iDisk[/tags]

fun with defaults write in Mac OS X.

Ever since yesterday’s defaults write question and then post, I have been doing some fun research on what else is possible with defaults write
Note:Most of these changes require you to restart the finder after entering these into Terminal.app killall Finder.

  • change your screenshot file format: defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleScreenShotFormat JPEG or TIFF or PNG or PICT
  • Disable outlines around icon names on the desktop: defaults write NSGlobalDomain Desktop.HasDarkBackground 0
  • Show trash on the desktop: defaults write com.apple.finder Desktop.HasTrash 1
  • Configure AFP to exclusively use SSH
  • Create a login hook
  • Finally…when someone is driving you completely insane and it is time to show them not to mess with tech support…defaults write com.apple.Finder AllowCutForItems true This neat trick takes everything you cut but not paste. Everything you cut goes into the trash and not to the clipboard. April Fools!

As you can see, there are endless cool things you can do with defaults write. Check out the defaults man pages!
[tags]defaults write, Finder, Mac OS X[/tags]