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Since this is bumped...
Is there any way to change file permissions for whole directories or drives at a time? Just spent a fun-packed couple of hours manually changing hundreds of permissions file-by-file in the command line, surely there's an easier way?
From the Finder, r-click on the directory and select show info. In the window, change permissions as desired and then click the little gear button under the permissions list and select the option that says apply to items in the folder or some such (I have the system in a different language).
To do the same from the command line, use chmod with the -R option on the directory.
Now, it may happen OS X will refuse to change permissions for some files/dirs. This means there may be some extended attributes, ACLs or flags that are messing with the regular permissions and making them impossible to change. OS X has command line tools for dealing with these.
Cheers, will give that a look.
Question from a friend (Friend A) who has a Macbook. He took it to work today and while it was open another friend (Friend B) realised he could see all of Friend A's personal photos that were on the Macbook, on his (Friend B's) Samsung smartphone via some media app which he uses to play his music.
Friend A has no idea why. He has iPhoto installed but said he didn't have any of OS X's photo sharing services turned on (I presume he means Photostream). But clearly his Mac is broadcasting photos, and in a manner which allowed Friend B's smartphone to detect and display them without any set-up - they just 'appeared'.
I know Mac stuff "just works" (to use that tired old cliche!) but this was weird. Anyone know how or why that might have happened?
Lukus 19,707 posts
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One of his torrent applications or similar will be acting as a media streamer.
The easiest thing to do is install little snitch and see what asks to broadcast.
Hmm, all good options to look at, I'll suggest them, thanks! It's the fact that they came up without any set-up by the chap with the phone that was alarming. Who else has been able to see them, and what else has he been unwittingly broadcasting when he takes his laptop out?
(rhetorical questions, answers not needed but hey if you happen to know do chip in...)
Edited by TarickStonefire at 14:12:03 08-01-2013
he should be ok as most public networks use wireless isolation for exactly this reason.
Except, weirdly, a hotel I stayed in not long ago that allowed me to see the shared contents of about a dozen computers.
What's the best way of doing basic maintenance on a Mac that's starting to run sluggish? Anything like defragging or clearing temp files or whatnot?
It's mostly automatic, but I suppose you could go through your start up items / preferences / application support in the library folders.
EDIT: Have a play with Onyx, quite a few utilities in that
Edited by CrispyXUK at 21:35:48 05-02-2013
beastmaster 13,113 posts
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I've got a question about ATV. I'm doing that DNS thing so I get get Netlix US. I've bought a few films on iTunes and wondered if I could watch them without having to go back to normal, default UK settings without having to use airplay.
Can I store purchased films on the cloud and can I watch them from my ATV?
Hello Mac-using Eurogamers! My mum just emailed me a problem she's having on her old iMac. I've not heard of it before, maybe someone here recognises it.
Apparently some parts of emails aren't coming through - she says "the top couple of inches" are missing If she forwards them to my step-dad's iPad 2 he sees the whole thing, but if he re-forwards them back to her she sometimes sees the whole thing but sometimes it's missing bits again, either the top or the bottom...?
My stepdad's no fool so he'll have checked the scrolling etc is working, but it's an ooold white iMac, the first Intel one I think, running Tiger, so some apps are starting to not be compatible with the march of technology. I've suggested she at least give Snow Leopard a try but my mother resists change!
Sorry no other clues. I've asked if it's certain emails or all of them but no answer.
@beastmaster I think no matter where you are in the world if you have a connection to iCloud and your iTunes account 'in the cloud' then whatever you have on your account will be available for you to stream.
I think that the only time your location matters to iTunes is when you access their store.
At least, I think so. Try it and report back!
When I bought my Macbook Pro, I changed the admin password on my old Macbook so that it wasn't the same as my new one.
Now I've come to clean it up, I obviously can't remember what I changed it to!
Looks like there are ways round it with terminal, but I thought there was a panel (somewhere within System Preferences) where you were able to leave yourself a hint, and I'm sure if that were an option, I would have done it.
Am I remembering incorrectly?
If you have disks, boot from the install disk and change it from there.
If its a recovery partition, boot into that, open terminal and type resetpassword
Tonka 23,005 posts
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There's definitely a hint.
Should show up when you try to log in
System Preferences -> Accounts -> Click on Change Password
Screen then comes up with a hint box, which fortunately, I'd completed.
What are the chances of a 15" Air with Retina existing sometime soon?
There macbook pro sans optical drive is effectively this already.
Not actually seen the non optical drive ones in the flesh. Are they slim?
Yeah. same deal with the Airs. Everything is welded to the main board, SSD and no optical drive.
iirc, the retina MBPs are 2mm deeper than the air.
Is the weight comparable as well?
No idea. The 13 inch MBP felt a bit heavier than the 13 inch air, but it wouldnt put your back out. Dont know how much heavier again the 15" is.
Theres full tech specs on the apple site if you want to do a side by side.
Hmm, the 13" Air is just under 3lbs, where as the 15" normal is 4.5lbs. Obviously don't know what a 15" Air would cost, but that's not quite negligible.
That's an expected jump in weight from 13" to 15". OTOH, the weight for the 13" retina MBP is 3.57 lbs (whatever that is), which is not that much more than the 13" Air.
New job requires a lot of travelling and been looking at a MBA 11" (will sell 15" Pro). Had a play about today and they are bloody lovely machines and don't think the screen size will be a problem. Not fussed about retina but at the same time don't want to be burned with an update within a couple months. Any word on rumoured updates anytime soon?
Not heard any rumours, but macrumors (heh) are saying Buy only if you need it.
Which, it seems, you do.
Edited by dominalien at 17:09:17 25-02-2013
And now what I'd looked at that page, I heard a rumour: