I had a very stubborn folder that I had on my Finder sidebar, under “Favorites”, because the actual folder on the my Mac was deleted. Because the folder was deleted, I could not remove the “Favorite” by the normal right-click and “Remove from Sidebar” option. It was driving me crazy but a search lead me to an actual simple resolution: just hold down the “Command” key while dragging the folder off the sidebar. This worked perfectly!
I finished a little household project which was running Cat5e cable from my living room and master bedroom to the switch in my office. This was to connect two Tivo’s to the home network, so that everything is running Gig-E over the wire and so that I don’t have to mess around with connecting the Tivo’s wirelessly (and I’m hoping that the hard connection will make Netflix video streaming performance better than wifi). The project included making wall plates, drilling the holes, running the wire through my unfinished basement, etc.. Here are two very helpful sites that helped with the networking questions that came up.
Question 1: How do I connect the Cat 5e cable to a Wall Plate? The colors don’t match at all.
Answer: This site nailed it for me and worked great. And it’s easy to read and understand.
|Network Wall Plate
||Cat5 Ethernet Cable
|White / Orange
|White / Green
|White / Blue
|White / Brown
Question 2: How do I make a “standard” Cat 5e network cable again? I forget the “official” color layout when connecting the ends..
Answer: This site has a great picture for the “official” wiring: 568-B method.
I have a small program that keeps some of it’s files (which happen to be data files) where the program resides, typically under C:\Program Files\Name of Program\. I normally back these files up as they are important to me. However when I went over to Windows 7, I noticed that the program files are no longer under C:\Program Files\Name of Program\ and where nowhere to be found. After some exhaustive searching on Google and using Windows Search, I found the “new” location these files are kept:
C:\Users\Name\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Name of Program\. So I pick this new location in order to back up the files that I need. Hope this might help someone else wondering where their files went. I know it was quite weird for me at first..
Backups! Most people don’t think about them until it’s too late. Well, here are my two favorite options for performing a backup of your data.
http://www3.crashplan.com/consumer/index.html = Crashplan is a free Program to automatically backup your data to another drive (e.g. an external drive) or another computer of yours, or even a friend that’s running Crashplan! They have an online backup option ($5/month for unlimited amount of data). Go buy an external drive, download and install this program and tell it to backup to your external drive. It’s that simple. I’d also recommend using their $5/month service so that you have a copy of your data outside of your house. That is very important as an external drive backup doesn’t protect your data in a fire, flood or other major disaster. $5/month is a small price to pay for the extra level of protection!
https://www.backblaze.com/ = Backblaze is another option which is a pure online backup solution with unlimited data for $5/month. They don’t have the “backup locally” option like Crashplan does above, but if you’d like to skip that part and just backup online, then checkout BackBlaze.
Hope it helps!!
A number of bug fixes and tweaks have been released in OS X 10.6.1 update, now available.
A great write up on this update can be found here:
I was having some performance issues with my iPhone and I wanted to clear it out and did a “factory restore” from within iTunes and then just sync back my apps from iTunes. Well, that all went ok. I use Microsoft Exchange at work and I have my iPhone synced with my Exchange account, so it handles Contacts, Mail and Calendar. So I wasn’t worried about that data as I can always sync that information. (BTW, if you don’t have an Exchange account, use GMail’s free ability to do the same thing, which actually uses Exchange technology: http://www.google.com/mobile/products/sync.html#p=default).
But the thing that I forgot to make copies of or send them to myself in an email were my Notes on my iPhone. iTunes makes a backup of notes and the like, but I didn’t do a “restore” from within iTunes, I did a complete reset. I also didn’t want to do a restore in case whatever was slowing down my iPhone might return from the restore. So the question came up – How do I get my notes back from my iTunes backup without doing a restore?
Answer = MobileSyncBrowser! It’s a program I found that does exactly what I wanted and is totally awesome. It can also do pictures, media, call logs, contacts, calendar, SMS messages, etc! Info about it can be found here:
The maker’s website and download link is at: http://homepage.mac.com/vaughn/msync/beta/
It worked perfectly for me. I was able to open my notes and just re-enter them (as they were short) on my iPhone. Enjoy!
Here’s a screenshot taken during my session: