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If you use: sudo scutil --set HostName name-you-want it will work a bit better. From the scutil(8) man page: --get pref Retrieves the specified preference. The current value will be reported on standard output. Supported preferences include: ComputerName The user-friendly name for the system. LocalHostName The local ...


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After following Jeffrey J. Hoover's tip, sudo scutil --set ComputerName "newname" sudo scutil --set LocalHostName "newname" sudo scutil --set HostName "newname" I would add these last two steps. Flush the DNS cache by typing: dscacheutil -flushcache Restart your Mac. EDIT: It didn't work for me until I restarted my mac.


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Here are two very simple solutions made possible by automation tools baked right in Mac OS X: AppleScript & Automator. AppleScript You can use AppleScript to make a a very simple app that will mount your shares without opening any new Finder windows. Open AppleScript Editor and put in this script: tell application "Finder" mount volume ...


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Here is what I do, where I share one appleid for purchases among 3 family members. Number one, only use the appleid for purchases just for purchases. then, each member should have a separate iCloud account with a unique appleid for mail, contacts, iCal, etc syncing. Then, on all devices set the appleid for the store to the purchase id and on the individual ...


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Type in Terminal: scutil --get HostName If there's no HostName available, what you see is probably coming from the DNS or DHCP server. Set your HostName with: sudo scutil --set HostName 'yourHostName' That should do it.


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You can define what you want to see before the $ in your terminal by modifying the file ~/.profile. For example if you add to the file ~/.profile the following line: # h is the host name, w the complete path export PS1="\h:\w$ " you will see the host name and the complete path of the current directory: host_name:current_directory_path$ You can also ...


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For those who are not looking for a command line solution, you can change it under System Preferences -> Sharing -> Computer Name:


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A Mac My NAS of choice is an old Mac. In my case, I had an old MacBook that wouldn't hold a charge anymore so I rigged up an eSATA connection to my 2TB external drive. The advantages to using an actual Mac over a true NAS system: Uses first-party AFP on HFS for optimal compatibility. In particular, it supports Spotlight and fast file searches ...


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From Macworld: Keeping tabs on who’s listening The Sharing pane in iTunes’ preferences will tell you how many users are connected to your shared library. But what it won’t tell you is what they’re actually listening to. To find out, open Activity Monitor (/Applications/Utilities), highlight the iTunes entry, and then click on the Inspect button in ...


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The Facebook integration wasn't available when this question was asked - it was added in OS X 10.8.2 in September 2012. To activate Twitter and Facebook sharing, you must first configure at least one Twitter and / or Facebook account via System Preferences -> Mail, Contacts & Calendars -> Add Account -> Twitter (or Facebook). Once you've ...


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This is called hand off It allows you to continue where you left off in an app on one Device when you are accessing another device. It works via the AppleID not the local user. When your Mac computers and iOS devices are within Bluetooth range of each other (about 33 feet or 10 meters), they can automatically “hand off” what you’re doing from one ...


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Drobo FS The Drobo FS is my new favourite NAS. I've run a Netgear ReadyNAS and a PC-based NAS in the past and neither touch the Drobo FS for simplicity, speed and reliability. The ReadyNAS suffered from poor RAID performance, especially on reboots when volumes needed to be scanned. And the power supply in it was really lame. And the PC-based NAS was just a ...


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This is a known bug with the discoveryd process on 10.10 Yosemite. Recent rumors is that it will be replaced by its predecessor, mDNSresponder, come 10.10.4 to help alleviate network issues. Although the actual cause is unknown, it has been said that it is related (at least in part) to improper name resolution in DNS when the computer wakes from sleep. It ...


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Time Capsule The Time Capsule can be used as a shared drive. It is also a Wi-Fi router, and is automatically recognized as a backup device for Time Machine.


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You have two questions here. ( and ~ is short for the /Users/current_user folder) 1) For apps only to show up in your account - move them to ~/Applications 2) If a user is not part of the Administrators group then that user cannot install apps in /Applications which is the normal place for shared Applications. Non admin users can install apps in their ...


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Found the answer here, though there is some discussion about the details. In short, the Mac will pick up a host name from the DHCP server. This does not affect your computer's name as you have assigned it. This will only affect what you see at the command prompt.


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Honestly I don't see any benefit in removing the Twitter/Facebook libraries. It may break the installed version as well as lead to problems when upgrading to 10.8.1 etc. If you want to be sure that nothing you do is ever ending up in Twitter or Facebook just don't log in to these services in Preferences.


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Administrative shares have been disabled in Windows Vista and later versions of Windows for security reasons. According to Microsoft Support Knowledge Base article 947232, you can do one of the following: Create your own shares with the appropriate permissions (recommended); Run the Microsoft Fix It to perform an automatic workaround; or Add to the ...


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That rename comes from any one other device on the network that remembered the IP address of your mac before it went to sleep or renewed its DHCP lease. You would want to power down all Apple TV and Apple airport/time capsule devices and then restart your router (if an Airport device isn't doing the routing) at that point, the iOS and Mac devices should let ...


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In order for a Mac to create a local Wi-Fi network, it needs to have a wired Internet source. So what you need to do is: Connect an Ethernet cable from the router (the wired source) to a Mac. On that Mac, choose System Preferences > Sharing. Select Internet Sharing. Choose Ethernet from the “Share your connection from” pop-up menu. Select AirPort in the ...


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A simple one-liner in the terminal will give you the info. $ lsof +D ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Media/ -i | grep iTunes will return something along the lines of iTunes 5631 Bryson 23r DIR 14,12 102 3747082 /Users/Bryson/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Automatically Add to iTunes.localized iTunes 5631 Bryson 24r DIR ...


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Don't want start any flamewar, but today here is only NAS solution - the ZFS based NAS. ZFS is a filesystem, what has "copy on write" feature, so you will get a backup in every save - fully transparently. ZFS has million really cool features like raid management, snapshots etc.. too much for one post. If you interested can duckduck for ZFS. ZFS is ...


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If Finder thinks it is a bundle, maybe you can right-click on it and "Show Package Contents"...


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Here's our setup: Computers: iMac x 1 (wife's primary computer & used by the kids) MacBook Air x 1 (my primary computer) MacBook Pro x 1 (wife's) iOS Devices: iPhone 4 x 2 (wife's and mine) iPhone 3G x 1 (Younger Daughter's, used in airplane mode) iPod Touch x 1 (Older Daughter's) iPad 2 x 1 (mine but can be used by all when it's at home) Apple TV ...


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My family's system consists of using a shared apple ID to buy from iTunes and the Mac App Store. Each member then has their own iCloud account based on a unique email address for Mail & Notes, Contacts, and Calendars. On the iPhone: everyone should enter the shared apple ID under the Settings/Store/Apple ID section for purchases. Each user can then ...


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If I am not mistaken FTP is not supported anymore, too insecure, eg sends your password in the clear over the network etc. However, if you enable "Remote Login" in sharing, you can use SFTP which works just as well as FTP. SFTP stands for secure FTP and therefore all the information you transfer between computers is encrypted while in transit over the ...


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The app can do that can do what you want is Apple Remote Desktop. You can drag&Drop files from desktop to desktop and get and push clipboards from and to other computer. The best set is to have 2 monitors (having the remote desktop fullscreen-ed), so that you can stare at the two computers at the same time. If you don't, you will have a window with the ...


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It depends on how this was set up to launch. From boot, Go > Connect to Server > (click the dropbox) and select clear recent servers, if not using any. Then go to System Preferences > Accounts and see if there is something set up in the Login Items tab related to the server and clear. Restart and test. If it continues I'd check Macintosh HD > Library > ...


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In my case, I found that it was a problem with our DNS server, as the reverse DNS lookup didn't scavenge because there was duplicate DNS entries for the IP address and hostname.



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