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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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: Uses first-party AFP on HFS for better compatibility Can serve as a Time Machine backup volume Works great as an iTunes master library, connected to ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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After enabling File Sharing on one machine, it will give you the name of the machine as used to connect to it. Next, go to the other computer, and open Finder. You should see the name of the other computer in the sidebar. If you don't, then press Go -> Connect to Server, and connect to the other machine by the name that was given in the Sharing window. ...


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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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Perfectly possible, you essentially both need a free iCloud account, that you log into for the purposes or mail/calendars/notes/contacts etc etc. You each log into iCloud from within Settings > iCloud with your unique ID, and turn on any appropriate option within that page once you are signed in. Then, for the App Store, go to Settings > iTunes and ...


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Both answers are correct. However, I would like to add some notes. First of all you could also use Gmail contacts for example instead of iCloud contacts. Depending on what email you and your daughter use (iCloud/Gmail/something else) this can be even more convenient. For example, I use gmail and have all my contact stored in Gmail. This way, I have direct ...


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Thought I threw my two cents in. Being both a Mac and Linux user - I find that once a SAMBA share is created on a Linux machine (browseable option on Linux samba turned on with or without a login - you can "connect as" from the Mac to the Linux machine), my Mac would pick it up and list in on Finder's left pane. Here's a quick SAMBA setup for the Linux ...


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Easy way: create multiple user accounts on your Mac, a tutorial can be found here. -or- Hard way: create different iTunes libraries for your user account. You'll need to: Quit iTunes Hold down the Option key and then launch iTunes Click the "Create Library..." button on the dialog that is displayed Once you've created the different libraries, you need ...


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I don't think you can. Bluetooth is designed such that pairing is two-way (computer <-> device). You can't pair to a second device without un-pairing from the first device.


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Why not use something like Dropbox? There's also Sparkleshare which allows you to host files yourself.


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Here's a shell script that turns off the services, but I'm working on finding a more direct solution: #!/bin/sh osascript << HERE tell application "System Preferences" to activate tell application "System Events" to tell process "System Preferences" click menu item "Sharing" of menu "View" of menu bar 1 delay 2 tell window "Sharing" to ...


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The option has been removed from the GUI in OS X 10.7 however you can enable it with a few commands. Here is a good write up on how to do it. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20088844-263/managing-ftp-services-in-os-x-lion/ Summary of the link above: To Load: sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist Then to start and stop ...



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