2012 August

CVS pserver on Mountain Lion

Right. I do know CVS is old and all, but I like it. Actually I’ve a ton of stuff in my CVS server. And have written all kinds of scripts that digest that stuff and do stuff with it. So no, I’ll not switch any time soon for the existing projects (for new ones, I use Git).

Having said that, and having installed Mountain Lion lately, I found out, cvs was no longer working. So here’s what I did (and I assume you already have a CVS root and just want to get it working locally on your MacOS).

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By mnott on 2012/08/08 | Computer | A comment?

Move the Apple Mail Download Folder

Apple Mail seems to use its own location for downloading attachments that you double-click on. On my machine, this was in

I wanted those to go into

And since Apple as a company keeps thinking about even the illiterate, it hides the Library folder, and even if you unhide it for the Finder and create a “Shortcut”, it won’t work. So, open Terminal.app and do

To fix that.

Interestingly, Apple Mail’s preferences did point to ~/Downloads all the time. But that’s used only when you do a “Save to Downloads Folder.”

Oh well…

By mnott on 2012/08/07 | Computer | A comment?

Solution to Mountain Lion Battery Life Problem

Your Mileage May Vary. But on my machine (TM), the battery life substantially dropped on my 2010 MBP after installation of ML. By substantially I mean really really badly. From 4 hours previously to down to about 1.5 hours.

Surfing around about that problem, I did find the programm gfxCardStatus which allows me to define which graphics card I’m using. Interestingly, I was using the NVIDIA GeForce GT330M instead of the Intel HD Graphics. Using gfxCardStatus, I can switch that to use only Intel HD Graphics – which is totally sufficient for my day-kind-of-work. And yes, the projected battery life went back to where it was before.

I have the impression that with ML (it wasn’t the case with Lion, at least not for me), something makes my MBP use the external graphics card all the time, with no reason to do so.

gfxCardStatus, moreover, allows me to choose to allow having the external graphics whenever I’m on power supply, and to use the internal graphics when on battery.

Actually, I’m going to run on the internal graphics most of the time anyway – when watching flash videos, for example, finally the MBP heats up a lot less, and also remains silent.

I’m no gamer, so I’ve no need for that extra boost of graphics power anyway.

But, as I said, YMMV.

By mnott on 2012/08/06 | Computer | A comment?