Hacks

How to run a SuperDrive on a USB Hub – MacOS Sierra Version

Over here, I described how to run a SuperDrive on a USB hub. The issue is that Apple normally disallows you to do so since it thinks the SuperDrive needs to be powered – something that a USB hub can perfectly be able to do. Before, it was sufficient to change a system file in order to fix the issue; now, that change is disallowed (actually, since two versions of the operating system, but I don’t use CDs that much, so I didn’t even notice). The fix still works. Here is what you need to do:

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By mnott on 2016/10/06 | Computer, Hacks | 2 comments

How to stop Safari downloading .pdf as .pdf.lspdf

There may be an issue that arises, apparently rarely, if you have once installed the Livescribe Echo application. Safari, when downloading a .pdf, will appear to keep adding a second extension, .lspdf, to the file name. Searching on Google doesn’t really return anything useful, and removing com.apple.Safari.plist etc. doesn’t help either. This article reports a way to solve that problem, which to the best of my knowledge has not been solved before.

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By mnott on 2016/05/25 | Computer, Hacks | A comment?

Update Airport Firmware by running Airport Utility 6.5.1 on El Capitan

I just came across an interesting situation where the Airport Utility showed a red alert with a „1“ in it, indicating some sort of message or update, but not detailing what it was about – and actually no apparent possibility to do anything about it:

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A quick search on Google brought up the idea to use an older version of the Airport utility, which identified a newer version for the Airport to be available, and allowing to update it.

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How to add Files from Finder to Evernote and keep a permanent relation

As a follow-up to my post on how to automatically add files to Evernote, keeping persistent links, here is a slightly reworded automator workflow that I use to do the same thing: Mark one or multiple files in Finder and then Hit Cmd-E to have them added to Evernote’s Inbox, while at the same time having those notes in Evernote contain hyperlinks to the original file which are persistent even if the original file is moved around.

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By mnott on 2016/01/14 | Computer, Hacks | A comment?

How to create Persistent File Links from Evernote to the Filesystem

So I’m playing around with Evernote and essentially don’t want to use Evernote as my “store it all” kind of document repository. DevonThink didn’t work out that well after all, and using Evernote that way seems to be equally inadequate. At the end of the day, I have a decent file system anyhow, so why should I decide to move all my files over there. Rather, I’d use Evernote for notes and stuff, as the name suggests.

One thing I like about Evernote is, of course, that it has files available on all devices. So one thing I’d like to do is to have things like the invoices I’m currently paying being in Evernote, while at the same time staying in my existing file system structure.

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By mnott on 2016/01/13 | Computer, Hacks | 1 comment

How to fix a Maxi-Cosi FamilyFix Base

I’ve had a little issue with our MaxiCosi FamilyFix Base not releasing the child seat anymore. Turns out, this is a common problem. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any description on how to really solve it, so here is one. Read more…

By mnott on 2016/01/01 | Hacks | 4 comments

Very clearly my Daughter…

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By mnott on 2015/11/06 | Computer, Hacks | 1 comment

Moving Virtual Boxes in Ubuntu

This is perhaps the 100 millionth post on the topic, yet all I could find was how to move the virtual box files through vboxmanage, which appears to imply having to remove snapshots. Here is a very easy different process that will just repoint to where the machine’s folder is located.
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By mnott on 2015/04/07 | Computer, Hacks | A comment?

Drilling Holes into your MacBook Air…

…seems like perhaps a weird thing to do. But it actually does make sense. Read more…

By mnott on 2015/02/18 | Computer, Hacks | 1 comment

Add Pinch-In and Pinch-Out (Icon Zoom) back into Apple’s Finder

Ok, this has annoyed many people out there, including me: Apple found it clever to remove the pinch gesture on the icon view of the Finder window. For what ever reason, but it was annoying me enough to find a solution. Read more…

By mnott on 2014/11/01 | Computer, Hacks | 6 comments