Category: OS X

Goodbye Roxio Toast, Hello Burn!

Free, and does what you want with way less crap than Roxio Toast. To save DVDs to ISO images (which you can then use as virtual masters for duplicating) choose the Save As CD/DVD Image option. It will produce a

Turning on screen sharing (VNC) via a terminal connection

For some reason my Mac Mini running OS X Leopard tends to drop its VNC server. Here’s how to turn it back on via the terminal: sudo sh -c “/bin/echo -n enabled > /Library/Preferences/” I think this will also work

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Ejecting stubborn discs

Try drutil from the terminal: drutil list drutil tray eject 1 Or try enabling the eject menu found in System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras (just double click it and it will be in your menubar)

Restoring files from an Babel Impression backup

A few years ago I purchased a backup program called Impression from Babel Software, written by Steve Elliot. He had sold the program and development rights to another company,, which appears to have gone out of business. So never

Best settings for Windows memory on Parallels

Was getting an error about Windows running out of swap space. Found the issues was the compacted disc image didn’t have enough headroom for Windows to expand the swap space, and it was set at 50mb. The cure was to

Make Apple blind-copy (Bcc) every message

From a posting on defaults read UserHeaders This will return “The domain/default pair of (, UserHeaders) does not exist” if you have none set) defaults write UserHeaders ‘{“Reply-To” = “”; }’ or defaults write UserHeaders ‘{“Reply-To”

Run OS X software update from the terminal

sudo softwareupdate -i -a

You can drag application icons to the finder window toolbar

Just drag the icon and pause in the toolbar area. For instance, you could drag the icon for Toast Titanium to the toolbar so that every finder window has a convenient launch icon for burning discs.

Enhanced save dialog boxes for OS X

Use the terminal application to change your login profile to enable/disable expanded save dialog boxes: Enable expanded save dialog: defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUE Disable expanded save dialog – revert back to Mac OS X default: defaults write -g