Monthly Archives: August 2010

Fast file transfer between Windows & Mac via TCP-IP over Firewire

The basic idea and setup is described here, however, many details are missing, so I put together detailed instructions with screenshots. I am describing the configuration between a Mac running Leopard and a Windows 95 Machine. Continue reading

Bull or Elephant

Here’s another language difference: In Germany there is the proverbial “Elephant in the China Shop”, in the US you have the “Bull in the China Shop”.

Something else interesting: While the above quoted Bull is clearly bad, a “Bull-Market” is a good thing. I am not aware of the corresponding German term…

Do Good or Bad Things Come in Threes?

It’s an interesting language phenomenon that I observed between the German and English language. The first time I heard someone say in the US that bad things come in Threes I was surprised and appalled, given that in my home country, Germany, we say the opposite. Continue reading

Optimal Setup for Gmail, Apple Mail, and iPhone with IMAP

I am truly thankful for this article that explains the best way I have found to configure everything “for maximum happiness” as the author puts it without the slightest bit of exaggeration. See for yourself:

http://db.tidbits.com/article/10253

However, I should note that I do modify the approach a little bit for my own purposes. I do happen to like Gmail’s “All Mail” concept, so I am skipping the steps suggested to hide the “All Mail” and “Starred” folders; but that is certainly a personal preference and does not change the overall excellent method described.

Wired or Wireless Time Machine Backup to Hard Disk Connected to Another Mac on Your Local Network

Ever since I decided to start using Time Machine it has been bugging me that I could not figure out how to back up my my iMac to an attached FireWire HDD and my PowerBook to the the same HDD over the Network. Of course I could buy TimeCapsule, but I wanted to make it work with what I had. You can find tips to active an attached HDD on an Airport Extreme or other network location (e.g., here, or here), but I was not interested in that. Also, there are some solutions out there for using Leopard Server (e.g., here, )

The solution presented below requires just one one desktop Mac with an external HDD (I use firewire, but I would expect USB to work as well), one Mac laptop, and any local wireless network (I use my ATT U-verse modem/router). I learnt that I wanted to do is possible from this Macworld article, alas, it does not give detailed instructions. read on to find out how it works.

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Prevent Time Machine Backups of Podcasts

If you don’t want to fill-up your Time Machine backup with dayly or weekly news podcastsm they can easily be excluded.

 

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Prevent Time Machine Backups of iTunes Movie Rentals

Leopard’s Time Machine has an option to exclude certain folders from being backed-up. iTunes movie rentals which usually weigh in with greater than 1 GB are a prime example for what should not be backed-up. Unfortunately, movie rentals are stored in iTunes’ Movie folder–along with all your other movies that you may have purchased, or made yourself. So what to do?

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