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Mac OS X: restarting Google Drive when it shows a spinning wheel

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/29

Every now and then, Google Drive on Mac OS X gets confused and starts showing the spinning wheel when hovering over the menu bar icon similar to for instance DropBox does every once in a while.

This is how to terminate and restart Google Drive from the terminal (no need for su):

killall -v -SIGKILL Google\ Drive
open -a Google\ Drive

Alternatively you can start Google Drive using this:

/Applications/Google\ Drive.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Drive &

I found this executable through osx – Find all executable files within a folder in terminal – Ask Different

Note that this won’t kill Google Drive as it sends the TERM signal (SIGTERM):

killall -v Google\ Drive

–jeroen

Posted in Apple, bash, Development, Google, GoogleDrive, iMac, Mac, MacBook, MacBook Retina, MacBook-Air, MacBook-Pro, MacMini, OS X, OS X El Capitan, OS X Maverick, OS X Mountain Lion, OSX Yosemite, Power User, Scripting, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

ducks: How Do I Find The Largest Top 10 Files and Directories On a Linux / UNIX / BSD?

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/20

Explains how to find out top 10 files and directories under Unix / Linux using sort and du command in human-readable format.

Interesting, especially

alias 'ducks=du -cks * | sort -rn | head'

Source: How Do I Find The Largest Top 10 Files and Directories On a Linux / UNIX / BSD?

via: Joe C. Hecht and nixCraft.

–jeroen

Posted in *nix, *nix-tools, Apple, BSD, Linux, Mac, OS X, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Microsoft Remote Desktop 8 on OS X stores RDP configuration in com.microsoft.rdc.mac.plist and passwords in keychain

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/15

One day I write some scripts based on:

Some starting materials are at:

A thing I learned is that the Microsoft Remote Desktop 8 is basically a rebranded iTap RDP (it looks like Microsoft bought iTap RDP for Mac, as iTap RDP for Mac is now discontinued)

–jeroen

Posted in Apple, Development, OS X, OS X El Capitan, OS X Maverick, OS X Mountain Lion, OSX Yosemite, Power User, Remote Desktop Protocol/MSTSC/Terminal Services, Scripting, Software Development, Windows, XML, XML/XSD | Leave a Comment »

Factory restoring a 3rd generation Apple TV was more cumbersome, but I learned about BlueTooth keyboard sharing from my Mac

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/03

Apple TV needs iTunes

Apple TV needs iTunes

A while ago, my model A1469 3rd generation Apple TV had a slowly blinking white light but nothing displayed over HDMI any more, so I searched for Apple TV slow blinking white and

Reading Restoring your Apple TV (when its white light is flashing) | Comics and gadgets, I opted for the first option: a soft-restart of the Apple TV. To do that you have to press menu+down on the Apple Remote at the same time for 5+ seconds, then wait for the Apple TV to restart. That initially did show an image over HDMI which later disappeared. I didn’t get the image at first as I thought it was looking for iTunes media over USB (like from an iPhone or iPad), so I waited for a time-out to occur.

After a while that image disappeared and the Apple TV white LED started rapidly flashing. Not good.

Later I found the image was portraying a USB cable not having a connection to an iTunes logo and some dark grey text on a black background pointing to support.apple.com/appletv/restore.

I didn’t see that at first as the room was a bit brightly lit since we had a lot of sun that day so this non-descriptive image with grey on black UX worked really well.

Conclusion: I had to restore the Apple TV which I thought would be straight-forward as it had been connected to my iCloud account.

 

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Posted in Apple, Apple TV, iOS, Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Interesting historic read of notes on end 1970s Apple SSAFE project – how it started and ended

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/02/27

This appeared a few days back: [WayBackhttp://bitsavers.trailing-edge.com/pdf/apple/ssafe/Apple_SSAFE_Project.pdf

It’s about “Software and Security from Apple Friends and Enemies” an early exchange of ideas and possibilities for DRM in the Apple ][ and Apple III era.

I got it via my bitsavers.org RSS subscription, but it has been over the net in quite a few other places as well:

I think the most important quote is from the one on reddit, submitted 20170223 by vadermeer  for which I added some WayBack/Archive.is links:

[WayBackFound Internal Apple Memos about copy protection for Apple II, SARA, LISA(self.VintageApple)

Yesterday at the Seattle Goodwill Outlet, where everything is sold by the pound, I noticed the Apple logo on letterhead sticking out from a bin of books, so I started digging. What I found were the 1979-1980 files of Jack MacDonald, manager of system software for the Apple II and /// at the time

They tell the story of project “SSAFE” or “Software Security from Apples Friends and Enemies.” This was a proposal to bring disk copy protection in-house to sell as a service to outside developers. Inter-office memos, meeting notes and progress reports all give a good idea of what a project lifecycle was like. Different schemes and levels of protection are considered, as well as implementation primarily on the Apple II+ and the upcoming SARA (The Apple ///) and Lisa computers. [WayBackRandy Wigginton is featured prominently throughout, along with mentions of Woz and many other familiar names.

The documents were all a jumble so I’ve put them in chronological order and scanned the collection, please enjoy. [Archive.is]

The reddit thread is very nice reading as it explains how close we are now to this Level 1:

Level 1. Totally secure. Absolutely no method of stealing the software. 100% effective. Note that the ideal, level 1, is achievable only through disallowing any access of any kind to the software and the computer. Not very practical in our circumstances.

and this one from boingboing:

It’s so neatly packaged and well-documented it could be a Harvard Business Review case-study.

–jeroen

Posted in 6502, Apple, Apple ][, History, Power User | Leave a Comment »

 
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