Posts Tagged ‘OS X’

The many uses of Dropbox – syncing 1Password and Things data between Macs

April 15th, 2010 7 comments

A couple of weeks ago a lot of my friends (and acquaintances) got spammed by me on purpose: I sent them an invite for Dropbox. The intention was two-fold: 1. to increase my backup space; 1. to get them using a free backup solution. Several people signed up and I hope they are enjoying Dropbox by now.

Thanks to Dropbox, my two all-time favorite applications (1Password for login and general secret management and Things, a neat to-do list manager) have just gotten better. They both have iPhone and now iPad apps, as well and let me tell you, they are wonderful. One of the issues I had was the lack of proper syncing between my Mac Pro and my MacBook Pro. 1Password actually synced properly through the iPhone, but Things items got duplicated and this actually caused me to stop using Things. Then the iPad came out and Things looked beautiful on it, plus now I can enter last-minute items before falling asleep. About a week or two ago I learned that you can sync 1Password to many Macs using Dropbox. Thanks to Twitter I learned today that, indeed you can do the same for Things. So, here’s how this works.

  1. Create a Dropbox account, if you haven’t yet.
  2. Get 1Password, if you haven’t yet (Click on the banner on my site)
  3. Get Things, if you haven’t yet.
  4. Move your Things Library to Dropbox:
    1. Make sure Things is not running
    2. Move ~/Library/Application Support/Cultured Code folder to your Dropbox.
    3. Hold down the OPTION key while starting up Things then point to the Database.xml file at the newly created location.
  5. Move your 1Password keychain to Dropbox:
    1. In 1Password go to /Preferences/General click MOVE
    2. Choose Dropbox as the destination

That’s all. This is how simple it is to have your Things and 1Password libraries stored online in a safe place and have the ability to use them from several Macs. One caveat, however is that you CANNOT have Things or 1Password run on two different computers at the same time, because you’d be reading from/writing to the same data source, which, all my developer friends wold tell you it’s a BIG no-no.

* If you click on the Dropbox links on this page, you WILL generate me extra space. If you are against it, simply go to and bypass me.
** I am an affiliate partner for 1Password.
*** CulturedCode I am not affiliated with by any means.

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MiniMail – a plug-in for your Apple Mail

January 13th, 2010 No comments

If you get as many emails per day as I am getting in my 6 mailboxes, you start to wonder if you should just keep your mailbox closed until a set hour every day and then read and respond to all of them. But then you’re risking missing some opportunity of vital information.

Someone just recommended MiniMail (an Apple Mail plug-in) to me today and I had to try it out immediately. At first I wasn’t sure what I’m supposed to be getting. It installed just fine, saw the Preference Pane under Apple Mail/Preferences, but that was about it.

Well, once you download it, you should select, which mailboxes you’d like it to track, which you do in the Preferences/Show Mailboxes. You can choose from one of the options or customize it. Then once you hit the “Maximize” button (the green dot in the upper left corner) and you get this:

Once you actually get an email, you get this:

And then you can hit the spacebar while selecting the window above and you can preview your email. You can “scroll” through your unread email. It’s pretty nifty, because I can monitor my incoming emails on my second screen in a small window and use the appropriate action: read, mark unread or delete, but there are more options.

So, to recap:

  1. MiniMail is  shows you the new mail in several mailboxes
  2. it does not have notifications (version 2.1 will as I learned from support today)
  3. let’s you control your actions on the individual mail you’re viewing
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Snow Leopard Compatibility and Goodies

August 28th, 2009 No comments

Snow Leopard is out. I have received my copy yesterday and as of today I’m running it on my MacBook Pro and installing it on my Mac Pro, as well. (update: Mac Pro installed and running with some minor issues, such as the dock problem, see below and FileMaker crashing when connecting to remote server.)

First of all, the rumors are true: it is significantly faster. System Preferences load faster, apps load faster, even websites load faster. I’m all about speed and efficiency, so that’s already a winning attribute.

Here are some info that I learned so far. I will keep on updating this article so check back often.

General requirements

  • Mac computer with an Intel processor
  • 1GB of memory
  • 5GB of available disk space
  • DVD drive for installation
  • Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
  • Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and terms apply.

Somebody beat me to it, so below is a link to a website that lists application compatibility for Snow Leopard:

List off apps incompatible from the Apple website:

Parallels Desktop 2.5 and earlier Parallels
VirusScan 8.6 McAfee
Norton AntiVirus 11.0 Norton
Internet Cleanup 5 5.0.4 Smith Micro
Application Enhancer 2.0.1 and earlier Unsanity
AT&T Laptop Connect Card 1.0.4, 1.0.5, 1.10.0 AT&T
launch2net 2.13.0 Nova Media
iWOW plug-in for iTunes 2.0 SRS
Missing Sync for Palm Sony CLIE Driver 6.0.4 Mark Space
TonePort UX8 Driver 4.1.0 Line 6
ioHD Driver 6.0.3 AJA
Silicon Image SiI3132 Drivers

Silicon Image

Visit this link to a website post containing 20 new features in Snow Leopard:

Issues discovered by me or other users:

  1. Letterbox plug-in doesn’t work in Apple Mail.
  2. Dock misbehaves, aka shows applications running when they have already been quit and doesn’t show actively running applications. (see image below of Tweetie app clearly running but not showing in Dock).Screenshot 1
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Reminder, anyone?

February 17th, 2009 3 comments

There’s a really nifty apple Dashboard Widget called Reminder. That’s exactly what it does: you tell it what you want to be reminded of and when and it will remind you. 2.0 only runs on Leopard, but they have a 1.0 version for Tiger users.

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OS X Malware Found in Pirated iWork 09

January 23rd, 2009 No comments

From ZDNet

Researchers at Intego have intercepted a Mac OS X malware threat circulating in pirated copies of Apple’s iWork 09 software.

The malicious file, dubbed OSX.Trojan.iServices.A, was found on BitTorrent trackers and other sites containing links to pirated software.  The booby-trapped version of the iWord 09 productivity suite is complete and functional but the installer contains an additional package called iWorkServices.pkg, Intego said.

When installing iWork 09, the iWorkServices package is installed. The installer for the Trojan horse is launched as soon as a user begins the installation of iWork, following the installer’s request of an administrator password (in older versions of Mac OS X, 10.5.1 or earlier, there will be no password request). This software is installed as a startup item (in /System/Library/StartupItems/iWorkServices, a location reserved normally for Apple startup items), where it has read-write-execute permissions for root. The malicious software connects to a remote server over the Internet; this means that a malicious user will be alerted that this Trojan horse is installed on different Macs, and will have the ability to connect to them and perform various actions remotely. The Trojan horse may also download additional components to an infected Mac.

Now, what’s important to learn from this is no matter how well-protected you think you are (have anti-virus software installed, it is up-to-date, etc.), if you download pirated software, you are exposing yourself to threats. With trojans, the perpetrators can really have access to your computer, and they can do harm. One example would be getting keystrokes from your computer and analyzing them. They will know which bank you visited and your log in information. You don’t need to have a vivid imagination to figure the rest out.

Be prepared; be smart. Don’t try to save money by not paying for a $99 app; you might end up paying $-400 for repair.

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