Aug 17

This is quite technical, but I’m putting it here so I don’t forget, and for anyone else who may be helped!

Rsync is a file copying protocol that allows you to copy an entire directory. It’s like an automated version of ftp, but it uses the SSH protocol not ftp. Here’s how to make a backup from SiteGround to your Macintosh Computer using rsync.

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Oct 29

If you own a new Apple magic keyboard or extended keyboard you may not realise how to use those extra function keys on the top right of the keyboard. You can set them up to launch and control applications. For example I have my f-19 key set up to toggle my Dragon Dictate microphone and I have f-18 set up to launch my Google Calendar calendar in a specific browser.

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Oct 27

Advanced!

Apparently there are a a few bugs in OSX when it comes to accessing a network drive. This was really slowing down my Synology NAS which I use to host my video and audio files. To fix it, create the following file in /etc/nsmb.conf

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Aug 24

I installed some Avid software and this menu item appeared. Most of these drop-down menu items have a preferences option where you can turn them off, but not so with Avid. There is no option to turn it off. I went into system preferences/users/login items which is normally where you turn something off and it wasn’t there either. The answer was to go to a file Library/LaunchAgents/com.avid.ApplicationManager.plist file and edit the line that says RunAtLoad key to false. Complicated!

Here’s the menu that I could not delete:

This avid menu item has no way to delete it.

He is a good website that describes how to do this.

https://www.pro-tools-expert.com/home-page/2016/1/31/how-to-stop-the-avid-application-manager-from-launching-at-startup-mac-and-windows

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Jan 01

Today I had a go at setting up wprig. It is a development environment for making WordPress themes. I’m using it to try and update our church website. Here are some tips on how to set it up. This is very advanced – for WordPress Theme Coders.

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Dec 25

The new Mac Minis have super fast SSD Drives. I measured read times of 2500MB/s which is 5 times faster than the SSD drive in my old mac mini. But these drives are super super expensive. (An extra US$1400 for a 2TB drive). So I thought it might be an option to buy a Mac Mini with a small internal drive (256GB) and add an external SSD drive and combine them into a fusion drive. It didn’t work! But I thought I ‘d write a post in case anyone else has the same idea.

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Dec 22
Verbose mode

If you get a bit bored booting up your Mac and waiting for the Apple logo, here’s a trick that will let you see what’s going on behind the scenes.  It’s called verbose mode and it simply echoes to your screen everything that the computer is doing while it boots up.  It doesn’t change anything about the way the computer operates, it doesn’t speed it up or slow it down, it just displays it on the screen.

To enable  “Verbose mode” go into the terminal (Applications/Utilities/Terminal) and type in the following line:

sudo nvram boot-args="-v"
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Nov 25

Create Google sheets

XML is a format that some applications use to share data. For example I use a metronome called ‘Tempo’ on my iPhone. It allows me to share the tempos of all my songs by exporting an ‘XML’ file to an email.

This document can be read by the tempo app and it contains all the information about my tempos but it’s very hard to read and I would like to share the tempos with other people in a clearer format.

Here’s how to get the data out of such a file and into a spreadsheet. ¬†This should work for any XML file that you need to parse.

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