Posts Tagged OSX

Crashed Mac: rescue files with Linux

Posted by on Friday, 11 May, 2012

We have a crashed 2007 Macbook, which simply won’t boot anymore. The guys at the Mac store were not able to do anything; and gave the standard answer: buy a new one! So we did, and luckily we did have Time Machine backups, which we put on the newly bought Macbook Pro. Unfortunately, the last successfully completed backup was from a few months ago – the system had been gradually crapping up more and more, and apparently wasn’t even able to complete its backups for the last few months of its life.

Now the question is, how do we get all the files off of the disk? We use Linux. Read the rest of this entry »

Disable Transparency in OSX Terminal

Posted by on Saturday, 13 August, 2011

Ok, so OSX has a fancy terminal which can have transparent backgrounds etc. Surely, it looks really cool and ‘high tech’, but after some time you’ll want to settle back to usability: drop the shiny crap and get back to work. It took me nearly 15 minutes to figure out how to do this, and found several obscure ways when I finally resorted to googling after I could not find the option in Terminal’s Preferences. This is a problem I often encounter with Apple’s stuff, configurability is minimal and stuff is at weird places. Ok, so here goes.
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