Change Mac Machine Name via Terminal

I needed to change the name of one of my Macs remotely and this is the command to do it: sudo scutil --set HostName [NewHostNameHere]

October 22, 2021 · Mark

SMB Mac 11.3.1

Apple in its infinite wisdom changed the settings for Samba ‘SMB’ protocol and killed access to my NAS server, thanks Apple not like I wasn’t using it all the time. I found a fix online, don’t trust me check if there are any risks in this fix: Create or edit this following file and add the 2 lines to the file. ~/Library/Preferences/nsmb.conf [default] protocol_vers_map=2

May 8, 2021 · Mark

Logitech Gaming Software – Mouse not Detected

After installing Karabiner Elements for MacOS I found that the Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) was no longer detecting the mouse and was showing the move mouse to wake dialog. It took a while to figure out that the cause was the recently installed Karabiner Software, exiting the software allowed immediate recognition of the mouse. Not sure what the cause is and the mouse was functional though not under the LGS command....

April 22, 2019 · Mark

8 bit to 10 bit Colour Issues Mac Fix

Apple added 10-bit colour to the Apple Display drivers this is causing issues with older Macs including the Mac-Mini this little application can fix it by allowing you to select 8-bit from the list. ResXtreme ResXtreme provides access to all display modes for each connected screen, including extended and HiDPI modes accessible only via private system APIs. These private modes are not normally accessible to App Store apps.

April 24, 2018 · Mark

Mouse Acceleration on MacOS

ExactMouse acceleration killer ExactMouse from Steelseries removes mouse acceleration on the Mac. Acceleration is a a problem for me when using a mouse on any computer that requires precise pointer placement. It is not easy to disable it completely on the Mac without using some fancy terminal command. To make it easy to disable acceleration either term-rally or permanently you can use the ExactMouse tool from Steelseries. The improvement in general mouse work are subtle but noticeable and improve the feel of high quality gaming mice....

January 28, 2018 · Mark

Virtual Desktop Problem El Capitan

I recently noticed the virtual desktops or Spaces on Mac were not working as expected. They had become locked together and it was not possible to switch on one monitor without switching the second too. The problem is fixed by ensuring the check box next to Displays have separate Spaces is on under the Mission Control pane in the System Preferences.

October 14, 2015 · Mark

Wacom Tablet Driver Restart Mac

The tablet driver for the Wacom Tablet occasionally crashes under Mac OS X. This seems to happen more often after the machine is woken from Sleep mode. When you look in the Preference you will see some warning similar to the image above. The only solution it offers is to restart the Mac. This is a pain even though restarting with and SSD is quick enough it still means closing all the open apps and waiting an age for some to close like the Mail....

March 15, 2015 · Mark

Delete all Photos from Your iPad or iPhone

The quickest way to delete all the photos from an iPad running ios 7 is to use the Image Capture program. Open Image Capture Connect you iPad to your Mac with USB cable Click on the iPad icon top left Select all by using ⌘A (or select manually if you want to selectively delete) Click the red circle symbol on the bottom and confirm you want to delete. After a few seconds or minutes depending on the size they will be deleted from the iPad....

September 17, 2014 · Mark

Blender remote control with Actions.app

As much as I love shortcuts to take the strain of the mouse I sometimes wish they weren’t quite so obtuse. I don’t play piano and so struggle spreading a hand over some of the combinations Blender uses. Alt M for example is doable but hardly comfortable, while others would require a punishing regime under a trainer to achieve. To this end I decided to tryout the excellent app for iPad calledActions *No longer available....

May 29, 2014 · Mark

Change iCloud Date Format

I just checked the iCloud web reminders app and was surprised to see the dates listed in the quaint but uniquely US centric date format; even the US military don’t seem to use it. At first I couldn’t see how to change it then I found it hidden under the Calendar app. Not very intuitive but there you go. Here is a screenshot you need to hit the Red Cog bottom left first though....

May 23, 2014 · Mark