Disable Mac Quick Look

Posted by Ferndave December 31st, 2012

Open Terminal

cd /System/Library/Frameworks/QuickLook.framework/Resources/quicklookd.app/Contents/MacOS

sudo mv quicklookd quicklookd.disabled
sudo mv qlmanage qlmanage.disabled

Works great.

RIP Timbuktu

Posted by Ferndave May 17th, 2009

I’ve used Netopia’s Timbuktu for almost 10-years to remotely control both Macs and PCs. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked well enough, was easy to set-up, and delivered decent performance. Over the years, the program has started to show its age and updates have been far and few between. The last update, over a year ago, did little more than add Skype connections. Yet they wanted you to pay for the update.

I first tried VNC when I was trying to get MythTV running. It worked, but much like everything related to that install it wasn’t perfect. Lately Timbuktu has been crashing and causing problems. My BeyondTV box is headless, so I HAVE to have a reliable way to control the machine. So I gave VNC another shot.

I uninstalled Timbuktu a few minutes later. It just isn’t worth it. VNC does everything Timbuktu was doing for me, but with less of a foot print, better reliability, and it is FREE. Another plus is that it only requires a single port to be opened in a firewall. I couldn’t get Timbuktu to work properly at the office, but I bet I can get VNC working when I try it soon.

So adios Timbuktu. You had a long life, but your time has come.

Update: VNC also allows mouse/trackpad scrolling! I can’t count the number of times I tried to mouse scroll when using Timbuktu and it just sat there unable to do it. What a piece of crap.

Update 2: Did I mention that VNC handles DirectX unlike Timbuktu? Timbuktu would force-quit the BeyondTV interface if it was open because it couldn’t handle it. VNC has no problems with it or MediaPortal.

The more I use VNC, the more I regret having used Timbuktu for so long.

Browsing with Safari

Posted by Ferndave May 1st, 2009

Even though most people look to Firefox as the end-all be-all for browsing the web, I’ve stuck with Safari. It’s fast and most importantly, the keystroke short-cuts are built-in and intuitive. There might be an add-on now, but I had to use something like Quickeys in order to even manouver within Firefox.

Other people swear by software like Saft, but I only have two that I swear by. And they are free.


PithHelmet is the best Adblocker for Safari. I tried Safari AdBlock and found it a chore. PithHelmet doesn’t rely on external lists to do its job. Though it does come with many blocking strings for popular ad distribution methods. What makes PithHelmet stand out, is the ability to customize how the ad blocking is done for any web site or blocking string. From blocking single images to wildcarding an entire domain, PithHelmet is easy and highly functional.

Safari Cookies

Safari Cookies manages your cookies far better than the Safari version. First, it groups them together by web site so there aren’t hundreds to scroll through. Second, after selecting your wanted cookies, you can have SC delete your non-favorite cookies whenever Safari quits. Bye bye ad trackers and other garbage.

Death of Physical Media

Posted by Ferndave April 16th, 2009

Since moving almost two years ago, I realized that I hate physical media. I have a large CD collection and moving it was tedious and backbreaking. Those boxes of CDs now sit in a cubby under the stairs. Why? Because I had already ripped and encoded 98% of those CDs to the computer. Moving and storing them was and is complete folly. Same goes for DVDs. The physical space that they take-up is stupid compared to their digital counterpart. More than that, I no longer want a jewel case and liner notes. I don’t care. Notes, lyrics, covers, everything, and more, is available somewhere online. That info can even be embedded into the digital version through tags.

I laugh at racks of CDs or DVDs in a store now. The act of storing something requiring that much physical space that can digitally fit on the head of a pin, is dumb. Time to drag out those boxes and liquidate the contents. Unfortunately, most people feel they are only worth pennies as well.

Emulation. A Success?

Posted by Ferndave April 9th, 2009

I’ve had an ongoing saga of trying Windows emulation on my MacBook with only failures to report. By far, the best result has been with Boot Camp, but that requires a restart of the machine.

I’m happy to report that after giving Parallels 4.0 a spin, it actually works! It suspends and resumes without errors. No eternal spinning beach balls requiring a machine restart. Fast loads. Decent, though in my opinion flawed, integration with the Mac Desktop. Not much of a processor hog.

I’m scared to say that I’d actually recommend it to someone looking to run some Windows only apps on their Macs who don’t want to keep rebooting into Boot Camp. It isn’t perfect, but it’s good to see they are improving things.

YouTube – Home of Amateur Garbage

Posted by Ferndave April 8th, 2009

I propose that no computer be equipped with video editing software. Should vendors choose to do so, they must have family recognition software thus only allowing one to edit home movies.

Stringing together a few clips pilfered from lord knows where doesn’t make someone an editor and certainly not an artiste. So just stop it. Please.

More Crappy Emulation

Posted by Ferndave September 18th, 2008

A few weeks ago I flushed Windows emulation on the Mac. VMWare just released a new version of their Fusion emulator. I thought their version 1.0 software sucked, so how is version 2.0? Still sucks. 

Because I pitched emulation, I have a Boot Camp partition. Fusion recognizes the partition and can import one instead of having to reinstall Windows; a truly horrible experience I did many times when experimenting with emulation. I started the import and waited. And waited. Well over two hours later Fusion imported the 25 gig partition. 

Time to see the improvements. I launch the Virtual Machine to a blue screen. It can’t use the image it made from Boot Camp. How surprising….

Maybe I’ll check back for version 3.0.