Various things to run in Terminal on a new Mac (Updated)

# Get rid of the annoying network stores:
  defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores true

# Stop telling me shit I already know:
  defaults write LSQuarantine -bool NO

# Put Screenshots in their own Directory on the Desktop
mkdir ~/Desktop/Screenshots
defaults write location ~/Desktop/Screenshots

# Set a Login Message:
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ LoginwindowText "Room17: Unauthorized Access Prohibited"

# Disable saving to iCloud
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool FALSE

# Disable Dashboard
defaults write mcx-disabled -boolean TRUE

# Disable MobileBackups in TimeMachine
sudo tmutil disablelocal

iPhone, iPad and PCs

So Read-it-later is a webs service that allows you to book mark articles to read later. The did an interesting analysis of what people read when and on what devices. Their results compare pretty much to my usage profile for the iPhone and iPad.

The iPad is a couch consumption device. I use it for reading email, quick email replies, reading facebook, surfing the web, and as an e-reader. I don’t find it good for creating content out side of the most basic snark-attacks on someone’s wall.

The iPhone for me, before it started sucking wind, was what the Read it Later people say it was – a downtime device. Something to due while waiting in line, stuck in traffic, or during a boring meeting.

When I want to do real content creation, I do it on my Mac. Nothing beats a full-sized keyboard, a 27″ monitor, multiple windows open, etc.

That is why I don’t expect Apple to do away with their MacOSX product line. iOS is great for consumption. OSX is great for creation. Sure some guy claims he edited a movie on his iPad. That means it can be done, not that that is the way it should be done.

So you bricked your iPad

When I decided to un-jailbreak my iPad and remove Cydia, I did a “Erase all Content and Settings” via the Apple Settings App. This however caused the iPad to no longer boot. Apparently it erased lots of data, but it did not restore some of the boot processes.

On a Cydia jailbroken iPad, there are two bars of pixled colors during the boot apple screen. These were present on the boot screen after I erased all the content. Eventually the iPad boot up sequence would time out and the iPad would reboot and fail again. I had effectivly bricked my iPad.

Digging around in google didn’t really provide much guidance. I did finally find a document provided  by apple which provides instructions on how to restore a backup from iTunes.

iPad: Unable to update or restore.

The iPad Will Be The Best Thing To Happen For Desktop Virtualization & VDI Adoption

More iPad tastiness – “The iPad Will Be The Best Thing To Happen For Desktop Virtualization & VDI Adoption” – Liberty Technology Blog.

Excellent read on the iPad as a desktop virtualization thin client. If you’ve seen any science fiction (StarTrek, Babylon 5, etc) they all use iPad/tablet like computers. The traditional laptop/desktop form factor requires you working at a desk. If you’re doing anything standing up, normal computers fail.

The problem I think Desktop Virtualization will have is:

1) The problem with keeping all your data in the cloud is you have to be able to get to the cloud. So, it only works where you have wifi or 3/4G, and its useless on planes or in rural areas.

2) All the desktop export protocols sucks. I’ve not used VDI, but VNC is teh suck, and RDP is only usable if you’ve got a good WAN connection. The iPad will work fine for carrying it to the conference room, but not for being able to get into your work PC at home to finish that memo your boss wants. (Speaking of protocol suckage, I’m seriously considering moving my primary PC to Win7 w/ VMWare Workstation so I can RDP into it when I need to. But thats another post about Command Center 3.0)

3) The iPads 1024×768 screen resolution is straight out of the late 1980s. Grabbing your desktop off your desk terminal (1680×1050) and moving it there will make all your windows difficult to use. At least windows lets you resize from all corners and not just the lower right like on the Mac.

Quick thoughts on VMware Fusion 3

So about 20 days after I get my stuff (new HD, Snow Leopard, Fusion2) to upgrade my MacBook Pro (one of the first intel models) VMware goes and releases Fusion 3. I was just outside the free upgrade window. Bah!

I’d installed Fusion, created me an Ubuntu and XP Guest, and verified I had installed all the windows apps I might need in an emergency (ie VSphere 4 client). Fusion2 had some nice features. Unity mode, where I could have my windows apps running with my Mac apps using the same window manager was pretty nice. And being able to put windows apps in the OSX Dock was cool. It also had support for linking my iSight camera and bluetooth into my guest.

My problems were two fold. My old Mac was just slow and Fusion had a weird thing were I’d lose focus to my guest windows frequently. Fusion became something I ran when I needed Windows, not something I kept running all the time.

Well, after installing Fusion 3, the slowness and focus issues are gone. I’ve been working all day in my XP Firefox with no performance or other issues.

Fusion 3 has some nice enhancements too. My XP Task bar is now at the bottom of my second display. And if I turn off my XP taskbar, the system tray widgets appear in my OSX menu bar. The Fusion MenuBar menu tools is pretty nice too. From one easy to get to location I can launch new apps, connect/disconnect hardware devices, and do all the other guest setting changes.

The upgrade is definitely worth the $40. I only wish I’d waited. But I suppose if I had I’d not have seen what an improvement Fusion 3 is.

Snow Leopard Without Leopard? Yes You Can!

Snow Leopard Without Leopard? Yes You Can!

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This is good news. I’ve been running Tiger on this Macbook since I bought it. When Leopard came out, Time Machine scared me a little. Now that the bugs have been worked out, I’m ready to upgrade. I want to get a larger harddrive, install Snow Leopard, then get VMware Fusion to run my portable Windows and Linux instances. I think with this I’ll even retire my work windows laptop to a VM and run that from the lab via rdesktop.

New Command Center Pics coming soon.