Archive for January, 2008

Microsoft Office Live Workspace

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Microsoft Office Live Workspace is a portal that allows you to view your Microsoft Office documents online. This includes the ability to share documents and do desktop presentations of Microsoft Office documents. Microsoft Office Live Workspace is in beta and free, so why not give it a try? That’s what Microsoft is asking now that Google Docs and Zoho are moving towards commoditizing the document and spreadsheet space.

So first impressions? Office Live Workspace doesn’t let you edit documents. Anyone who has used Google Docs or Zoho is going to be looking for that feature. There is a nice plug-in that is free that allows you to save up to 500 Megabytes of new or existing files into the Workspace portal as well as edit documents that are actually located on the portal. You can also create multiple locations for others to access, called workspaces and sync task lists or online events with Microsoft Outlook (a feature most Outlook Web Access users are already using). If you don’t have Office though, you can only view files and create notes about them. Changes are automatically synchronized so you can easily work while offline without a lot of headache.

There’s also SharedView. SharedView is part of Microsoft Office Live Workspace and gives other users the ability to view or take over your desktop as part of the collaboration benefits of Microsoft Office Live Workspace. This is already available through other Microsoft technologies, but this is a little more user friendly and nicely ties together with the document editing process. images-1.jpeg All in all, users of Microsoft Office just got a host of new features with the Microsoft Office Live Workspace. So we might as well take use of this new technology since Microsoft was so nice to give it to us. However, if we’re looking for something that mirrors the functionality of Google Docs then this isn’t it. It’s more of meeting half-way between Google Docs and Microsoft Office.

Migrating FileVault Images (10.5)

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

10.5: Boot clean “new” machine, create default admin user(318admin) Login in as 318admin.

Run “id” terminal command on “old” machine to find out the “old” uid is

Run “id” terminal command on “new” machine to find out 318admin uid (prob 501)

Migrate /Library/Keychains/FileVaultMaster.keychain and FileVaultMaster.cer from old to new (same place) . This is for good measure, and migrates the master password (back door ) as well

Create new accnew ount with same shortname and password.(password must match old account for FV image to work ,This will migrate the keychain as well) Check the “Turn on FileVault protection” box when creating the new account

Right click on the new “zack” user in system preferences >accounts and choose “Advanced Options” 10.5+

If old uid is not the same as this current uid change it to that old value , if however that uid conflicts with 318admin(i.e. they are both 501) that you discovered above then just leave it and you will have an extra step below.

We don’t need the fresh FV images so on the NEW machine so we can move it or delete it, and clean it up when done:

“sudo mv /Users/zack/ /Users/fresh.zack”

Copy the old machine’s /Users/zack/zack.sparsebundle to the new machine /Users/zack/zack.sparsebundle (10.5->10.5 only)

Change the ownership on the migrated home directory folder and FV image inside “sudo dscacheutil -flushcache”” “sudo chown -R zack:zack /Users/zack”

Now if earlier you changed the current zack uid to the old one, you are done

however if you had a uid conflict with 318admin above you need to mount the diskimage (with zack password), choose get info and uncheck “ignore permissions on this volume”, then run “chown -R zack:zack /Volumes/zack” to change the uids on within the disk image itself. If you migrated the permissions over from the old machine(i.e cp -Rp) then you won’t be able to just double click on the images to mount it as you don’t have access to the parent folder, so you can run: sudo hdid /Users/zack/zack.sparsebundle to mount it via the c/l (you will be prompted for the password), then run the chown -R zack:zack /Volumes/zack as mentioned above For good measure set the permissions to user=rwx group= other = using: “sudo chmod -R 700 /Users/zack” For good measure you can cleanup the “fresh” home dir “rm -r /Users/fresh.zack” or drag to the trash the UI as “rm -r” can be bad when using /Users/ if you make a mistake.

Leopard: Use Screen Sharing as an Application

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Screen Sharing is a new feature in Leopard that allows you to control machines that appear in your side bar. However, you can actually open Screen Sharing and use it in a similar manner as how you use an application like Chicken of the VNC (although not with an identical feature set). The way you go about this is to create a shortcut to the Screen Sharing application bundle from the /System/Library/CoreServices/Screen Sharing.app file somewhere else, such as the Applications folder, or maybe just put it in your dock. Then you can run the following command: defaults write com.apple.ScreenSharing ShowBonjourBrowser_Debug 1

You will now be able to open Screen Sharing on its own as well as continue using it from the side bar.

Solid-State Drives up to 128GB

Monday, January 14th, 2008

The new MacBook Air was introduced at MacWorld with the option for a 64GB Solid-State hard drive. Toshiba is also now offering Solid-State drives in sizes that are 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. The drives still seem to be lagging in adoption due to high costs, but they offer more durability, faster boot times and lower power requirements which should all lead to higher adoption over the next two years.

Toshiba will also begin making Solid-state SATA drives in May that can be used in desktop systems. images-2.jpeg