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What Antivirus should I get for my computer?

Its a common question – what antivirus should I get for my computer? That’s a good question – here is my recommended list:

 

  1. If it’s Windows 7 – get Microsoft Security Essentials!
  2. If it’s Windows 8 – don’t worry. Windows Defender should be good enough!
  3. If it’s Windows XP – get AVG Antivirus!
  4. If it’s Linux Distribution – get Clam Antivirus!
  5. If it’s OSX – get ClamXav!

 

Note: Bear in mind this is my own personal opinion and I am not responsible for any virus that may occur from following this recommendation!

 

Update caching on OSX Server

Update caching on OSX server can be easily managed through the Server application.

It is recommended to turn on updating caching to allow osx clients to be able to draw Apple updates from the server without having to branch out onto the internet – decreasing broadband data usage and network traffic.

 

  1. Navigate to: Applications
  2. Open Server
  3. Select Caching
  4. Click On/Off to turn on the Software Update caching service

Share files on a Mac with Windows

Share files on a Mac with Windows can be extremely useful and luckily for us extremely easy to setup and manage.

  1. Choose Apple menu
  2. Select System Preferences, then click Sharing.
  3. Select File Sharing, then click Options.
  4. Select “Share files and folders using SMB (Windows)
  5. Selectuser group or users you would like to share with and click Ok
  6. Click Done.

How to delete Autocomplete entries in Chrome

Deleting the Auto Complete entries in Google Chrome is very useful – especially if you are like me and wasn’t paying attention and misspelt a username that would have forever been popping up in the login field.

  1. Open Chrome
  2. Navigate to the login webpage of the autocomplete details you would like to remove.
  3. Start typing to bring up the name you want to remove
  4. Using the Arrow keys navigate to select the entry you would like to remove
  5. Press SHIFT+DELETE (if you are using OSX – you can press FN+SHIFT+DEL) keys at the same time to permanently remove these details from Google Chromes cache.

You have now stopped that autocomplete entry from forever reminding you of that misspell!

How to convert DMG to IMG in Windows

Downloaded that DMG and want to burn it to a CD/DVD but you’re in a Windows based system? Not a problem! Thanks to the guys at vu1tur for making a cool little utility for doing the conversion.

 

  1. First download the software “here” (go down to win32 binary to download) and extract it to an easy accessible folder, in this guide I am going to use the Desktop.
  2. Click Start
  3. Click Programs/All Programs
  4. Click Accessories
  5. Click Command Prompt
  6. Now you need to type: cd %userprofile%Desktop
  7. Now navigate to the location you saved dmg2img in my case I type: cd dmg_convert
  8. Copy the DMG you would like to convert to IMG into the folder or location you put DMG to IMG and make sure you copy down the name of the DMG file as you will need this in the conversion process.
  9. Back in the command prompt type: dmg2img <input.dmg> <output.img> (for example:  dmg2img OSX.DMG OSX.IMG) and press Enter
  10. The DMG will now start to convert to IMG, once completed you will be back at the blinking cursor and you can now burn the IMG file.

 

Note: If the DMG was bootable it will retain the bootable partition information when converted, so you can easily boot from the IMG once burnt to a CD/DVD.

How to import a CSV into iMail

First – make sure iMail is closed.

  1. Open Finder
  2. Go to your OSX install HDD and navigate to: Applications
  3. Open Address Book
  4. Click on File
  5. Click Import
  6. Navigate to the location of the saved CSV (Comma Separated Values) and select it.
  7. Select Open

You have now successfully imported your contacts into iMail.

How to remove Java from OSX

  1. Open Terminal (/Utilities/Terminal)
  2. Type in: sudo rm -rf /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/
  3. Press Enter

#Tested in 10.5.8

How to install OSX from a USB Drive (PowerPC)

  1. First you need the DMG of OSX, which you can either create using the Retail DVD you have (Using Disk Utility) or acquire through other means. Place the DMG somewhere you can get too easily, for example the Desktop.
  2. Connect your USB HDD to the computer & open the Disk Utility (Applications/Utilities/).
  3. On the left hand side of the Disk Utility, click Restore.
  4.  In the Source field, you need to point it to your OSX DMG. You can either click browse or drag the DMG into the field.
  5. In the Restore field you need to choose your USB HDD, you can either click browse or drag the HDD partition (which should be Erased using the Disk Utility) into the field.
  6.  Click Restore
  7. Once it is completed, you need to dot down the partition information for your external HDD so grab a piece of paper and pen.
  8.  Right click on your HDD partition (which should now be labeled the OSX install) and select Information, this will display information on the external HDD and partition information look for partition number, write this down.
  9.  Now restart your Mac and hold down Command+Option+O+F when starting, this will open the iMacs firmware, be careful in this area.
    Type: dev / ls (this will open a list of the devices in your computer)
  10.  In the list, look for information under usb such as /usb@a/disk@0, once you find this, wrote down the full path for example /@p/pci@1/usb@a/disk@0.
  11.  Type: devalias ud (The path you wrote down in the step above)
  12.  Type: dir ud:0,  (0 is the partition number, written down in while in the Disk Utility)
  13. Now look for a file with tbxi attribute usually “SystemLibraryCoreServicesBootX”
  14. Once you find it you need to change to the directory type:
  15. dir ud:0,SystemLibraryCoreServices (again the “0” is your partition number)
  16. Now is time to boot from the USB HDD type:
  17. boot ud:0,SystemLibraryCoreServicesBootX ((again the “0” is your partition number)
  18. Press Enter

 

 

OSX Freezing when accessing Network Preferences

This usually happens, when some of the OSX settings become corrupted. OSX can regenerate new settings, which should resolve your problem. Follow the settings below:

  1. Open Finder
  2. Navigate to your harddrive
  3. Go to /Library/Prefences
  4. Drag SystemConfiguration folder to Trash
  5. Now openNetworkPreferences, the System Configuration folder should reappear and OSX should not freeze.

If the above doesn’t work then delete these files:

Library/Preferences/com.apple.systempreferences.plist

Library/Preferences/com.apple.NetworkUtility.plist

How to Boot from CD/DVD on a Macbook

Want to boot from CD/DVD on your Macbook but don’t know how? The answer is simple!

  1. Hold the “Option” key on the keyboard during startup.
  2. Using the arrow keys, select the CD/DVD Drive at the menu and select return.

Using this same method you can switch between Bootcamp and the OSX install.