Mac users have shared their files for years with AppleShare. While Apple did eventually leverage Samba to connect with the Windows world, they have continued to use their own protocol as a primary means to enable collaboration amongst computers. AppleShare is reportedly an integral part of the Time Machine (TM) backup system, for example.
Mac owners that also love Linux run Netatalk so they can connect with Mac machines and serve TM shares. Having a TM server as part of my RAID5 NAS has been very convenient. One could even turn around and mirror TM backups for multiple machines into the cloud with a service like Crashplan or something similar. Possibilities abound.
Apple seems to be switching from AppleShare to SMB. Is this the Apple we know? I’m not sure. Despite the unrest this move may provoke in hard-core fanboys, I’m happy to see Apple join the rest of the world with a somewhat open, and definitely common file sharing platform. I dislike SMB in general for its sluggish performance and lackluster security, but as long as you don’t use it over a WAN it gets the job done with almost any modern computer you may find. Let’s hope industry promises about recent enhancements in the SMB protocol (SMB2) come to fruition and that Apple’s SMBX plays well enough with others for speedy, solid performance.
And hey – maybe it means I can run one fewer daemons on my Home Server one day…
Read more about Apple switching to SMB from AppleShare on AppleInsider
MacOS is great in many ways. One thing I’ve always thought lacking was Finder. If you’re accustomed to other operating systems, you may find it a little lack-luster as well. There are a number of third-party applications to pick up the slack, but most of them are not free. Check out XtraFinder. It’s awesome and free. My favorite features are “tabs”, cut-n-paste, and “open a terminal here”. I can even select iterm instead of Apple’s Terminal application. Check it out!
Tired of your Mac falling asleep when it should be doing your bidding? Maybe you’re running a service on it you need 24/7 access to? Apple seems to be a little too environmentally friendly some days. It’s hard to keep a Mac completely awake – no matter what you do in System Preferences.
I have a VOIP VM that I occasionally run on my iMac. Despite setting my iMac to “never sleep” in its System Preferences, the VOIP server would frequently unregister and cause phone outages because the Mac was going to sleep anyway.
A free program called Caffeine solved my problems. Check it out at the Lighthead website or install it from the App Store. You can easily turn it on or off indefinitely or for an amount of time. It simply and effectively keeps your computer completely awake, display and all, or allows it to keep its normal sleep schedule. Maybe it can help you, too.
Modify some annoying behaviors in Lion Mountain (MacOS) with a free util called Mountain Tweaks.
- Show the library folder within home.
- Get rid of the leather look on ical and contacts.
- Show hidden files.
- Get rid of iCloud as default place to save. Great for quick notes in textedit.