Lead Like Jesus

Wow – from an On-demand webinar on Performance planning, I ended up at kenblanchard.com & twitter.com/leaderchat and seeing this video.  If you have a job and want to pursue greatness – spend an hour and watch that youtube video.  Pretty amazing stuff!

How to Create a Time Machine Backup to a Network Drive

Let’s say you have a home NAS (Network Area Storage), a router with a hard drive, or even an old Windows machine with a lot of disk space lying around. You want to make use of this disk space to store your Time Machine backups. You open Time Machine Preferences and the only way you can add a non-local disk is via a Time Capsule or AirPort-connected storage. Now what? If this is your problem and you have upgraded to Mac OS X Lion, there is a workaround… Keep reading.
The reason why Time Machine Preference Pane doesn’t show network drive is likely the Mac Developer’s mantra: keep simple things simple and complex things possible. Novice users, by definition, are inexperienced — they’re likely haven’t gone through the pain of losing data and discounted the value of backups. Thus to not complicate things more and make it easy for most users (especially novices) Time Machine’s preferences only cater for the two common cases:
  • Directly-attached external storage (via USB, Firewire, or Thunderbolt).
  • Time Capsule or Airport Base Station attached storage.
But with Mac OS X 10.7, Apple have now made more advanced cases possible. As with most advanced stuff, you will need to open up Terminal to do it. The secret? The new tmutil command.
Back to the HOWTO. In order to create a Time Machine backup on a network folder  you need to follow these three steps:
  1. Create a HFS+ disk image, preferably sparse disk image, and place the disk image file into its destination folder/server where it will live. It shouldn’t matter whether it is SMB (Windows) or AFP (Mac) shared folder as long as your Mac can write to it.
  2. Mount the disk image and use the tmutil command to tell where is it. Make sure that the disk image is in it’s permanent home before you use tmutil (Also, don’t change the server name or shared folder name after Time Machine use it as your backup volume).
  3. Tell Time Machine to start the backup process to make sure it works.
Still not clear? Here comes the walkthrough

Creating the Disk Image

  1. Open Disk Utility
  2. Click on New Image
  3. Set a large enough size for the disk image. Ensure that the Format is “Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)” (in other words, this will be HFS+, the  Mac’s native filesystem) and the Image Format is “sparse bundle disk image“.

    Time Machine Disk Image Settings
  4. You can set Encryption if you want but not necessary. On the other hand,encrypting the disk image is a good idea since you’re going to put it on a network that can potentially be accessed by others.
  5. Save the disk image to the shared folder. Alternatively you can save the image locally and then move it to the destination folder on a server.

Tell Time Machine to use the Disk Image

  1. Open Finder
  2. Navigate to the shared folder which you put the new disk image.
  3. Double-click on the disk image to mount it. You should see the new volume in the Finder’s sidebar
  4. Open Terminal and enter the following command :
    sudo tmutil setdestination /Volumes/{mounted-disk-image}
    Be sure to replace {mounted-disk-image} with the appropriate name for your new disk image. You will be prompted for your password, this is normal.

Do a Test Backup

  1. Click the Time Machine icon in the Menu Extras area (that’s the upper-right side of the screen) and select “Back Up Now”.
  2. Wait for 10 minutes or so for Time Machine to do its thing
  3. Open Finder, navigate to the mounted disk image, and ensure that Time Machine have created the “Backups.backupdb” folder and there is a folder inside it with the same name as your computer.
So that’s just about it. You can also use this method to save backups to non-Mac drives, like NTFS drives, if you have the appropriate drivers installed to write to those filesystems (hint: MacFUSE+NTFS-3g or Tuxera’s NTFS driver). For more information on the tmutil command, type man tmutil at the Terminal.

Toshiba Satellite A505 Hard drive recovery


Starts on Page 60
Make sure the computer is turned off.
Press and hold the (zero) key on your keyboard while
powering on the computer.
If your system offers a choice of Windows®  7 32-bit or 64-bit
operating system, select one at this time. If not, skip to step 4.
A warning screen appears, stating that when the recovery is
executed all data

Google Drive logging and error report


on Mac:

  1. Open the Google Drive menu on your computer.
  2. Select “Quit.”
  3. Open the Terminal application.
  4. Copy and paste the following command into Terminal: /Applications/Google\ Drive.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Drive –v
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Google Drive for your Mac will automatically open in Diagnostic Mode.
  7. Click Send report to Google.
  8. When the report is sent, you’ll receive a Report ID. Write the Report ID down and share it with your support representative.
If steps 6 and 7 fail, you’ll see an error message saying the the sync log couldn’t be sent to Google. To manually send the report to Google:
  1. Click the OK button.
  2. The folder on your computer that contains the sync log file will open.
  3. Attach the report to your email reply to the Google Drive support representative.

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Install wget in Mac OS X Without Homebrew or MacPorts

Install wget in Mac OS X
The command line tool wget lets you retrieve a group of files from FTP and HTTP protocols, it’s a very useful utility for web developers and powerusers to have around because it lets you do things like perform quick and dirty site backups and even mirror websites locally.
This approach is going to build and install wget in OS X from source, this means you’ll need Xcode and the Unix dev tools (free @ Mac App Store) installed, but it has the benefit of eliminating the need of a package manager like Homebrew or MacPorts.
Assuming you have Xcode and the command line tools installed, launch Terminal and enter the following commands:
First, use curl to download the latest wget source:
curl -O http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/wget/wget-1.13.4.tar.gz
Next we use tar to uncompress the files you just downloaded:
tar -xzf wget-1.13.4.tar.gz
Use cd to change to the directory:
cd wget-1.13.4
Configure with the appropriate –with-ssl flag to prevent a “GNUTLS not available” error:
./configure --with-ssl=openssl
Build the source:
Install wget, it ends up in /usr/local/bin/:
sudo make install
Confirm everything worked by running wget:
wget --help
Clean up by removing wget source files when finished:
cd .. && rm -rf wget*
You’re all set, enjoy wget in Mac OS X.