OS X: New email messages not received until Mail is quit and reopened
Quitting and reopening Mail forces it to re-establish a connection to the email server. You can use these steps to receive new mail messages without quitting Mail:
1. Choose Mailbox > Take All Accounts Offline.
2. Choose Mailbox > Get All New Mail.
As a shortcut, you can also add the Take All Accounts Offline and Get Mail buttons to your Mail toolbar.
1. Choose View > Customize Toolbar.
2. Drag the Take All Accounts Offline button to the Toolbar if it is not there already.
3. Drag the Get Mail button to the Toolbar if it is not there already.
4. Click Done
To receive new mail messages, click the Take Offline button, then click the Check Mail button.
Amazon has the Travelstar™ 5K1500, 1.5TB 9.5mm HardDrive on sale for about $120. I ordered one that just came in the mail today I am still cloning the drives (I had put the original 2 500GB drives in a hard drive enclosure when I installed an SSD a few months back). Tomorrow I will be cracking open the mini and installing this 1.5TB under the current 240 SSD. My thought is using the spinning hard drive more for internal file storage & the SSD for my system boot disk this drive will also most likely be upgraded this year to a 512 or 960 SSD then, I will move the 240 SSD to a 24″ iMac that I have that is currently running off of an external 500GB USB drive.
So, I am going to break down my Mid 2011 Mac Mini Server, I will be removing both of the internal hard drives and will only install the SSD for now. I am planning on getting a 1TB hard drive later ( I filled the open bay with a 1.5TB HGST Travelstar 5K1500 but, there is now a 2TB option with the Seagate Momentus SpinPoint ST2000LM003 for about the same price right around $120). So, I will be putting the 2 500GB drives in my Sabiofirewire 800 external case.
But, I have successfully installed the SSD in my mini.
First step, I cloned my boot drive over onto the SSD with Carbon Copy Cloner
Second, I took apart the mini (literally pretty much to the shell)
Here it were the swearing came in. I missed a piece of tape that holds the SATA cable to the hard drive & ruined my bottom SATA cable ( it is replaceable for $28 ) but removed both hard drive ( I am putting them in an external Sabio case)
(Make sure & cut or remove the black tape)
I managed to install the SSD in the top drive bay. And then put my mini back together.
Mac OS X offers a number of useful options for taking screenshots—images of your screen, or parts of it—that you can use for how-to guides, for sharing with others, or even for sending to tech support. Here’s a quick look at those options, including some tricks for getting the best screenshots.
The simplest screenshot option is to snap an image of your entire screen. You do this by pressing Shift+Command+3. The resulting image is saved, one for each connected display, to your desktop with the name Screen Shot, followed by the date and time.
If you don’t want the entire screen, press Shift+Command+4. Your cursor changes to a marquee for selecting an area of the screen to capture, with the dimensions of the selected area appearing next to the marquee. Release the cursor button to take the shot.
But what if you want to take a snapshot of a particular object on the screen? Press the shortcut for a selection, Shift+Command+4, but instead of selecting an area, press the Space Bar. The marquee turns into a camera icon that highlights any object or interface element beneath it. Click the mouse button, and the highlighted item—and just that item—is captured in your screenshot.
Here’s a quick look at the screenshot I just took of a Finder window using this trick.
A common issue I have is that I select a screen area, but it’s not quite the area I want. Instead of starting over, just press the spacebar—this lets you move the entire selection. If you let go of the spacebar, you can continue to resize your selection from there.
Mac OS X also offers some options for controlled resizing. Press the screen-selection shortcut and select an area of the screen, but then hold down the Shift key. This lets you resize your selection in a single dimension, horizontally or vertically, without changing the other dimension. If you need to resize in the other dimension, release the Shift key and then press it again to reset the axis lock.
You can also resize a selection rectangle proportionately. Just hold down the Option key, and drag the mouse cursor away from or towards the center of the rectangle. The rectangle retains its height-to-width ratio while resizing.
You can even combine all these special features for resizing and moving your selection in order to get the perfect screenshot framing.
What if you plan to edit your screenshot immediately? It turns out that if you add the _Control_ key to either your fullscreen or selection keyboard shortcut, instead of saving your screenshot as a file on the desktop, OS X copies the image to the clipboard. You can then paste it right into an image editor. Or you can just open OS X’s own Preview app and use the New From Clipboard command.
Since OS X Mountain Lion, the Mac defaults to preventing applications from unidentified developers or sources from being launched. You’ll discover the message in OS X 10.8 when you try to launch a Mac app that didn’t come from a verified source or from the Mac App Store, and you’ll get an alert dialog that says “[App name] can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”.
This new security feature is called GateKeeper, and it doesn’t mean you can’t run those unverified apps on the Mac, you just have to either temporarily skirt the security blanket of GateKeeper, or turn off the app limitations entirely.
Temporarily Get Around “App Can’t Be Opened” Alert Message
This is probably the best option for most users, since it maintains some security:
Right-click (or control-click) the application in question and choose “Open”
Click the “Open” button at the next dialog warning to launch the app anyway
You can do this with any third party app that gives you this warning dialog and open it anyway.
If you get tired of constantly right-clicking apps to open them, return to pre-Mountain Lion levels of app security by turning off Gatekeepers app verification completely.
Install and configure Apache, MySQL, PHP and phpMyAdmin on OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
With the new cat out of the bag, getting the AMP stack running is a little different on OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 (GM Build 12A269) than is its predecessor OS X 10.7 Lion, here is the lowdown on getting Apache, MySQL, PHP and phpMyAdmin running on the new Apple operating system.
The first difference in the new OS X 10.8 is the dropping of the GUI option to turn on Web Sharing in the System Preferences, it may be gone but Apache is definitely installed in the lower level of the OS and ready to go.
No Web Sharing Option in System Preferences
Apache is pre-installed and needs to be enabled via the command line -/Applications/Utilities/Terminal
to start it
sudo apachectl start
to stop it
sudo apachectl stop
to restart it
sudo apachectl restart
To find the Apache version
The version installed in Golden Master is Apache/2.2.22
After starting Apache – test in the browser – http://localhost – you should see the “It Works!” text.
Document root is the location where the files are shared from the file system and is similar to the traditional names of ‘public_html’ and ‘htdocs’, OSX has historically had 2 web roots one at a system level and one at a user level – you can set both up or just run with one, the user level one allows multiple acounts to have their own web root whilst the system one is global. It seems there is less effort from Apple in continuing with the user level one but it still can be set up with a couple of extra tweaks.
System Level Web Root
– the default system document root is still found at –
It is found in the filing system at –
User Level Root
Interestingly the user document root level is missing the ‘~/Sites’ folder in the User account, you need to make a “Sites” folder at the root level of your account and then it will work.
Create a Sites folder at the account root level
Check that you have a “username.conf” filed under:
If you don’t then create one named by the short username of the account with the suffix .conf, its contents should be (swap in the real username):
sudo nano username.conf
Then add the content below swapping in your username:
Options Indexes MultiViews
Allow from all
Permissions on the file should be:
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 298 Jun 28 16:47 username.conf
Restart Apache for the new file to be read:
sudo apachectl restart
Then this user level document root will be viewable at:
PHP 5.3.13 is loaded in OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion and needs to be turned on by uncommenting a line in the httpd.conf file.
sudo nano /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
Use “control” + “w” to search and search for ‘php’ this will land you on the right line then uncomment the line (remove the #):
LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/libphp5.so
Write out and Save using the nano short cut keys at the bottom ‘control o’ and ‘control x’
Re-load apache to kick in
sudo apachectl restart
To see and test PHP, create a file name it “phpinfo.php” and file it in your document root with the contents below, then view it in a browser.
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
MySQL is again a missing component in OS X 10.8 and needs to be dowloaded from the MySQL site use the Mac OS X ver. 10.6 (x86, 64-bit), DMG Archive version (works fine on 10.8).
When downloading you don’t have to sign up, look for » No thanks, just take me to the downloads! – go straight to the download mirrors and download the software from a mirror which is closest to you.
Once downloaded install the 3 components. You may need to adjust the Security and Privacy System Pref to allow installs.
The first is the MySQL software, the 2nd item allows MySQL to start when the Mac is booted and the third is a System Preference that allows start/stop operation and a preference to enable it to start on boot.
You can start the MySQL server from the System Preferences or via the command line
To find the MySQL version from the terminal, type at the prompt:
This also puts you in to an interactive dialogue with mySQL, type q to exit.
After installation, in order to use mysql commands without typing the full path to the commands you need to add the mysql directory to your shell path, this is done in your “.bash_profile” file in your home directory, if you don’t have that file just create it using vi or nano:
cd ; nano .bash_profile
The first command brings you to your home directory and opens the .bash_profile file or creates a new one if it doesn’t exist, then add in the line above which adds the mysql binary path to commands that you can run. Exit the file with type “control + x” and when prompted save the change by typing “y”. Last thing to do here is to reload the shell for the above to work straight away.
You will get the version number again, just type “q” to exit.
So, I installed OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion today and I am happy to report that it seems to be running the same as it had in OS X 10.7 Lion. After I turned on dictation “located in your system preferences” I was pleasantly surprised that Dictation works in iWeb.
If you have more than 1 iWeb domain file you will need to use the iWeb Multi-domain tool. Here is the link:
Sorry, the dictation portion of the video is a little choppy. I need a new machine.
And if you haven’t got a 3rd party web host yet I would suggest IX Web hosting.
I have been using IX Web hosting for several years with little to no problems “usually the problem was something I did” and they have been quick to solve any issue I have come across. The have plans that start at $3.95 a mo (USD) and their customer service is top notch.
Mountain Lion gets released, with Messages, Notification Center, systemwide Sharing, and more. Built in iCloud to keep customers’ content up to date.
Banished from the iLife suite starting with the 2011 revision, iWeb is fully compatible with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, an up and coming version of Apple’s desktop operating system currently in beta testing.
iWeb 3 has been tested on OS X Mountain Lion “10.8” and that we’re “glad to announce that iWeb 3 is fully compatible with [the] upcoming Apple desktop operating system.”
Still looking to host your iWeb site? I have been using IX Webhosting for several years now with little to no problems “usually the problem was something I did” and they have been quick to solve any issue I have come across.
If you haven’t heard, come June 30th, Apple will no longer be supporting MobileMe accounts. Because of this, any iWeb site you have uploaded to MobileMe will no longer be up and running.
But don’t worry!
IX Web Hosting provides web and mail services which will allow your site to remain active, and moving your site over to us is a snap. I’ve put together this quick walkthrough to show you how easy it is to switch your iWeb site from MobileMe over to IX Web Hosting in just 5 simple steps:
1. When you create a hosting account with us (if you don’t have one already click HERE to sign up) you will receive a ‘Welcome’ email detailing all login and server information you’ll need. If you signed up previously and lost your ‘Welcome’ email, contact us and we’ll help you find this info.
2. Log into your IX Web Hosting account. Click the ‘Manage’ button for your hosting product and add your domain name under ‘Domains’. Ignore the message about ‘top level domain’ and be sure ‘Web Service’ is turned on. Also, once finished, write down the IP address. (Take note if the word ‘shared’ appears next to it).
3. Open iWeb. Click the domain name on the left to bring up the publishing settings. You will see “Publish to: ‘MobileMe’“. Instead, select “FTP Server” from the drop down menu and enter your IP address or web server name indicated in your welcome email.
4. From the welcome email, you’ll need your Server Address, Username, and Password to fill out the rest of the “FTP Server Settings”. Leave the “directory/path:” field blank.
5. Once finished, click ‘publish’ and thats it! You’ve migrated your website over to our service just with a few simple clicks inside your iWeb program.
To make sure your site is up and working the way you want it, open up a browser window and type in the IP address you wrote down earlier unless it had ‘shared’ next to it. If you have a ‘shared’ IP address, you click ‘Web Options’ in the ‘Manage’ section of your hosting account, click the domain name, and scroll to the bottom to click ‘Instant Access Domain Alias,’ as seen below.
Once you’re sure it’s working, update your name servers with your current registrar using the information provided to you in the ‘Welcome’ email. If you’re not sure how to change your name servers, consult this: