During the June WWDC conference during a “What’s New in Security” session it was made known that Apple were changing the default options of Gatekeeper for macOS Sierra. This can cause some troubles installing programs so I’m writing this blog to show you how to disable Gatekeeper in OSX Sierra. As you can see the main change in the GUI was to remove the “Anywhere” option that had been available since it’s introduction in OS X Mountain Lion. Now why I don’t condone using the Anywhere option you may find on the very rare occasion as a user you are… read more →
I have spoken to a few people recently, who have called the Amsys Helpdesk, that find the default feature in 10.7 and 10.8 which removes the scrolling bars in different windows, such as Mail and Safari, a bit frustrating. However, it’s not as difficult as you would think in order to turn it back on… Simply load System Preferences from either the applications folder or the logo and select General. Within General there are some different settings you can use regarding your custom requirement with the scrolling bars, pick which option you would like and from then on you… read more →
Hi and welcome to the second part of our podcast on Time Machine. My Name is Pete. In this episode I am looking at recovery from a Time Machine backup, in the first part Hugo talked about backing up with Time Machine and in the final part we will look at the advanced features. So, say one day you startup your Mac and find it doesn’t startup as usual, you see a persistent grey screen with a folder and a flashing question mark or a prohibitory sign. The first step to this problem would be to run Disk Utility,… read more →
If you have a preferred shortcut or tip that we haven’t yet featured, please feel free to add them in the comments below or email, firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll include them in a future blog. 1. Add your signature to PDFs Forget about printing off a document in order to sign it and then scan or post it back to the recipient! With the release of Lion you can add add your signature directly to PDF documents, read how you can do this on your Mac here. 2. Prevent accidental replacement: use Stationery Pad Hugo, one of our Apple… read more →
I have grown to like the Notification Center feature of OS X Mountain Lion. However, there are times when I am teaching and I want to disable Notifications temporarily. I might be demoing something on the projector at the time I receive a new email, Tweet or Facebook message which may not be appropriate during a demo! 🙂 I therefore find the “Do Not Disturb” feature rather handy, which can be very easily toggled simply by Option/Alt-clicking the Notification Center menu bar icon so that it is greyed out as shown below: Option/Alt-clicking the Notification Center menu bar icon… read more →
By Richard Mallion A text entry bug has been discovered in Mountain Lion which causes most apps to crash. The bug is this: If you open an app that supports text entry, for instance TextEdit, and type in: The app will shortly crash. The capital F is important. I have tried this with many applications such as Mail, Messages and Safari. In fact when writing this blog Safari quit on me 🙂 Some apps seem immune, such as Firefox. The bug seems to be with the way Mountain Lion uses it data detectors service. This service scans for pieces of… read more →
For those of us that have upgraded to 10.8 Mountain Lion and use Apple apps like Pages and Keynote you may have noticed that the default save location is always iCloud. I tend to want to save to my local disk rather than iCloud so it would be nice to have these apps default to the local drive, you can change this with the following defaults command. defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false If you need to revert the setting the simply change the -bool option from false to true.
We all know that there are never enough hours in the day. So how about adding more days to the week? In the Mountain Lion Calendar App you can change the number of days in the week. Use the following defaults command to change the key for the number of days displayed in the week view: defaults write com.apple.ical CalUIDebugDefaultDaysInWeekView 10 This will set the default to 10 days in the week.
In 10.8 the Displays menubar item was replaced with an AirPlay one, and I’ve missed the original one especially when we are presenting during our training courses. So, currently the only way to get around it seems to be going into “system preferences” every time I want to change the display settings, or is it? While trying to find a solution I came across a free app called, “Display Menu” by Milch im Gemüsefach! Once installed, you then can launch it from the LaunchPad or the Applications folder, and a menubar very similar to the late Apple one… read more →
Since Apple obsoleted their ACSA System Administrator Certification and courses, my fellow trainers and I have been creating our own courses to provide Apple Techs more advanced training after they have completed the Apple ACTC Certification Our popular Advanced Deployment course is now available for Mountain Lion, providing you with an intense three day programme aimed at ACSA level system administrators who require an in-depth knowledge of how to deploy OS X systems and software. The course will cover the following topics: Deployment Planning Deploying Individual Items and Containers Installation Packages Creating Entire System Images Deploying System Images Post Imaging… read more →