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MacOS X a dog or just in need of a good bitch slap?

Dr Phred's Avatar Picture Dr Phred (Moderator) – December 10, 2007 10:05AM Reply Quote
Can't keep a good topic down....

owned by the mothership.

Cloudscout – May 30, 2008 07:22PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Simon, the only reaction I can muster to that comes in my ancestral tongue, "Uff da."

tliet – May 30, 2008 07:32PM Reply Quote
Jobs had the advantage of having the technologies Apple's ATG has developed in the early to mid 90s, but could never really implement because of the crappy OS. Piles and Apple Data Detectors are good examples, but V-Twin is the real golden egg that they produced. It's surprising that Microsoft doesn't really have anything comparable. In Vista, Outlook searches are still mighty slow.

I'm wondering if Apple runs a new shop that does this fundamental research, as ATG got disbanded 11 years ago now. The 'Copland' shelves must be almost empty by now.

John Willoughby – May 30, 2008 08:49PM Reply Quote
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Not disk formatting, I don't think, but the Partition Map Scheme. When you partition the disk initially, there is an Options... button. My Boot Camped disk is set to "GUID". You don't want Apple or MBR (I think). For some reason, it does not seem to default to a Boot Camp-friendly setting.

ddt – May 31, 2008 10:04AM Reply Quote
yeah, it's set to GUID... didn't change anything. thanks, though.

ddt

Curtis – June 02, 2008 06:46AM Reply Quote
DDT. I had the same error before, very recently.

Had to boot of XP disk. Erase the mystery 200MB partition, erase the main Windows partition, then setup new partition (I chose NTFS).

The mystery 200MB part was the problem. Get rid of it.

Edit: I have no idea what the 200MB was for, but getting rid of it worked for me. I have no idea if it will screw other things up, hah.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/02/2008 06:49AM by Curtis.

ddt – June 02, 2008 07:03AM Reply Quote
thanks, curtis! yeah, i do have that same strange partition. how did you erase those and set up a new partition?

(seeing the edit, maybe i'll hold off until i back up the computer...)

ddt

Dr. Strangelove – June 02, 2008 10:33AM Reply Quote
Does anyone here know how to put some of the "special" folders like Documents or Desktop on a separate partition? I know I can put an entire home folder on a separate partition, but that's not what I want to do. I'd like to have Documents and Desktop elsewhere and then have links to them. My feeble attempts to do this have failed so far, and googling hasn't been successful.

johnny k – June 02, 2008 11:28AM Reply Quote
I'd be wary, but you could in theory use the ln command to make a hard link.

Dr. Strangelove – June 02, 2008 11:46AM Reply Quote
I don't think you can make hard links across partitions.

Mokers (Moderator) – June 02, 2008 12:17PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2001110610290643

Should be able to do a sym link. Much easier to move all of /Users to a new partition

rino – June 02, 2008 04:19PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
I do something like that for my MiniJuke -- there's the Music folder but the iTunes folder is then just an alias to a remote volume.
iTunes is set to start up on reboot and every once in a while it fails b/c the WD-MyBook beast isn't spun up enough yet.

stan adams – June 03, 2008 05:51AM Reply Quote
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rino
I do something like that for my MiniJuke -- there's the Music folder but the iTunes folder is then just an alias to a remote volume.
iTunes is set to start up on reboot and every once in a while it fails b/c the WD-MyBook beast isn't spun up enough yet.

Which is EXACTLY why it is really-bad-idea to put anything critical to start-up on an external device. Personally I try to not have any start-up dependencies either, old school enterprise practice...

Curtis – June 03, 2008 06:04PM Reply Quote
If you want to change the location of a whole user folder... in System Preferences, you can right click on a user in the accounts pane and manually edit it in 10.5 quite easily (in 10.4 this was some crap with NetInfo manager). No sym links required.

I suggest doing that a different admin user, then immediately going to the terminal and doing an mv of the user's data to the new location.


Also, re: the Bootcamp thing for DDT: I've done it and it worked, I just wish I knew what I was deleting.

Mokers (Moderator) – June 04, 2008 04:59AM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
Curtis,

Nice. I haven't made it through my OS X 10.5 materials yet, obvs. Finally, an easy way to change the shortname....

Dr. Strangelove – June 04, 2008 05:51AM Reply Quote
I ended up putting the whole user folder on a second partition, using the method now builtin to OS X and described by Curtis.

It turns out that Leopard really doesn't like it if you only move the Desktop folder. When I did that I lost all ability to drag in the Finder when logged into that account.

rino – June 04, 2008 05:57AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Wow! Tricky hidden right-click... very nice. I used to always do this in netinfo since I need a particular UID on one machine.

ddt – June 04, 2008 07:09AM Reply Quote
hey curtis,

could you contact me? i'm still confused on which tools you use to do what to repair the boot camp thing.

dully,

ddt

Curtis – June 04, 2008 05:54PM Reply Quote
(So it will be preserved here for reference)

I got rid of the 200MB partition using the Windows XP Pro Boot Disk.

When booting from it, the first options you get should have to do with partitions - whether you want to choose one to install XP on, or delete a current one, as well as the options to format the different chunks as FAT32 or NTFS.

I selected the 200MB partition and deleted it, so it then showed up as empty space.

At the same time, I took the FAT32 partition created by the BootCamp tools under Leopard, and deleted it. Then, I made a new one as NTFS. Sure, this kills read/write capabilities from OSX, but many Windows apps play nicer with NTFS. If you want an NTFS parition, DO NOT use the option to convert the BootCamp created FAT32 partition to NTFS - delete, then make anew.

Curtis – June 04, 2008 05:57PM Reply Quote
Yeah the new Accounts Pane is great.

Also, when making a new user there are some new options - including making a new group (with a great interface to assign users to it!). Huzzah!

Dr. Strangelove: Lol, I've done that.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/04/2008 06:00PM by Curtis.

Simon – June 04, 2008 09:19PM Reply Quote
Weren't you haven't these DNS issues CS?
http://hunter.pairsite.com/blogs/blog20080603.html

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