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  1. Apple’s Black Friday Con

    December 4, 2017 by The Man

    So it was time to replace my sofa laptop (a nice light one I do bits and bobs on and is currently a MacBook Air 11″) so I looked at the new MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar. The first “con” is that while Apple sells base systems to resellers you can only buy a fully specced out model from Apple direct. And that means no discount.

    So I ordered a near fully specced out MacBook Pro 13″ which wasn’t cheap but as it was Black Friday Apple were offering a “free” £120 gift card, and by free they meant they charge you £120 for it. Ok they take that off the price of the laptop but there are two problems with that.

    First this is for work so I can claim it back on taxes but they invoice you £120 less on the laptop and don’t provide an invoice for the gift card. So I’ve lost £120 in taxable deductions, bummer but not then end of the world.

    However secondly if like me the shitty DHL fail to deliver and like me you cannot wait 2 weeks to get a replacement from China then you’ll be refunded the cost of the laptop but not the gift card which is non-returnable. And what’s the point of a £120 gift card for Apple when there are few things you cannot get elsewhere cheaper, especially the tat they pass off as cables at some incredible prices.

    Lesson learnt – never buy from anybody who used DHL and avoid Apple Online Stores as the support is pretty crap.

    Sad really.

  2. Find large files in OSX

    May 15, 2016 by The Man

    This is just a reminder to myself as finder doesn’t find all files so…

    sudo find / -size +1G

  3. Start Postfix on Yosemite

    April 2, 2015 by The Man

    Simple really and more as a reference when I forget

    sudo launchctl start org.postfix.master

    However this will only last for 60 seconds unless you have “fixed” your version of Postfix.

  4. Upload files to OneDrive for Business from OS X Mac

    December 13, 2014 by The Man

    Well while we wait for Microsoft to come out with an official app for OneDrive for Business on the Mac there is at least a way to upload files to your 1TB of free space.

    The best way I’ve found so far is to use the super Transmit from Panic. It really is a multi purpose tool and great for all kinds of remote connections.

    Setting up is easy, just log into your Office 365 account on the web and go to your OneDrive for Business page. Copy the url which will be something like It may have some extra on the end but just don’t copy that.

    Open up Transmit and click add to add a new favourite and simply paste the url and Transmit will do the rest for you. Add your username and password and away you go.

    One note of caution uploading to OneDrive is very poor but that is a server side issue so be prepared for some frustration. Also there is, at this time, a limit of 100mb per file so anything bigger will upload… then fail – yes that’s not annoying much after waiting for a 700mb file to upload.



    Yes it seemed to easy…. if you get a 403 error “Access Denied” it’s not that you have the wrong password it’s because you need to Authenticate and stay signed in to OneDrive. So if you haven’t logged in, go to the login and where you put your password make sure you tick “Keep me signed in”. You can read more here

    I can only guess this is Microsoft’s crude way of blocking you from using your 1TB as a backup as oddly they also sell Azure backup yet you cannot use with your free space.

  5. Add symlink folder to Dropbox on OS X

    September 4, 2013 by The Man

    Sometimes folders need to live outside your Dropbox folder so simply symlink them.

    1. Open Terminal and cd to your Dropbox folder

    2. type  ln -s /folder/anotherfolder


  6. How to Enable PHP in Apache for Mac OS X

    June 19, 2013 by The Man

    Simply open terminal and type

    sudo nano /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

    Then find the line

    #LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/

    and remove the hashtag, save then type

    sudo apachectl restart

    to restart Apache.