Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MacOS X Lion hidden backups filling up space on your hardisk

- You have a MacBook or MacBook Air running Mac OS X Lion?
 - Ever wondered why you are loosing GB worth of hard disk space every day?
 - Using Time Machine?

Apple considered to implement a new "feature" to Lion that no one seems to be aware of: Local Backups if your Time Machine Drive is not connected to you computer. It seems to affect only Mac Laptops, not the desktop Macs. 

So every time your Time Machine backup starts without the destination drive it will copy all data in a secure folder on your local startup volume called ".MobileBackups". 

If you go to "About this Mac" and "More information", check the "hard disk" tab. You will find some information on how many GB are used for "Backup". In my case there were 35GB stored on my local drive. Without me even noticing. It's great if you are travelling and accidentally deleted a document. But this feature takes up a lot of storage. Mayby it would be easier to wait and use the Time Machine Backup back at home?

Don't worry, you can still disable this "feature":
Open up the Terminal App

and type

sudo tmutil disablelocal 

It will take a while for the system to delete the folder. It is renamed instantly to ".MobileBackups.trash" and consequently deleted. You will notice a slower Mac and the fans could start up. But after a few minutes everything should be back to normal.

Source | Valerio

Saturday, August 20, 2011

If Java is not working on OS X Lion 10.7 try this trick

If Java won't run under Lion for you, a solution to this 'problem' may be as simple as enabling a Java VM. By default, Java is disabled (and probably not even installed) in 10.7.

Try the following:

Go to: Applications » Utilities and open the Java

Make sure the checkbox at the top is 'checked' in order to enable Java in Lion. If Java is not already installed, you may be asked to do so first.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Portable Angry Birds Rio v1.1.0

Angry Birds Rio - A product of partnership Rovio and 20th Century Fox. The action takes place in the magical city of Rio, where after the kidnapping were brought evil bird.
They eventually go away from the kidnappers and sent to rescue his friends, Blu, and Jewel - Rare parrot and heroes multfilma Rio from 20th Century Fox.
The Angry Birds have been captured, caged, and taken to Rio! There they meet new friends, and work together to make their escape from a desolate grey
warehouse to the lush green jungle. Help the Angry Birds escape and beat their captors by bombarding the evil marmosets and smashing all obstacles in the way!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Portable Safari 5.1

Experience the web, Apple Style, with Safari - the fastest, easiest to use web browser in the world. With its simple, elegant interface, Safari gets out of your way and lets you enjoy the web - up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer. Safari is a web browser developed by Apple Inc. and included in Mac OS X. It was first released as a public beta on January 7, 2003, and a final version was included as the default browser in Mac OS X v10.3. A beta version for Windows was released for the first time on June 11, 2007. Safari also runs on Wine, although the graphics do not display properly.
Safari 5 web browsers demonstrating Top Sites and history search features Top Sites See your favorite websites at a glance. Open one with a single click. Cover Flow Flip through your site history or bookmarks like you flip through albums in iTunes. Full History Search Easily retrieve sites you’ve seen before. Spot the one you want in Cover Flow. Nitro Engine Wait less. Browse more. Surf the web with the world’s fastest browser. Windows Native Look and Feel Vista and XP users: feel right at home in Safari for Windows. Developer Tools Access the best suite of development tools ever included in a browser. Safari 5 web browser demonstrating Top Sites feature
Top Sites
Thanks to Top Sites, you can enjoy a stunning, at-a-glance preview of your favorite websites without lifting a finger. Safari 5 tracks the sites you browse and ranks your favorites, presenting up to 24 thumbnails on a single page. You can even customize the display by pinning a favorite site to a specific location in the grid. That locks it into position, so you know just where to find it every time you open Top Sites.
Wonder which sites have changed since your last visit? Sites with a star in the upper-right corner have new content. A single click opens the page and updates its thumbnail. Whenever you want to return to your ever-evolving Top Sites page, just click the new Top Sites button in the bookmarks bar.
Close up of Top Sites 'updated page' icon Close up of Top Sites view Close up of tac and remove icons for Top Sites

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Portable Bejeweled 3


Bejeweled 3 offers high-definition graphics, updated and expanded re-imaginings of the four original game modes from Bejeweled 2, and four additional secret games including Ice Storm and Poker.

* Classic: Play the most popular puzzle game of the century, with powerful new gems and new ultra-smooth gameplay.
* Quest: Journey through 40 magical puzzles in this multifaceted Bejeweled challenge.
* Zen: Personalize your experience with ambient sounds and binaural beats - a revolutionary new way to relax.
* Lightning: Charge up with a heart-pounding, beat-the-clock bout of gem-blasting fun.
* Secret Games: Unlock 4 all-new games including Butterflies and Ice Storm.
* Badges: Earn up to 65 badges to prove your skills.
* High-definition graphics and high-fidelity audio.
* Make multiple matches while new gems fall into place.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Portable Spybot Search & Destroy 1.6.2

Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Portable Guerrilla Bob

Guerrilla Bob, the hit iOS dual-stick shooter game, is now available on your PC.
The comedic shooter offers stunning visuals, cross-platform multiplayer, an arsenal of kick-ass weaponry, unique enemies, explosive ammunition and non-stop humor.
The PC version of Guerrilla Bob takes advantage of the PC graphics power and also features many other gameplay improvements. It has various ‘next-gen’ visual effects, like real-time soft shadows, advanced shaders, bloom and glow, motion blur, soft particles, real-time lighting, and other image processing effects.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Earthscraper takes Architecture Underground

From a architect's perspective, several problems impede the development of Mexico City, one of the world's largest cities with a population teeming around 21.2 million. A scarcity of new construction plots, height restrictions that limit new edifices to eight stories and laws that prohibit demolishing historic structures leaves little room for building up.
The solution: build down.
Up to the task is BNKR Aquitectura and their ambitious 'Earthscraper' project. The Mexico City urban architecture and research firm has proposed building an inverted pyramid underneath the Plaza de la Constitución, the heart of the Mexico City's historic district, commonly known as The Zócalo.
"The historic center of Mexico City is in desperate need for a pragmatic make-over," says BNKR's website.
Capped with a glass roof to filter natural light down to its lowest levels, the 2,542,650 square foot sub-structure would descend 65 stories below The Zócalo. Proposed for the first 10 stories is a museum filled with Aztec and Mayan artifacts, with the the next 10 stories offering retail and residential spaces. The remaining 35 stories are outlined for office space.
"The Earthscraper is the skyscraper's antagonist in an historic urban landscape where the latter is condemned and the preservation of the built environment is the paramount ambition. It preserves the iconic presence of the city square and the existing hierarchy of the buildings that surround it," says BNKR.
BNKR Arquitectura's "Earthscaper" design was a 2010 finalist in the eVolo Magazine's Skyscraper Competition.
[Via GizMag]
Photo: BNKR Aquitectura

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Re-Enable FTP Server in OSX Lion 10.7

Apple seemingly dropped the FTP Server support in Mac OX Lion. Only the GUI has been removed and the FTP Server can be activated.

You can still enable it with the command line. To start it type the Terminal command:

sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist

To stop it:

sudo -s launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Useful keyboard shortcuts in Mac OSX

⌘CMD+: Home
⌘CMD+: End
⌘CMD+: Beginning of Line
⌘CMD+: End of Line
CTRL+A: beginning of line.
CTRL+E: end of line.
CTRL+U: delete from cursor to beginning of line.
CTRL+K: delete from cursor to end of line.
CTRL+W: erase word to the left.
CTRL+T: transpose characters around cursor.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Saudi tycoon to build world's tallest tower

RIYADH: Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal launched on Tuesday a project to build the world's tallest tower at more than 1,000 metres in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

The project to built a tower topping Dubai's world's highest building, Burj Khalifa, "will soon see the light after the signing of a $1.2 billion agreement" between Alwaleed's Kingdom Holding Co and construction giant Bin Laden Group, the Saudi tycoon told reporters.

It will take 36 months to build the tower, said the Saudi businessman, a nephew of King Abdullah and one of the kingdom's wealthiest men. He did not say when construction will begin.

Alwaleed said the tower was intended to "send a message of strength" reflecting the OPEC kingpin's economic and political stability.

"Our message is political," he said.

Saudi Arabia has been spared a wave of protests that has rocked the region, leading to the downfall of autocratic rulers in Tunisia and Egypt despite sporadic small protests staged by Shiites in the Eastern Province.

The tower, which will be part of a $20 billion project north of Jeddah, would top Dubai's 828-metre Burj Khalifa, which was opened last year.

It will include a hotel, apartments and offices occupying an area of
500,000 square metres.

- AFP/de

Kolkata - The 'second London' wannabe

KOLKATA, India - Kolkata, once capital of British India, on Tuesday began work to transform the congested and fading city into a "second London" complete with a London Eye ferris wheel.
Mamata Banerjee, the feisty new chief minister of the state of West Bengal, made an election pledge to turn the dysfunctional and poverty-stricken Indian metropolis into a world-class city.
The planned facelift marks the first major urban renewal effort in the state by Banerjee, who became known as "the giant killer" after she ended 34 years of uninterrupted Communist rule in West Bengal in May.
"My dream is to beautify the 10-kilometre riverfront of the city of Kolkata on the lines of London," Banerjee said as she laid the foundation stone of her project at the city's Millennium Park, on the banks of the river Hooghly.
"Never say no. Let us try for a better tomorrow for our city. The project will be green and environmentally-friendly," she said to hundreds of onlookers.

Kolkata, a bustling metropolis of 15 million people, whose name was officially changed from Calcutta in 2001, began as a cluster of villages on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River and grew into the capital of the British Raj.
Towards the end of the 19th century, it was one of the world's wealthiest cities, leading to a building spree that left a rich legacy of grand colonial buildings.
The architecture in many parts of the city, particularly around the central Maidan, which was inspired by Hyde Park, resembles the British capital.
A huge memorial to Queen Victoria remains a city centrepiece and tourist attraction to this day.
But after decades of under-investment and neglect, Kolkata's infrastructure is crumbling and the city's grandeur faded long ago in the fierce climate of heat, humidity and monsoon rains.

The British moved their capital in India from Kolkata to New Delhi in 1911.
Banerjee's transformation will initially focus on the scruffy waterfront along the Hooghly, which separates Kolkata from its twin city Howrah, once known as the "Sheffield of the East," a reference to the one-time British manufacturing hub.

A "Kolkata Eye" inspired by the London Eye will later be built to give visitors a bird's eye view of the city and river, Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee told AFP.
"We have plans to transform the riverfront into a heritage cultural zone as part of the project to beautify Kolkata along the lines of London," Chatterjee said.
"There will be landscaped paths, places for meditation, food outlets, parks and an art gallery and museum."
He said city officials were aiming to complete the work by January 2013.
The pavements will be made of herring-bone bricks and lamp posts will be replaced with ones resembling those used during the colonial era.
The government has also banned billboards around heritage structures to restore a colonial look to the city centre.
"It's a challenge to dream of such a project. But we are determined to make it a reality," Banerjee added on Tuesday.
The mercurial local leader, known for her feisty rhetoric and spartan lifestyle, has other ambitious plans for parts of West Bengal and critics accuse her of making exaggerated promises that can never be fulfilled.
Touring the tea-growing northern area of Darjeeling in the run-up to the local election in May, she promised to turn the impoverished region into the Switzerland of India.

- AFP/ir

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Windows 7 With Service Pack 1 Direct Downloads

If you have bought a computer with the Windows 7 operating system or a standalone version of the operating system in the past, you have probably by now upgraded your systems with the Service Pack 1 for the OS that was released in February by Microsoft.
Some owners may wonder if there is a way to download an integrated solution, for the case that they need to reinstall their operating system at a later point in time. If they do not have an integrated solution, they need to first install Windows 7 and then run all the updates online to get it patches and updated to the latest version. The operating system would be ready for use faster if Windows 7 could be installed with the SP1 integrated already.
That’s also the way to go forward for IT departments and networks, considering that bandwidth costs might shot through the roof if all network PCs needed to download the service pack 1 update from the Internet after operating system installation.
One option would be to slipstream the Service Pack 1 of Windows 7 and other updates. But that’s a technical process that takes some time. And, it is not really necessary anymore as Microsoft has made available direct downloads of Windows 7 versions that include the SP1. (note, some users may still want to slipstream, for instance to add specific drivers or tools to the installation process).
All downloads are provided as digital ISO images which need to be burned to a DVD. Windows users can use the built-in ISO burner of the Windows 7 operating system for that or any other DVD burner software that supports burning ISO images (like ImgBurn).
Here are the downloads:
  • Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 (bootable) [download]
  • Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 (bootable) [download]
  • Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 (bootable) [download]
  • Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 (bootable) [download]
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 (bootable) [download]
  • Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1 (bootable) [download]
The Windows 7 SP1 downloads come with a 30-day trial period, after which you need to enter a product key to continue using the operating system. The downloads are also handy if you have only received a 32-bit copy of your operating system, or no copy at all.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Put your contact info on the lock screen - OSX Lion

Though it was possible to do this in Snow Leopard with third party apps, Lion now allows you to place a personal message with your contact information on the lock screen for any good samaritan that should stumble upon your lost laptop. To enable the feature, just go to your "Security & Privacy" preference pane, check the box labeled "Show a message when the screen is locked," and fill in your information.