My Spotlight has recently been reindexing on each boot, and when you have a MacBook Pro indexing cuts the battery in half when out and about, not to mention the fan noise and heat as a result. I searched for some solutions online, I’ve done a bunch of them like; reindexing via Terminal and 3rd Party Apps, reindexing from System Preferences, turning Spotlight off/on in Terminal and more.
Previous Spotlight problems I’ve had have been solved by turing off Spotlight in Terminal, rebooting, then turning it back on. If you want to try this use this code.
sudo mdutil -a -i off
You will need to enter you password for the sudo command. Then reboot your Mac. Then enter this code.
sudo mdutl -a -i on
If that worked for you fantastic. But it didn’t work for me. I finally found the problem. It was indexing my Bootcamp volume, Windows HD. As Windows HD is a NTFS volume and OS X has problems with them the index for Windows HD was being constantly rebuilt.
The fix, go into System Preferences > Spotlight > Privacy. Then add your Bootcamp volume to the Privacy list. The fix was instant for me. But to be safe I turned off Spotlight and turned it back on to get a clean index.
While you’re at it, it might be beneficial to delete 3rd Party Spotlight Importers which some people say solves similar problems. In Finder.app go to /Library/Spotlight and delete all .mdimporter files. Do the same in username/Library/Spotlight.
iTunes Match was recently released to international users. I quickly subscribed. iTunes Match allows you to upgrade any songs you have ripped from CDs, downloaded else where to the versions from the iTunes Music Store in 256kbps AAC (though I would rather 320kbps). Here is how to upgrade all the songs that are less than 256kbps in bulk, rather than individually.
Create a new Smart Playlist with the rules; ‘Bitrate is less than 256kbps’, ‘iCloud status is Matched/Purchased’ and ‘Media Kind is Music’.
Select all songs in the playlist and Option(Shift)-Delete. Make sure you don’t delete them from iCloud as well. Send the files to Trash/Recycle bin.
Next to the playlist in the sidebar, click in cloud icon. This will start downloading all the songs in 256kbps AAC.
Once all the songs are downloaded, you can enjoy the extra kilobits per second.
Bonus Tip: Before buying iTunes Match use a tool such as iTSfv or TuneUp to ensure all your tracks have appropriate meta data, too save your self uploading them.
The other day I was listening to my iPhone, and realised a new song that I downloaded on my PC had not synced over. So I tried to manually sync it with the USB cable as aposed to the Wifi Syncing. Only to be greated to this message.
This [device] cannot be used because the Apple Mobile Device Service is not started.
So after some snooping I found a solution. [For Windows 7]
Go to the Start Menu and search for ‘Services’, open the corresponding .exe.
Search for ‘Apple Mobile Device’, you mght need to click ‘Standard’ on the bottom of the window.
Double-click on ‘Apple Mobile Device’, and click ‘Start’.
Now my problem was that this service was not starting automatically on boot. To fix this, click on the ‘Startup Type’ dropdown menu and choose ‘Automatic’.
Apple Mobile Device Service should now start on boot, and you should be able to sync freely now.
Update: This problem persisted for me after following the steps. But it fixed it self after I chose ‘Automatic (Delayed)’ option in the Services program.
As long as I can remember every time I opened up iTunes it would ask me to allow it permissions for my firewall. I have been meaning to check this out and find out why, but I just simply have had not gotten around to it. Then it started to happen to my Dropbox. At this point I decided to delve further.
After some Googling I found out that probably it was not signed properly and that the firewall did not see it as a trusted program, when clearly it is, Apple made it of course.
So do a check for this, fire up Terminal.app and write this command.
codesign -vvv /Applications/iTunes.app
It should return this string.
/Applications/iTunes.app: valid on disk /Applications/iTunes.app: satisfies its Designated Requirement
Mine returned this.
/Applications/iTunes.app: a sealed resource is missing or invalid /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/Resources/iTunesASUHelper: resource modified /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/Resources/iTunesHelper.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunesHelper: resource modified
So this means it is not a trusted signed piece of software. How do we fix this? We simply uninstall iTunes and download a clean copy and install. Don’t worry about deleting iTunes, all your music and media will stay intact.
Why do the apps loose their signed code? Most probably because you have done some sort of hack. For example I changed the way iTunes had the ‘Close, Minimise, Maximise’ buttons. And for Dropbox I changed the menubar item so it was invisible. After reinstalling these hacks stayed, but the problem went away.
Repeat this process with any app that continually asks you these questions. Hope this solved your problem.
Tumblr does not have very good SEO built in, compared to blog sites like Wordpress and Blogger. But you do have the option to edit the HTML, so we can increase our search rank with a bit of smart coding, and good habits.
Beef up the <title> tag. Add the Post Summary to the Title, as its more likely to gain you search spots than the title alone.
Dropbox is a really awesome service that allows you to sync files from computer to computer Have a look at the video.
As you can see Dropbox can be very handy. I have been using Dropbox for about a year now, and I find it very, very useful. Not only can you bin your USB but you can also use it to share software support files from computer to computer so you have the same settings no matte where you are.
Through my time with Dropbox I have found a way to get 18.25GB of storage for free. Of course you can get some of the plans which you get 50GB for $9.99 a month, but Im a student and cheap. :D
Refer all your friends to Dropbox. Get 250MB for each friend up to 8GB.
Turn that 250MB into 500MB by being a student, here.
Now you can get 16GB of storage from your friends and plus to 2GB for signing up plus the 250MB for completing the getting started you now have 18.25GB of cloud storage for free. Keep an eye out for Dropbox offers to get more space.