Tag: MacOS X

Transporter Sync – Use case

As previously posted I bought a Transporter Sync, as after some review I could see a use case for it and felt it could be a good addition for me and my environment.

Below I am going to talk about my use case and provide insight on how I am using it, so that others might get an understanding of some of the capabilities of the device. This is merely a sample of the capabilities, as when you have 2 or more units you can sync data between them (including data contained in the Transporter Library folder).

First thing I should mention is the folders associated with the installation of the software, and this is something they cover on every client installation performed, however it can seem a bit confusing, but it’s really simple.

Below is a screen grab showing the welcome message from the installer.

transporter_folder_vs_transporter_library

Transporter Folder is files/folders that will exist on any computer where the client is installed, unless your use selective sync to turn them off to stop syncing on that computer.

It will also contain a folder called Transporter Library, which if any data is copied to this path will ONLY exist on the Transporter, and will not remain on your computer. So if your computer dies or the Transporter dies, data in the Transporter Library goes with it. HOWEVER, Transporter Library folder can be configured to sync to another Transporter device associated with your account.

Example below, on what this Transporter Folder might look like, note I have created several shared folders, hence I have a number of additional folders shown, blurred out for privacy reasons.

transporter_folder_windows_client

 

For example the folder above named Public, is a shared folder I created using the Web Portal that allows me to drop files into this location, and send web links to people so they can view the file and/or download the file.

transporter_web_portal_shared_folder_creation

 

The next screen from the Web Portal is the properties for the shared folder, you will note that it has Transporter Require: No, so I can create web links to any content from my Computer of any content on this shared folder.

transporter_web_portal_shared_folder_properties

Below is a demo showing me right clicking a file and showing the Transporter content menu for creating a link to a file.

transporter_context_menu_create_web_link

Below is a link to the file as created above, so you can see what it looks like;

Click here.

Created links can be viewed/managed from the Web Portal too, as shown below;

transporter_web_portal_manage_links

From here you can delete them, and set an expiring for it.

The feature of the product which I was most excited about, was Special Folders. Below is a screen capture as taken from the Transporter Windows Client where I am looking at the Preferences, where this is configured.

transporter_windows_client_special_folders

In this example, I have selected “My Documents” and what happens when I do this is that the existing files/folders in “My Documents” are moved to a folder that is named after my machines host name. Soon as that is complete, it starts to sync the entire contents to the Transporter hard drive.

At this point, if I save anything into the “My Documents” folder structure top level, and the newly created folder with my machines host name. It instantly syncs to the Transporter.

Now the magic happens when I install the client on another computer that I use, and enable this feature again on the next computer. It will again create a folder under “My Documents” that is based on the machines host name, and move all the data below this. It of course instantly syncs this data to the Transporter.

However, you will also see the folder and data from the first machine appear too. Like wise when I go back to the first computer, it will show the data from the 2nd computer’s “My Documents” folder.

The creation of the folder based on the machines host name, is stop file conflicts where both machines might have the same file name, and allows you to manually merge it all. i.e. move content back to the My Documents top level folder to create a true single pane.

Now when you save any files/folders into My Documents on either computer, both machines instantly see this due to an immediate sync, and transporter gets a sync too. Now you could access this data from the iOS and/or Android device too, once you log on with your user account used on the Transporter Desktop client installs.

Selective Sync is an option that can be used to limit what shared folders sync on other machines, so if you had 3 shared folders, you might not want all 3 shared folders to sync on your 2nd computer, so you could turn them all off, or just individual ones. As shown below;

transporter_windows_client_selective_sync

I’ll post more info and screen captures in the coming days, but I wanted to post out something to account for what I have used so far.

Transporter Sync Ordered

After some careful consideration and additional research, as noted from my previous blog post. I ordered a Transporter Sync yesterday, as I really wanted to get my hands on one so I could honestly evaluate it.

I was a little disappointed to get a promo email after signing up that was targeted to the US market only that they can buy 2 units and only pay for the price of 1. If only we had those sorts of deals in Australia (APAC region). I also thought why send me advertising/promo emails after I signed up for a region in which I am not even the target market for. Seems a bit silly. I provided this feedback to them directly, so hopefully they improve that.

Conflicting OSX Free space between Finder and Disk Utility

I was fixing up a neighbours Macintosh and I suspect due to the disk being used up to 100% it ended up corrupting, and when I run disk verify/repair in Disk Utility it seems to work but we still see the free space reported between Finder and Disk Utility being incorrect. Check out the picture below to see what I mean.

osx-disk-space-oops_21_mar_2014

Never and I repeat, never fill up your boot volume on OSX as you will cause lots of problems. I suspect this machine that had this issue will need to be formatted and reinstalled to correct the condition.

Microsoft OneNote now free on Apple App Store

Noticed overnight that the rumours of Microsoft OneNote becoming free have actual come true. It looks like we can download it. I’ll be installing it as I don’t mind OneNote at all. It’s something I started to use a lot more of in the last 3 years.

I might as well install OneDrive too and attempt to use it as well, although have been a long time user of Dropbox.

Post over here talks about the OneNote release on Macintosh.

OneNote_Free_2014-03-18

Internet security and passwords

Everyone who uses the internet should consider the use of passwords and how they are used on the internet.

You should be using a different password for different sites and also using the longest and most cryptic password possible.

Of course doing either of these 2 things is going to make it really difficult to remember them, but that’s the whole point, you shouldn’t be able to remember them. As this will lead to having passwords that would be easy to remember and/or exploit by others.

You’ll find plenty of good applications available that can do password management, however below is the programs I use on a daily basis, as the format is one that allows me to use them across multiple programs and platforms. i.e. Windows, Macintosh, iOS devices and even Android devices.

On my Macintosh and iOS devices I use a program called “PwSafe” which is a excellent program and well worth the purchase price. It allows you to sync your password file on Dropbox, which I recommend, as that means no need to copy the file to a location that all devices can see when changes are made.

On Windows computer, I recommend using the program called “Password Safe” which is completely free, and this will enable you to use your password file on a Windows computer.

 

Mildly annoyed

I was attempting to setup Confluence to use a mysql database on both Windows and MacOS X. Neither of them would work, same error produced on both. It seems to be fairly common error too.

Tried to fix it, but didn’t manage to do so. Spent a good 1-2 hours on it I would imagine too. In the end I opened a ticket with Atlassian to assist. Still waiting to hear back regarding that ticket, and it’s now been nearly 24 hours. So hopefully I should hear something tomorrow.

I am going to build a Linux virtual machine, and host it under that I think. I’ve setup Jira previously for a customer where I use to work, but never played with Confluence until now. Must admit, I quite like it too. So I think if I do get it working with mysql which I am sure we will soon enough, might have to purchase a $10 license.

Mythtv and PS3

As per Simon Rumble I found the PS3 to have a reasonable good UPnP client too. Although the PS3 wouldn’t play back recordings that had obivously had some modifications done. ie. cutlist changes etc.

Once the recording goes into nuv format, the PS3 won’t have a chance in hell to play it. I did some tinkering and managed to setup a custom job to honour the cutlist and maintain the mpg file format. However once the 2nd install of the configuration this failed to work. 1st time I did it on a setup it worked fine. I never did get around to working it out, maybe I might again in due time.

I just noticed that the HDHomeRun units are now available in Australia. HDHomeRun is a dual DVBT tuner that connects onto your ethernet and of course MythTv can then be configured to use the unit, or multiple units. Other software on other operating systems also support it. ie. EyeTV on MacOS X etc.

Having just seen these units now available, I am pretty keen to pick up one in the near future. I have a bit of funds to use on computer items, so I think I will get one once the funds in question are available for my use again.

Of course this means setting up a virtual machine to run mythtv is very possible, as the tuner is accessed via ethernet, so no fancy pci or usb hardware to consider under the guest itself.

VMware Fusion 2.0 – wow

Finally got around to installing the latest VMware Fusion 2.0 build. All I can say is wow. The changes from the last beta in the UI are good, not to mention other little things.

I was really surprised to have the following dialog spring up after installing VMware Tools onto a Windows XP guest.

VMware Fusion

I’ll continue to put it through it’s paces, but so far so good. Quite like the changes to the UI.

VMware Fusion 2.0 RC1

It would appear I must of been sleeping, no maybe I just been really busy with work. It appears that VMware Fusion 2.0 RC1 was released about 6 or so days ago.

So if anyone else missed this, then it might be a good to go download it from the VMware website.