How To Restart a Hung Top Menu Bar in MacOS

Author: , April 23rd, 2021

Ever get the spinning beachball when trying to access the top menu on your Mac? SOLUTIONS Use the GUI Open the Activity Monitor application Select All Processes from the View menu Click on the SystemUIServer process, then click Force Quit. ~or~ Via CLI In Terminal, execute killall SystemUIServer

How To Prevent Spotlight From Indexing External Drives on MacOS

Author: , February 26th, 2021

On MacOSX 10.10.5 Yosemite, I was having trouble with Spotlight preventing the clean eject of an attached hard drive. Using the fuser command allowed me to see that it what the Spotlight-specific mds process preventing the eject.

At first, I tried to disable the indexing via the mdutil command, but that just gave me […]

How To Re-Install MacOS

Author: , October 11th, 2020

Format the new USB flash drive as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and label it “MyVolume” Click the Mojave Download Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/macos-mojave/id1398502828?ls=1&mt=12 Download the installer package from the App store – it will land in the main /Applications folder. Open Terminal and run:

Full article at Apple Support “How to create a bootable installer for […]

How To Force csshX To Tile In Columns

Author: , May 28th, 2019

I use csshX on a daily basis. The default layout on my screen for three nodes is one column with three rows, one per node. This layout is excellent for visual positioning, but does make it harder to read long output. For this purpose, I start csshX using the column quantity specifier -x and I […]

How To Obtain a Public Key from an AWS .pem Private Key on Linux and Mac

Author: , February 4th, 2019

Use the ssh-keygen command on a computer to which you’ve downloaded your private key .pem file; for example: First, ensure permissions will allow ssh-keygen to work: chmod 600 /path/to/the/file/your-key-pair.pem Then generate an RSA public key: ssh-keygen -y -f /path/to/the/file/your-key-pair.pem > your-key-pair.pub

How To Associate All Log Files with MacVim

Author: , April 12th, 2017

You can associate a file extension with an app (such as MacVim) via the “Info dialog”. Just select the file and hit Cmd-i, then go to the “Open with” tab, select app and hit “Change all…”. This will change the default application for that file type.

How To Fix Excel for Mac Arrow Keys Do Not Move Cell Cursor

Author: , April 5th, 2017

As per MS Support page: “My arrow keys don’t move from cell to cell” Press SHIFT+F14 to toggle the Scroll Lock to the off position. Applies To: Excel for Mac 2011 Cause: Scroll Lock is turned on and causing the arrow keys to scroll the workbook area. Solution: Turn off Scroll Lock. Typically, when a […]

How To Create a Bootable MacOSX USB Flash Drive

Author: , June 11th, 2016

As the root user, execute: “/Applications/Install OS X El Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia” –volume /Volumes/{USB_DRIVE_NAME_HERE}/ –applicationpath “/Applications/Install OS X El Capitan.app” Be sure to include the required double-quotes, or use backslashes to escape the spaces in the path. Full instructions may be found on the Apple site: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372 Turn on your Mac by pressing the power button Press […]

How To Eject a Volume from the Terminal Command Line in MacOSX

Author: , December 8th, 2015

As always, YMMV…

How To Force Key Repeat in MacOSX 10.10 Yosemite

Author: , March 19th, 2015

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false