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Create a Fusion Drive with a Recovery Partition
There are many step-by-step guides on the internet that explain how to add an SSD to an existing Mac, and create a 'Fusion Drive' that has the speed of an SSD, but also the capacity of a Hard Drive. All these guides fall short in one way that was important to me.
Creating the Fusion Drive the way these walkthroughs say (including OWC's exceptional guides), destroys the Recovery Partition that exists on the drive. Without a Recovery Partition, you cannot enable FileVault2, and will need some other external boot drive if you ever need to perform maintenance on your internal drives. For a laptop computer that might be far from home, not having a Recovery Partition was unacceptable to me. Also note that if you buy a Mac from Apple today with Fusion Drive, it DOES come with a Recovery Partition, so it is indeed possible to do.
It turns out that Apple's Core Storage technology is more flexible than these walkthroughs give on. You can enroll an individual partition of a ...
Using Time Machine on unsupported volumes
I wanted to use Time Machine on my exFAT hard drive, but turns out that these volumes aren't supported from Time Machine! There is a very simple way to use Time Machines on unsupported hard drives, as long as you follow these instructions carefully you shouldn't have any issues at all.
First, connect the unsupported volume (in this case, an exFAT external hard drive.) When it mounts, open the Terminal and type these commands, substituting 'My External HDD Name' for the name of the unsupported volume.
cd 'My External HDD Name'
Next, type this code, substituting for your needs:
hdiutil create -size 320g -type SPARSEBUNDLE -fs "HFS+J" MacBook-Backup.sparsebundle
Here, a 320GB sparse bundle named 'MacBook-Backup' is being made and mounted. You can change these values as you see fit. From herein, I'll refer to the sparse bundle name as 'MacBook-Backup'.
10.8: AppleScript to close iCal Alerts
I'd just installed OS X 10.8, and booted to find the right side of my screen covered in Birthday and Calendar notifications! Since installing I've clicked 'Close' on way too many iCal notification alerts.
Here's a script to close them all for you in one fell swoop. Since I still want iCal to popup a Notification alert for event alarms I've set, I don't want to simply disable all the iCal notifications (or set them to temporary banner alerts).
However, it still occurs that sometimes a small pile of alerts have accrued while I was away from the computer, and I really hate hitting 'Close' a bunch of times.
So, followng is a script to simply close all the piled-up Notification Alerts. The script was put together using these two webpages for inspiration: http://macosxautomation.com/mavericks/notifications/01A.html
(most of the nice code comes from here) and ...
How Boomboxes Got So Badass
Bomboxes are, by definition, excessive. With their deafening bass thud and dazzling chrome dials, these electric beasts are heavy enough to tone your biceps. Also known as "ghetto blasters" or "jamboxes," they rose to fame in the 1980s along with hip-hop, flourishing as a tool for sharing and mixing the latest beats. Yet despite their widespread popularity, the innovators who conceived of these devices are still largely unknown, consigned to anonymity by the corporations that manufactured their creations.
See One of America's Most Iconic Buildings Get Engulfed In Fake Fog
Veil, by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, is the latest creative installation
at Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. For ten minutes every hour, the iconic structure disappears behind a big billowing fog until the mist dissipates and whaddya know?there it is again!
Watch GE Gleefully and Awesomely Destroy Dozens of Random Objects
Remember General Electric's incredible cadre of of machines that exist solely to destroy things
? Well, they've been using them to destroy things like teapots and baseballs and watches just for fun?and the resulting videos are amazing.
From: National Geographic News
Odds of NYC Flooding During a Storm Up 20-Fold
New study documents rising storm surges since the mid-19th century.
The 163-million-year-old Kryptodrakon pushes back the evolution of the ancient flying reptiles by five million years, a new study says.
Conflicting Reports on Whether Everest Is Open as Outfitters Pull Out
From: BBC News - Science & Environment
Nepali officials say Mount Everest is not closed, but teams are departing out of respect for the Sherpas.
Mystery of dazzling supernova solved
An exceptionally bright supernova that baffled scientists has been explained - its light is amplified by another galaxy acting as a "lens".
Blood 'is not from headless king'
An elaborately decorated gourd thought to contain the blood of French King Louis XVI may not be authentic, scientists say.
UK team to shoot for fusion record
The director of a UK science facility says it could set a new world record in nuclear fusion by the end of the decade.