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How To Connect To Windows PC From Mac

In a network system, connecting to your Windows PC from the Mac is a real easy process.

First you have to make sure that the folders you want to access are being shared from the Windows PC. On a PC, a folder can be shared by right clicking the icon, selecting the properties option and then the sharing tab.

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If your Mac is connected to the network, then in the Finder menu, click ‘Go’ and then ‘Connect To Server’.

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In the address bar, type in the name of the PC you want to connect to prefixing it by smb:// and then click connect. (more…)

  • Filed under: How To, Mac, Networking
  • For setting a specific file type to always open by default with a specific application in OS X do the following:

    • Right click on the file icon and choose ‘Get Info’ option.
    • Choose the ‘Open With’ option and select the specific application
    • Click the ‘Change all’ button.
    • Smile in success :-)

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  • Filed under: How To, Mac
  • How To Reset Dock in OS X Leopard

    To completely reset the dock back to the original factory settings do the following:

    1. Delete the files and from /Users/..(your account name)../Library/Preferences.
    2. Enter ‘killall Dock’ command in the terminal and press enter.
  • Filed under: How To, Mac
  • How To Uninstall Xcode Completely

    After Installing Safari 4 beta yesterday, I noticed that Xcode started crashing on every run. Even when I uninstalled the Safari beta, the problem didn’t resolve. So I uninstalled Xcode completely and then reinstalled it. To uninstall developer tools/Xcode type in the following command in the terminal

    sudo /Developer/Library/uninstall-devtools –mode=all

    But beware, this completely removes Xcode and once it is gone, it’s gone. Of-course you can always reinstall it. So be sure of what you are doing.

    Update: Many users are also complaining about the same issue about Xcode crashing after installation of Safari 4 beta. Solution is to install Xcode 3.1.2.

  • Filed under: How To, Mac
  • I usually use two wireless networks, my home and university, to browse Internet.

    In my university I have been assigned a specific IP address and connect to the Internet through a proxy server where as at home I simply let my router assign me settings via DHCP. On a Mac, it is really easy to make a profile for a specific network rather than input the settings manually every time (Windows eh..) we are in a different network. We can make as many network profiles as we need to and assign the network settings in them. So whenever you go to the particular location, just select the profile from the network preference pane. It’s that simple!

    Let’s see how:

    Select the ‘Network’ pane from System Preferences.

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    In the ‘Locations’ drop down menu, select the option ‘Edit Locations’.


    How To Keep Your Wi-Fi Network Secure

    As a CCNA I am asked a lot of times by curious friends or relatives about various precautions they can take to keep their Wi-Fi network safe from hackers or unauthenticated users. So today I thought of compiling some simple steps in a post which I usually recommend to keep the wireless network secure. These settings can be configured/changed in admin page of your Wi-Fi router by putting in the IP address of your router in a browser’s URL toolbar.

    Change the default password

    Each router has a default username and password, and you should always change these the moment you start configuring the router. If the router’s password is either unchanged common or weak, a hacker might be able to reconfigure the router and wipe out all your other security measures, making them useless. You should try to use a good mix of numbers and characters to be on the safe side.

    Disable the DHCP service

    DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) enables remote computers connected to the router to obtain an IP address and connect to the network without needing to know the IP and Router address information. Disabling the DHCP services is


    Displaying Path Bar In Mac OS X Leopard

    Its been two weeks now since I have been using OS X and I find it an extremely stable and interactive operating system to use.

    One of my gripes while using it was that in Finder window, there was no displaying of the path from the root to the current folder or file, something I find useful sometimes.

    Turns out, you have to write the following command in Terminal to activate the display of the path in the top of the Finder window:

    defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES


    Press return after typing the above line, hold down the ‘option’ key and right click on the Finder in Dock and click relaunch. To undo the change just replace the YES with NO in the above line and do the whole procedure again.

  • Filed under: Apple, How To
  • How To Uninstall X11 From Mac OS X Leopard

    X11 for Mac OS X is an implementation of the X Window System that makes it possible to run X11-based applications in Mac OS X, for eg. Open Office or GIMP. If you are not using any of such applications in your Mac then it’s better to uninstall X11 from your Leopard installation so as to save up on the disk space. If ever you feel like installing it again then you can use your Leopard DVD to do so.

    But the standard (move to trash) uninstall won’t work here, so we have to uninstall it completely using the terminal in OS X.

    Write or copy & paste the following command in your terminal:

    sudo rm -rf /Applications/Utilities/ /private/etc/X11 /usr/X11R6 /usr/bin/open-x11 /usr/lib/X11 /Library/Receipts/X11User.pkg

    That is one single line. Be very careful as a small typo can cause problems and you may have to reinstall OS X. Therefore do this at your own risk.

  • Filed under: Apple, How To
  • It’s been almost two months now that I am using Bluehost‘s hosting and I am really satisfied by the services they offer. One of these is the SSL service for the mail accounts they give along with the hosting services. For those of you who don’t know what SSL is, you can read about it here.

    After I created a mail account using my domain name, the first thing I did was to configure it using Outlook 2007. I properly configured my mail account to use SSL using the following settings.

    • Account Type: IMAP
    • Incoming Mail Server: box*** (*** is the server number given by bluehost)
    • Outgoing Mail Server: box***
    • Check for the outgoing (SMTP) server to require authentication using the same settings as incoming server. (more…)

    In the context of the directories at the server, is the root folder. The www part in is a subdirectory or a subdomain which usually redirects to the root folder. The “www” prefix has no meaning in the way the main Web site is shown. The “www” prefix is simply one choice for a Web site’s host name. It is mostly used because a host name for the web-server is often ‘www’.

    If you are using an Apache server to host your site, then the best way to redirect visitors from to is by using a .htaccess file.

    .htaccess file is the one that has the configuration settings for the particular directory it is placed in. If you are using your hosting provider’s file manager menu then in many cases you may not be able to see the .htaccess file in your root menu. In that case you can download FileZilla, an excellent open-source FTP client. After locating your .htaccess file and downloading it, it is a good idea to make a copy(with original settings) of it first as a backup.

    Now to redirect from non-www to www enter the following code in the top of the .htaccess file: (more…)

  • Filed under: How To, Web, Wordpress