Archive for October, 2013

How to Create a Mac OSX Mavericks USB Installation Drive

October 30, 2013 7 comments
  1. Insert a USB drive that is 8GB or larger and open Disk Utility.
  2. Select your drive in the sidebar and click on the Erase tab.
    Format the drive as “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and name
    the drive “Untitled.”
  3. Click the Erase button and wait for Disk Utility to finish.
  4. Once it has finished, close Disk Utility and open up a Terminal
    window. Copy and paste the following command into the Terminal and press enter:
  5. sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ -volume /Volumes/Untitled -applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ -nointeraction

    The process should take approximately 20 minutes. Do not cancel it or eject your USB drive during this process. Once it has finished, you should receive a message stating the process is finished. You now have a Mac OSX Mavericks USB installation drive that you can use for clean installations or troubleshooting.


Synergy Fatal Error in Mac OSX Mavericks

October 23, 2013 6 comments

Last night I upgraded my iMac at work to Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks and this morning when I logged in to the machine and launched Synergy, I received an error:

FATAL: Init failed: system setting not enabled: "Enable access for assistive devices"

Apple changed the location for enabling access for assistive devices from “Accessibility” to “Security & Privacy” in Mavericks. In “Security & Privacy”, under the “Privacy” tab, click “Accessibility.” Apple now allows you to grant individual applications control of your computer whereas before it was one checkbox that allowed any program control.

In order to get the application to show in the list for you to enable, you must first try to run the program that requires the access for assistive devices.

Once I enabled access for Synergy, I still continued to receive the same error. I was able to get Synergy to work with Mavericks by doing the following:

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Execute Synergy from the Terminal by typing “/Applications/” You should receive the same error about enabling access for assistive devices.
  3. Go to “Security & Privacy” and enable access for the Terminal under “Accessibility.”
  4. Now launch Synergy again from the Terminal using the command “/Applications/”

The ampersand at the end of the command will run the command in the background and give you back the prompt right away.

Note: Closing the Terminal closes Synergy.

This is not a problem for me as I use the Terminal all day but for others it may. I believe Apple is allowing Synergy but not synergys to access privacy accessibility settings and hence why we are getting this message. Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

Microsoft Remote Desktop App for iOS and Android

October 17, 2013 11 comments

Microsoft has finally released a remote desktop client application for iOS and Android. Remote Desktop, as the name implies, uses the same Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that Microsoft has used for years across its Windows desktop and server releases to connect to a PC. The application will support all Windows PCs that have Remote Desktop turned on, an option that can be configured in Control Panel. Until now, iOS and Android users had to use third party solutions that were usually not free. Ironically, no remote desktop application has been released for Windows Phone. Microsoft assures Windows Phone users that a remote desktop application will soon follow for them.

Categories: Microsoft

Windows 8.1 Available for Download

October 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Windows 8.1 has been available for some time now for MSDN subscribers, but today Microsoft has just publicly released Windows 8.1 for Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro users. You can get this new update through the Microsoft Store. It is packed with many updates, fixes, and tweaks that will hopefully improve the user experience. Of these changes, my favorites are:

  • The return of the Start button
    The Start button now sports the new Microsoft logo and launches the start screen. The veteran Windows users would like to see the return of the original start menu, however, this is a welcomed improvement over the previous method where you had to put your cursor in the very bottom left corner of the screen.
  • The option to boot directly to the desktop
    To turn on boot-to-desktop, right-click the Taskbar and choose Properties, and then Navigation. Finally, under Start screen, check the box that says “Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in.”