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Mac OS X hostname Changing?

For some reason my hostname on my mac keeps changing.  I first noticed it when I loaded bootcamp with windows XP.   I have been bringing my computer to work and log onto their wireless and I start using synergy.  This is when I actually notice that the hostname has changed.  The reason I think it has something to do with windows or bootcamp is because the name of the windows machine name is what the hostname changes to.  I wonder what is going on here?


Command Line, Terminal

Sometimes things just don’t have to be hard.  A while back I had this premonition about my newly bought MacBook that I was going to use the Terminal for everything because the shell is just so cool in my geeky major of Comuter Information Technology.  Well I have certainly not held strong with my idea.  But Josh will be glad to know I have used it and gained experience with it so I feel comfortable enough where I can go and do the small things without any hesitation.  So I had made a folder with all these pictures (about 90 pictures) in it.  I wanted to be a little more organized and so I wanted to move all those pictures into another folder.  There were still a few lingering files in the folder as well that I did not want moved.  So the Terminal was much quicker.
mv *.jpg folder/

Instantly the task was done and I didn’t have to worry about scrolling up the screen to grab all the right items and ordering them.  Just take the pictures and put them in the folder.  I know this seems elementary to you all out there, and I am sure in a few years it will to me as well, but in the mean time I will just bask in my geekness.


Automount shared volumes in OS X

I read this article online about how you can Automount a shared network drive based on your current wireless network.  This is something I will definately want to pursue as I have network volumes at home I am continuously connecting to but then the next day when I return to school I also have network drives I mount to my mac when I am doing things for work or sometimes classwork.  Any insight might be appreciated.  Please leave comments.  Here is the article I was reading.  This code does not completely comply with what I am trying to do, but it gives you an idea of the possibilities.  I would like to refresh my network drive shares every time my computer wakes up.  Also I was having a hard time with ruby as the language, maybe I find another implementation that I might feel more comfortable with.  Maybe
Python or something?


Time Machine External Drives

So I got a great deal on a Maxtor One Touch 4: 1TB for 140.  I am no math wiz but isn’t that like 14 cents per gig.  I have to say, it was a good deal.  I bought this drive to replace my previous time machine backup drive.  One big problem with this.  It came preformated with the wrong filesystem.  Well, I had the hardest time with Disk Utility to format the drive to the correct format.  I kept getting errors when I wanted to format it to HFS or really anything but MS-DOS.  So after much google-ing, I finally just decided to delve into the old command line and just get it done.  That’s the great thing about a MAC is when all esle fails.  The Unix background of a MAC just enables you to just get it done. I chose to use the diskutil and erase the disk and format it to the Journaled HFS+ format which is the prefered for Time Machine.
Here’s the command to type into the terminal window:
diskutil eraseDisk JournaledHFS+ WhateverYouWantToCallYourNewDrive disk1
This seemed to work relatively fast as well.


Version Control Sharing

So yesterday in CIT235 Mike Grace asked an intriguing question and I had the same question and also at the same time I had all these things running through my head on how I could accomplish the solution.  His question had to do with when there is a group of people working on a project how do you all work on the code at the same time and not be conflicting.  He had used the versioning implementation of Dreamweaver and had problem with it crashing on him.  So it sounds like Dreamweaver needs some help with a robust versioning client.  So I started doing some research.  Then I remembered I have a Mac which is unix based, so SVN is already installed.
The one problem with it is that you have to have an online repository available directly to the internet.  My development machine is my laptop so I dont have a public IP address on it to be directly availiable on the internet to checkin and checkout code on.
So then I remembered Josh had set me up with a free online repository with all the bells and whistles a while back.  It includes tracking and task management as well.
Enter Assembla.
So this is what I will use for the time being to solve my issue.
By the way it was so cold outside this morning on my way to walk to school that my neck up to the top of my head had no feeling by the time I made it to my class.