Due to the portability & power of the MacBook Air range, lots of people have been buying them to use solely as Windows laptops too, I will run through how you can set one up as a Windows 7 only machine, whilst I have been doing this on MacBook Airs, I don’t see why you couldn’t apply this guide to any of the recent Macs For this you will need the following 1. USB Key (FAT formatted) with 700MB of free space 2. Windows 7 CD/DVD 3. External USB CD/DVD drive First, boot up the Mac, log in & run the Boot Camp Assistant (located at /Applications/Utilities), we only want the Windows drivers, so the only box you want ticked is the one next to ‘Download the latest Windows support software from Apple’, Click Continue, you can use either option for the drivers, but for this I’ll be using the ‘Save a copy to an external drive one, Click Continue and then choose the USB key as the save location, after a short while the drivers will be downloaded and saved into a folder called WindowsSupport on the USB Key. Next, we will need to erase the Mac OS partition and format it as FAT, to do this you need to reboot the Mac, and hold down ALT as it boots up, choose the Recovery HD partition, then choose Disk Utility once thats loaded. Now click on the Macintosh HD partition in the left hand menu, click on the Erase tab, In the format drop down menu choose FAT, you can name the partition anything you want, it doesn’t ultimately matter, and then click Erase Once that is complete, connect your External USB CD/DVD Drive to the Mac and quit Disk Utility, then click on the Apple logo in the top left hand corner of the screen and choose Restart, when prompted to choose a startup disk, choose the Windows CD/DVD You will now be booted into the Windows installation CD/DVD, which is fairly straightforward, you just need to click through until you get to a point where the installer claims it cannot install Windows on the volume, then you choose the volume you formatted as FAT in the earlier step, and click on the format button, this switches it from FAT to NTFS, which should make the Windows installer happy, and you should now be able to proceed with the Windows installation Once this is complete, and the machine reboots, it may boot into the Recovery HD, if it does, just click on the Apple logo in the top left hand corner and choose restart, you will now be able to choose the Windows partition to boot from, so click on this and click restart, from now on, your Mac should boot into the Windows partition by default Finally, you need to install the Windows drivers, to do this, log into Windows, insert your USB Key, and choose the WindowsSupport folder and run the Setup.exe file to install all the drivers, once this is complete, reboot the machine and you are all done, a fully, windowsed mac, with the Recovery partition available in case you need to revert it back to a Mac.
So the other day I was trying to configure a Mac server to export the /Users directory and I kept getting the error mentioned above ‘No path to directory’, which was odd, but it seems that NFS is not a fan of aliases, and I had moved the Users directory onto another hard drive (as I had switched to faster SSD’s for the System Drives) and aliased it to /Users
The solution was to share the new location of the Users folder which I had on a Volume named Data, so sharing /Volumes/Data/Users as Users served the same purpose as I was looking for, and NFS was happy with this.
So long story short, if your NFS shares are throwing up this error, look for aliases and reshare the direct location.
If you have experienced the error mentioned above, particularly when using a shared computer then the chances are that the directories listed relate to a user account or area of the filesystem that you don’t have access to, or they have been deleted.
To resolve the problem, it is very simple, follow the instructions listed below
Once initialised, type the following
and hit enter, this will open the editor and enable you to remove the directories that are causing the error.
save the file and restart matlab, you will notice that you no longer have the error
If you have your Dock set up like mine (small icons with magnification switched off) then you may have come across some situations where you would like the icons magnified briefly, for example, when I ARD into some machines with a larger screen size than the one I’m working on, the display is shrunk to fit on my screen, and as such, the icons may not be as distinguishable as you’d like.
So, to work around this without having to change the Preferences then just hold down SHIFT & CTRL and drag your mouse icon over the Dock, you will notice that the icons are now magnified to an acceptable size
just release SHIFT & CTRL and magnification switches off again
One of the features often underused in Preview is the ability to add your signature to a PDF document, and it is fairly simple to do, providing you have a webcam, just follow the instructions below
Open Preview (located in /Applications)
Then click on Preview in the menu bar at the top of the screen and click on Preferences
You will have a few tabs, but we want to use the Signatures one on the end, so click on that
If you don’t have any then the window will be empty so just click on the Create Signature button
a new window will open, with instructions on how to do this, for clarity I will list them here
Write your signature on a piece of white paper in black ink
then hold the signature up to the webcam so that the bottom of the signature rests on the blue line
once you are happy with the preview then click the Accept button
Now, once that has been saved you will no longer have the Create Signature button, so to create a new one just click on the + button at the bottom of the window
Finally, the point of the whole thing, adding the signature to a PDF document, which is done as so
Open a PDF document in Preview
click on the Annotate button (the one that looks like a pencil in the toolbar)
around the middle of the Annotate toolbar you will have a button with a small x and a big S which looks like this x S
there will be an down arrow next to it so click on that and choose the signature to add
Once selected you will then need to go to the area of the document that you wish to add it to, and click on that point
you will then be presented with a little signature image which you can then drag the edges of the box to correctly size the signature
and thats it, you’re done