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Mount a SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive Network
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive includes all the benefits of a regular flash drive plus wireless mobile access.

Sandisk gives you an app that allows you to connect to the Flash Drive's WiFi and transfer files. You can either connect via USB on the Mac or connect using a WiFi network. But what was not very clear was how to do this if you wanted to connect to the drive and upload or download files to and from your Mac wirelessly.

I tried to do this once I had connected to the drive's WiFi network and using a browser (as they suggest) to connect to the given URL. The address is served from the Flash Drive's WiFi network and in turn shows you the files on the drive. But I could not see my files and realised the page was being directed via my Ethernet connection across the Internet to a SandDisk page telling me the drive was not connected.

Turning off the Ethernet connection fixed this but it was not especially convenient. And the webpage that shows the files on the Disk is basic HTML which does not allow you to upload files.

The goal was to not have to disconnect the ethernet and have the SanDisk URL only connect over WiFi. And then to be able to upload or download files on the Mac over WiFi and not have to plug the drive into a USB port. The flash drive uses a simple server so using its IP address I then tried to connect to it via my FTP program (Transmit). The connection was refused. So instead of using FTP protocol I tried WebDav.

I had set already set a password using the Sandisk app but the connection just ignored this fact and just connected. The folders and files where listed and I could send and pull files no problem, and I did not need to disconnect from ethernet.

The other thing to note is you can use Bonjour and connect to the flash drive within Safari. But you will not be able to do much. The best way is to use an FTP program that can use Bonjour or WebDav. The drive it seems has a .local name along the lines of sandiskxxx.local. The xxx is probably part of its MAC address.

[crarko adds: This sounds like a cool, if somewhat pricey, device. It looks like it's also intended to be used with iOS, Android, and Kindle. It would be worth also trying an SMB connection, although WebDAV looks like it is the native protocol. SanDisk says it supports Snow Leopard and up.]
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Shortcut when adding an email account in Mail Apps
Here is a shortcut to the protocol selection sheet when adding a new email account in Mail in Mavericks.

When adding other email accounts in Mail (in 10.9 Mavericks, I don't know about earlier versions) hold down the Option key to turn the Create button into a Next button instead. This saves you the trouble of entering a fake email address to get to the sheet where you can select the protocol type.

[crarko adds: This goes back at least as far as Snow Leopard (where the button changed to Continue), but new users may find it helpful information.]
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Restore InDesign CS5 PDF Export Progress Bar Apps
I was attached to InDesign CS3 for a long time but had to install CS5 to test a content management system. The second thing that made me crazy (the first thing being the application frame) was the absence of a progress bar when exporting a PDF.

Okay, might be a feature for most people because you can continue the work on that or any other document while the PDF export is in progress. But most of time I want to open the PDF in Acrobat or pass the PDF to another application after it's created. Now you have a zero kB PDF file until InDesign is finished with the export.

The following hint works in CS5, CS5.5, and CS6 as well:

Create a new blank text file with the file name DisableAsyncExports.txt and place that file in the InDesign application package itself (right-click on the application icon and select Show package content). Then go to the sub-directory Contents/MacOS and place the new file there.

After a restart of InDesign the progress-bars are back again, and you can tell immediately when the PDF is created.

[crarko adds: I suspect this is one of those things that will be undone by a software update. I would strongly suggest making a backup copy of the InDesign application file before making any changes, just in case. Out of curiosity, can someone using the cloud-based version of InDesign let us know if there is a progress bar or not?]
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10.9: Switch the SMB stack to use SMB1 as default System 10.9
The new SMB2 stack deliverd with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) often fails to connect to NAS devices or behaves strangely on server volumes, such as an inability to change file/folder names.

Some possible workarounds are:

First try using cifs:// instead of smb:// to connect to the server volumes.

If that doesn't help, then there is a way to change all connections that use SMB1 by entering this command in Terminal:
echo "[default]" >> ~/Library/Preferences/nsmb.conf; echo "smb_neg=smb1_only" >> ~/Library/Preferences/nsmb.conf
To restore the default SMB2 you simply need to delete the newly created configuration file (nsmb.conf) with the command:
rm ~/Library/Preferences/nsmb.conf
Both workarounds force OS X to use SMB1 as a network protocol instead of the default SMB2 used by OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). While the first is an ad hoc solution the second is a persistent but reversible configuration change (for this user account). SMB1 is slower than SMB2 but stable.

[crarko adds: I don't have a way to test this at the moment, but I do recall reading that people have experienced some of these issues. If someone has a NAS device to test this with (especially if there have been problems) please let us know if either of these fixes helped.]
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A fix for some full page pop-unders in Safari Apps
Many are complaining about the recent occurrence of blank, full page windows popping up under the active window in Safari versions 5 and 7 (not sure about version 6) when clicking on a link.

This is due to the Glims update that came out this week. To solve this annoying behavior:

Go to Safari Prefs»Glims»Ads/Shopping, and check Off. Mine was set to Hit Me, which is the default. I don't remember seeing this behavior in Glims before.

[crarko adds: Hi, all; it's your guest editor, Craig Arko, in for a week. I don't use Glims, so I haven't tried this out. It seems plausible, but if people still observe the issue and this isn't the fix please make a comment.]
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Force spring-load folder when auto spring load is disabled. Apps
I disabled automatic spring-loaded folders. But wanted to have ability to manually activate it.

As you know if you drag one folder to another you can wait a little or immediately press spacebar. In both cases folder "spring-loads".

But auto spring-load annoys me more than helps. Because I often need to find folder I want to spring-load. And also I have to control that I am not hovering some other random folder. And sometimes I start dragging folder and in some depth forget to control not hovering any unnecessary folder.
"And boom!" and spring-loads wrong folder.

In Finder Settings (Finder menu -> Settings or CMD+,) you can disable auto opening spring-loaded folders.
But it will also disable manual opening folder via pressing spacebar.

But the hint is to double click spacebar when you hover necessary folder. "And boom!"
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Creating keyboard shortcuts on the command line Apps
Like most preferences, keyboard shortcuts can be set using "defaults write" commands in the Terminal. Useful if you have lots of shortcuts that you want to define, or if you have more than one Mac to set up.

However, the syntax isn't quite the same as the usual commands for setting a key to a value.

For Application-specific commands, use the following:

defaults write com.developer.app NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add "Menu Item" -string "@$~^k"

The meta-keys are set as @ for Command, $ for Shift, ~ for Alt and ^ for Ctrl. k in this example is the non-meta-key that you want to use.

For system-wide shortcuts, you can use -g instead of the app identifier, e.g.

defaults write -g NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add "Menu Item" -string "@$~^k" Note that you'll need to relaunch the app before these will take effect. Also you can see if they've been successful in System Preferences -- which will also need a relaunch to show the changes.

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See open URLs per Safari Web Content instance in Activity Monitor System 10.9
I believe this is new to Mavericks: Here's an easy way to identify the windows in Safari that are currently using resources.

Open Activity Monitor, and then hover over a Safari Web Content item in the window. That will display the open URL(s) belonging to that instance. This makes it easy to identify the window in Safari that is using up your CPU.

Lex adds: This works as described, and is great.
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Mavericks offers an easier way to reveal the user's Library folder System
Since Apple hid the user Library folder in Lion, there have been various methods of displaying, revealing or navigating to it. Apple have introduced a new one in 10.9.

There is an option to reveal the user Library in the Finder -> View Options. It only appears when the view options are selected for a window showing the user's home folder.
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Power button changes in Mavericks Laptop Macs
Apple changed the behavior of the Power button in 10.9 Mavericks.

Press the button once, and it puts your display to sleep. Press and hold it for a second or two, and the Shutdown / Restart / Sleep dialog appears. Press and hold it for even longer, and your Mac gets completely powered off.
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