Google Maps’ “an error occurred, your last action was reverted” import error

If you're importing a .csv (or .xlsx) file into a Google Maps map, you may have seen an error like an error occurred, your last action was reverted. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be official word on all the situations under which that happens and what the estimated timeframe is for a full fix (even […]

Enabling https for Apache server on Yosemite

I found a bunch of different instructions, but these are the instructions that actually worked for me (regular Mac running Apache server) to get https working (self-signed certificate, so you will get the certificate warning from your web browser): Step 1 Self-signed SSL Certificate on Mac Yosemite Step 2 Enable HTTPS in Apache on Mac […]

Prevent a partition from mounting at boot time

Cheating a bit here, because I'm just linking to an excellent blog post on the procedure: OS X Tip: Prevent a Volume From Mounting at Startup It's very helpful if you've set up a Boot Camp dual-boot with Windows, and you don't want to have the Windows partition automatically mount when you boot into Mac […]

One working fix for “filter failed” printer message on a Mac

There seem to be several "working" (your mileage may vary) fixes for the "filter failed" message when you try to print on a Mac (may happen in Linux, too, since Mac uses CUPS for printing), and they all seem driver-related: 'Filter' failed error when printing from EPSON Yosemite and a printer driver that broke The […]

Manually adding icons to Munki-imported packages

As with all Munki tutorials, this one assumes you already know some Munki basics. If you don't, you might want to start with Absolute beginner's guide to setting up Munki (not monkey). When you use munkiimport to import software packages, it will either find icons automatically or prompt you to try to extract icons from […]

Creating an installation package for a scheduled Adobe Remote Update Manager

This is kind of a dual-purpose Mac tutorial—how to automate Adobe Remote Update Manager and how to create an installation package using a point-and-click graphical interface. Automating Adobe Remote Update Manager You can find the Adobe Remote Update Manager on Adobe's Creative Suite Enterprise Deployment page. Just scroll down a bit until you find it. […]

À la carte Adobe CS6 Master Collection using Munki

Caveats This tutorial assumes you know some Munki basics already. If you don't, check out Absolute beginner’s guide to setting up Munki (not monkey) first. I'm still in the early stages of figuring out different ways to package Adobe CS6 Master Collection (assuming a site license here) using Munki. It isn't seamless, but it generally […]

Mounting an external drive when users are logged out in Mac OS X

Problem? In older versions of Mac OS X, you could create a special .plist file that auto-mounts disks even when a user isn't logged in. You can see that (no longer working) procedure here. I don't know exactly when support for that ended, but some people have suggested around Mountain Lion. (If you try it […]