Upgrading to Yosemite using Managed Software Center (Munki)

If you're running an older version of OS X (e.g., Mavericks or Mountain Lion) and the tech department is telling you to use Managed Software Center to upgrade to Yosemite, this is how you do it. Prerequisites Set aside time for this upgrade. Keep in mind the entire process can take between 45-90 minutes. You […]

Modifying the Energy Saver “Put hard disks to sleep when possible” setting using the terminal

If you're looking in Yosemite for where the Put hard disks to sleep when possible setting in Energy Saver lives, it's in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.PowerManagement.plist, so you can view with the command defaults read /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.PowerManagement.plist and you'll see the value in "Disk Sleep Timer", with 10 meaning the box is checked and 0 meaning it's not checked. […]

Modifying the Energy Saver “Turn display off after” preferences in Yosemite using the terminal

What's the problem? I'm shocked at how little straightforward documentation there is regarding where the Energy Saver settings (from System Preferences) are stored or how to modify them using the terminal. Where are the settings stored? Using opensnoop, I was able to track down that Energy Saver modifies this file: /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.PowerManagement.plist The main slider in […]

Restoring a deleted recovery partition on a Mac

Update This is only one method to restore the missing recovery partition. Check out Recreating a deleted recovery partition on a Mac for another method. The Missing Recovery Partition Problem I don't actually know how a recovery partition gets deleted, but I've come across a few Macs with the partition deleted, and I've been looking […]

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 […]

Acer Monitor and Mac Computer

We had a bit of trouble at first getting some Acer K272HUL monitors to work with some Macs on campus, and Google searches came up with threads like this, which offered some helpful tips, but not a full solution. So if you happen to have an Acer K272HUL (or perhaps a similar model) and some […]