May 21, 2016

WD myCloud and slow backups again - the WD myCloud Mac App and the restsdk-serverd

I thought I had solved the slow backup problem with my WD myCloud, but of course (being technology) it became slow again. This time I found the restsdk-server process on my WD myCloud eating up almost all free memory of the WDmyCloud drive, which almost halted any file transfer. Solution was killing the daemon.

May 1, 2016

WD myCloud and TimeMachine - (finally) a fast backup

Fiddling around with many settings and being quite annoyed by the incredibly slow backups with MacOS 10.11 (often one day was not enough to do an incremental backup) on my WD myCloud, I finally found the solution accidentally. Thanks and kudos to StackExchange where I found the solution. Backup without emergency brake on. I post the necessary commands here just for sake of this blog being my external memory.

Jan 2, 2015

Running as service on MacOS

This entry is the corresponding one to the adaption of the Script, where the necessary changes for MacOS bash are filed.

Dynamic DNS: adapting for MacOS

I often use my MacOS 10.8 laptop as a test server. In order to do this and to have other people easily accessing test services, I use a free Dynamic DNS entry from

Aug 29, 2014

The easy way to open a shell in the directory displayed by Finder on a Mac: Go2shell

Since I use the Terminal intensely but got annoyed of always doing cd in the directory I wanted to be in, I looked for a solution.
By googleing I found a nice app called Go2Shell, which you can find here.
Installation works nicely. After installation, drag the app into Finder's menu bar. Important, on MacOS 10.9 you need to hold down the cmd-key in order to drop the app into the menu bar. If you click on the symbol a terminal opens in the directory displayed by Finder. Nice and easy to work with. Kudos to the programmers.

Aug 27, 2014

WD myCloud as NAS for Apple's TimeMachine

Since I got annoyed of Time Machine complaining about not being able to backup my stuff, because I am too lazy to always plug in the external hard drive keeping the TM backups, I got myself a 2 TB WD myCloud NAS.
First thing I did was assigning a fixed IP address to the NAS (as I always do for any network device shared by multiple devices within the network, e.g. network printers, or a NAS) in order to minimize problems with changing IP addresses.
Backing up one Mac via Time Machine works like a charme, when set up as the WD myCloud manual says.
BTW: just for security reasons: make sure you have switched off the external access via internet in the myCloud setup screen!
Update (2014, Jan. 2nd): ensure to update the myCloud OS to the acutal Version (Jan 15). They seem to have fixed a performance problem with TimeMachine.

Xubuntu 14.04 and removing desktop icons for partitions.

I had to install Xubuntu 14.04 on a rather old Lenovo Notebook for a friend of mine. Xubuntu, because of its lightweight Desktop management which rendered the notebook usable again.

Apr 27, 2014

MacPorts and tiff2pdf

One of my favorite commands in the Unix-World is tiff2pdf since it produces nice pdfs with a very small file size especially from black/white tiff images from a scanner. To get this command on a Mac, install MacPorts as can be found on this page: After successful install, you can install the tiff2pdf command by installing the package tiff. Open a terminal and cast the command
sudo port install tiff
After that, you can use the command tiff2pdf from the terminal.

Nov 5, 2012

Adding the home directory's bin subfolder to the MacOS terminal

This is a pure reminder to myself to remember this the next time I stumble upon this issue (source is: google it :-) )

Oct 1, 2012

Teaching the Webserver of MacOS 10.8 to use Imagemagick

The problem: MacOS 10.8 Mountain Lion screws up quite a bit of the built-in web server functionality. Since I wanted to have a fully functional web server for testing purposes I wanted to use the built-in system and didn't want to install an additional MAMP server (you can find one for free in the xampp project). Additionally, the cgi script used relied on imagemagick for thumbnails so the apache server should work with that.

Oct 7, 2011

Configuring JabRef on different computers for using a shared database including pdf files

Since I host my literature data base and the associated pdf files on a shared directory, I wanted to make JabRef use the same database and link the pdf files correctly on different machines (MacOS, Linux, Windows). Took me a litte bit of trial-and-error, but here's the recipe:

Oct 4, 2011

Sipgate and a softphone for iPhone/iPod touch

Since I rely on different types of DTMF transfer protokols using sipgate (either inband for my telefone system at home for remote control, or info for the sipgate answering machine) I looked for a free and reliable softphone for my iPod touch and found Media5-fone. Works out of the box, has even a setup for sipgate and all DTMF modes work perfectly out of the box.

Sep 14, 2011

More memory makes the Mac run as hell...

Since I often work with virtual machines on my MacBook and always ran out of memory, I decided to give myself a present and got 8 GB of memory for roughly 50 EUR.

Aug 3, 2011

Reverting back - "Snow Lion"

Well, I normally consider myself not being a total computer noob, but reverting back from Lion to Snow Leopard somehow went entirely wrong:

Aug 2, 2011

The Lion roars tonight - MacOS 10.7 installation slightly different

Ok, so after the hipe around Lion, my nerdy heart talked me into getting a copy of it and install it.