Jonathan Arbib

Tag: osx

Ecofont, save the toner (and the planet?)!

by on Oct.29, 2012, under Tech Junk

Seems like a new trend now to use “ecofont”. It’s simply a new font derived from the already open source Vera Sans font, which promises to save you up to 50% on toner expenses.


Designed originally by Spranq this font is availabel for download freely from many places around the web including here (os x).

To install this on OS X, simply move the downloaded file to the “~/Library/fonts” folder.


  1. Download file form here.
  2. Open a new Finder window
  3. Click “Go” form the top menu and select “Go to Folder” (or use keyboard combination Shift+CMD+G)
  4. Type “~/Library/fonts” (without the double quotes) and hit enter.
  5. Put the downloaded file in the folder.
  6. In any word editing application like Open Office or Microsoft Office for example) select “Ecofont Vera Sans” and off you go!
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“There is a problem with the office database”

by on Jun.01, 2010, under Tech Junk

Close all Office products running
Create a temporary folder on your desktop
Move “Microsoft User Data” folder under Documents to the temp folder
Move all* under ~/Library/Preferences to the temp folder
Move Microsoft folder under ~/Library/Preferences to temp folder

Open any Office application such as Word or Excel. This should take you through the registration process once more and clear the error.

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Fugu, a good Mac OSX SCP GUI

by on Feb.24, 2010, under Tutorials

From the Fugu Homepage:

Fugu is a graphical frontend to the commandline Secure File Transfer application (SFTP). SFTP is similar to FTP, but unlike FTP, the entire session is encrypted, meaning no passwords are sent in cleartext form, and is thus much less vulnerable to third-party interception.

Fugu allows you to take advantage of SFTP’s security without having to sacrifice the ease of use found in a GUI.

Fugu also includes support for SCP file transfers, and the ability to create secure tunnels via SSH.

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Time Machine Backups over Samba Network Share

by on Feb.17, 2010, under Tutorials

In OSX Open a Terminal window and paste this

defaults write TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

That will allow you to see (as the command says) unsupported Volumes in Times Machine. All you have to do now is ensure your drives stay mounted every time you boot up OSX.

TIP: This works best over LAN, unless you are lucky to be on a network with high upload capacity to your Samba Share.

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Ensuring OSX Disk mounts stay mounted after reboot

by on Feb.17, 2010, under Tutorials

Simple Problem with a simple solution!
Problem: After rebooting OSX, your mounted drives/shares do not appear and you have to remount them manually!

Solution: Mount your drives/shares, then go to System Preferences > Accounts > Login Items (tab on top)
Drag your shares in the window and select “Hide” to avoid them showing when you login.

That’s all! enjoy!

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