Hog Back Falls, April 16, 2014

Water levels are high all along the Rideau River this year, and while I was out on walkabout I took the opportunity to shoot some video at Hog’s Back Falls.

For comparison, here’s what it looks like around June:
Walkabout: Hog's Back Falls

Unfortunately (for me), the path was completely flooded out at the north end of Vincent Massey Park (the photo is from the north end of that flooded section as I doubled back to see what it looked like – curiosity!):
Walkabout: pathway: flooded

This lead to me backtracking almost a kilometre around the flooding, and then back onto the path.. which was again flooded not half a kilometre further north. At least that time I could just walk along Riverside Drive to get around the worst of it.

How to format a hard drive for Mac OS X

This video post was inspired by two conversations I had with (on the subject of Time Machine backups) and (with two video files that wouldn’t copy onto a drive), so be sure to thank them if this helped you!

Here’s the video:

Here are the steps:

  1. Connect the drive to your Mac and power it up.
  2. If there is data on the drive, copy it to another drive. This will erase the data on the drive.
  3. Launch Disk Utility, either by using Spotlight, or by using Finder’s Go menu, selecting Utilities, then double-clicking Disk Utility.
  4. Click on the drive you wish to reformat.
  5. Double-check that the drive is indeed not a Mac OS formatted drive.
  6. Click the Erase tab up at the top
  7. Select either Mac OS Extended (Journaled) or Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled) if you will want to use case-sensitive file names. (Eg: AwesomeVideo.mp4  and awesomevideo.mp4 would be considered the same under Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
  8. Give the drive a new name.
  9. Click Erase, then a warning will appear to remind you of possible dataloss. Click Erase.
  10. The drive will be re-formatted and should be available quite quickly (usually less than twenty seconds)

That’s it! If you have any other things you’d like demoed, let me know!

Quick tip: How to find out where a photo was taken using Preview.app

Today, many people are using smart phones instead of cameras, or have cameras that can record GPS information. Getting access to that GPS information is easy. Here’s how:

  1. Open the photo in Preview.app
  2. Open the Inspector (⌘-I) and select the More Info (icon is an I)
  3. Pick the GPS tab, and at the bottom on that window, click Locate
  4. This should open up your default web browser, and display the GPS location in Google Maps.

See? Easy!

Quick tip: How to enable the guest user account on your Mac

In this video, I show you how to enable your Mac’s guest user account, which is helpful for when one has visitors over, and you’d like to let them use your computer without having access to your stuff, as well as protecting them – when they log out, all data is erased.

The guest user account is also useful for helping to debug problems on a Mac. For example, if an application is acting strangely, logging into the guest account and running the application there is a simple way to see if the problem exists within your preferences.

  1. Open System Preferences – (via Apple menu or Spotlight)
  2. Go to Users and Groups
  3. click on the padlock on the bottom left, and enter your password to unlock the preferences
  4. Select the Guest User from the list of users
  5. Click “Allow guests to log into this computer”
  6. Select Login Options near the bottom left, and turn on Show Fast User Switching – this makes it easy to move back and forth between users.

Then take a minute to test the guest account. Go to the fast user switching menu on the right side of the menu bar, select Guest, and your mac will log into the guest account. You can test a few things then log back out.