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Finding My Way on Mac, SyncToy

I have not been posting anything recently as I was going through a change. After working 8+ years at one company, I joined today another company to continue to create great things. But the change did not end there. At the new place I got a Mac. I have been a “die hard” Windows user and developer since early 1995 knowing many Windows internals and was exposed to a Mac (v 8.6 or so) in 2001 briefly to test my application. This particular change I guess is long overdue since many of my former colleagues jumped on the Apple bandwagon. I was one of long standing skeptics. Nonetheless, I am embracing the challenge and want to make my environment as much productive as I used to have it on Windows. It includes so many different things – getting fingers hitting right buttons and combinations, getting used to the trackpad (I used a mouse even with a laptop – I just find it more efficient!), and tools. Thanks to a former colleague of mine, who happens to be my opposite in terms of OS preferences and is a “die hard” Mac fan, recommended me a link and another link.

But I still want to do things I used to do where shortcuts do not quite help. I’m talking about tools. For example, I use FAR Manager to copy and move files around, view files, FTP and so on. I know Mac OS is not designed with this kind of freedom, but still this tool is more productive to do many things.

The next tool is Entourage. I do not get it why Microsoft does not allow to run a rule in Entourage against already received messages and in Outlook does. Am I missing something?

The next tool is Remote Desktop Connection. I know there is an option to have a VNC session. Need to explore more.

The next tool is SyncToy. This is a kind of my first Mac gotchas. It does work, in some cases.  If you need to synchronize files between Windows and Mac, you can follow these steps.

  1. Open “System Preferences”.
  2. Open “Sharing”.
  3. Turn on “File Sharing”.
  4. In options select “Share files and folders using SMB (Windows).
  5. Pick shared folders.
  6. Pick and account you plan to use. (Mac may need to store your password, which poses some security risks, even the password is encrypted).
  7. Select users and their access permissions (You cannot get rid of ‘Everyone’, but you can give them ‘No access’).
  8. On your Windows computer in the Explorer type something like \\ipaddress\shared-folder-name. When asked to enter credentials, enter ipaddress\username and the password you specified as the password.
  9. Now you can map that folder as a network drive and you should be ready to use the SyncToy.

I did find a problem that SyncToy fails to synchronize an Entourage script if you chose to synchronize your home directory. I do not have an explanation for that yet.

  1. May 10, 2011 at 19:52

    I heard good things about DropBox for file synchronization – https://www.dropbox.com/features

    It is available on Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android, and even BlackBerry. And it’s free.

    A note of warning though. Unlike SyncToy, files are stored at DropBox. A free account has a 2G limit.

  2. May 16, 2011 at 00:33

    … and I hear bad things about Dropbox too…

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/05/dropbox-ftc/

    This article says that files are not encrypted, unlike Dropbox says.

  3. June 14, 2011 at 00:40

    BTW, I use muCommander as a substitute for the FAR Manager. It’s pretty decent. Requires Java.

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