Automounting SMB/CIFS shares on Mac OS X

For my PVR/HTMAC project, I wanted to auto-mount several shares from my NAS. After some searching I ran across this hint on the Mac OS X Hints website, which works perfectly:

Basically, you add the shares you want to mount to the /etc/fstab file, with this syntax:

excalibur:/music x url net,automounted,url==cifs://guest:@excalibur/music 0 0
excalibur:/photos x url net,automounted,url==cifs://guest:@excalibur/photos 0 0
excalibur:/videos x url net,automounted,url==cifs://guest:@excalibur/videos 0 0

That way, those shares will allways be mounted under /Network/Servers, and always available, starting boot-time. Works like a charm ;)

Mac mini PVR

I recently acquired a Mac Mini, which I’m going to use as a PVR.

Together with an Elgato EyeTV Hybrid it works perfectly, attached to my good old analogue 21″ Sony TV .

Sofar it seems to work fine, using a DVI-to-svideo convertor. I’ve installed the EyeTV software, the PyeTV Front Row plugin (which allows me to controle EyeTV from within Front Row) and Perian (for more codec support in Front Row)

More on this can be found on the Hicksdesign blog ;)

Add recent applications as a Stack on Dock

On TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) they’ve got a nifty tips section, with today this tip that I rather like:

How to add recent applications as a Stack on the Dock:

Run this in Terminal.app:

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add ‘{ “tile-data” = { “list-type” = 1; }; “tile-type” = “recents-tile”; }’

on one line, and then restart the Dock (killall Dock).

Et voila! If you don’t like it, just drag it off again.

Reading DRM’ed Adobe Ebooks on Linux

Sade linked me to this nice ebook by Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere. Unfortunately, you need Adobe Digital Editions for it, which only exists for Windows and Mac. Since she’s a Linux user, that one didn’t really fly with her.

So, to get that thing to work, here’s a very low-tech way of doing it:

  1. Install Digital Editions on a supported OS (I used Mac OS)
  2. Download/open the ebook’s ebx.etd file
  3. Let Digital Editions open, download and authenticate the file
  4. Print to PDF 40 pages (the damn thing won’t let you print more)
  5. Close the digital Editions app
  6. Delete (in my case) the ~/Documents/Digital Editions directory
  7. Reload the webpage
  8. Goto step 2

Repeating this until you have the entire ebook in PDF’s for easy reading at home, under your favourite OS / device! ;)