Use Time Machine with your Terastation or any NAS device


Found this awesome write up on how to enable Time Machine to see my Terastation. I couldn't believe how simple it was.

Simply type this command in a terminal window:
defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

Voila!! I can now back up to my Terastation. Un-freakin-believable!
Here is the link to the source article:
http://vowe.net/archives/008940.html

Macbook Pro OSX 10.5.x Sprint Blackberry 8830 Data Tethering

I thought because Sprint did not provide software to tether my blackberry to my mac, I would not be able to use it as a modem. Well, it's not exactly real easy like most things on the mac, but not terribly difficult either. What follows is instructions on how to make this happen w/ a Sprint Blackberry 8830.

[Update: These steps work for Leopard and Snow Leopard]

[Before you begin, make sure you're Sprint account is enabled for data tethering, there is usually an extra charge for this service]

What follows are some instructions to get this to work in Leopard (OSX 10.5.x):
  1. Click the Apple icon and select preferences.
  2. Next, click the bluetooth icon.
  3. Now click the plus (+) button.
  4. A setup wizard should start. Follow the wizard's instructions to pair your phone. Make sure your blackberry is in discovery mode so the mac can see it when it searches for it
  5. Once you've paired your blackberry, you should see it in your bluetooth preferences like picture below. Highlight your blackberry then click the gear button icon and select "Edit Serial Ports..."
  6. You should now see a window like pictured below. Check the boxes that say: "Require pairing for security" and "Show in Network Preferences" then click "Apply"
  7. Finally, to connect with your sprint blackberry 8830 you need to finish up with the following. Go back into System Preferences and select "Network" this time. When you select network you should see the below screen. On the left pane, you should see your blackberry listed as a modem. Select it so that it is highlighted, enter "#777" in the telephone number field, then click connect. Username and Password can be left blank.
  8. Next click the "Advanced" button. You should be presented w/ the below screen. Select your modem vendor as "Sprint" and the model as "PCS Vision". Click OK.
  9. Once you've completed these steps, you should be able to successfully utilize your blackberry's data service to surf the net on your mac.

  10. This write up was inspired by this forum entry:http://www.blackberryforums.com/mac-users-corner/86122-how-tether-your-mac-blackberry-8830-a.html
    [UPDATE: You can use this trick w/ any macbook. Also settings for different providers can be found on the above link. (T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon)]
    [UPDATE2:
    Added 1 step detailing modem vendor selection and PreReq's at top.]