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OS X Server – Caching

I’ve been running OS X Server for some time now and all has been running just nice and smooth. That is all but the Caching of apps & iTunes updates etc. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out why only a small percentage of updates are cached.

After upgrading my server 10 Yosemite I thought I’d investigate further. As it turned out I didn’t have to look far. This Apple Support Page – highlighted the problem.

I have a UK Apple ID and I live in China. So the Caching Server might not be the best option for me.

November 19, 2014 | By | Reply More

Two Years Ago

I left China two years ago. I was carrying an uninvited guest but I didn’t know it at the time. I did know about the kidney stones though, how could I possibly not know about them. The kidney Stones were just a mask hiding the real problem. A problem that would sap my will to live and damn near kill me. It took almost eight months to be diagnosed and treated. The longest eight months of my life and the most painful.

I was living in a nightmare. The pain was so intense I felt like I had lost control of my life and my basic bodily functions. It wasn’t just the pain from the stones although that was bad enough. It was the pain coming from my stomach, my bladder in fact the whole of my lower body. I dreaded ever having to travel, anywhere. How I managed to travel for eight weeks to Europe and back is beyond me. It was two years ago today that I spent a week in hospital and through an intense course of Antibiotics I was finally free of my guests. The longest week of my life…


Two years on and I feel almost back to normal and many of the internal scars have healed. I have had to adjust my life and learn to deal with stress in a different way. I have also now recognised the signs and symptoms of my body dealing with that stress. It’s been a long bumpy road but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel… Finally.

November 7, 2014 | By | Reply More

Backing up iOS purchases

I keep my iTunes Library on an external Hard Disk. Nothing wrong with that I guess. Well that is until your external disk fails. Then you have lost all of your purchases and music. 

All is not lost however if your disk fails there are some steps you can take to download all your apps.

Firstly connect your iOS device to iTunes and transfer purchases. This will copy all the paid content from you device in to your iTunes Library.

Secondly you can re-download all your purchases from the App Store through iTunes.

Open iTunes if you haven’t already. I’m on iTunes 12 here but the steps and buttons should be labeled the same only in different places. 

Select Apps and the click the App Store button

Now scroll down to the very bottom of the App Store window and look for the ‘Features’ label.
Now click on ‘Purchased’ and you should be taken to all of your purchases for your account.
From here you can download all of your purchased music, tv shows, movies and apps.
Depending on your connection speed this could take some time.

October 29, 2014 | By | Reply More

iOS 8 Screen Recoding in Yosemite

This has been documented all over the internet and this is yet another post on the subject. But this is such a neat trick I wanted to post to my own site, more as a place for me to find it later than to have to search. Yes, I’m getting on in years and my memory isn’t as sharp as it used to be. Thats my excuse and I’ll be sticking to it.

So here is how to record you iOS device’s screen in as few-a-steps as possible. 

Connect you device to you Desktop or laptop with a lightening cable

Open quicktime player: Press command+space and type Quicktime and then press Enter/Return

With Quicktime open press Command+Option+N. A window will open with your isight camera view, most likely of yourself.

To the right of the red record button there is an inverted triangle. Click this and you will see your iOS device listed.

Select your iOS device and a new window will open with your iOS devices screen in it.

To record your screen move the mouse pointer in to the iOS Devices screen and that red record button will reappear. Click it to start recording.

Six simple steps to record your iOS Devices screen. This is a great way to record demo’s of your iPhone or iPad’s screen. Great for the use in presentations etc.

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More