Change the default subnet for Internet Sharing

[Original Article: Change the default subnet for Internet Sharing • comment by: glusk]
Apparently, Yosemite (10.10) now needs a bit more info to start InternetSharing.


Because of cacheing, you should use defaults write:

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ NAT -dict-add SharingNetworkNumberStart
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ NAT -dict-add SharingNetworkNumberEnd
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ NAT -dict-add SharingNetworkMask
I hope someone more familiar with writing plists can improve this, but it worked for me as written. …

Source: Mac OSX Hints


Apple Announces Q414 Revenue of $42.1bn, FY14 Revenue Tops $182bn

By Alex Brooks Apple’s fiscal year revenue between 2000 and 2014
Apple today announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2014 which ran from July 1, 2014 until September 27. The quarter also marks the end of Apple’s financial year. For the quarter Apple posted revenue of $42.1 billion and net quarterly profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share (adjusted for stock split). These results compare to revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.
For the fiscal year Apple made a total of $182.79bn in revenue, this compares to $170.91bn in FY2013.
Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 37 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
Apple reported the following number of shipments for its products during the quarter:
39.3 million iPhones compared to 33.8 million in the year-ago-quarter
12.3 million iPads compared to 14.1 million in the year-ago-quarter
5.5 million Macs compared to 4.6 million in the year-ago quarter
2.6 million iPods compared to 3.5 million in the year-ago quarter.

“Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With amazing innovations in our new iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, we are heading into the holidays with Apple’s strongest product lineup ever. We are also incredibly excited about Apple Watch and other great products and services in the pipeline for 2015.”
“Our strong business performance drove EPS growth of 20 percent and a record $13.3 billion in cash flow from operations in the September quarter,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We continued to execute aggressively against our capital return program, spending over $20 billion in the quarter and bringing cumulative returns to $94 billion.”
Apple provided the following guidance for its fiscal 2014 third quarter:
revenue between $63.5 billion and $66.5 billion
gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38.5 percent
operating expenses between $5.4 billion and $5.5 billion
other income/(expense) of $325 million
tax rate of 26.5%

Source: World of Apple


A Look Ahead at Apple’s Q4 2014 Results, Is the iPad a Fad?

By Alex Brooks On Monday Apple will report its Q4 2014 fiscal results, the quarter that ended on September 30 marks an important one as it takes in the majority of Apple’s back to school season. Notably the quarter only includes about a week and half of iPhone 6 sales, it’s unknown how much detail Apple will go into about the success of the launch so far—at last week’s media event the company failed to give any numbers.
Let’s explore some elements of Apple’s results release; namely the ever slumping iPad sales number, the end of year total, and the analyst estimates.

Whilst this is set to be a good quarter as quarters go there are questions on every onlookers mind. The iPad has been in decline for several quarters now, Tim Cook described this as just a ‘speed bump’. This comment followed Apple announcing sales of 13.3 million iPads for the June quarter, down from 14.6 million in the year before quarter.
So is Cook right and this is just a hiccup or is the iPad model more of a fad than an iPhone like trajectory? Last week Apple released another set of updates to the iPad lineup and in a rather un-Apple like way expanded the iPad lineup to include not two, not even three, but five models of iPad. This lineup naturally creates a large price umbrella, is this what Apple thinks is required to start boosting the sales numbers?
Apple’s End of 2014 iPad Lineup
Others have spent time exploring whether it’s the tablet market itself that is at fault. Or if it’s even safe to say that with under four years of iPad sales data whether patterns can yet be predicted, you might ask what is the average upgrade cycle of an iPad owner?
Jean-Louise Gassée a long time Apple pundit wrote back in April of this year about the iPad being a tease, in effect arguing that the iPad is amazing for some tasks but when it comes down to it the Mac (or PC) lives on.
I’m not entirely sure this argument is the full picture but it does have some merit. Tablet sales have been steadily outpacing the ever declining personal computer market for some time now, even to the point where Apple touted that it now sells more iPads than any other PC manufacturer sells Windows PCs—not exactly a watertight point but an indication of direction.
It does however appear that by all estimates iPad sales fell during the September quarter of 2014. Estimates are coming in at around 13.1 million units sold (compared to 14m a year ago), if this turns out true then Apple will have some more defending to do, particularly if the low number knocks into their revenue number.
Another Record Year?
The end of the September quarter also marks an important milestone with the end of Apple’s financial year. During fiscal year 2013 Apple totalled up $170.91 billion in revenue, a sizeable record even by Apple’s standards. So far in 2014 Apple has reported around $140.5 billion, and with Apple’s lowest revenue estimate sitting at $37bn it looks like it’ll smash its own fiscal year record. That should be something to settle nerves ahead of the always jaw dropping December quarter.
Apple’s quarterly revenue (Q110-Q314)
The Estimates
Estimates for Apple Q414 are as follows (Apple’s estimate range in brackets):
Revenue – analyst average $39.85bn ($37-40bn)
Gross Margin – 38.5% (37-38%)
EPS – analyst average $1.31 ($1.12-1.32)
Apple doesn’t predict future unit sales, so these figures all analyst estimate averages (year ago quarter figure in brackets).
iPhones – 37.8 million (33.7m)iPads – 13.1 million (14m)Macs – 4.85 million (4.57m)
Apple will release the results of its fourth fiscal quarter at 4.30PM EST (9.30PM London), this will be followed by a live conference call half an hour later.

Source: World of Apple


Save Mail’s email threads as one large PDF

[Original Article: Save Mail’s email threads as one large PDF • comment by: earthsaver]
I haven’t tested this in earlier versions of OS X. In Mavericks (10.9), I can select a series of messages and printing to PDF results in a single file with separate pages for each message.—
– Ben Rosenthal
MacBook Pro 2.8GHz | Mavericks
iPad 3 4G | iOS 7
iPhone 5 | iOS 7 …

Source: Mac OSX Hints



[Original Article: 10.4: Disable Spotlight on a FAT32 external drive • comment by: dickg]
Although this is an old thread, I’d like to point out there may be a distinction between a filename and a “file extension”. The stand-alone file named “.metadata_never_index” is a hidden file with the filename of “metadata_never_index”. But something like “banana.metadata_never_index” is a visible file (or directory or volume) with a “file extension” of metadata_never_index. Spotlight looks for the invisible file with the filename of metadata_never_index. As a file extension, it could have another adverse effects, and probably should be avoid …

Source: Mac OSX Hints


Ahead of Apple’s iPad Event

By Alex Brooks iPad Air 2 with Touch ID | Image from video of dummy model
Unlike Apple’s September it sure feels like the October 16 event that Apple has planned has snuck up on us all. This has nothing to do with the fact that Tuesday this week has sailed past and the event is in fact being held on a Thursday, a very rare occasion indeed (Wednesday’s are common for iPad events, Monday the default for WWDC but Thursday I’ve never known). In fact it’s fair to say that neither the rumour mill or the general public is hyped up about tomorrow’s Apple event, so will they in fact sneak in any big surprises?
Information so far would suggest not. Apple has however used the phrase “It’s been way too long” on the invites it sent out to the media, so this does pique interest a little. Here’s what we know so far.
Invite send to media from Apple featuring original Macintosh rainbow logo colours

iPad Air 2
There’s no escaping the inevitable, the main show will be dominated by the updated iPad Air, and it’s such a dead cert that Apple even accidentally announced the product and its basic hardware features more than 24 hours ahead of the show—an accident of course.
The new full-size iPad will be much thinner than previous models and pack in the new Apple A8X, indicating that the iPad will likely pack more power than the iPhone 6. Alongside a considerably faster processor it seems that the new iPad will include 2GB RAM, an upgrade from the 1GB currently in the iPhone 6 and original iPad Air.

As confirmed by Apple, accidentally, the iPad will finally get Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which ties in nicely with the imminent launch of Apple Pay. Along with this inevitable upgrade, expect a gold colour option and storage options between 16 and 128GB.
With less certainly the iPad may also pick up some of the camera improvements that made their way into the iPhone 6, with an expected upgrade to an 8-megapixel camera. It’s always difficult to tell ahead of the launch what kind of aperture will feature, and whether the lens with have digital or optical stabilisation.
There have also been rumours surrounding the display, the discovery of image assets in the iOS 8.1 beta labelled ‘3x’ has led to rumours that the iPad Air 2 will feature a so called “Retina HD” display, something that would catch Apple up with some other tablet competitors on the market. The display could also feature an anti-reflective coating which could make outside usage easier.
A long standing software based rumour suggested that iOS 8 would bring split-screen multitasking to the iPad, if this is to debut then this event would be the place to do it.
Retina iPad 2
Unsurprisingly the upgrades to the new iPad mini with Retina Display are going to be very similar to that of its big brother, although details are fairly sparse.
Guaranteed is an upgrade of the home button to include Touch ID, other updates such as the inclusion of the Apple A8X and 2GB of RAM are less likely and less known. It’s worth remembering that the iPad mini usually lags behind its bigger sibling in terms of hardware upgrades due to space requirements and battery limitations.
For the above reason it’s unlikely that the rumoured boost to the resolution of the iPad Air 2 will make its way over to the mini.
All in all it looks like this is a very minor update to the smaller iPad.
Retina iMac
21.5- and 27-inch iMac (late 2012) | Image courtesy of Apple
An update to a Mac, could this be what Apple is alluding to when it says that it has been too long? Apart from a few minor updates earlier this year, it sure has been a long time since Apple let a Mac take centre stage. However, Thursday’s event looks set to change that.
We’ve had a retina MacBook Pro on the market since later 2012 and been used to the super high pixel goodness on our tables and phones for some time. It now looks like it’s time for desktop computers to get the same treatment.
For a retina iMac to get to market, there were a few technical jigsaw pieces that had to fall into place. Way back in 2012 bloggers were furiously crunching numbers in an attempt to work out what would count as retina when applied to an iMac. But as Marco Arment points out, in 2012 the graphics cards aren’t up to scratch to push that many pixels and more notable there’s no connection that can carry enough data. Fast forward to modern day and we have DisplayPort specification 1.3 which is capable of pushing about 26Gbps of uncompressed video, allowing for computers to drive 5K displays (resolution: 5120 x 2880) and plenty of graphics power knocking around.
Rumours suggest that Apple will pack 5K resolution into the 27-inch iMac, whilst keeping the 21-inch model at a modest 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
Other than this and a suspicion that the new iMac will get upgraded to Intel’s Haswell range of processors, it’s unknown what else will change with the iMac.
It’s been way too long
Apple is hosting an event on October 16 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time at its own campus headquarter in Cupertino. Apple will offer a live stream of the event starting at the following times:
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
1:00PM – Eastern
6:00PM – London
7:00PM – Paris
9:00PM – Moscow
2:00AM – Tokyo (Friday 17th)
4:00AM – Sydney (Friday 17th)

Source: World of Apple


10.6: Trim Music Files in ITunes

[Original Article: 10.6: Trim Music Files in QuickTime X • comment by: Noelle]
Got it! Trimmed the song for my phone!
– Open ITunes
– right click on song and select “Get Info”
– Select “Options” tab
– Select start time and end time
– Click OK
– right click on song and select “Create AAC version”
And it makes a copy. You can then copy that onto your phone (that is connected to your puter).
This was done using a MAC OS v10.8.5 …

Source: Mac OSX Hints