• When the hard drive icon is double-clicked it opens to the view selected previously
  • The contents can be viewed as a list, as icons
  • or in the new Panels view
  • This view allows for a quick look at the content of a number of folders -- these views are chosen by the icons in the upper left of the window, just to the right of the Forwards-Backwards arrows
  • Also new in OSX, the contents of the window to the right replaces the window in which you started unless you Command-click (Apple key and click) on the folder or change the default setting in Finder Preferences (accessed through System Preferences)
 
Permissions
  • One of the more interesting and frustrating element of OSX is the notion of Permissions
  • In the UNIX world, you are simply a user -- not THE user, but a user
  • As such, you have permission to perform certain actions -- most faculty have administrator-level permissions on their office computer
  • In the labs it's a different story -- files can be saved to the Documents folder only
  • Click the familiar Command-I (Apple-I) -- the information window will show a wealth of information -- in addition to the usual Creation and Modification dates and file or folder size you will find a graphic preview and an "ownership and permissions" panel
 
  • In this example -- it shows access to the Documents folder, but if the computer would have been opened on the network (for example, to allow students to submit projects to a Drop box) no one else would be able to see or open the Documents folder
  • In a corporate or organizational environment a designated work group could be given Read-Only or Read & Write access to a folder or document
 
  • Every now and then OSX (actually, UNIX) will glitch and forget that you have permission to do something -- generally if you go to the new Apple menu (where you Shut Down or Restart your computer) and Log Out and then Log In the problem disappears
  • On the rare occasion this doesn't work, reboot the computer -- now and then you have to go in and reset your access to a folder or document in the information panel seen above
 
Saving
  • By the way, the lab machines currently only save to the Documents folder on the hard drive
  • The document can then be copied to a Zip disk or FireWire drive -- the McEwen 002 lab reads and writes Zip 100 disks only -- the McEwen 108 and 205 labs will read Zip 100, 250, and 750 disks but will only write Zip 250 and 750 disks
  • If you try to save to a Zip 100 you will get an error message that looks like a permissions problem -- but it's a hardware problem
 
Naming disks
  • Zip disks can be named by clicking on the default name (Zip 250, for example) and waiting for the text to become highlighted
  • Then type a new name for the disk (like your name and course --username-JCM327)
  • If the text does not highlight then most likely it is a Zip 100 disk in McEwen 108 or 205 or it is a disk that does not consider you the owner and thus do not have permission to make changes to the disk
 
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Installing software
  • Whenever attempting to install software OSX asks for a password -- without being a User with Administrative permissions you cannot install software or software updates
 
Installing fonts
 
  • Fonts are stored in several different locations under OSX -- click the Home icon at the top of the window
  • This takes you inside the Users folder
  • Here is a Library folder -- inside it is a number of folders
 
  • In the Library folder there is a fonts folder -- these fonts are available to the current User and his or her programs, but would not be available to another User who logs in under a different User name
  • To disconnect from the server, drag its icon to the trashcan
 
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