Hey, remember that "mklink" post? Turns out it works on a LOT of cloud providers.

Remember my post about how to use "mklink" to create hard folder links to "consolidate" disparate folders into a bundle that can be easily backed up to the cloud? Well, this week, I quickly learned this technique works for a LOT of other cloud storage providers' schemes.

I wanted to set up our Mac Mini running OSX Lion, so that Christy's and Gabe's "Documents" and "Pictures" folders would auto-back-up to the Cloud. I have decided on Microsoft's OneDrive as the target cloud storage solution. More on why later.

OSX supports folder hard-linking at the OS level, but does not expose this via command line NOR UI to keep users from hurting themselves with recursion.

I thought I could remove the OS-generated folders for Documents and Pictures, move their contents to the OneDrive equivalents, and create soft links from the OneDrive folder entries to where the OS-generated ones were. OSX is smart, though, and would not allow this.

So it seems I had to move Moses to the mountain. I tried the converse - let the OS-generated folders stay as-is, and provide soft links to the folders in the OneDrive container. This did not work - OneDrive was smart enough to know the targets were soft links and not bona fide folders.

Seems I needed hard-linked folders to make OSX and OneDrive think they were each dealing with native folder entities. But where would I get a utility that generates hard-links for folders? Here!


The catch? I had to install Xcode and use a C compiler to compile a 15-line chunk of custom code into an OSX executable! Luckily this was not terribly hard for me at least.

Once the executable was created, I closed up OneDrive, opened an OSX terminal, cd'd to my user root folder, and executed the following:

$ hlink Documents OneDrive/Documents
$ hlink Pictures OneDrive/Pictures

At this point, the OneDrive folder had two "subfolders", which were in fact the content of the OSX folders of the same name. But once I restarted OneDrive, it thought that these subfolders were fully autonomous, and it started mirroring the content to the cloud.

The final check will be to see if OneDrive somehow responds to folder change activity on its folder instances when the OS-located folders bear witness to changes...

Slow iMac!

Hi all,

Just wondering if you could give me some good advice on how I can really speed up my iMac. I am struggling to use the likes of Photoshop due to the slowness of my Mac. I have had it for maybe 6 years, but really hoping I can get some more memory into it? I notice there isn't much memory left for the macintosh disk, so I am guessing this is why it's become very slow?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Here is a photo of my current mac information:-


Many thanks for your time!


push has come to shove, i gotta upgrade, and i ph33r change.

hardware is an intel duo "macbook 5,1" (the aluminum sort, which iirc was called a powerbook) running 10.5.8. the hardware's still ok, but i need some of the newer os features, notably full-disk encryption.

i've been making backups with time machine (and have recent/current ones even). what do i need to do to get to current with software and os, preferably losing as little of my old state as possible?

thanks for any support technical or emotional :)

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So Apple release Logic Pro X and I JUST finished mastering Logic 9. I purchased Logic 8 not knowing entirely what I was doing, but to this day I know music producers and remixers that use Logic 8 and swear it can do everything Logic 9 can.

So I ask - is Logic Pro X worth the upgrade?

Stacking Open Windows

There used to be a time when, if you had a bunch of windows open on your desktop, you could do something to stack them so that their titlebars were showing one above the next in a slanted progression.

I'm doing a lot of work using Pages '09 version 4.1 (923) and Mac OS 10.6.8. and usually have a bunch of different Pages docs open at once. Is there anyway I can stack open Pages windows so that I can see them all at once? I know I can see all open Pages docs in the Window drop-down of the toolbar, but that's not what I'm looking for.

ICal sync problem

If I put an item in my iCal calendar on my Mac Book Pro and sync with my iPhone, that works fine. However, if I put the item in my iPhone calendar and then sync it doesn't go into my iCcal on my laptop. Anyone any idea what the problem is?

I have an iPhone 4S and am using Mac Os 10.5.8 on my laptop.