Archive for February, 2011

In a recent town-hall meeting, Nezar Hamze, executive director of CAIR, tries to go head-to-head with Colonel Allen West.  West handily brushes aside all of Hamze’s attacks and turns the tables.  But don’t take my word for it, watch the video:

Or follow the link below:


Hat tip to HotAir.com


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This is a frightening video that goes a long way toward explaining why American children are so poor at math:


I understand the desire to find new and more efficient ways to do things; it is part of who we are as Americans, part of our entrepreneurial spirit.  In the private sector, though, if a new idea does not really work no one will make use of it.  In the realm of public education there are no market forces that can be brought to bear on bad ideas to keep them from being implemented.  Which, of course, is why curricula like these find their way into our schools, and why Johnny and Janey cannot multiply 26 by 31.

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Have you ever been frustrated by your desire to copy music from your iPod to your Mac?  Let’s say that after years of flawless performance your Mac dies and you never got around to making that backup you’d been planning.  All of your music files are gone, except for the ones that were synced to your iPod. You would love to be able to copy the music from your iPod to your Mac, but iTunes does not include an option for that.  What are your options?  You could search for and buy an application that will do this for you, or you could follow the steps below.  DISCLAIMER:  Some of these steps require that you enter commands via the terminal.  This is potentially dangerous, so proceed at your own risk.

1.  In iTunes, under Preferences, Devices, check the box labeled “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically.  This will allow you to connect your old iWhatever to the new Mac without erasing the contents.

2.  Press and hold the Command and Option keys

3.  While holding the keys, connect the iPod to your Mac.

4.  Launch the terminal application, located under Applications – Utilities

5.  In the terminal, type the lines below.  The first ensures that the Finder will display hidden folders, the second closes and restarts all instances of the finder.  These are case sensitive:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

killall Finder

6.  Double-click on the iPod icon, or select the iPod icon from the Finder.

7.  Open the “iPod Control” folder

8.  Select the “Music” folder

9.  Right-click (or command-click) to bring up the menu

10.  Select “Copy”

11.  Right-click (or command-click) on a blank area on the desktop and select “Paste”.  Your Mac will copy the contents of the Music folder to your desktop.

12.  Once the copy is complete, return to the terminal window.  Here is where things get just a little tricky, but don’t panic.  You can do this.

13. Type the following in the terminal.  It will tell you where you are in the file structure:


The output should look something like /Users/<your name or machine name>.  If that is correct, type the following:

cd Desktop

14.  If that is not the output, type the following.  It will change the directory to the desktop

cd /Users/<your username>/Desktop

15.  Type the following to change the ownership of the Music file to your new computer.  After you hit enter, you will be prompted for your password.  If you do not take this step, iTunes will not be able to see the folder in order to import the files:

su chown -fhv -R <your username> Music

16.  Type the following to change the permissions on the Music file.  This will allow iTunes to import the files:

su chmod -R 777 Music

17.  At this point, I would copy the contents of this folder to the Music folder in the Finder.

18.  Now you can run the import from iTunes.  Open iTunes, go to “File”, and select “Add to Library”.  This will open a Finder window. Navigate to the folder where your music files now reside, select it, and click Choose.  iTunes will import all of the music in the folder and will be “synced” to your old iPod.

19.  Last, but not least, you want to type the following in your terminal to hide the system folders again:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

killall Finder

It’s a good bit of work, but it will save you a few dollars by not having to buy a third-party tool to take these steps for you.

Good luck!

UPDATE: If you find that your music folders are hidden after copying them, take the following steps.

1.  Using the terminal, navigate to the folder where the files are located.  If you copied your music folders to the iTunes music folder, the command should look something like this:

cd /Users/<your username>/Music/iTunes/

2.  Run the list -la command to list all of the folders, hidden or not.  Your old music folders should be there.  If not, verify the location of the folders and navigate to that folder using the cd command as above.

3.  Change the hidden flag by typing the following command:

chflags nohidden <filename>

If you music folders share a common first letter, or a string of first letters, you can use the * character as a wildcard.  For example, my folders all had a F at the beginning of the folder name.  I used the command chflags nohidden F* and that covered all of the folders.

4.  Close and re-open iTunes and run the “Add to Library” function.  It will now find your music files.

Again, good luck and let me know if this works for you.

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I have encountered various circumstances in which it was possible to transfer a file to a Cisco device only via FTP.  The first few times were trying as the CLI syntax is a little tricky.  Since then, FTP has become my preferred method as it is faster and more reliable.  For those who need a quick reminder of the syntax (myself included), here it is:

copy ftp://<username>:<password>@<ip address>/<root directory>/<image directory>/<file name> flash:/<filename>

Obviously, if you are copying in the opposite direction, just swap the flash and ftp fields in the command.

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