Mac Tips

Connecting to Windows computers

  • From the Finder, choose Go->Connect to server (or Apple-K)

  • Type smb://<computername>, for instance smb://judges

  • Enter your FEFC network login and password
  • Choose the share point on the computer
  • Now you should be able to copy files to and from the other computer

Getting System Info from a Terminal

  • sw_vers
The sw_vers command is short and sweet, it will give you the current operating system version and build number, with output as such:

$ sw_vers
ProductName: Mac OS X
ProductVersion: 10.4.9
BuildVersion: 8P2137

  • system_profiler
system_profiler is just a command line interface to the GUI app System Profiler (found in your Utilities folder). It’s very handy for learning about a machine over a network or remote connection via SSH. The standard output will blast you with screenfulls of content so it is best to pipe through the more command as follows:

$ system_profiler | more

This will allow you to view the output of system_profiler one screen at a time, navigable by the arrow keys and page up/down.

Logging into FEFC domain

The iMac in the church office (Karna's computer, which is named Joel after the minor prophet, not our pastor) is part of the FEFC domain.  This means that anyone with a valid FEFC domain account can log on to this computer. 
At the login screen, scroll down and click the 'Other...' user:
When prompted, enter your FEFC domain username (without the FEFC\ prefix) and your password:
Once you're logged in, your Windows "My Documents" folder will be mapped to the Home directory (which you can get to from the Finder via Go->Home: