How do I get NCARB software on my computer

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How… Easy… just go to the NCARB site and download and install it… oh wait… you get some 64bit errors?… it’s only compatible with windows XP or other 32bit operating systems?… and your computer is post 1984 and/or even a Mac… bummer.

Well, actually… fret not as you have two options (…if you have internet where you study).

Option #1 | Pay NCARB more money than you already do,  and add their “cloud based” practice software. Technically, a virtual machine running windows XP somewhere in the world and the NCARB practice software pre-installed on it. If you do this option to get the testing software, your essentially  paying for remote access through the internet to this virtual machine they assign you somewhere in the world so you can use their practice testing software. Its the easiest option to getting the NCARB software installed but its $10 a year, and you will not be able to modify / install any alternate tests you see on various websites or ARE study forums.

Option #2 | Install your own virtual machine on your Mac OS or Windows 7 or 8 that runs Windows XP 32bit in the background, and once thats up and running you can install the NCARB practice software til’ your heart’s content, add various alternate practice files, and even run it offline sans the internet in your cave or wherever you study that doesn’t have internet.

For those that don’t know, a virtual machine (or VM) is software that emulates another computer running in the background of the computer your actually sitting in front of. An example would be say your sitting in front of a computer running windows 7 (64bit), which is incompatible with the NCARB software. As an option you can setup and run a virtual windows XP computer that runs in the background. Once this winXP VM is running in the background you can install any software on it like it was its own little computer inside your computer… including the NCARB practice software running on it.

Check out how to install a VM of windows XP on a mac… post to follow, link will be updated

Check out how to install a VM of windows XP on a windows 64 bit machine… post to follow, link will be updated

What is the IP address of the printer on my MAC OS

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I manage a network of about 20 workstations, 5 printers, and some other fun stuff.

Most of the workstations are windows based, and if I need to find out the IP address of one of my printers on the network I can easily go to print properties and see the port configuration… its not that easy on the MAC… atleast until I figured out the below. You see, Mac uses a unix based printing language called CUPS, and there is actually a neat little web interface for this if you enable it… with that you can see more (like the printer’s IP address).

So two steps, 1.enable cups web interface, and then 2. find the IP address of the printer you want.

1a. System Preferences -> Sharing -> Check off  “Printer Sharing”

1b. Open Terminal, type the following: cupsctl WebInterface=yes

2a. Open the CUPS web interface with the following address in your safari browser http://127.0.0.1:631

2b. Click the tab Printers -> Then the click the name of the printer

It should display some basic info about this printer, one of the lines will have it’s local IP address

 

 

iOS7 Halloween Hack… sort of

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A Co-Worker told me about this hidden setting… It essentially inverts the default color pallet of your phone. At first I thought it was just the colors of the app icons to make them anti-apple, but then I quickly realized it does it to all the menus in the apps themselves as well as pictures.

This invert trick turned the blues to a cool orange color and made pics of my son’s look like zombie kids… perfect for halloween if you can stand browsing web pages and what not like this… worst case you can always change it back.

Here’s where to toggle the setting:

Settings > General > Accessibility > Invert Colors

Wha-La… a halloween interface!

how to RDP restart… with a mac keyboard

So I remote into various windows machines often… when I needed to remotely restart one after an install or driver setting I would simply do the ctrl+alt+end click trick… only problem now is my mac does not have an end button and I could not figure out the equivalent… but I did find this new trick which is just as easy… and actually a little easier in my opinion

 

1. Open a command terminal – Start menu run and type cmd or just type cmd in the  search program and files if you have windows Vista and later.

2. Type shutdown -r in the command line… hit enter and wait 30 seconds… you’ll get a message saying your about to log off and if you don’t click anything it will restart the machine.

note: make sure the -r is at the end of the shutdown -r command… without the -r your machine will simply shutdown… screwing you out of remote access until you or someone can get to the remote machine and physically power it back on.

 

 

 

Mac Screen Capture image format

Ever wanted to change the default image capture of a mac to something else… like jpg… you can with this quick terminal command.

open a terminal window and type these two lines

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type whatever format you want
killall SystemUIServer

replace whatever format you want with jpg, tiff, pdf, png, bmp, pict, etc…

Once you do that and enter the last command your next screen shots should be that format you choose. As an interesting side note, older versions of Mac OS X seem to have changed their out of box default image screen capture format over the years… for example.

Mac OSx 10.2 (jaguar) was .jpg

Mac OSx 10.3 (Panther) was .pdf

and Mac OSx 10.4 and later (tiger, lion, mountain lion) use .png

Happy Screen capturing

Easy way to Remote Desktop to mac OS

Simple story. I’m new to mac’s… I like them so far… I have an iMac as my office workstation, and I sometimes take the office Macbook Pro home to work. I wanted a quick way to connect to my office computer without having to install a bunch of 3rd party software, similar to how windows has RDP (which you can download on your mac to connect to windows machine if you didn’t know already)

 

1. First go to “System Preferences” -> “Sharing” on the mac you want to connect to… make sure screen sharing is selected. Also note your computer name at the top of the sharing window, you’ll need it for step 2. (If you get a message saying its controlled by “Remote Management” when you click on screen sharing… look down a few check boxes to “Remote Management” and add your remote user if its different that the user you log into the machine with. 

That is all the configuration you have to do on the machine you want to remote into… similar to windows… you just have to tell the OS its ok to allow remote connections, once selected it stays selected so you won’t have to do this step again next time you want to connect to this machine remotely.

 

2. Now when your at your remote location, open finder on the computer in front of you and hit “Command + k” (this opens connect to server prompt if your not familiar with it, but instead of connecting to a file share we are going to launch desktop sharing right from here.)

here we type the following

vnc://your_computer_name

Then select connect… it should launch screen sharing app with your remote machine in the background.

 

3. Now if your outside your network the easiest way without having to fool around with your firewall a is to connect to your network via a VPN. If you don’t know how to connect to your network remotely with a VPN connection, you can google it and find out… once connected you can use your computers local name the same as above.

vnc://your_computer_name

if your VPN connection connects to windows servers on a domain ( like mine does), then after I connect to my VPN connection to my server I have to add the full domain name after the local computer name like this

vnc://your_computer_name.domain.com

 

So thats it pretty simple I know, and I’m sure if your familiar with mac’s you already new this, but I was not and I had a little trouble trying to find an “easy” way to RDP to my desktop… so I thought I would share this. As I mentioned below, I am new to the Mac environment, so let me know if there are easier / alternate ways or if I messed something up in the comments below.