While trying to disable Skype from starting up automatically because of Skype 5.X’s horrible user interface I ran across some settings that I was previously not aware of on Mac OSX Lion. Specifically I found the location where all of the applications that automatically start at login are listed. I was really happy to find this setting as there were a bunch of applications that I had previously uninstalled and there were still traces of those applications in places such as the Login Items list that had not been removed with the applications.
As silly as this article is it took me a bit to find how to stop Skype from starting automatically on my Mac running OSX Lion. I have been running Skype version 4.X because the new Skype versions, specifically Skype 5.X, has really taken many steps backwards on the Mac in my opinion. I am so fed up with Skype on the Mac I am considering stopping to use Skype at all. Not only can you not stop Skype from starting automatically via the Skype Preferences window anymore but the new UI (User Interface) for Skype in Skype versions 5.X+ is horrible. Gone are the days where you could actually not have Skype engulf your entire screen or when Skype was actually useful for certain things. I definitely feel as if they stopped putting the do not start Skype on login outside of the Preferences configuration window simply to make it harder to find.
Earlier when attempting to login to a DD-WRT router at my house I was unable to so I figured when I upgraded the software last night that is must have disabled SSH Management for some reason. I went into the web interface to turn SSH Management on but it was greyed out. Luckily the fix is easy but wanted to note it in an article in case others couldn’t find the location to turn SSH on in DDWRT.
Time Machine is really cool because it automates the task of backups since most of us forget to do this on a regular basis. The unfortunate part of Time Machine is the lack of control you have regarding when Time Machine backs up. By default the Time Machine application backs data up once an hour which in my scenario is a nightmare since its pretty much constantly copying data to my Time Capsule. Luckily there is an easy solution to schedule backups on a granular schedule called Time Machine Editor. Use the information below to stop Time Machine backups from happening once every hour.
If you are running a Backtrack VM via VMware Player on Windows 7 then you will want to make sure that VMware Tools is installed. This will allow your host OS to communicate properly with the guest Operating System which in this case is Backtrack 5 release 2. The VMware Tools description page also lists the below items as enhancements when VMware Tools is installed on the guest operating system.