Using one Lightroom catalog on Mac and PC

Adobe allows to install Lightroom on two computers independently of the platform. You can install Lightroom on a MacBook and on a Windows-PC without breaking the license.

But it is possible to access the same photos and the same catalog from both devices?

This how-to shows how you can setup your photo pool and your Lightroom catalog to access them sequentially from a Mac OS X- and a Windows-PC.

Two scenarios will be discussed. The use of a NAS-Server from Synology with its Cloudstation service and just a external hard drive.

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Link in Netbeans’ JDialog

It is often desired to add a link on a JDialog. E.g. for the application homepage or for a service e-mail.

Unfortunately it is not as easy as expected because Java’s Swing does not have a link component or similar at all. But it is possible to configure a JLabel to behaves as a link.

This tutorial shows Java novices how to make a link from a Swing JLabel component in Netbeans using the GUI-Buider Matisse.

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Problem with JDialog in Netbeans?

Netbeans supports Java programmer a lot. Especially in designing graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Matisse –  the built-in GUI-Builder – is a great help in building GUIs exploratively.

Unfortunately you run in errors if you use Netbeans’ JDialog template in existing projects. But solving this issue is not a big deal.

This how-to describes how to integrate a JDialog in an existing project and how you have to invoke it. Of course this tutorial is made for novices.

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Make Java apps pinnable to taskbar

Java apps run on a lot of platforms. But this is not always a pro. Platform dependent functions are often not realizable with Java per se. One of this function is the ability to pin the application to the Windows taskbar.

This how-to describes how to make Java apps pinnable to Windows taskbar via the exe-wrappe Jsmooth.

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Install Ethernet driver on FreeNAS/NAS4Free (embedded)

FreeNAS supports the appropriate hardware of the FreeBSD-Version where FreeNAS is based on. But sometimes it is necessary to install a third-party or a self-compiled driver. My how-to “Install Ethernet driver on FreeNAS/NAS4Free (full-install)” shows how to install a downloaded binary Ethernet interface (NIC) driver on a full installation of FreeNAS/NAS4Free. This how-to describes the same for the embedded platform. It was written for non-experienced Unix users.

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Restore RSYNC backups of FreeNAS/NAS4Free

 

In my article “Backup your FreeNAS/NAS4Free shares automatically” I described how to set up automatic backups via RSYNC. To restore a entire backup of a share without altering date, owner and permissions this how-to shows you how.

Finally you just need a single command. In general you can use this command on FreeBSD as well. For GNU/Linux you may need to change just one option.

I have already used this command successfully.

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Make Lenovo’s UltraNav Touchpad more sensitive

In the Internet you can read here and there that Lenovo’s UltraNav Touchpad do not react as sensitive as some users want. First I was disappointed from a Thinkpad L420’s Touchpad either.

Left and double clicks performed by tapping on the touchpad were not recognized reliably. One-finger scrolling was only possible when I pressed my finger hard on the the pad. And even then it was not recognized in every case. Multi-gestures or even Two-finger scrolling was even more worse.

I had to adjust the sophisticated and extensive settings of the UltraNav touchpad driver to get the touchpad working my way. Continue reading Make Lenovo’s UltraNav Touchpad more sensitive

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Automatic purge of Samba’s recycle bin on FreeNAS/NAS4Free

Samba can provide a recycle bin on a network share, as current operating systems do locally. Even FreeNAS and NAS4Free offers this feature and can be activated in its administration under Services|CIFS/SMB|Shares.

All deleted files and folders of a share are moved to this bin, physically localized on the network share. In comparison to a Windows’ recycle bin the maximum size is not settable. Therefore the recycle bin is able to overflow the share.

A cronjob and a tiny shell script can prevent this automatically.

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Peculiarities of Samba’s recycle bin

A nice feature of a Samba server is the optional recycle bin, which stores all files and folders that were deleted from a client on a network share. However the Samba recycle bin behaves different in comparison to the Desktop recycle bins of Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

This posting describes the peculiarities of this Samba feature and how to use this function reasonably.

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