How to get Google Chrome to open your pages from your last session

I use Google Chrome as my primary browser on the MacBook.

Although I only restart the machine every few weeks I like it to re-open the same tabs that were open last.

To do this, in Google Chrome type chrome://settings/ into the address bar and press enter.

This loads the Settings page. Then check the Continue where I left off setting. Close the tab. You’re done. :)

Google Chrome On Startup Continue Where I Left Off

Sharing a host folder with a guest Virtual Machine

I’m using VMware Fusion on my MacBook. At times I have either files on the local host (the MacBook) that I want to edit or installers that I want to run on the guest (the virtual machine).

With your virtual machine running, click on the Settings icon, select Sharing | Shared Folders ON | tick Downloads.

Your local “Downloads” folder will now be available to your virtual machine.

VMware Fusion Settings | Sharing

SharedFolders On

Backup because only the paranoid survive

I first heard the quote “only the paranoid survive” about 1999 or 2000. But it’s only recently I’ve heard the full quote. Which is:

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.

For more Quotes from Andy Grove visit this quote page.

This thinking applies to so many things, but one I often apply it to is backups. Yes the humble yet oft forgotten backup.

Just because everything is working, and going along swimmingly, we become complacent, we forget or put off doing a backup of our files, our photographs etc. This is when we most need to do our backup, so that when a problem arises, we have that backup to go to.

Thus (and this is the question that prompted me writing this) is “what do I use to backup?”.

I use both Dropbox and Backblaze. You may think they both serve the same purpose. They don’t.

I use Dropbox to make files available to myself across all the platforms I use, and I use it to share files and folders with others. In a sense it backs up my data, but that’s not what it’s there for.

To backup my data, workfiles, photos, music and emails I use Backblaze. Backblaze quietly sits in the background and backs up everything. Those files don’t have to be in my Dropbox folder to be backed up. It’s the easiest, cheapest and most effective offsite backup solution you can implement.

If you aren’t paranoid about losing your files, you don’t need to do anything. If you are, and I am, you need to start backing up. You’ve got no excuses. Complain to me and it’ll fall on deaf ears.

Do you use the Apple FireVault to encrypt your drive?

Do you use the Apple Mac FireVault?

I’m not. At least, not yet. Given the warning it gives prior to turning it on I’ve not yet turned it on. Should I? or should I not?

This is the warning that appears:

WARNING: You will need your login password or a recovery key to access your data. A recovery key is automatically generated as part of this setup. If you forget both your password and recovery key, the data will be lost.

Your thoughts/input/experience appreciated.

How to resolve a Talend Execution failed due to access is denied error

Have Talend Open Studio running on a Windows server, however, when we run a job, it gives an error similar to the below:

Execution failed : Failed to generate code.
[No .class file created for file org\talend\designer\codegen\translators\processing\TMapMainJava$1.class in C:/Talend/TOS_DI-Win32-r111943-V5.4.1/workspace/.JETEmitters/runtime because of an IOException: C:\Talend\TOS_DI-Win32-r111943-V5.4.1\workspace\.JETEmitters\runtime\org\talend\designer\codegen\translators\processing\TMapMainJava$1.class (Access is denied)

It turns out that the windows file permissions are not set correctly, by giving the Windows Users Full permissions to the file mentioned in the error message, the error resolves. Note that if this is the case there may be a number of files with the wrong permissions.

Remove thousand separator in Integers in SugarCRM

We want to record a ‘Year’ value on a record in SugarCRM, but we don’t have a day and month to do with it, you can’t use a field that is of a ‘date’ type as that requires a full date (year, month, day).

You can use an ‘Integer’ field type tho. The downside is that it displays a thousands separator. i.e. it’ll show 2,014 instead of 2014.

To fix this, tick the Disable Format check box in Studio. This will remove the thousand separator.

Screenshot 2014-02-05 13.05.04

iCloud folder location

On Mac OSX (Mavericks) you can find your ‘iCloud’ documents in the relevant application folder like this:

/Users/USERNAME/Library/Mobile Documents/CODE_AND_APP_NAME/Documents/

Each application keeps its own documents in a sandboxed folder.

You can make an alias for a file and then move that to an appropriate folder, for example, I’m using Byword on the Mac, iPad and iPhone, thus I want my ‘List.md’ file kept in iCloud. Putting an alias to it on the desktop makes it easy to edit on the Mac. Using GeekTool I can have it automagically display the contents of ‘List.md’ on the desktop, essentially a ‘live’ file no matter where I edit it, even from iDevices.