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Scott Rose speaks about Bitcoin at Austin Nerd Nite

April 12, 2015

Dear ScottWorld friends,

Last week I gave a speech about Bitcoin to almost 400 nerds at Austin Nerd Nite.

The topic of my speech was Bitcoin 101: What Happens When We Decentralize Money?

The video is below — hope you enjoy! :)

Is it printer season?

February 3, 2015

Dear ScottWorld friends,

I think I’m going to declare January & February as the beginning of printer season!

I’ve received a ton of emails from clients in the last few weeks asking me which printer to purchase, so I figured that I might as well make an entire newsletter about it!

My 2015 recommendation for the best general all-purpose inkjet printer for small businesses is the Epson WorkForce WF-3640:

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The entire line of Epson WorkForce printers is excellent, but the WF-3640 model is my current favorite because of the following features:

  • Two printer trays (up to 500 sheets of paper): you can put regular paper in one tray, and put envelopes in the other tray. Or put letterhead in the other tray. Or legal paper. Or checks. Or colored paper. Whatever you want!
  • Additional manual feed tray.
  • Double-sided printing capability.
  • Color photocopier.
  • Color scanner.
  • Built-in fax machine.
  • The ability to automatically feed up to 35 sheets of paper for copying, scanning, or faxing.
  • AirPrint capability: the ability to print wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad without installing any extra software on your iOS devices.
  • WiFi wireless printing as well as Ethernet wired printing.
  • Remote printing: Print from the road! Assign your printer an email address, and then you can email any documents to your printer, and those documents will be waiting for you when you get back home.
  • Very easy-to-use touchscreen. I feel like Epson has finally reached a breakthrough in well-designed user interfaces.
  • The ability to insert an SD Card and print all the images from the SD Card.

(Please note that this is NOT the perfect printer for large businesses or enterprises who are looking for a high-volume photocopier that doubles as a printer & scanner. If you’re doing a lot of high-volume copying, printing, and scanning, you would probably be better off with an enterprise-class, black & white photocopier such as the Canon ImageRunner line of photocopiers. I have had a great amount of success with those photocopiers as well.)

Sincerely,
Scott

Using your laptop in public

January 20, 2015

Dear ScottWorld friends,

Happy New Year!

I am thrilled with the overwhelming positive response that I have received from all of you regarding the last 3 security-related newsletters that I have emailed to the list. :) If you are not on our email newsletter list, be sure to sign up here.

Because you have loved these security topics so much, I am going to continue with a few more newsletters this year that are related to computer security.
But first, let’s review. You are now more educated than the vast majority of the public on matters of computer security.

SECURITY REVIEW FROM 2014

#1. It seems like most of you are now using 1Password to securely protect all of your passwords & other important private information, and are using 1Password to create unique passwords for every single website that you visit. Yay! This may be one of your best defenses against getting hacked or getting your identity stolen! If you’re not already using 1Password, please call us immediately for help on this matter!

#2. You now know to NEVER let anybody remotely control your computer, even if they claim to be from Apple or Microsoft. This is ALWAYS a scam. They are trying to take money from you (by claiming that you have a virus that they need to charge your credit card for), and they are also trying to steal your identity (by logging all of your keystrokes… including your 1Password master password). The ONLY time you should EVER let somebody remotely control your computer is if you personally know & trust the person, and if you would personally give them the key to the front door of your home. Please remember this, because 3 of our clients got scammed in 2014 by hackers in this fashion!

#3. You also know that you must change all of your online passwords that you haven’t changed since April 2014, due to last year’s Heartbleed SSL bug, which affected most of the web.

So today, we’re going to talk about another security issue that you might do all the time:

USING YOUR DEVICES ON A SHARED WIFI NETWORK

What do I mean by using your devices on a shared WiFi network? I mean: using your laptop or iPhone or iPad over WiFi in a location where other people besides yourself also have access to that same exact WiFi network. This could be a coffee shop, the airport, a hotel, a school classroom, a convention center, a restaurant, or even your own company’s WiFi network! Even if the WiFi network is protected by a password, it is still a shared WiFi network if other people know that password!

Whenever you use your laptop over a shared WiFi network, ANYBODY on the exact same WiFi network has the ability to snoop on ALL of the unencrypted activities that you are doing on your computer, and they can even take over your online identity. To see how absolutely frightening this is, check out just a tiny little sample of what anybody at your local coffee shop (or hotel or airport or classroom) can do to you: https://www.getcloak.com/blog/2013/07/15/lets-hack-things-firesheep/

And these security risks go way beyond browsing the web. These risks cover ANY unencrypted online activity that you do on your computer:
– Sending & receiving email with email accounts that aren’t secured by SSL.
– Connecting to a remote FileMaker Server that doesn’t have SSL turned on.
– Connecting to your very own website’s FTP server (instead of connecting to it via SFTP).
– And much more!

Luckily, there is a very simple solution to all of this:

USING A VPN (VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK)

A VPN protects your privacy & security by encrypting ALL of the activity that you do online. No matter what you do online, nobody on your WiFi network will be able to snoop on you at all! All of your online activity is private & secure!

A side benefit of using a VPN is that you can browse the web as if you were in a different country. So, for example, if you were traveling in Ireland and you wanted to watch an online movie via your Netflix account (which is prohibited in countries outside the USA), your VPN can “trick” Netflix into thinking that you are still in the USA.

Glenn Fleishman is a security expert for Macworld Magazine, and he perfectly explains the benefits of using a VPN here: http://www.macworld.com/article/2871286/how-and-why-you-should-use-a-vpn-to-protect-your-datas-final-mile.html

I agree with Glenn’s recommendations to use either Cloak or TunnelBear as your VPN provider of choice. You truly can’t go wrong with either one.

Cloak is more elegant & seamless than TunnelBear because it will AUTOMATICALLY turn on your VPN for you whenever you are on a shared WiFi network. Also, the creators of Cloak are diehard Apple fanatics, which shows in their perfectly-crafted apps for Apple users. Cloak also provides faster technical support responses than TunnelBear. However, Cloak is a bit more expensive than TunnelBear, and they are a U.S. company which retains your online activity for 2 weeks… which could be handed over to our good friends in the NSA, FBI, and CIA. You know, those agencies who seem to have forgotten about our Constitutional Right to privacy!

TunnelBear requires you to manually remember to turn it on whenever you are on a shared WiFi network, so that could be a deal-breaker right there. They also require 1 business day to get back to you with any technical support emails. But the absolute best part about TunnelBear is that they are located in Canada (so they do not have to report to the U.S. Government), plus they do NOT retain any of your browsing history at all. There is nothing for them to turn over to any 3-letter agencies, because they do NOT retain any of your information. They don’t even require your last name to sign up for service! Plus, they accept Bitcoin for payment, which keeps you even more private & secure!

So, you can’t go wrong with either Cloak or TunnelBear… as long as you are actively using one of them! If you need help getting set up with a VPN, be sure to let me know!

Sincerely,

Scott

ScottWorld now offers a 10% Bitcoin discount for all FileMaker Pro database development

December 4, 2014

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Dear ScottWorld Clients,

Happy holidays! If you love saving money, I’ve got some exciting news for you. Discounts are coming to ScottWorld, and they all revolve around Bitcoin.

Starting today, we are offering a 10% discount to any ScottWorld clients who pay us in Bitcoin for our award-winning FileMaker services. All ScottWorld invoices will give you the ability to pay your invoice in Bitcoin, which will save you 10% off your invoice total.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is both a payment network and a new kind of money. Bitcoin is the world’s first global, international, decentralized, borderless digital money. Bitcoin enables you to send & receive money instantly & securely anywhere in the world, and is easier than sending an email. Bitcoin is the safest, quickest, easiest, cheapest, most secure, and most private payment method on the planet. It is practically 100% free to instantly exchange money with anyone, anywhere on the planet, at any time of the day or night… without any banks nor bank accounts nor credit cards nor middlemen. This makes Bitcoin instantly accessible to everybody on the planet, including business owners of all types, students, children, the poor, the 6 billion unbanked people of the world, and people of all countries & all walks of life.

Many well-known companies already accept Bitcoin for payments and donations, such as:

  • Expedia
  • Dell
  • QuickBooks Online
  • Overstock
  • Wikipedia
  • 1-800-Flowers
  • American Red Cross
  • Greenpeace USA
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • United Way
  • Chicago Sun Times
  • Dish Satellite TV
  • Gyft.com which offers gift cards for Amazon.com, Whole Foods, iTunes, Apple, and much more
  • WordPress.com
  • OKCupid
  • Tiger Direct
  • NewEgg
  • And hundreds of thousands of other businesses accept Bitcoin as well.

One of the primary benefits of Bitcoin is that it is completely decentralized. There is no company nor bank nor government in charge of Bitcoin. It is completely peer-to-peer, and is regulated & backed by the laws of mathematics. With Bitcoin, YOU are your own bank. YOU control your own Bitcoins, not any central bank nor government nor corporation. Bitcoin is controlled by the people, for the people. Think of Bitcoin as a digital version of cash in your wallet or gold in your vault, where you have complete sovereignty & total control over your own money. Because Bitcoin is not controlled by anybody but yourself, and because Bitcoin is regulated by mathematical formulas instead of centralized human organizations, there are no more expensive transaction fees, no more delays, no more banking hours, no more imposed limits, no more payment restrictions. Nobody can ever put your funds on hold, nobody can freeze your account, nobody can stop you from sending or receiving money, nobody can delay your deposits or payments, nobody can do a chargeback several months after they’ve paid you, nobody can charge you high fees, nobody can ever take your money nor charge your credit card without your permission, nobody can write you a bad check, nobody can steal your identity by grabbing your credit card information or other personal information, nobody can fraudulently nor mischievously make charges on your behalf, nobody can attach arbitrary restrictions to your funds, nobody can censor what you do with your money, and so much more.

Bitcoin is revolutionizing financial transactions in the same way that email revolutionized the U.S. Postal Service, and in the same way that the Internet revolutionized the publishing of information.

Here are a few scenarios where Bitcoin can be truly helpful:

  • If your business accepts credit cards and you’re currently paying a 3-4% fee to your credit card companies, you can cut that fee all the way down to 0% by accepting Bitcoin.
  • If you send expensive wire transfers to and from other countries, you can cut your fees all the way down to $0 by sending & receiving Bitcoin instead.
  • If you need to send money to your college kid in the middle of the night, you can do it instantly and for free with Bitcoin. The full funds will arrive quicker than an email, and are instantly spendable. No delays.
  • If you would like to instantly send somebody a donation or tip someone on the Internet for some great work that they have done, you can instantly send them any amount of money (big or small) with Bitcoin. Companies like changetip.com are leading this online tipping revolution. You don’t need to know them, and they don’t need to know you. You can just instantly send them a donation.
  • If you need to accept small donations for your non-profit organization, like $1 or $2, Bitcoin makes this possible. This was impractical before, because high credit card transaction fees would have previously made this totally cost-prohibitive.
  • If you do business with other countries or you are traveling to another country, you don’t need to exchange your currency nor pay high currency-exchange fees nor pay international transaction fees, because Bitcoin is a global currency that works in all countries.
  • Musicians or actors or comedians or artists of any sort can accept Bitcoin donations or payments instantly from anyone in the world, simply by holding up a QR code in front of them or embedding a QR code on their videos, websites, CD cases, etc. This is the first time in human history that we can freely send money to anybody, without knowing any of their private information and without them knowing any of our private information. This is truly a breakthrough in financial services.
  • Immigrant workers who use Western Union to send money back home to their family can save 10% in fees by using Bitcoin instead of Western Union, and they can do it without a 4-day delay, and they can do it without driving down to a Western Union branch and filling out tons of paperwork.
  • In the past, many legitimate business owners have had their accounts abruptly frozen or shut down by Paypal or banks or credit card companies, due to a number of reasons that were unpreventable by the business owners. Afterwards, these businesses have had difficult times getting permission to open up another bank account. This can never happen with Bitcoin, because Bitcoin is a permissionless system that lets you be in charge of your own finances.
  • There are hundreds of more great usage cases for Bitcoin as well. Explaining the difference between our current payment systems vs. Bitcoin is sort of like trying to explain the difference between U.S. Mail vs. email. They’re not even comparable.
  • Crazy as it may be to believe, Bitcoin can be used for millions of more things than just sending money. The true revolution behind Bitcoin is something called the Blockchain, which is the world’s first fully transparent ledger that is accessible to everybody in the world. The Blockchain can actually be used for millions of other things BESIDES just transferring money. Transferring money is simply the FIRST APPLICATION of the Blockchain technology. Just as an example, Bitcoin can be used for: creating an indestructible public record of verified contracts with timestamps; programmable smart contracts that can execute at the appropriate time or when a particular condition is met; filing of copyrights & registrations for any important documents without the need for a central authority to manage these documents; fully traceable & instantly transferrable house titles or other important legal titles for valuable possessions (such as valuable artwork or rare bottles of wine or precious antiques); fully transparent and fully auditable political elections; and so much more.

From a privacy & security standpoint, Bitcoin is the world’s most secure & un-hackable network. Furthermore, the Bitcoin network is pseudonymous (i.e. as private as you want it to be) and it uses push technology (instead of pull technology), which protects both your money and your identity because YOU get to choose when you want to spend your money and how much personally-identifiable information that you would like to disclose at any given time. This is completely the opposite of credit cards, for example, where you expose your private information every time you use a credit card. This is why millions of credit card numbers are hacked every week, and this is why identities are stolen every day. Even with checks, a thief can visually see your private address & private bank account number. Bitcoin prevents all of this from happening. Bitcoin is the most secure & most private payment mechanism on the planet.

Best of all, Bitcoin takes financial control away from the reckless central banks and puts financial control back into the people’s hands again. Bitcoins are strictly limited in supply, so their value will stay the same or grow higher over time. Nobody can ever devalue your spending ability by printing more bitcoins out of thin air, because Bitcoin is a deflationary, asset-based currency. All of this is completely the opposite of how our current monetary system works, which is based on an inflationary, debt-based currency where U.S. Dollars are printed out of thin air and then lent out as debt. The U.S. Dollar is no longer backed by gold, so the U.S. Dollar loses massive amounts of purchasing power every year because the Federal Reserve is allowed to print as many U.S. Dollars as they want out of thin air. This is why prices have always risen sharply since 1971, the year that the U.S. Dollar went completely off the gold standard. Currently, the Federal Reserve is printing over $85 billion of new money every single month, completely out of thin air. We pay for this recklessness out of our very own pockets, because our existing dollars lose tremendous spending power every month when this happens due to rising prices. In the last 100 years, the U.S. Dollar has lost 98% of its purchasing power, thanks to the unlimited printing (aka “inflation”) of the U.S. Dollar by the Federal Reserve. Similarly, banks are just as bad as the Federal Reserve. Banks are allowed to lend out 10 times more money than they have taken in in deposits, meaning that they are allowed to create 90% of their money out of thin air. 90% of the money that banks record on their internal ledgers doesn’t actually exist — they simply “will it” into existence. If you or I tried to do this, we would be arrested for counterfeiting. Yet this is completely legal for the banks and the Federal Reserve. If there was a “run on the banks” where everybody wanted to withdraw their money at the same time, only 10% of the people would actually be able to get their money because 90% of the money in the world doesn’t actually exist. The other 90% is “protected” (ahem!) by the FDIC, which we pay for again out of our own pockets… through even more inflation. The solution to all of this craziness is a new type of financial system, one which is based on assets instead of debts. The solution is Bitcoin. None of this financial fraudulence or recklessness can ever happen with Bitcoin, because Bitcoins have a limited supply of only 21 million Bitcoins in circulation. Yet Bitcoins are also infinitely divisible, so they can be used for purchases of all sizes, and can accommodate every human’s purchases forever, for every human on the entire planet.

The current banking system is really just an elaborate shell game that we pay for out of our own pockets, and this is a very small part of the reason that we had the banking system collapse in 2008, when we were forced to bail out the bankers with trillions of dollars of our own money. Bitcoin prevents all problems like this from happening, because Bitcoin is an actual asset which can’t be created out of thin air and which can’t be manipulated by human corruption. Bitcoin is like gold or silver, but it is infinitely divisible & instantly sendable over the Internet. Bitcoin represents sound monetary policy based on mathematics, cryptology, limited supply, and full 100% transparency. Not broken monetary policy based on political whims, unlimited supply, and banking corruption. With Bitcoin, you can actually SAVE your hard-earned money instead of being forced to spend it or seek out risky investments that attempt to beat inflation. In an ideal world that revolved entirely around Bitcoin, Bitcoin could even end wars because wars are entirely funded by the unlimited printing of U.S. Dollars. In an ideal world that revolved entirely around Bitcoin, we would no longer have such vast income inequality in America (the worst since the Middle Ages!), because the middle class wouldn’t be wiped out by the erosion of purchasing power of their savings.

Bitcoin is the most revolutionary & disruptive technology since the invention of the Internet. Just like the Internet put information back into the hands of the masses, Bitcoin is putting financial control back into the hands of the masses.

Together, we can all create a better & brighter future with Bitcoin.

If you are interested in learning more about Bitcoin, you can explore these links:

VIDEO: What Happens When We Decentralize Money?

BOOK: What’s The Big Deal About Bitcoin?

VIDEO: What Is Bitcoin?

VIDEO: Three Things To Know About Bitcoin

ARTICLE: What Is Bitcoin? by Erik Vorhees

VIDEO: Andreas M. Antonopoulos – The Potential of Blockchain Technology

ARTICLE: Why Bitcoin Matters by Marc Andreessen

ARTICLE: Bitcoin for Beginners by Jeffrey A. Tucker

ARTICLE: Explain Bitcoin Like I’m Five

VIDEO: The real value of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency technology (beyond currency)

VIDEO: Bitcoin vs. Political Power by Stefan Molyneux

VIDEO: Why Bitcoin Is Important for the World by Roger Ver

VIDEO: Andreas Antonopolous speaking at Bitcoin Meetup LA

BOOK: “The Bitcoin Big Bang: How Alternative Currencies Are About to Change the World”

BOOK: “Bitcoin: The Future Of Money”

VIDEO: The Truth About Bitcoin by Stefan Molyneux

ARTICLE: Bitcoin, Value, and Ponzi Schemes by Erik Voorhees

ARTICLE: Bitcoin Introduction by Vitalik Buterin

VIDEO: Why Bitcoin Terrifies Big Banks by Andreas Antonopolous

VIDEO: Bitcoin vs. The Federal Reserve by Andreas Antonopoulos & Stefan Molyneux

VIDEO: The True Value of Bitcoin by Stefan Molyneux

ARTICLE: Bitcoin and Mises’s Regression Theorem by Jeffrey A. Tucker

ARTICLE: Bitcoin vs. Gold by Mark Rees

VIDEO: Why Bitcoin is Better Than Gold

ARTICLE: Bitcoin Is the Solution to the Military Industrial Complex

ARTICLE: De-Fund the Militarized Police Sate: Use Bitcoin

ARTICLE: Bitcoin isn’t Money — It’s the Entire Internet of Money

ARTICLE: 22 Reasons Why Bitcoin Has Intrinsic Value

5-PART VIDEO SERIES: The Hidden Secrets of Money, Episode 1: Currency vs. Money (Note: This video series discusses gold, but the exact same principles apply to Bitcoin)

NEWS: CoinDesk, the leading Bitcoin news site

VIDEO INTERVIEW SERIES: The Bitcoin Course by Udemy (7 hours worth of interviews with Bitcoin industry leaders)

COMEDY VIDEO: Scott Rose making his first purchase with Bitcoin

COMEDY VIDEO SERIES: Sh*t Bitcoin Fanatics Say, Part 1, 2, and 3 (Part 3 is the best because it is geared towards a more mainstream audience)

ARTICLE: Current Criticisms of Bitcoin Are at Least 10 Years Too Early

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Joe Rogan interviewing Andreas Antonopolous about the future potential of Bitcoin

ARTICLE: 10 Reasons Why Bitcoin Is The Future

ARTICLE: Bitcoin is like…

ARTICLE: The real advantage of paying with Bitcoin

VIDEO: RT.com – The Future of Bitcoin

VIDEO: Andreas Antonopoulos At BitcoinSouth: Money As A Content Type

VIDEO: Bitcoin 101 – A Million Killer Apps – Bitcoin’s Big Bang of Disruption

VIDEO: Overstock com CEO on How Bitcoin Will Change America

ARTICLE: Bitcoin 2.0: Revolution resumed

ARTICLE: Bitcoin Is the Solution to the Military Industrial Complex

ARTICLE: Can Bitcoin solve income inequality?

If you are interested in using Bitcoin in your business, you can explore these links:

To purchase Bitcoins and open up your first Bitcoin wallet:
Coinbase
Circle

To easily accept Bitcoins at your own business:
BitPay
Coinbase

To easily accept tips & donations in Bitcoin:
ChangeTip
Coinbase

Best,
Scott

The Dawn of Post-Steve Apple

June 12, 2013

If you haven’t already done so, I would highly recommend taking the 2 hours to watch Monday’s Apple 2013 WWDC Event. It is absolutely amazing. The brilliant dawn of the post-Steve Jobs era. I practically cried tears of joy at least 4 times during the event. Below are the adjectives that I used to describe the event:

Confident. Elegant. Regal. Human. Thoughtful. Innovative. Intelligent. Witty. Surprising. Bold. Courageous. Inspiring. Touching.

Apple showed the entire world what it means to be a leader, why they are the champions, and how they will continue to be the champions without Steve Jobs. I love the new chapter that began at Apple this week, and I eagerly await the next 10 years of brilliance and masterpieces.

The world can rest easy now, never again having to ask the question: “Can Apple Survive/Innovate/Thrive Without Steve Jobs & Scott Forstall?” The employees at Apple have far transcended Jobs and Forstall now. The students have become the new teachers. Almost makes you wonder how much Forstall (and a little bit Jobs) were holding back the rest of the company, once the company had reached the top of the mountain that Jobs had brought them to.

The future is brighter than ever. I am so incredibly pleased. Monday was my happiest Apple day since Steve died. :)


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The trick to remotely installing OS X Mountain Lion on a remote Mac

June 3, 2013

Have you ever needed to remotely log into a Mac that was physically located at another location, and install OS X Mountain Lion on it?

It’s easy enough to use remote access software like LogMeIn to remotely log into the Mac, download OS X from the App Store on that machine, and begin the installation process.

However, a problem happens after the OS X installation process is successfully complete, which is when OS X presents the user with a series of “Setup Assistant” screens. These setup screens temporarily take over the entire Mac… and temporarily disable most remote access software. In fact, these setup screens temporarily disable most of the background services on that Mac, so if you were depending on that machine being up & running for something important, you would find yourself out of luck.

To workaround this problem, you would typically need someone physically on-site in front of the computer to click through all of the Setup Assistant screens for you. At that point, you would finally be able to login remotely again and finish whatever you need to do in terms of configuring that Mac.

But there is a trick to doing all of this by yourself remotely. And by “all of this”, I mean “remotely clicking through those Setup Assistant screens so you can gain normal remote control of that Mac again”. It turns out that OS X’s built-in Screen Sharing service is STILL RUNNING in the background while those Setup Assistant screens are taking over the Mac, so you can leverage that behavior to do the remote install all by yourself.

This trick depends on 2 prerequisites:

A. You need to have remote access to ANOTHER MAC on the same local area network as the machine that you are remotely installing OS X Mountain Lion on.

B. You need to prepare in advance, BEFORE starting the OS X installation process.

Thus, here are the steps to go through:

1. On the Mac where you’re installing OS X Mountain Lion, go into the “Sharing” System Preference and enable screen sharing.

2. Test that you’ve got screen sharing working properly by remotely logging into another Mac on the same LAN.  Bring up a new Finder window. In the left margin, underneath “Shared”, choose the name of the machine where you’re installing OS X Mountain Lion. (Note: If you don’t see the machine listed, then you’ll need to go into your Finder Preferences, click on the Sidebar icon, and check “Bonjour computers”.) In the upper right corner of the Finder window, choose “Share Screen”. Type in the authorized username & password for the first machine, and voila! You are now controlling that other machine’s screen!

3. Now that you know that you’ve got screen sharing working properly, you can go ahead and remotely install OS X Mountain Lion on the first machine. Note that you won’t be able to visually monitor the entire installation process remotely, because the OS X installer needs to restart that machine and it does most of its installation while ZERO SERVICES are running. So after the OS X Installer restarts the first machine, you should BE PATIENT and wait about 45 minutes before attempting to log into that machine via screen sharing.

4. After about 45 minutes have passed, remotely log into the 2nd machine on the LAN via LogMeIn, and use OS X’s screen sharing to remotely control the first machine. You will find those lovely Setup Assistant screens which have taken over that first Mac, and you can very easily click through those screens until you are taken to your familiar Mac desktop again.

5. That’s it! Once you can see the Mac desktop on the first machine, you can go back to using LogMeIn (or whatever remote access software you’re using) to remotely control that Mac.

I hope you find this trick helpful!


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Scanning: How to scan from a Canon ImageRunner in Mavericks (OS X 10.9), Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) & Lion (Mac OS X 10.7)

May 7, 2013
Canon ImageRunners are all-in-one photocopiers, scanners, and printers… but they have always had notoriously bad Mac support, so it can be very tricky to figure out how to integrate them into your Mac network. Luckily, here at ScottWorld (where we provide the best Mac consultants and best Mac IT support), we have figured out how to get these ImageRunners to work in all sorts of Mac environments.

In regards to scanning from a Canon ImageRunner to a Mac, this used to be done via SMB. But then Apple modernized the SMB protocol in Lion & Mountain Lion & Mavericks, and Canon decided to remain in the dark ages with their old-fashioned SMB protocol support. So therefore, Canon ImageRunners are now incompatible with Lion (OS X 10.7) & Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) & Mavericks (OS X 10.9) for scanning via SMB.

The solution is that we now have to use the FTP protocol for scanning, when scanning from a Canon ImageRunner to a Mac running Lion (OS X 10.7) or Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) or Mavericks (OS X 10.9).

To use the FTP protocol, you first need to enable it on your Mac by going into the Terminal and typing this command:

sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist

After enabling FTP via the Terminal, go into the Sharing system preference. Enable File Sharing in the left margin. Add the shared folder where you want the scans to end up. We usually like to create a folder on the Desktop entitled “Canon Scans”, so you can just drag this folder into the list of folders. Click on the “Options” button to make sure that AFP is enabled, but you do NOT need to enable SMB.

Now you can go into the Network system preference where you will need to manually assign a static IP address for your machine. The Canon ImageRunner will need this static IP address so that it can find your Mac.

Once you’ve done all of the above, you can now create a new “one touch entry” on the Canon ImageRunner printer to scan to the shared folder on the Mac.

To do this, click on the physical button on the copier that says “Additional Functions”, then press “Address Book Settings”.

Then, on the Canon ImageRunner screen, press “One Touch Buttons”.

On the next screen, press an existing name to edit it, or press a numbered button to edit a new name. (You can scroll through the pages with the arrows on the right.) You must press the “Register/Edit” button to add or edit that button.

If you’re adding a new button, then on the next screen, you’ll have to press “File”.

Then you’ll be taken to the next screen. The information to type in is the following:

Name: Give the button a name
One-touch Button Name: Give the button a short name that will fit on a button.
Protocol: FTP
Host Name: The static IP address that you assigned to the Mac. Do NOT use any special characters or slashes… just enter the IP address.
Folder Path: shared folder name. The trick to this is that you have to give the path from the starting point of the home folder. So if the shared folder is named “Canon Scans” and it sits on the desktop, then type in this file path: “Desktop/Canon Scans” (without the quotes).
User: the full account name of the account which owns the shared folder.
Password: the password for the account which owns the shared folder.

And that’s it! You are now all set to scan from your Canon ImageRunner to your Mac!


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