Disable AirDrop in Mac OS X Lion

AirDrop allows you to share files with other computers which also have AirDrop installed using Wi-Fi (uses ad-hoc if not connected) or wired network.

AirDrop only is active and shares files when you have the option selected in the Finder window and will stop sharing as soon as you deselect it or close the Finder windows.

AirDrop Inactive
AirDrop Active

As you can see from the image the AirDrop Icon will change and give you visual feedback if it is running or not. The active icon is animated with a circular sweeping motion which reminds me of a sonar display.

AirDrop can be considered a security risk and can be completely disabled. If you wish to disable (or enable) open the Terminal Application (located under Applications/Utilities) and type in the following commands.

To disable:

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser DisableAirDrop -boolean YES

To enable:

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser DisableAirDrop -boolean NO

You will need to Restart, Log out and back in or relaunch the Finder from the Force Quit application (from the Apple menu or Opt+Cmd+Esc). Once disabled the option will be removed from the Finder side bar.

Desktop icons disappeared after OS X Lion Upgrade

Just upgraded to OS X Lion and right after the initial boot all of my icons on my desktop were gone and I wasn’t able to right-click (option+click).

I tried removing my com.apple.desktop.plist and com.apple.finder.plist form ~\Library\Preferences as well as ~\Library\caches with no luck.

Finally, opening the Terminal app and running defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true and Relaunching Finder from the Force Quit menu (under the apple logo in the menu bar) restored my desktop.

If you’re having the same issue, I’m not sure if removing the plist files from my Preferences folder helped, but I would try running the defaults command first to see if it solves your problem.

Site Issues

Looks like we’re up and running again. The server where my databases are located took a nose dive on the 14th and it seems that at least my databases have been rebuilt. The server seems to be under heavy load which means restores are still being performed.

Anyway, all posts are accessible once again.

Sysinternals Update: Process Explorer

On June 6th Windows Sysinternals released version 15.2 of Process Explorer (a Task Manager replacement). The update includes the following:

  • Autoruns functionality that adds a new Autostart Location column and property to the process and DLL views with information of where the image is automatically started or loaded from.
  • .Net stack walking support to the thread stack dialog.
  • Process timeline column showing the process’ lifetime relative to other processes.

For those who don’t know about Sysinternals and/or Process Explorer, here’s a quick description of each:

Sysinternals: Website featuring freeware utilities to manage, diagnose, troubleshoot, and monitor a Microsoft Windows. These are hosted on Microsofts TechNet website.

Process Explorer: System monitoring tool which can be used as a replacement for the built-in Task Manager for Windows. This is what the Task Manager should be.


Spring Cleaning

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-10739

Decided to do a bit of cleanup on the site by removing the “Link Roundup” posts generated from my diigo account.

You should start seeing a bit more traffic since I’m planning to write a bit more about .Net, PHP, Symfony and a big of WordPress backend stuff. This is what I’m working on and these post will help as notes to go back.

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