Category Archives: Mac OS X

Mac OS Messages keeps asking for my Google Talk/gChat password with 2-step verification!!!


I turn on the 2-step verification for my Gmails because I’m a good netizen. I make an application specific password just like I’m supposed to, and it is accepted.

All good with internets.

However, every time I sit down at my computer, it asks for a password, and I have to revoke and recreate an application specific password for it to accept.


Well, evidently the problem occurs if you have your gmail (or Google Apps email address) logging in to more than just Jabber/Chat. For instance, if you’re also syncing Calendar or Contacts, Google is sensing that each of these are different applications, and getting angry that they’re all using the same password.

However, the solution is easy.

For this example, we’ll say that we’re using a Gmail account for Contacts syncing and for Gtalk within

System Preferences_Internet Accounts

I create TWO different accounts in System Preferences > Internet Accounts. Then create a application specific password for each, and it works. However, there’s a catch.

Mac OS Internet Accounts only allows an email account to be used once, so it gets angry when you try and add it for two purposes. This would normally be a problem, but with any Google account, the placement of dots (periods) in the email address are ignored. So, to Google: is the same as or But Mac OS considers them unique. Problem solved.


So for Gtalk, create an Internet Account, choose Google, add in your username and an application specific password.

Then, do the same thing but in this account, only sync Contacts, use (no periods) and a new application specific password, and BANG! it all works.

You’re welcome.

Access your Time Capsule Remotely

Wow. I feel like an idiot. I’ve had an Apple Time Capsule at my house for maybe close to a year now, and have just today realized how easy it is to access it from my office.

Disclaimer: this works for me, but I can’t promise it’ll work for you. The steps I’m showing are exactly what I did to get it to work.

The first thing I did was discover my home IP address. The quick and dirty way to do this is to just go to a site like this: Right at the top it shows your IP address.

Disclaimer Two: If you have Comcast Cable internet or similar, it’s possible that you do not have a static IP address. This means that occasionally, it could change. If it does, you’ll need to re-acquire your IP address this same way every once in a while. OR, you could use a DNS forwarding service like this: At the moment, I’m not worrying about it.

Next, go to your office. Open Finder (sorry, this is mac advice only) and press CMD+K. Enter afp://your.ip.address.

Go to Server dialog box

From there, you’ll get a login window with a username and password. You can leave the username to be whatever, and just enter the admin password for your Time Capsule. Hit enter, and your remote time capsule will be mounted and in your finder. So. Awesome.

I added mine to my Favorite servers, so I can quickly pull it up again later if it becomes un-mounted.

Hope this helps.

How to force Safari 4 to open new windows in Tabs

There’s a setting in the Preferences pane of Safari 4 that says “Open Links from Applications in ‘New Tab’ or ‘New Window.’ ”

Unfortunately, this doesn’t do anything when the link is already within Safari. Anytime a website tells the browser to open a new page, Safari’s default is to open a new window, NOT a new tab. For me, tabbed browsing is powerful because I DO NOT WANT multiple windows, just tabs, but soon, I start getting multiple windows with multiple tabs, and then I’m pissed.

Here is a quick way to make sure all new links open in a new tab (tutorial via

Start by opening a Terminal window (Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal). Enter the following command:

defaults write TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool true

Terminal Command

Now restart Safari. Links that used to open in a new Window will now open in a new Tab instead.

Safari 4 Tabs

If you decide you want to change back, just re-enter the command but replace true at the end of the command with false.

Tips: Change the default width of “column view” in Finder (Mac OS X)

I’ve always been really frustrated by the narrow widths of the column view in Mac OS X’s Finder. I’m regularly widening them to see more of the file names, and wishing they stayed wider when I open the next one. So, today I searched for a solution.

In Mac OS 10.4 [and greater] the default width of the Finder’s columns can be changed by option-dragging the column handle to your preferred width. When you close the Finder window and open a new one it will open with the columns sized as you indicated.

Change default column widths in Finder (Mac OSX) from Jason Glaspey on Vimeo.

It’s so easy to do, it’s almost frightening.

Original tip found here.