Apple bug breaks 3rd party USB web cams; no fix from Cupertino

Since the release of Apple’s 10.4.10 update, users (including me) have been complaining to Apple that their third-party USB web cams have lost audio capabilities. Although a bug report was issued and acknowledged (ID #5285354) by Apple, no fix has been forthcoming. In fact, Apple has stranded a large number of users in a void where iChat AV no longer has audio and video chat functionality. Continue reading

Activate Apple Remote Desktop Sharing from remote command line

I recently needed to access the GUI of my Mac at work from home. Alas, Apple Remote Desktop Sharing was turned off.

Here’s how to turn on Remote Desktop Sharing from the command line. This assumes you have Remote Login (SSH) turned on in system preferences. If not, you’re hosed. Continue reading