An iDisk tip for Mac users

If you’re like me, you like your Mac because it “just works.”

But what happens when it doesn’t “just work”?

Admit it, it happens to you. Take just this morning: I needed to download a file from my iDisk. Already this is a problem because I pay Apple $100 a year so I don’t have to download: my files are “just there.”

But Apple has thought of that, and it puts a handy-dandy “synchronize” button next to your iDisk. It looks like this:

All you have to do is click the little button, and your iDisk will synchronize: what’s on your computer will be moved to Apple’s server, and vice versa. Except when it doesn’t. Sometimes, you’ll click on the little button, and nothing happens. Why? I have no idea. Maybe the little Apple gnomes had a little too much Kool-Aid last night.

I’ve tried lots of little tricks to get the iDisk to synchronize. Repeatedly clicking the button doesn’t work. Swearing doesn’t work. Closing and opening the window doesn’t work. But one little trick does. All you have to do is make a tiny little file. I call mine “trick the idisk,” and I made it in TextEdit. Actually, you don’t have to make a file — you can use any file on your computer — but the smaller your file, the faster the trick will work, and TextEdit files are among the smallest files your computer can make.

Save it to your desktop, and then drag it into the documents folder on your iDisk.

Now your computer knows there’s something to synchronize. I know, I know, clicking the little button is supposed to tell the computer that, but when the Gnomes are wasted on Kool-Aid, you gotta do what you gotta do…

Soon, your “synchronize” icon will start spinning, and within moments, you’ll have unfettered access to all your iDisk files.

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One Response to An iDisk tip for Mac users

  1. Technoholic says:

    Awesome thanks – I just bought a Mac yesterday to test out and straight away encountered this problem! Ooops lol. Loving it so far though, I suppose it is going to be true what they say ‘onc you experience the good life you will never go back :D’


    Jakk (A Technoholic)

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