Tagged disable

Disable annoying Time Machine pop-up with Apple Remote Desktop

Do you hate that annoying popup that shows up in Leopard every time you put in a drive, asking you if you want to use Time Machine with that device? Better yet, if you actually say yes, you’re on the way to re-formatting that drive (albeit with a couple more steps). Guess what, if you’re running a computer in any sort of multiple login environment, you can bet your users hate that popup too, and might come screaming to you if they accidentally erase their drive. Here’s a solution that can be deployed via Apple Remote Desktop as a UNIX command. Just substitute the username of your local administrative account anywhere in the script where you see “admin” in bold:

sudo -u admin defaults write com.apple.TimeMachine DoNotOfferDisksForBackup -bool YES

cp /Users/admin/Library/Preferences/com.apple.TimeMachine.plist /System/Library/User\ Template/English.lproj/Library/Preferences/com.apple.TimeMachine.plist

NB: Each of the two separate chunks of code above is one line in the Terminal or in Remote Desktop.

Disable annoying Java Update notification

If you’re sick of getting prompted to update Java, or if you have some web application like Banner that requires a particular version, you can use a simple registry hack to disable notification of available updates.

  1. Open the Registry Editor by going to the Start button and typing in regedt32.
  2. Navigate through to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy
  3. Change the value of EnableAutoUpdateCheck to 0 and the value of EnableJavaUpdate to 0.

Java should no longer prompt you for the annoying updates.