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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.

Reset your Treo’s voicemail pop-up to your new number

Treo Voicemail PopupIf you own a Treo 700w or wx, you know that when you get a voicemail, you see a little pop-up on the screen with the option to ‘Listen’ to or ‘Dismiss’ the new voicemail. If you choose “Listen,” it should dial the number of your phone and call your voicemail. If you got an unlocked or otherwise used Treo, however, it may dial the number of the previous owner’s voicemail. Here’s how to fix that:

1) Go to the Verizon Wireless website and follow the instructions there to delete and recreate your Voicemail speed dial option.

2) It is SUPER important to note that you cannot enter the Voicemail contact as the 10-digit phone number (the link above gives you that option). You MUST use *86 and name the speed dial “Voicemail.” Otherwise, your speed dial will work properly, but your pop-up will still dial the old number. DO NOT tie it to an existing contact.

This will reset the pop-up menu to dial your voicemail number. Enjoy your terribly designed phone as much as possible!

P.S. While on the phone with Verizon for this problem, I confirmed with them that there is no way to actually turn the Treo OFF. It goes into ‘flight mode,’ but as you know if you’ve ever flown, you can’t use that until 10,000ft. The solution is just what I thought: pull your battery.