networking – Error connecting Windows 10 PCs to a MAC on a LAN

The Setup:

1x Mac Mini (MM), running OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.6(not Mac server)

5x Windows 10 (W10) PCs

1x LAN wifi

1x LAN ethernet

The Challenge:

Connect all 5 PCs to the MM over the wired LAN or Wifi and map folders on the MM as additional Drives (Eg, P, Q, R etc) on the W10 PCs, as so as to share files stored on the MM. BTW: The MM is not used as a workstation, more as a “server” or pseudo-server.

The Method:

From the PCs Command prompt on the W10 PCs run “net use T: “1nn.nnn.1.14ffffff” /persistent:yes. (real values hidden for security)

The Initial Outcome:

2 of the 5 PCs connected and drive letters assigned – no problems,

3 of the PCs could not connect, error message 71, “No more connections can be made to this remote computer at this time because there are already as many connections as the computer can accept.”

Attempted Solution:

On the W10 PCs; increased the number of currentlogons in the registry from 10 to 100, but this made no difference. I think i should be doing something like this on the MM…

Second Outcome:

No effect.


How do I increase the number of (network?) connections that the MM can accept? I believe this would solve the issue, but if I’m barking up the wrong tree, I would gladly be pointed to another one.

Thanks in Advance

data synchronization – Syncing photos Android -> Mac

I would like to accomplish the following, which, in today’s technological ecosystem, seems like it should just happen anyway:

  • I take a photo on my Android phone

  • The phone uploads it somewhere automatically (presumably Google Photos)

  • My Mac downloads it automatically into a folder

In other words, I want the photos on my android device to seamlessly appear in a folder on my Mac, without me needing to do anything besides take the photo.

I have Google Drive installed, but my photos don’t seem to be there. I tried installing “Google Backup and Sync”, but it crashed immediately and I can’t get it to work. (I’m on OS X 10.11, so maybe that’s why. I don’t intend to upgrade until I get a new machine.) I’ve head that Google Backup and Sync is quite complex and fiddly to use anyway.

Is there any other way that automatic photo sync between Android and Mac can be accomplished? If possible, I’d prefer not to use Dropbox, because mine is nearly full and I already pay for additional space on Google Drive, so I don’t want to upgrade Dropbox as well.

iphone – How do I view ALL my photos in Google Photos on mac?

On my iPhone I can see all my photos in Google photos app, however when I open google photos in webpage on my mac only a random selection are there. I have installed backup and sync.

Big picture is that I would like to wean off iCloud photos to save on storage space, but don’t want to do that until I’m sure Google photos is working properly, and it doesn’t seem to be yet.

website – I am trying to connect to a phpmyadmin database on mac but I am getting an error message

So, I have the following php script (with the php reference tags which I had to omit as I think this conflicts with the editor on here):

mysqli_connect('localhost', 'login', '(Intentionally omitted the password');

if (mysqli_connect_error()) {
    echo "There was an error connecting to the database";

} else {
    echo "Database connection successful!";


And the error I am getting is the following:

Warning: mysqli_connect(): (HY000/1045): Access denied for user ‘login’@’localhost’ (using password: YES) in /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/htdocs/login_and_registration/page1.php on line 2
There was an error connecting to the database

Admittedly, I am not sure whether I am using the details for the database connection.

I have accessed phpmyadmin from xampp and I don’t believe there is a password per se and the connection according to phpymadmin is localhost but, in any case, regardless of what details I put into the php, the connection does not work.

Does anyone know why this might be or what I might need to do to resolve the issue?

Thank you in advance.

mac – Removing a sound device – VP3268-4K

I recently got a new monitor Viewsonic VP3268-4K. The monitor installs itself as a sound output device (see picture ‘VP3268-4K’). Now I don’t want this as it constantly defaults to this sound as opposed to my DAC. How can I remove drivers/sound output device so it is not visible as an option? Few things I have already tried

  1. Checked /library/audio/hal – nothing to delete here
  2. Checked the monitor for any options to disable the speakers and broadcaster as a sound output device. Nothing. All I can do is mute.

I am on Mojave. Any help or guidance much appreciated. Thanks.

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Hive Mac Wallet Migration – Bitcoin Stack Exchange

So I left Bitcoin for a while, and had transferred some of my bitcoin into a Hive-Mac wallet. Well I recently found out that Hive discontinued development and that the previous versions are no longer compatible with the newer versions of OSX.

I noticed that Hive-Mac used the bitcoinj library, and ostensibly this is the format that the wallet is in too.

Would I have any luck trying to recover the wallet into another application that runs on the bitcoinj library (and if so, any recommendations on which app), or do I need to try and run an older version of OSX so I can get the old version to build, then go from there?

malware – Can virut (from around 2010) infect my Mac running OS X 10.15?

My friend has an old hard drive (Windows boot drive, I think XP) that contains data (music, images, etc) that he would like to recover. The problem is that it was infected around 2009/10 with a nasty piece of malware that I suspect is a variant/instance of virut. I surmise this because there was a process called reader_s that was run by the malware that was almost impossible to kill, and the only solution we ever found was to completely reformat the drive. Some googling leads me to believe this means the malware is virut. For the sake of the question we can assume that is true.

The question is: is it even possible for the hd to infect my mac with this malware if I connect it via a sata to usb adapter?

I suppose the ‘correct’ way to extract the information is as outlined here, but I was wondering what actual risk there is of it infecting my mac if I just plug it in? I can’t find reliable information about whether the virut variant of that time could run on OS X (although I would hazard not)… on the other hand, even if it can’t execute code there, I imagine it may still be possible for infected files to spread if the files are then copied to vulnerable OSs?


  1. Can my mac become infected by this malware if I copy data (media only, no executables) to it from the infected Windows hd?
  2. Even if not, can then transferring those (media only, no executables) files from my mac to a windows machine infect that machine (assuming this is virut)?

catalina – Format disk in mac with a lot of reading and writing

What I want to do is Format my SSD disk of my Mac Book Pro (2019), but I want to do it in a VERY safe way. So that there is no trace of the deleted files and nobody can access them anymore.

That’s why I think the best option is to look for a software that formats the disk doing a lot of reading and writing.

I can’t find good and reliable software that does that on a Mac. Is there one?

Running unverified app on mac

I am on macOS Catalina. On a site they say that, if I am having problems, in order to be able to run the app I need to input (sudo chown -R 755 in the terminal. My question is: is it safe to do so? Is there a way to reverse my actions?