You probably already tried to add a new background with a .mp4 or .gif extension, but soon realized that Microsoft Teams will only allow you to select from .jpg, .jpeg, .png, and .bmp files.
I thought to myself: what if I uploaded a .mp4 or .gif to wherever Microsoft Teams stores those custom uploaded backgrounds?
A quick search lead me to ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams/Backgrounds/Uploads.
I copied an animated.gif, which is the file I want to use as my background, and an animated_thumb.jpg to match, which is the little thumbnail I will click on to select the animated background. That said, while I could select the thumbnail, the background was still not applied.
My last hope was to rename animated.gif to animated.jpg to see if Microsoft Teams could be fooled into thinking it’s a static image, and low and behold, after selecting the thumbnail, the GIF actually played in the background.
So if you have a MP4, just convert it to a GIF, because MP4s won’t work.
Every now and then I’ll be connected to a server on my Mac with a very specific volume mounted, but then it doesn’t appear anywhere in Finder. When I try to reconnect to it, it’s grayed out, as if I was connected after all.
For a while, the only way I knew how to fix it was to restart, but that’s obviously most inconvenient.
Turns out, there is quite a simple solution, and that is to unmount the volume via the command line.
Open up Terminal and type in the following:
sudo umount -f "/Volumes/NameOfVolume"
Replacing “NameOfVolume” with your volume’s name. After you hit ENTER, type in your Mac’s password when prompted.
Once that’s done, reconnect to the server in Finder (COMMAND + K), select the volume that was previously grayed out, mount it, and now it’ll be in Finder again for you to browse.
I use VirtualBox on my Mac to have other operating systems at my disposal. One of my appliances contains a copy of Windows 7 with a fixed, 25GB disk. I’ve run out space and was looking for an easy way to increase it.
I came across the modifyhd command, which in theory let’s you increase the disk space, but it only works on dynamic disks. I opted for performance (fixed disk) when I set up the appliance, and this minor inconvenience is the price.
There are several tutorials out there, but many of them require third-party applications, either on the Mac or in Windows side. The thing is, even without those utilities, it’s fairly easy to increase your disk space.
What we’ll do is create a bigger disk, clone the contents from the small disk to the big disk, and then increase our Windows partition.