Disillusioned with the lack of progress so far, I went back and made sure I had done everything perfectly.
Turns out I hadn’t.
I’ve made the edit to my post – Part III – and realised the error of my ways.
I had made “browseable=yes” commented out in the config file.
This means that when my Mac was looking for it, it couldn’t find it because I was “browsing” for it and that isn’t allowed. So, since I took out the comment symbol, meaning that the browseable=yes was then actually a setting, I can now find the folder and added it to my Mac!!!
I still have to do a few things to get the Mac looking at a hard drive on the Ubuntu machine, but baby steps, right?
Also, I wanted to quickly elucidate on the ping thing.
On the Mac, I opened the Terminal window (Lauchpad – Other – Terminal, which looks like a grey box with a black background and a cursor on it) and typed in the following:
At first it gave me weird messages about how it couldn’t find anything, but then I remembered I had turned off the wireless on the ubuntu machine. I turned it back on and tried again. It then started giving me messages about how many microseconds it took to return the ping. I got excited.
I found this in Wikipedia about “ping” and thought it was a good explanation:
Ping is a computer network administration utility used to test the reachability of a host on an Internet Protocol (IP) network and to measure the round-trip time for messages sent from the originating host to a destination computer. The name comes from active sonar terminology which sends a pulse of sound and listens for the echo to detect objects underwater.
So I guess, the good thing is to have a notification including the time given to you which would mean that the message has actually been there, connected and returned. If it doesn’t connect, and therefore can’t transmit the message, it will also tell you. This way it’s easy to tell if the other machine is at all visible.
Anyway, I now need to find out the rest of the information I need to set the hard drives up, but more on that tomorrow.