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A power user’s guide to OS X Server, Mavericks edition
>The Mavericks version of OS X Server ushers in no such sweeping changes. In fact, the scope of the update is closer to the incremental updates that the Mountain Lion version has received between its launch in July of 2012 and now. Despite a version number increase from 2.X to 3.X, OS X Server is finished with the major overhauls. The software has been changed from an enterprise-targeted package to one better suited to power users and small businesses. Now that the transition is complete, it's clear that slow, steady improvement is the new normal.

>This means there's a little less truly new ground to cover than there was last year, but in keeping with last year’s review, we’re still going to go through all of the services OS X Server offers item by item. This will serve as both an evaluation of those services as well as a basic how-to guide for those who are new to the software—in cases where nothing has changed, we have re-used portions of last year's review. If you'd like to read more about OS X Server's transition from an enterprise product to a "prosumer" product, that's background information that we covered last year.
OS_X  from instapaper
december 2013 by sechilds
OS X Mavericks: How to Move the Dock to a Second Display
> To bring the dock over to a different display:
>
> If you've clicked on a display to make it active, note how the Menu Bar brightens. But you don't need to.
> Without clicking the mouse again, move the cursor all the way down to the bottom of the screen. This is the same technique as if you had invoked System Preferences > Dock > "Automatically hide and show the Dock."
> When the cursor touches the bottom, the Dock will rise up from the bottom and stay there on the selected display. (If you had previously enabled "Automatically hide and show the Dock," it will disappear as you move the mouse upwards, but remain tied to that display.)
> To move the Dock back to the main display (or any other display), repeat the process starting with Step #1.
OS_X 
november 2013 by sechilds
Automating SSH Tunnels on Mac OS X
> There are a number of packages out there that put a nice GUI over creating and managing SSH tunnels on Mac OS X. While these are great if you aren’t already familiar with SSH, how to do this all from the command line and really aren’t interested in learning, if you are, they may be a bit of overkill and may be a bit restrictive in what you can do.
ssh  OS_X 
november 2013 by sechilds
Amethyst
> Tiling window manager for OS X similar to xmonad. Was originally written as an alternative to fjolnir's awesome xnomad but written in pure Objective-C. It's expanded to include some more features like Spaces support not reliant on fragile private APIs.
OS_X 
october 2013 by sechilds
mdfind and mdls
These are two useful Terminal commands for OS X that you can use right now to your advantage.

mdfind
Have you ever wanted to find something in the Terminal like you would with Spotlight? With mdfind you can. So if you ran mdfind kind:app it would should you every OS X application stored on your computer.

mdls
This command is related to Spotlight and mdfind. With this you can see all of the metadata associated with a file you give it. This metadata is used to display results when you do a search for a file. Different files will return different fields. For instance, if I do mdls mockup.pdf it will give me kMDItemAuthors that contains a list of authors of the PDF. If you run this on a file you downloaded from the internet, you will have kMDItemWhereFroms that tells you the web address it was downloaded from.
OS_X  CLI  unix 
march 2013 by sechilds
Access OS X keychain from Terminal
At everyday scripting, you often need to access sensible information like passwords. A common practice is to just write them plain text into your script, but at least on a Mac, we can do better.

OS X ships with a tool called keychain. It is a central database where tools can store sensitive information like logins. Luckily, it is accessible from shell scripts with the command line utility security.

Let’s say you want to securely access an FTP server’s username and password. First of all, add a new Internet password to your keychain. To do so, just fire it up, select New password and enter the credentials. Remember to add the prefix http:// or ftp:// to your service name to create an Internet password.
OS_X  OS_X:security 
august 2012 by sechilds
The Confusion of Working with Files in Mountain Lion
If there’s one thing the last two versions of OS X, Lion and Mountain Lion, have shown us, it’s that the iOS-ification of a desktop operating system comes with a few bumps along the road. Having worked on Mountain Lion for several weeks now, it’s clear that working with files is an area of confusion. Something that Apple has largely removed from the mobile computing experience is still somewhat awkward in the desktop arena.
OS_X  Mountain_Lion  iCloud  from instapaper
august 2012 by sechilds
TidBITS Macs & Mac OS X: The Very Model of a Modern Mountain Lion Document
In the recently released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple has done something I thought they’d never do: they backtracked — sort of. They heeded the objections of users to a major feature of 10.7 Lion, and took steps to meet those objections. They didn’t remove the feature — that, I suppose, would be asking too much — but they changed the interface and provided an increased range of user choices and capabilities.

In this article, I’ll sketch out how Mountain Lion is different from Lion with regard to this feature, and why, therefore, I personally like Mountain Lion much more than Lion
OS_X  Mountain_Lion  from instapaper
august 2012 by sechilds
Boker Tov « Scatter/Gather
Wait for a Bonjour service named “Test” to become available:

$ SERVICE="Test"; TTY=$(tty); dns-sd -B | awk -v TTY=${TTY} '/Add.*'${SERVICE}'/{print $0; system("killall -t " TTY " dns-sd"); }'
OS_X 
july 2012 by sechilds
Junecloud Automator Actions 2.5.2 ~ Mac OS X ~ Junecloud
Our Junecloud Automator Actions have been updated with a couple of bug fixes and Mountain Lion support:
OS_X  automator  from twitter_favs
july 2012 by sechilds
Checking receipts on OS X
Recently someone figured out an attack against in-app purchasing on iOS. Only a few days later Apple, with commendable speed, put up a page detailing how to counter this crack by implementing better receipt checking.

Now there’s news that a similar attack also works on OS X. For this, users have to install two bogus certificates, point their DNS at the cracker’s server, and run an auxiliary application while making the in-app purchase; this builds an apparently valid receipt inside the application bundle. (Of course this means that the user is trusting those certificates, that server and that application to be otherwise innocuous – not a good policy! And it asks you for your admin password while you’re connected to that server, too…)
OS_X 
july 2012 by sechilds
OS X Lion: About Lion Recovery
OS X Lion includes a new feature called Lion Recovery that includes all of the tools you need to reinstall Lion, repair your disk, and even restore from a Time Machine backup without the need for optical discs.
OS_X 
july 2012 by sechilds
Setup OS X 10.7 w/ homebrew, oh-my-zsh, rvm, rails, and MySQL — Gist
Setup new Mac with OSX Lion from scratch
These commands are good as of 2011-07-27.
OS_X  homebrew 
july 2012 by sechilds
Tackling keyboard shortcut woes in OS X | MacFixIt - CNET Reviews
Per b2w 74, here’s that insanely useful trick for building custom key commands per OS X app:

Just SO great.
OS_X  keyboard_shortcuts  from twitter_favs
july 2012 by sechilds
Error -8003 or other problems with emptying the OS X Trash | MacFixIt - CNET Reviews
The OS X Trash may sometimes give people problems where files cannot be deleted. Usually if you come across a file for which you do not have write privileges, the system will prevent you from moving it to the Trash. But there are instances when odd permissions setups for files can result in bizarre errors when you try to delete them.

One such error may be: "The operation can't be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -8003)," but others include a simple warning that you do not have enough privileges to perform the delete action.

>>> This was a permissions issue for me. I solved it by going into the terminal and manually deleting the trashes.
OS_X 
may 2012 by sechilds
Zibity: Broomstick
Utility to remove icons from the menu bar.
OS_X 
april 2012 by sechilds
10.7: Remove the Dock's display delay - Mac OS X Hints
While reverse engineering the Dock for HyperDock, I stumbled over this useful hidden setting that removes the display delay when the Dock is hidden.

To remove the delay, open Terminal, type or copy and paste the following line and hit return:
defaults write com.apple.Dock autohide-delay -float 0 && killall Dock
To restore the default behavior, enter:
defaults delete com.apple.Dock autohide-delay && killall Dock
[kirkmc adds: This is a nice hint. It has always annoyed me that, when moving the mouse to the side of my screen (I keep the Dock on the left side), there is that half-second delay before it displays. I've applied this setting and will use this permanently. It's not that a half-second is a long time, but my brain expects the Dock to appear more quickly, and it is always stymied by the wait.]
OS_X 
april 2012 by sechilds
The Mac Monochrome Trend – A Plea For Keeping Things Colourful
As much as I enjoyed looking at these mockups, though, they have reminded me of one thing I dislike greatly in many recent Apple UIs – monochrome icons. I will be striving to keep monochrome icons out of Scrivener for as long as possible. This was a trend introduced in Lion, as part of Lion’s attempt to be more iOS-like. Anyone using Lion will have noticed this trend – you can see it in the Finder, Mail and Preview, among other Apple programs. As of Lion, all the toolbar icons and all of the source list icons in these programs are solid grey – all colour has been drained away.
OS_X  from instapaper
march 2012 by sechilds
How new Mac security measures will impact AppleScript | Macworld
Apple doesn’t want to annoy you, or restrict you from doing the things you want to do with your Mac. So if you run a script “by hand”—whether from AppleScript Editor, from within Automator, or as a standalone app or droplet—it should be able to do whatever it’s scripted to do, just as it can today. Put another way, you should be able to continue to run scripts by hand just as you always have.
OS_X  gatekeeper  Mountain_Lion 
march 2012 by sechilds
Marcel Turcotte :: Mac OS X
Security conscious users will want to browse through the security configuration guide before booting their new computer.
security  OS_X 
february 2012 by sechilds
Cobook - The Smart Address Book for Mac
Cobook knows what you mean
Just type in an email, phone or
other piece of info and Cobook
will sort out where to put it.
contacts  OS_X 
february 2012 by sechilds
About Gatekeeper
Great post from @stevenf on code-signing, Gatekeeper, and the Mac App Store:

Today’s Mountain Lion announcement introduces an important new security feature, called Gatekeeper, in addition to the “sandboxing” feature that premiered in Lion. I’d like to talk a little bit about it, and why it’s important to all Mac users.
Malware is out of control. Almost every day I read a new article about a major security breach in a well-known organization. There is big money to be made from stolen credit card numbers and identities. End-user applications on individual computers are a prime attack vector because, even with the best tools and the best programmers, vulnerabilities sneak their way in. Trying to make applications free of vulnerabilities (while still an important goal) is to lose the overall cat-and-mouse race.
As Mac users, we’ve mostly enjoyed a life free of the worry that has followed Windows users for years. Mac OS X is pretty damn secure. But it could be more secure. As Macs enjoy increased popularity, they become a more attractive target to identity thieves and other criminals. Sooner or later, bad people ruin every nice thing. It’s an immutable law of humanity.
So, what to do about this? Code-signing, although it can’t single-handedly fix the problem forever, is a vital weapon in the fight against malware. But many folks are unclear on how it works, or how it helps. Let me try to explain in as close to plain English as I can.
OS_X  gatekeeper  Mountain_Lion  security  from instapaper
february 2012 by sechilds
What developers need to know about OS X Mountain Lion — Apple News, Tips and Reviews
Read 's article to see why I think today's Gatekeeper announcement is a big deal for the Mac ecosystem:
OS_X  gatekeeper  from twitter_favs
february 2012 by sechilds
Lion in VMware Fusion - Matt Gemmell
Seems you can install and run the Mountain Lion beta in . My instructions for Lion work:
OS_X  from twitter_favs
february 2012 by sechilds
Apple - OS X Mountain Lion - Gatekeeper keeps your Mac even safer.
Charmed that Apple included MarsEdit in this App Store screenshot, but fascinated that they added a SPACE to the name!
gatekeeper  OS_X  from twitter_favs
february 2012 by sechilds
Olivier Labs | Jason
Jason is a JSON viewer & editor for Mac OS X. It can open local documents as well as download JSON data via HTTP and, in case of invalid data, an error message is presented and the line containing the error is highlighted.
OS_X  JSON 
february 2012 by sechilds
Olivier Labs | Latte
Latte is a Mac OS X application that uses such Web engines as CodeCogs and Google Chart to typeset formulas written in LaTeX. Formulas can be dragged to other applications (e.g. Keynote, Pages) and, in the case of PDF formulas, scaled to an arbitrary size. Both the LaTeX input and the rendered output can be saved onto your local disk, making it easy to build a library of formulas.
LaTeX  OS_X 
february 2012 by sechilds
AirPort Utility 5.6 for Mac OS X Lion
Apple's latest update to Airport Utility (6.0) just lost some advanced features. Download link for older version:
Apple  wireless  OS_X  from twitter_favs
february 2012 by sechilds
Steven Frank: Notes: Home
My personal notes on how to do a variety of things that may be useful to others.
OS_X 
january 2012 by sechilds
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