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Phoby the wonder slide show app for OS X

Stumbled across this one reading the Squeak Japanese Mailing List and checking out YFB’s Blog What is it you ask? A slide show application that supports transparency and can always stay in front so you can have a transculent slide show going on while doing other stuff. Talk about an utterly gratuitous way to use […]

Linux NFS Stupidity

There’s a story on Mac OS X Hints about people who NFS mount their home directories are having problems in Panther if they use a Linux NFS Server (must… control… stuck… up… snicker… argh… who am I kidding). Anyways there’s a link to the NFS Source code with a patch for fixing this problem in […]

You didn’t backup did you?

Oh crap. The Archive and Install option in Panther nuked all of the customizations I had put into the Apache CGI Directory! Worry worry worry… Oh yes… Fire up Terminal: cd / ls / Hmmm, hey I see /Previous Systems cd /Previous Systems/Previous System 1/Library/WebServer/CGI-Executables ls Dear sweet sweet day. It’s still there!!!!

BottomFeeder for OS X Mini-Review

I downloaded BottomFeeder, a SmallTalk powered blogging tool. I was really overjoyed to see it being a cross-platform piece of software with OS X support. So I glady downloaded it and started looking through it. Here is what I found… First off, the manual didn’t have any explanation besides the bare minimum for how to […]

More Panther goodness

I’ve been getting acquainted with Panther’s new features. So far I find the UI snappier than Jaguar which is a good thing since I want my UI to wait for me and NOT the other way around. But here’s some very cool stuff: man sendmail SENDMAIL(1) SENDMAIL(1) NAME sendmail – Postfix to Sendmail compatibility interface […]

X11 Server startup Weirdness (and a fix) in Panther

For some reason, when I upgraded to Panther my Dock shortcut to the X11 Server busted. After fiddling around I noticed in the Consoloe that it was complaining about some unrecognized option when launching. I found X11 in the Applications directory and tried that but the same problem. After scritching my head for a bit […]

Virtual Memory thrashing sucks

So here I am after a month of not using NetNewsWire Lite so I fire it up innocently with a bunch of my other well used apps in the background. I watch in horror as NetNewsWire eats up all available remaining memory then continue to keep on allocating more and more memory (i managed to […]

Living in a Mac Wonderland

Another OreillyNet article strikes again… This one summarizing the brainchild behind Rendezvous going to FooCamp which must have been some sort of Oreilly geek conference (Sheesh one of these days I’ll dig up the cash to make it to one of these conferences) and trying to give a talk on Basic Rendezvous and getting trumped […]

More iSight Video Tricks

Lots of good things have happened since I wrote Making Movies with the iSight, in which I explained how to use QuickTime Broadcaster with Apple’s new webcam. In this article I’ll show you new iSight video tricks and easier ways to make movies than with Broadcaster. [O’Reilly] I want an iSight now…

Control Your Mac from Afar

Do you want to control your Mac, or one that you’re responsible for, from a remote location? If you’re running Mac OS X, you can take advantage of a variety of built-in Unix and AppleScript tools to control your computer from afar. Harold Martin shows you how. [O’Reilly]

A shell script to manage system-wide services in OS X

This shell script will allow you to turn on or off the system-wide services for all applications. For each application, you can turn all of its services on or off. By disabling unused services, you will have a much less cluttered menu, and maybe faster login (is it faster?). All modifications to the info.plist files […]

What about Mac Viruses?

MacSlash had a link to an article at the Mac Observer which covered one person’s hunt to find information on Mac Viruses. After searching Network Associates and Virex’s Database using a simple search for the word ‘Macintosh’ and subtracted out all of the viruses that were Word or Excel based Macros (ah the joys of […]

Free Photos to Web tools from MacMerc

MacMerc covers free tools that allow exporting of photos to the web. Lots of interesting tools that integrate with iPhoto. Click here to read more.

OS X’s version of ldd

I’m used to using ldd to help list shared libraries for programs in UNIX-land. If you’re a UNIX Admin type person or a UNIX developer ldd is really valuable for trying to figure out what an executable file needs to run.Naturally I tried to use ldd on OS X and noticed this: (555) lddbash: ldd: […]

OS X Tech Trivia

Okay, I’m really lost. I’m noticing on an iMac that after awhile it gets DOG slow. As in waiting tens of seconds for any response from the GUI after awhile. I’m completely baffled to why this happens. The Console Log tool shows nothing. When I ssh into the machine (lucky when that even works) and […]