Jennifer Zelazny

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Category: HOWTOs

Step by step guides to help with technical issues that I have worked on over the years.

HOWTOs

Find Largest Files (UNIX)

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Ever need to find which files are taking up the most room on your server in a particular directory? If so – you can easily find the largest files by running the following command: find -type f | xargs -I{} du -s "{}" | sort -rn | head -10 | cut -f2 | xargs -I{} du -sh "{}" * You set the number of files you want to see by changing the number where I used 10. Read more

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Install Memcache in Under 5 Minutes with Bitnami

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The more I work with Bitnami, the more I absolutely love it. After migrating a number of applications over to my server – I realized I could benefit from using Memcache. I decided to do a quick look at the documentation for Bitnami and found exactly what I needed. Within 5 minutes I had Memcache up and running. Of course after I did that – I also took a closer look to see what other PHP modules were available – and installed a few more. What I love most? The documentation is great and everything I try actually works –... Read More » Read more

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HOWTO: Kill the Dock in Mac OS X

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Today I ran into a situation on my computer where the dock would not show after a restart. If this ever happens – you can easily fix it by opening up the Terminal application (Applications > Utilities > Terminal) and then type in the following code then hit the return button. Within a few minutes – your dock will then appear as expected. killall Dock Read more

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How To Create a Grayscale PDF on Mac OS X

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This morning I had to send over a PDF file to the printer and they wanted my color version in greyscale. To create a greyscale version of a PDF there are a few steps you need to follow: Go to the File menu and click “Print”. Once you are there – click on the PDF button (see screenshot) and select “Open PDF in Preview” Within Preview (the application) go to the File menu and select “Save…”. When the dialog box opens, you will see an option called “Quartz Filter”. In that drop down menu, choose “Gray Tone”. Save the PDF... Read More » Read more

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HOWTO: Report Spam for iCloud Users

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Recently I started getting some Russian match.com (lovely) spam that just kept on coming. I got so tired of it – I decided to take a minute to see how I could properly report this as spam without getting a ton of other similar messages. Turns out – if you are an iCloud user – you just need to do the following: In OS X Mail When viewing the message, choose Forward as Attachment from the Message menu. Send the message to [email protected] Also send the message to the [email protected] address, replacing “domain address” with the domain the spam was sent from. For example, if... Read More » Read more

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Have a Humidifier? Make Sure You Clean It!

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Holy cow. Last night we decided to put the humidifier on for the boys since it is getting to be that time of year when the air is dry and the colds/sinus problems begin. A few years back I purchased a really cute Winnie the Pooh humidifier for Evan and we ran it most winter nights. When I went to turn it on last night – we noticed there was not any visible cool air coming out. I decided I would take it into the kitchen and take a look. I was horrified to see the grossness in the base.... Read More » Read more

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Show Disk Space Usage (Sorted)

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Every once and awhile I find myself needed to what is the space hog on my computer/server. While the command du – h in the command line works for a general overview – I really want to see the results in descending order (by space used). This command will list out everything in descending order so you can quickly see where the most space is used: du -k -s * | sort -k1 -g -r Read more

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Making the Most of Your Backups

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Having a backup of your data is crucial. Being able to successfully restore your data is even more crucial. For the last three weeks, I have been spending two hours a week on organizing/reorganizing all my data. One of my goals for 2012 is to be 100% sure I am backing up what I need and ONLY what I need. I have two backup drives here in my office that I use with Apple’s Time Machine. I also then backup remotely once a week to Amazon S3 using JungleDisk. I also have data on a remote server for all my... Read More » Read more

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The Delicate Balance of Parenting

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I love my kids more than I ever thought possible. Once and awhile everything fits together nicely and you feel like you everything is in balance. Most days however there is a constant multi-dimensional game of tug of war going on with both parents over how to do x, y, and z with the kids. Read more