Jennifer Zelazny

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Apple Mac OS X Server UNIX Web Development

Mac OS X Server, Apple, A Truce Please?

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Well…one look at the “Safari cannot connect to localhost because your computer is connected to the internet” message I received yesterday while trying to view my web site while on the train and I about lost it. After I hacked the apache conf, that was enough for me to put up the white flag when dealing with Mac OS X Server. Apple needs to hire me or some other apache/mac based person to tweak the apache conf in Mac OS X Server. I am so frustrated at this point I am going to throw Mac OS X client on my... Read More » Read more


SOCom II And The Art of Crossroads

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I am hooked on SoCom II I just recently started my own clan [T2] and try to get an hour or so in almost everyday to maintain my rank as a LT Commander…someday I will be a Captain. The headset in this game makes it because all my teammates and opponents get to hear that they are getting beat by a girl. Is it time to play yet? The secret on Crossroads…rush the bomb before your opponent does and if I am a terrorist, do not come near the warehouse. I will take your whole team out. Read more

Apple Hints Mac OS X Server UNIX Web Development

Little Tech Reminders

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I often perform the same tasks over and over and yet forget some little thing. This post is a reminder for me. General Apple hints. What to do when you get the “Do not enter sign”. (besides wonder how to describe it while searching for a solution) Starting up in target disk mode: hold down “t” Starting up in single user mode: hold down Apple +”s” How to set up open firmware password protection Command to check for user preference errors: sudo plutil -s ~/Library/Preferences/*.plist Mac OS X Server hints, aka Industrial Strength hints. Don’t change Mac OS X Server’s... Read More » Read more

Apple Mac OS X Server UNIX

Changing the IP On Mac OS X Server, Lessons Learned

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Is it common to change a server’s IP? I suppose yes and no. Yes, say you decide to move to a data center or your office moves or you want to configure a server to replace another server already using the IP you want for DNS reasons or you just need to reorganize your subnet. Yes, a change in IP is possible. Apple, thanks for figuring that out. I have been using Mac OS X Server since it first appeared on the scene and the sight of a “wheel” user really jarred me. Until now (Mac OS X Server 10.3.x)... Read More » Read more

People Standards

Great America, Great Commenting

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This past Saturday I spent most of the day at Six Flags Great America, or I should say I spent most of the day waiting in lines to go on all the major rollercoasters. This was my first visit to Great America this year, and my first year that I bought…well Amy bought season passes for both of us. We are both rollercoaster fans so since the weather was nice we jumped in the car off we went. Since you are in line…yes, in line, not on line (where is the line you are on?) for an hour at a... Read More » Read more

Apple Plugins

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When Mac OS X beta appeared on the scene with a mail application I was very excited. I was a die hard Eudora fan but I am always happy to try an Apple application…you know, since I have an Apple tattoo and all. I was very disappointed with what Apple had released so I went back to Eudora. Eudora had a lot features that did not which I used to help me get my job done. I used email templates religiously for users that forgot their web password, needed instructions on this and that so I stuck with Eudora... Read More » Read more

Serenity Now!

Flood = Standing Water = Swarms of Mosquitoes

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Whoa. I did not just play a crazy round of paintball…no those are welts from the mosquitoes. I grew up and ran around where we had dirt roads and lots of foilage, but never the kind of mosquitoes that left welts. I was using OFF’s (yes even OFF has a web site…and a killer URL) botanical blend…but I needed some deet, so I am now using deep forest OFF. I stink like OFF all day, and am sticky, but it has to be better than these crazy mosquitoes swarming onto my pale skin, right? I have some welts that itch... Read More » Read more


Coke C2

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Ok, I have a Coke problem…a Coca Cola Coke problem that is. I would love to cut my Coke habit down a bit. I am not too functional before my morning 12 ounces of enjoyment. I have been religously drinking Coke for six years now and I am sure all the sugar goodness has not been beneficial, but I love my Coke. Along comes Coke C2 with half the calories and half the sugar. Immediately I was both excited and cautious. Excited=less calories. Cautious:aspartame. I first tried this new Coke mix on Sunday out of a 20oz bottle and was... Read More » Read more


Spot Nazis

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Any Metra rider knows exactly where the doors open for the trains at their stops and then places themselves there each day in hopes of being one of the first people on the train, if the train is crowded to get one of two remaining seats. I have been riding the Metra every weekday for over 5 years. I spent the first 5 years at a small stop, the best stop on the line…and then recently migrated to a bigger stop where I can get an express train into the city. Well, it was one thing when the russian woman... Read More » Read more