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

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Growl 1.1.3 beta 4 + Mac OS X 10.5.3 = Nightmare

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I use Growl mostly for email notifications because post the Mac OS X 10.5 update IMAP flag support (new mail notification) blows. Unfortunately x2 GrowlMail (the mail notification which I love and rely on) did not work with 10.5 – so I am forced to rely on having SquirrelMail open so I can see what new mail is where within my many mailboxes. Anyway – I recently saw there was a new(er) beta available for Growl and all was working as expected until I downloaded Mac OS X 10.5.3. After that – I had a lot of weird errors and… Read More »

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Undeleting Accidentally Deleted Files

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It happens to everyone – and it happened to me last week. I use my MiniStack external 500gig drive for my iTunes music library…and to make room for a complete backup (using Time Machine) I accidentally deleted all my music. Did I have a backup of all my music? No. I recently cleaned up my backup files and deleted the backup that had all my music files. I have since changed my backups to include music on a regular basis but to get back all the lost music – I used File Salvage. The process took a long time –… Read More »

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Backup to Amazon S3 With Rsync.

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Finally – I stumbled upon an article that outlines how to use rsync, Mac OS X, Jungle Disk, and Amazon S3 (all which I use). This will simplify and speed up my backup process. (Especially when my external backup drive has been acting a little irregular this morning.) If you do not backup your files, or have not looked at Amazon S3 yet – this is your chance!

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Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) SMB Fix

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I ran into an issue earlier today where I could not connect to a SMB share after my upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5. After some research, I found a thread in Apple’s Discussions. Basically…you need to not use “Connect to Server…” – you need to mount/unmount the SMB share via the command line. Basic Mount/Unmount Process Create a directory (folder) where you want the mounted share to appear. I created a folder called “SMB” on my Desktop Type in the following command: mount_smbfs //[email protected]/remote_share /Users/useyourusername/Desktop/SMB in the terminal You will be prompted for your password, type it in You… Read More »

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Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Finally

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I finally had some time this evening to install Mac OS X 10.5 on my MacBook Pro. I have not done a thorough run through of all the new bells and whistles but I have to say – it is pretty sharp OS. Everything is very crisp and clean. I will report back later when I have more of an opinion. 😉

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so long, farewell ben!

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After working with Ben for almost eight years he had decided to move on. I wanted to wish Ben all the luck in the world. We had a great time working together for many years…as he put up with my on again off again relationship with Mac OS X Server and I put up with his “not as funny as he thought” videos and comics 😉 We also had a good time playing Carmageddon 2, Diablo, Diablo II and Quake 3 Arena. We did do some great work in between all the games and great music (I got him out… Read More »

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fun Mac OS X screenshots.

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I spent the majority of Monday night cleaning up my hardrive, my email, my server space, and my iDisk. During this cleanup I saw some interesting (and in my mind funny) things…I just had to take a screenshot. Enjoy. The first screenshot is from my Mail.app. Someone had sent me an html email that contained lots of graphics…when I saw the number of attachments I had to laugh. Sometimes I think about putting something similar to that in my CC line of my email for those who copy everyone they ever knew. Stop the insanity! Good work Apple on putting… Read More »

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fun with defaults write in Mac OS X.

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Ever since yesterday’s defaults write question and then post, I have been doing some fun research on what else is possible with defaults write Note:Most of these changes require you to restart the finder after entering these into Terminal.app killall Finder. change your screenshot file format: defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleScreenShotFormat JPEG or TIFF or PNG or PICT Disable outlines around icon names on the desktop: defaults write NSGlobalDomain Desktop.HasDarkBackground 0 Show trash on the desktop: defaults write com.apple.finder Desktop.HasTrash 1 Configure AFP to exclusively use SSH Create a login hook Finally…when someone is driving you completely insane and it is… Read More »

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