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Mac OS X: How To Generate SSH Keys

If you use the Terminal for any amount of work, sooner or later you will probably come across the need to use SSH. SSH is a transfer protocol used to send data securely over the internet. It stands for Secure Shell. SSH has the ability to use keys, which will allow one computer to access … Read more…

Digitally sign documents using OS X Mavericks

One of the cooler, often overlooked features of OS X Mavericks is it’s ability to scan a signature using your iSight camera, and the ability to use that signature to digitally sign a PDF document. This tutorial will walk you through setting this up. To get started, you’ll need a couple of things.

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Web Development on the Mac: Part 2 – MySQL

Installing MySQL on OS X can be as easy or as complex as you want it to be. On the complex side, since OS X is UNIX, you could install from source and build your own package. Or your could use the Homebrew package manager to install completely from the command line.

The easiest way to get MySQL installed on OS X is to use the packages built by MySQL. The packages are offered up in tarball or in DMG. Getting the DMG is going to give you the most ‘Mac’ like install. For the purpose of simplicity, this is the method we will use in this example.

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Updating WordPress on Mac OS X Server

About the only thing I miss about hosting my sites on a Linux webhost running Cpanel is the ability to auto update WordPress sites with one click. Granted, my experience with WordPress auto update is a mixed bag. When it works, it is all kinds of awesome. When it doesn’t, it leaves your site inaccessible … Read more…

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How To Enable PHP & MySQL in Snow Leopard

In previous versions of Mac OS X, Apple included PHP, but usually an older version that what was available at the time of the operating systems release. In Snow Leopard, Apple has included the just released PHP 5.3. Compared with other Mac OS X releases, Apple has made getting PHP and MySQL up and running much easier than before.

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Ask OS X Factor

Q: I am constantly fat fingering “Command – Escape”, which invokes Front Row. It’s irritating. Any way I can disable Front Row? A: The best solution is to just disable the keyboard shortcut for Front Row. To do this, open System Preferences, go to Keyboard & Mouse and click on the “Keyboard Shortcuts” tab. The … Read more…

Growl and GrowlMail Problems…

Having problems with GrowlMail not working in the latest version of Growl? You’re not alone. There seems to be a bug that has yet to be documented in the release notes. If after installing the GrowlMail plugin you still don’t have the GrowlMail prefpane in Mail.app, run these commands in the terminal: defaults write com.apple.mail … Read more…

An Introduction to AppleScript Studio

So, you want to learn about AppleScript Studio? Well, you’ve come to the right place. AppleScript Studio is one of the exciting new technologies that Apple has integrated into its free developer tools in recent years, and it’s one of the easiest ways to create professional-looking programs very fast, even if you have limited programming … Read more…