Category: Mac

Mac OS X user idle time in Python

I’m still on the quest for the perfect free kiosk app for Mac OS X. I’ve used Plainview to good effect in several exhibits. I’ve used Opera in one, and I’m using Firefox with R-Kiosk in another. Which program to

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Spotlight for coders

Apologies to everyone who already knew this… I just discovered something very cool. As an only occasional coder (Python, mostly, when I get the chance to write code), I don’t have a very good grasp of where all the header

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Mac OS X ssh quickie

Are you getting these messages in your console log when you make a new user on Mac OS X and then try to ssh in to the computer with that new user name? Then don’t do what I did. After

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Review: Rubbermaid 12-Slot Organizer as a Mac mini server rack

I needed to do something about the Mac minis that were accumulating on the table in my office. Digging around, I found this Rubbermaid organizer on Amazon. It turns out to be nearly perfect. The unit is very sturdy, was

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newsyslog on Mac OS X

So, just to finish off what I’ve learned about newsyslog on Mac OS X… In addition to figuring out how to deal with denyhosts, here’s how to set up Apache and Mailman log rotation. I’m running standard Apache 2.2 that

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denyhosts on Mac OS X

I just spent some time figuring out how to set up denyhosts on Snow Leopard. I’ve used denyhosts before, but never felt like I had things set up properly for Mac OS. Now I think I have it figured out,

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Dear Safari 4 developers:

My overall impression is that it’s slower than the beta and slower than Safari 3. But that’s gut feel, not with hard data. The “loading” bar is also far less obvious now, and I always find myself wondering whether Safari

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Moving the server

Is there anything that’s more nerve-wracking than taking down a perfectly functioning server in order to do something with it? This morning I had to move two servers (a PowerMac G5 running Leopard Server, and a Mac Mini running 10.4)

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Ode to the Mac Mini

Rumors about the death of the Mac Mini and now, the rebirth of the Mac Mini prompted me to post my own personal wish that the Mac Mini retain many of its current characteristics. At the MIT Museum, we use

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Air, not yet.

One thing I didn’t buy yesterday was a MacBook Air. I went to the Chestnut Hill Mall Apple store to see what it looked like but they didn’t have any to show. The store won’t have any to look at

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