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Toggle showing or hiding Invisible Files on Mac

If you need to access hidden files in the Finder.  Just launch your Terminal buddy and type the following: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE Change “TRUE” to “FALSE” to hide the files Then restart the Finder killall Finder If on a client's machine you better make sure and retoggle or they will surely freak out and generate a follow up call.

2019-10-26T10:17:36-04:00December 8th, 2008|Quick Tips|

Terminal: Remote Host Identification Changed for SSH on Mac

I came across this problem when i was hacking my AppleTV. But the problem has to do with key generation on remote hosts. Sometimes the known.hosts file gets corrupted for whatever reason on your local machine and you can no longer connect via SSH to another machine.  If you get this type of an error you can try this little diddy. Fixed me up right quick.  Enjoy! Problem:  Unable to establish secure shell to remote [...]

2019-10-26T10:20:50-04:00December 8th, 2008|Quick Tips|

Changing the frequency of Time Machine backups

Updated 1/8/10: just use this! http://timesoftware.free.fr/timemachineeditor/ - If you need to alter the frequency of Time Machine backups there is a manual way and way using a GUI editor. I have included both methods. Manual Method Navigate to the following file: System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backup-auto.plist Edit the line containing the Integer value currently 3600 seconds. If you want to back up every half hour then change this integer to 1800. Or you can use Terminal sudo defaults write [...]

2019-10-26T10:50:58-04:00December 8th, 2008|Quick Tips|

Force PDF downloads from a website rather than view in browser window

Sometimes you want files in certain format like PDF to be downloaded instead of opened in new browsers. Because such files normally have very large size and may cause your browser run out of memory. With Apache .htaccess file force download can’t be easier. See the example below: <Files *.pdf*> ForceType applicaton/octet-stream </Files> This example will download all .pdf files when directly linking to them.

2019-10-26T10:11:04-04:00December 5th, 2008|Quick Tips|

Mac Compatible Web Cams

Frequently updated resource link with some commentary on the various offerings of web cams. http://www.mac-compatible-web-cam.com/ Wikepedia article about UVC standards.  This is the standard that most if not all new web cams and many USB devices are adopting as it allows for pretty much true cross-platform compatibility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_video_device_class -------------------------------------------------------------------- Here a few samples of UVC compliant Web Cams that should work natively with Tiger and Leopard: Logitech 9600 ( Top of line) http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-960-000172-Quickcam-Ultra-Vision/dp/B0014BE4T2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1228422981&sr=1-1 Live Cam [...]

2019-10-26T11:05:09-04:00December 4th, 2008|Quick Tips|

syslogd ramping CPU on Mac

Issue syslogd process will constantly run at 100% CPU. Resolution Remove the file /var/log/asl.db Check the file size it should be less than a MB. After removing the file it will recreate itself.

2019-10-26T11:06:19-04:00December 4th, 2008|Quick Tips|

Adobe CS3 InDesign JavaScript Error

If you get: "JavaScript Error! Error Number: 45 ErrorString: Object is Invalid Line 387" Then try this: Locate the PluginConfig.txt file found in the following folder: Windows XP: C:Documents and Settings<username>Application DataAdobeInDesignVersion 5.0. Windows Vista: C:Users<user>AppDataRoamingAdobeInDesign5.0 Mac OS: <user>/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/Version 5.0 Delete the PluginConfig.txt file. Restart InDesign. Select Configure Plug-ins under the InDesign menu to open the Configure Plug-ins panel. Select the Adobe Plug-ins or All Plug-ins Set from the drop-down menu.

2019-10-26T11:00:54-04:00November 13th, 2008|Quick Tips|