Sunday, December 21, 2003
Thursday, December 18, 2003
Thursday, December 11, 2003
What is interesting, and useful, and worth it's weight in pixels, is this chunk of a comment posted by psychogentoo regarding the OS X vulnerability and how to actually close it:
(How To Read Slashdot Comments: locate the Threshold pop-up and switch it to 5. Click "Change". 719 comments distilled to a readable and interesting 48).
- Click the Finder icon in the Dock.
- From the Go menu, choose Applications.
- Find the Utilities folder and double-click to open it.
- Open the Directory Access utility.
- Click the lock button, type your password, and click OK to authenticate.
- Select the LDAP service and click Configure.
- Deselect the "Use DCHP-supplied LDAP Server" option. See Figure 1.
- Click OK. Your computer is no longer susceptible to this exploit.
Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Monday, December 08, 2003
FWIW, the shift-key thing is not new. Try holding shift when you click the minimize button or double-click the title bar (if you're fast, you even can tap shift right after pressing Cmd-M); then hold shift when you click on that minimized window in the Dock.
Amaze your friends! Discuss!
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
I've installed the MySQL package from Server Logistics and I'm real rusty in the Terminal. I'm trying set the path so I don't have to type the entire string all the time.Discuss
Now I don't see a file called ".tcshrc" in my home directory so I need to make one. Just call name the file with the extention?
Yep, exactly. In Unix a file that starts with a period doesn't actually have an extension, the period tells the system that the file should be invisible (like the Finder's Invisible flag). This is used to hide configuration files from the user and works with any file (stick a period at the beginning of a JPEG's filename and it'll disappear from sight).
Before we go further, a few key unix commands you'll need:
Shows all the _visible_ files in a directory
Shows _all_ the files in a directory, including the invisible ones
Unix locate utility, much faster than the Finders and it'll find files the Finder won't (like .tcshrc)
Used like: > locate .tcshrc
Returns: > /Users/god/.tcshrc
Stands for "print working directory". Shows you the complete path to where you currently are
Not to mention I get confused between /Users/myuser and /usr/local for "home directory". It would be /Users/myuser, right?
When docs refer to the Home directory, they means yours, in this case /Users/myuser. /usr/local is system-wide and probably not where you want to make these changes.
Can I make this file using Pico? The Thomas Berger notes mention an app called "vi" but running that in Terminal appears totally greek to me.
Yes but the Unix geeks will laugh at you. Personally I like pico and use pico for all my cmd-line text editing because I've never been able to figure out how to use vi or vim or emacs and don't care to take the time to learn. Your choice of text editor appears to be a huge deal in the Unix world (go figgur). When unix geeks ask me and I say "pico" they laugh at me and then usually get into a shouting match with each other over vi vs. emacs.
I don't know how familiar you are with pico but none of the key commands are the same as any standard Mac app. The important ones:
Saving: control-O (oh)
BTW, BBEdit's "Open Hidden..." feature is invaluable for this sort of thing too, as it'll let you open and edit text files normally invisible to GUI applications. pico's great for small stuff like this but for editing the likes of Apache's massive conf files nothin' beats BBEdit.
Finally, here's what my .tcshrc looks like so you have something to compare to:
setenv PATH "$PATH":/Library/MySQL/bin
setenv PATH "$PATH":/Library/PostgreSQL/bin
setenv LC_ALL C
setenv CVSROOT "/usr/local/cvsrep"
Tuesday, December 02, 2003
Can anyone help my cousin Keith? He installed Panther on his PowerBook, found it didn't play nice with some of his applications (he makes films and videos) and so re-installed Jaguar, using the Archive option, rather than doing a clean install. Now, when he boots up, he sees the usual login screen, types his username and password, and is then faced with Darwin in all its texty glory.If you've got suggestions, please head on over and post 'em.
So, how can he fix this? Is there a command he can type to into his terminal to, you know, er, sort of launch Jaguar the way you can launch applications? Or is he just totally buggered?
Monday, December 01, 2003
- View Album Art for the Current iTunes Track
- Create an iChat Message That Spans Multiple Lines
- Pick Multiple Genres for iTunes Songs