Working with /etc/hosts on Mac

apple Creating hosts file entries allows you to create DNS aliases which can be very handy for web development. If your on a Mac, you will notice that it has the /etc/hosts file just like other unix os's.

One problem I kept running into however was that OS X was caching my host entries.


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Web Services Problems with ColdFusion 8 on a Mac

apple coldfusion java I just got a brand new Mac Pro yesterday - I spent most of yesterday installing stuff, but today I was trying to get a little work done... I ran into a problem when trying to invoke web services on CF8 - it threw the following error:

coldfusion.jsp.


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How many iPhone Visitors have you had?

apple I was curious if anyone was using an iPhone to read my blog yet, I'm sure before too long we will all be optimizing our sites for 3.5" displays. To find out I did a little grep on my Apache log file and piped it to wc to count the number of matches:

fgrep 'iPhone;' access.


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iTunes Podcast RSS Enclosure URL Encoding Tip

apple web I am working on publishing a podcast in iTunes for one of my clients. From what I have read on various blogs iTunes can be very picky, so I thought I would post this for anyone else having this problem.


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Apple 30 Inch Cinema Display Boosts Productivity up to 73%

apple misc If you've been trying to figure out a way to get your hands on a 30" Apple Cinema Display, show your boss these reports on the productivity gains associated with using larger, or multiple monitors.


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Attention to detail

apple I noticed something new today on my Mac. When you download a file with Safari, the icon for the new file has a progress bar that updates as it downloads.


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Apple still likes their RSS icon

web I noticed that Apple is still promoting their blue RSS icon in the marketing material for their new iWeb software in iLife '06. This despite the fact that Microsoft has said that IE will use same feed icon as firefox.


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Refurbished MacBooks, iPods, iBooks, and More

apple Apple's affiliate program just sent me an email pointing to some

great deals on refurbished Apple products

from the Apple Store. You can get 20-45% off the price of pretty much any product.


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iTunes Dashboard Widget

apple My iTunes Music Store dashboard widget has made it on Apple's Top 50 dashboard widget downloads at number 15.

I actually never got around to posting about it here on my blog, but I built it a while back - around the same time I built the amazon search dashboard widget.


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Mac Users on the Rise

apple web I know that my visitors represent a very niche portion of the internet - but I have noticed that the number of Mac users on this web site has spiked this month.

In January of 2005 4.3% of my visitors were on Mac's, so far in May of 2005 12.4% are Mac users.


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Amazon Search Dashboard Widget for Tiger

apple web I have had Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger for 3 days, and I have already released my first Dashboard Widget called Dash Shopper - Amazon Product Search Dashboard Widget.

The widget supports multiple locales US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, and Japan.


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The Year of the Tiger

apple Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger was just delivered to my office from Amazon. I'm pretty impressed, I ordered it with Free Shipping, got a $35 rebate, and it was only 2 business days later than if I ordered direct from Apple.


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Apple and Mac Blog Aggregator

apple I just launched a new online aggregator for Apple, Mac, OS X, and iPod news at macread.com. Think Fullasagoog, or MXNA for Apple stuff, instead of Macromedia stuff!

It is currently pulling in 44 feeds with updates on the hour.


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