Great Tool For Network Bandwidth Monitoring: vnstat

apple linux Did you ever wonder how much bandwidth your linux server is using each month, or each day? There are a number of tools that can give you this information, but many of them are packet sniffers, and can effect performance.


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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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Anyone used MacFuse?

apple My brother Steve just pointed me to MacFuse which looks like it will be super handy!

You have been able to setup a remote SSH virtual local file system on linux for a while now. I have wanted to be able to do this on my Mac for a few years now.


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Howto Backup your Mac incrementally over SSH

apple linux Do you have access to a shell account on a unix server with some spare space? If so it's pretty easy to incrementally backup your files securely with SSH.


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USB Phone for Skype on Mac

misc I mentioned previously that I was looking at voip phone services. I decided to go with Skype, and finally got around to getting a USB phone.


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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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Shell Script for backpack todo lists

apple linux I whipped up this shell script for adding items to your backpack todo list. I've tested this on Mac OSX 10.4 (Tiger) but it should work on any mac, and most unix operating systems if your using a bash shell.


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How to Disable the Safari RSS Feature

apple If you don't use Safari as an RSS Feed reader (I use bloglines), the feature can get kind of annoying. Every time you click on an RSS feed, it is redirected to a feed:// url.


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The 15 Essential UNIX commands

apple linux misc Learning UNIX is a seemingly daunting task, there are thousands of commands out there, each with hundreds of options. But in reality you only need to know a few of them.

I use unix quite a bit, usually either on one of our Linux servers, or on my Powerbook with OS X.


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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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Dashboard Widget Tip - Quickly Removing Widgets

apple You can make the close X show-up on a widget by holding down Command and Alt/Option. This is sometimes easier than hitting the + button.


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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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Macromedia and OS X v10.4 / Tiger Compatibility

apple Note that if you plan to use Dreamweaver, FreeHand, or Contribute on Mac OS X 10.4, Tiger, there are some known issues that Macromedia has posted. Dreamweaver has about 11 compatibility issues though none of them look to be too serious.


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Tiger (Java 1.5/5) on Tiger (Mac OSX 10.4)

apple java Apple has released Java 1.5 as a manual download with no plans to release J2SE 5.0 for earlier releases of Mac OS X. Which I guess means that its not going to show up in Software Update for quite some time. Additionally applications requiring J2SE 5.0 / JDK 1.5 must explicitly request version 1.5.


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QuickSilver

apple I have read things about QuickSilver for a while, but never got around to trying it. Well I finally installed it, and had my ah-ha moment with it.


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PostgreSQL for Mac OS X

apple databases There is a new project that has created an installer for PostgreSQL Database Server on Mac OS X. The project also aims to create some native OSX gui tools for PostgreSQL.


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Linux and OS X Shell Commands

apple linux I found this site with a handy list of OS X and Linux shell commands, along with documentation.


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Powerbook Sleeve Cases

apple I am looking for a simple sleeve case for my 12" powerbook. One I found that I like has been out of stock for a while, the Booq Viper XS.


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Mac OS X Multiple Virtual Desktops

apple One very cool feature in Unix / X-Windows graphical environments is that you can have multiple virtual desktops. Each desktop has its own windows, and you can move windows onto different desktops.


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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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ColdFusion MX 7 on Mac OS X

coldfusion apple If your installing CFMX 7 on Mac OS X and getting hung up on "Starting Graphing..." then you need to add a property to your JVM Arguments. Add -Djava.awt.headless=true in your JMC Server - Settings - JVM Settings - VM Arguments.


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did you hack my cf?