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Change AppleHighlightColor for Preview.app

Recently I got annoyed using the find feature in the Preview.app and not being able to see the found strings easily.

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JavaScript Debugging in Safari

Trying to accomplish serious web development with the Mac OS X Safari browser is hampered by the fact that Javascript debugging is not available to the level possible with Firefox and, lets say, the FireBug extension.

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Wake On LAN for OS X

Recently there was an interesting discussion on a work related mac-alias how to actually use the Wake On LAN feature on Macs that support it.

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bind9, rndc and iptables

Recently (well, a couple of months ago) I finally decided to rent a server at a large co-location server farm (serverpronto.com) and picked Debian as the Linux distro of choice.

After a while I wanted to setup the new server as a DNS slave, which wasn't as hard as I had expected. But when it came to stoping or restarting the bind daemon on that box, I always got

rndc: connect failed: connection refused

even though I was sure that I had configured my named.conf and rndc.conf files correctly, and the file permissions were correct as well.

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SMB/CIFS sharing

Every once in a while I need to copy files between my two Macs, and usually I use the CLI for this, but sometimes I choose the Finder->Connect To Server to mount my home directory, so I can browse and drag-n-drop files between computers.

Today I "discovered" that the feature to share your home directory via SMB has to be enabled per user.

SMB Sharing 1SMB Sharing 2

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Performancing

This is a blog entry published with a firefox extension called Performancing

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Mac OS X 10.4.6 upgrade

This week Apple distributed an update to its latest OS. Two things I notice after upgrading:

  1. when I nfs mount a directory from a *NIX server, the mount-point dir immediately vanishes in the Finder
  2. My Spotlight menu in the Finder is unresponsive, and searching for things is not as reliable update: a reboot fixed that.
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Mac OS X Coolness

Address Book Menu

Today I discovered a feature endeering Mac OS X 10.4 even more. By coincidence I found out that you can add birthdays to AddressBook entries
AddressBook Add Field
,and then create a special calendar in iCal
iCal Preferences
that conveniently shows all Birthday entries from your AddressBook. Call me crazy, but thats pretty nifty
iCal Birthdays.

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HFS+ and case sensitivity

Yesterday I lost invaluable hours of my life trying to use svn on Mac OS X to checkout a source tree for a project at work. Somehow it took me very long to figure out that it always crapped out at the same file, and that said file. 

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Autism

Today I read this on /. and considered it worthy of saving:

Environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has just published a review of evidence for the link between thimerosal (a mercury-based preservative added to vaccines until 2003) and the autism epidemic. It also details attempts by the FDA and CDC to protect the drug industry from litigation by producing favorable results rather than objective studies: '"Four current studies are taking place to rule out the proposed link between autism and thimerosal," Dr. Gordon Douglas, then-director of strategic planning for vaccine research at the National Institutes of Health, assured a Princeton University gathering in May 2001.

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