Lion Tip: Adding your digital signature to PDF files….

Apple, Macintosh, OSX
If you ever are in need of signing a PDF file, you don't need to print/sign/scan it anymore, Lion's new preview app lets you insert/sign those pdf docs in a flash. Here is how you get your signature "scanned". Use a Sharpie marker and sign your name on a plain piece of paper. Make sure it's a plain sheet of paper with nothing written on either side. Open the Preview App and go to Preferences>Signatures and Press the small + button to add a new signature. A new window will pop up with your webcam video inside. Hold up the paper with your signature in front of the camera and make sure there is enough light in the room for the camera to get a clean image Align the signature…
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Lions new Finder Tricks….

Apple, Macintosh, OSX
Now that I'm getting settled in the latest OSX, I thought I share with you a couple of finder gems that might not be obvious right from the get go: 1) You now have the ability to select multiple files in a folder and right click on them to choose "New Folder with X Selections". This will create a new folder and move the selected files into that folder. Kinda neat and makes the process of moving large number of files a bit simpler. 2) You can now "move" files and folders from one place to another. First "copy" the file/folder in question by selecting it and using the command-c shortcut. Then find the place you want to move them to and instead of using the usual command-v (which copies…
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Tethering iphone 3GS and ipad 1G using bluetooth…

Apple, ipad, iPhone
Yep, it works. I was kinda disappointed when firmware 4.3 was introduced and the 3GS owners were left in the cold as far as wifi hotspot sharing. Apple only activated that function on the iphone 4. Anyhow, after messing around with the menus a bit tonite, I figured out how to do something similar to wifi tethering (hotspot) of ipad to the iphone 3GS using bluetooth. Here is how you do it: Turn wifi off on your 3GS and ipad device. I'm testing from home so I wanted to make sure I was NOT using wifi. Turn on Bluetooth on both your 3GS and ipad device. This is under Settings/General On the iphone 3GS turn on "Personal Hotspot". On the ipad go back to the Bluetooth menu and let it…
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Adding mcrypt support to builtin php5 on OSX Leopard….

Apache, Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, php, Server, XServe
I got a request to add mcrypt support to our Leopard server today and here is a brief step-by-step installation instruction. This works well under the current 10.5.8 server installation. It should also work for 10.6 (snow leopard), but I have not tried it. Before you start here are the requirements: Backup your system Install (and update) the latest XCode (I've got version 3) Install X11 client stuff from your server install DVD install X11 SDK stuff from your server install DVD Ensure you have server 10.5.8 (latest update as of Feb.04.2011) Make sure you have not tried to install mcrypt using another method. We need a "virgin" 10.5.8 install (as far as homebrew/local installs) BACKUP Please note that this will add mcrypt support to php. This is NOT the…
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Adding GD support to builtin php5 on OSX Leopard….

Apache, Apple, Leopard, Macintosh, osx Server, php, XServe
I got a request to add GD support to our Leopard server today and here is a brief step-by-step installation instruction. This works well under the current 10.5.8 server installation. It should also work for 10.6 (snow leopard), but I have not tried it. Before you start here are the requirements: Backup your system Install (and update) the latest XCode (I've got version 3) Install X11 client stuff from your server install DVD install X11 SDK stuff from your server install DVD Ensure you have server 10.5.8 (latest update as of Feb.04.2011) Make sure you have not tried to install GD using another method. We need a "virgin" 10.5.8 install (as far as homebrew/local installs) BACKUP Please note that this will add GD support to php. This is NOT the…
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Hauppauge Broadway: OTA ATSC streaming for iOS devices….

Apple, HD OTA, HDTV, ipad, iPhone, iPod, iPodTouch
Yep, just like the title says, hauppauge has announced the Broadway, a new "set-top" aimed at iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. The hardware streams live OTA HDTV to an Apple handheld after first compressing the video using H.264. The resulting media can be delivered locally over Wi-Fi, or to a remote place using any Internet connection. Over-The-Air ATSC signals can be captured using a built-in ATSC tuner, while cable is supported through clear QAM. Pricing is a bit steep at $199 and the box is scheduled for February release.
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Optimizing Snow Leopard for SSD drives….

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
I just installed a new 128GB SSD drive in my older C2D 17" macbook Pro and let me tell you....WOW....This thing is on fire. The system is extremely responsive and apps literally jump onto the screen. The machine now boots up to full desktop in roughly 17 seconds. Now that's nice. I did do a bunch of changes to the way Snow Leopard is setup to optimize a couple of things that are normally tuned for HDD's. Turn off Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS): If you are replacing your primary (and only) HDD internal drive with a SSD, you can get a bit of a performance boost by turning off the Sudden Motion Sensor technology that comes with your laptop. Remember your SSD doesn’t use read/write head on rigid platters so…
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Terminal Tip: Finding information about a mp3 audio file…

Apple, CLI, Macintosh, OSX
Here is a quick tip for you OSX command line fans. If you want to find metadata information about a mp3 file use the "afinfo" command. Very quick and scripting friendly. Here is a example: $ afinfo 08_\ Lily\ Allen\ -\ Fk\ You.mp3 File: 08_ Lily Allen - Fk You.mp3 File type ID: MPG3 Data format: 2 ch, 44100 Hz, '.mp3' (0x00000000) 0 bits/channel, 0 bytes/packet, 1152 frames/packet, 0 bytes/frame no channel layout. estimated duration: 215.249 sec audio bytes: 5167920 audio packets: 8240 audio 9490176 valid frames + 576 priming + 1728 remainder = 9492480 bit rate: 192000 bits per second packet size upper bound: 1052 maximum packet size: 731 audio data file offset: 32353 optimized ----
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