What’s Keeping You?

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
Have you ever had problems ejecting a disk or emptying your trash under OSX. Did you waste time trying to find the offending program. Well "What's Keeping Me?" is for you. Just run it the next time you get one of these errors, tell it the name of the file that's giving you grief and it will return a list of processes that have locked that file. Then you have the option of killing those processes. Nice little free util to add to your collection.
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Bloggers and screen shooters: Disable shadow in window screen captures

Blogger, CLI, OSX, osx Server
One of the things I don't really like about OSX Leopard is the fact that everytime you take a screen shot of a window (Command-Shift-4 followed by Spacebar), it put's a -- for us bloggers -- not so good looking shadow around the capture. Well not anymore, use the following command to disable the effect:defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool trueOnce you issue the command, either logout and back in or kill the SystemUIServer using this command:killall SystemUIServerIf later on you decide to add it back in, delete the preference by issuing the following command:defaults delete com.apple.screencapture disable-shadowFollowed by Logout/Login or the killall command from above. Below you can see the before and after.Have fun and happy capturing :-).
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Some CLI tunes…..

Apple, CLI, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
Just when you thought your command line life was getting boring, we discover these happy tunes for your cut/paste pleasure. Just select the entire line, copy it, open a terminal window, paste it followed by Enter and marvel at your Mac. Yeah it's a OSX thing and works best under 10.5, so if you've got Vista/XP/Linux, this might be a good enough reason to do the switcheroo :-).say -v Good oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosay -v Bad oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosascript -e 'say "Dum dum dum dum dum dum dum he he he ho ho ho fa lah lah lah lah lah lah fa lah full hoo hoo hoo" using "Cellos"'osascript -e 'say "Dum dum dee dum dum dum dum dee Dum dum dee dum dum dum dum dee…
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Custom Date Display for OSX

Apple, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, Tricks
Came across this tip today and I thought it might be useful to some of you out there. OSX, as great as it is, has always had this (atleast) one shortcoming for me. The stupid date display in the menubar. Why did they decide to hide the actual date/day of the week is beyond me. Yes, you can go and grab Magical, I know.....But that's yet another program that needs to be loaded. There is a simpler solution. Follow the steps below and you can prettify your date display too :-).In System Preferences, open International and go to the Formats tab.Next to Dates, click the Customize button. Arrange your date in the format you want to appear on your menubar. I just simply grabbed the full format. Select the entire…
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One million paid Final Cut Users…..

Apple, Final Cut Pro, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
Wow, Apple must be doing something right. According to research specialist SCRI, in 2007 Apple took 49% of the US professional editing marketing with Avid trailing on just 22%. There were a lot of rumors during NAB this year that Apple was gonna sell of it's pro-video division to [your-favourite-video-company] (I heard Thomson/GV). At the time, I thought that would be a dumb thing to do and I said so. It turns out Richard Townhill, Apple's director of marketing for professional video applications agrees with me. In this TVBEurope report Mr. Townhill says:I can categorically state, on the record, that is not the case,referring to the FCP unloading rumors. He then went on to say -- about the recently released Final Cut Server:There are a million Final Cut Pro users…
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Meet your new Production Assistant…..

Apple, Final Cut Pro, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
The long awaited Apple Final Cut Server was released today, ahead of this years NAB show. It's been a long time coming (more than two years almost), but you can finally have your cake and eat it too. From Apple's FCS page:Whether you work in a production boutique or a global news network, you can use Final Cut Server to free up more time for creative work. Final Cut Server can automatically manage thousands of assets, execute dozens of routine production tasks, and keep every member of your team in sync.The scalable client/server software makes it easy to work the way you want to work, using as many or as few features as you need — whether you’re producing a 30-second spot, the nightly news, a documentary film, or a…
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Turn on/off remote desktop service remotely….

Apple, CLI, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
Apples remote desktop service is great and it comes in handy, but what happens when you're 5000 miles away from your desktop, only to find that remote desktop is turned off. Dooohhhh. Well here is a quick tip to turn the damn thing on and off in a second through a remote ssh connection. To turn on the service, ssh to your machine and issue the following commands:$ cd /Library/Preferences$ echo -n enabled > com.apple.ScreenSharing.launchdAnd once you're done, you can turn it off by issuing the following through an ssh session:$ cd /Library/Preferences$ rm com.apple.ScreenSharing.launchdI'm pretty sure that this only works under Leopard (10.5+), so if you've got Tiger you need to look for an alternate way. I don't have access to a Tiger machine so I can not guarantee that it works…
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OSX 10.5 Server oddities

Apache, osx Server, Virtual Hosts, Webserver
So after pulling out my (non-existent) hair for the past two days I think I've finally figured out how Apple deals with Virtual Web Servers under Leopard. If you go to the Server Admin and look under the Web Service you'll notice the Sites icon and if you're like me you assume that since Apple obviously has gone to great lengths to design a unified interface for Admins, that they would give you access to all the basic/intermediate options. NOPE!!!!! Read on and see if you've run into any of these problems.1) First of all, I don't understand why apple's webserver (apache) is configured to automagically reroute you to http://www.mysite.com/groups/workgroup when you really just want to get to the index.html in the (so called) document root. Apple assumes that when…
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Secure remote backups using Rsync…..

CLI, Linux, Opensource, OSX, osx Server, rsync, Windows
While the world was busy trying to figure out how to sync their palm pilots to Windows 98 (or was it 95) Andrew Tridgell was working on his thesis......Rsync. The endall-beall in the world of syncing. You see, if you've ever tried any syncing program before you'll appreciate the ease with which rsync works. You'll also see the efficiency of it's algorithm in dealing with changes/updates, and for that you can thank Andrew. I'm just gonna show you how to use this excellent tool along with ssh (another must have/must use free software utility) to setup automated secure backups between two different platforms.For the purpose of this article I'm using a PowerMac G5 with a 1TB Firewire disk hanging off it as my backup server. As my client I'm using…
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