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basiliskiivm: A VM Management Utility for BasiliskII

I’ve got some data I’m trying to get off my Newton and writing a bit of Newton code to bridge some gaps seems like my best bet at this point, so I found myself setting up a Newton dev environment… again. An old Mac still seems like the best dev environment after all these years (with the most documentation, examples, and other resources, anyway). I have literal piles of old Macs, but neither the time nor space to set one up for such a task right now. The quickest route was to re-install & configure BasiliskII (a great 68k Mac emulator), incl. installing MacOS 7.x and the Newton dev tools (innumerable thanks to everyone who contributed to the excellent NewtonDev disk image).

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acl-tools-osx v0.1.1 and an Introduction

Back in 2013, I hacked together (and silently released to GitHub) a set of command line utilities for working with OS X file ACLs (Access Control Lists) and ACEs (Access Control Entries), collectively named acl-tools-osx. Included are three utilities written in bash:

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New attack bypasses HTTPS protection on Macs, Windows, and Linux

Dan Goodin writing for Ars Technica regarding a web browser proxy protocol issue that can expose full URLs of webpages you’re browsing, even over HTTPS:

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Santa: A binary Whitelisting/Blacklisting System for Mac OS X

While developed internally by Google, Santa is not their Santa Tracker:

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Use Your USB Peripherals with Your iPad

Just before my departure from Small Dog Electronics, I extolled the usefulness of the new iPad Lightning to USB 3 Adapter in their 985th issue of the Kibbles & Bytes newsletter:

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Keeping Up with Ever-changing Browser & Internet Security Standards

My advice on which browsers to run on which versions of iOS and OS X, from Small Dog Electronics’ Barkings! blog:

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tools-osx 2011-06-02

I’ve updated my collection of Mac OS X command line tools with improvements to the trash tool:

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tools-osx 2011-02-25

There’s been a small addition to my collection of Mac OS X command line tools:

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tools-osx 2010-12-08

I’ve got a new release of my collection of Mac OS X command line tools for you, including:

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An Open Letter to Apple on Server Technologies

Dave Schroeder of UW-Madison and MacEnterprise:

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Xserve, Your Day Has Come

As of today, the Xserve’s days are officially numbered. 87, to be exact. Come January 31st, 2011, Apple will no longer be selling Xserves.1 What a shame.

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Regular Expressions in Bash (and Alternatives)

While cleaning up some old bash code and preparing tools-osx for release, I happened across a very useful bit of information: bash does support regular expressions! Well, at least bash 3.0 and newer do.

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Announcing tools-osx

Ever since Mac OS X was released, I’ve found myself working via the command line more and more every year. While there are some native commands like open, pbcopy, and pbpaste with NeXTSTEP roots which help one switch back and forth between the CLI & GUI, I’ve always found a few gaping holes.

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Cairo

Cairo is a remastered true type version of the Mac OS6 classic font originally designed by Susan Kare. It includes all your favourites, like cow dog, grapes and omelet.

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'iPad App Wish List for a Server Admin'

Me, as a Mac OS X Server admin, regarding the iPad:

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Retr0Bright Gel Ingredients

Retro0Bright is a UV sensitive chemical for restoring the original color of yellowed plastics. The following is James Wages’s proven gel mix:

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Automating fixDAVsvn

I published my fixDAVsvn script seven months (and one day) ago to automate the process of fixing apache configuration files that have been manually modified to serve up Subversion repositories (per Nayan Hajratwala’s instructions) when they’re overwritten by Server Admin. This has made managing my apache install considerably easier, but upon rolling it out on a colleague’s server this afternoon I realized it was only ever a half solution. Sure, I had saved myself considerable time just by running fixDAVsvn, but others aren’t necessarily going to want to and there’s really no need. Time to add the second half.

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Enabling Networking for Haiku OS Under VMware Fusion

I have a fair amount of nostalgia for BeOS and have watched the development of Haiku OS over the years, even giving it a number of goes under VMware. I never bothered to get networking working, but with the release of Haiku R1/alpha1 I had to try. Here’s how:

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Classilla Mac OS Browser

Today marks the release of a new—okay, newer—web browser for Mac OS 8.6-9.x under active development:

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Java Vulnerability on Mac OS X

My advice for preventing vulnerability to the latest proof-of-concept attack vector utilizing Java:

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Adium 1.4 Beta Adds Twitter Support

The beta process for Adium 1.4 has started and the new version includes built-in support for Twitter, as well as IRC and a “ridiculously long list of improvements.” It requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and I have yet to test it.

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fixDAVsvn

Subversion, mod_dav, and mod_dav_svn are all pre-installed on Leopard Server, authentication via Open Directory is a piece of cake, and you can even mostly config & manage via Server Admin. Nayan Hajratwala has a good tutorial explaining the setup and the few lines you have to manually add to the apache config files, but there’s one problem: whenever you update any site using Server Admin, it replaces all occurrences of ‘DAV svn’ with ‘DAV Off’, completely defeating the purpose.

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Automatic Delicious Backups Under Leopard

I’ve been using delicious.com, nee del.icio.us, for my bookmarks on and off since early 2006, but only recently have I decided to really keep all my bookmarks there. Yahoo!‘s future has been somewhat questionable as of late and I’m not entirely sure I like the idea of not having my data backed up in a place where I can get at if the service goes down. I don’t really have control over the former, but the latter I do.

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Gmail Voice & Video Chat

From the Official Gmail Blog’s announcement:

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Sysmon Startup Item with Leopard Launchd Support

I’ve been sitting on, and tweaking infrequently, a launchd plist for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (and Server, of course) for launching the Sysmon daemon at boot and keeping it running. Well, it’s time to release it out into the wild, so without further ado:

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Securing Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) White Paper [PDF]

[A]n updated version of the Securing Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) and includes the new security features offered by Mac OS X Leopard (10.5).

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Testing the OS Version on Darwin/Mac OS X in bash

I’ve been updating an installer bash script that needs to install different files depending on the version of Mac OS X (and Darwin, for that matter) that the machine is running and so set out to find the easiest, most straightforward way to check the OS version.

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Create a Kick Ass Intranet App using 37signals

Travis Vocino on using Backpack, Basecamp, and Highrise in a site-specific browser as an intranet:

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Packager 2.5

Free Mac OS X utility to set correct file type and creator for Newton package files. By default, any file with “.pkg” extension is associated with Mac OS X native installer. Now simply drop files or folders to Packager to associate all Newton packages with an application of your choice.

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Snow Leopard Server

While Snow Leopard may be aimed at improving performance & stability and reducing its overall footprint, it appears that Snow Leopard Server will be getting some new features: the MobileMe -like calendar & contacts sharing (i.e. iCal Server 2, Address Book Server, and Remote Access) and read/write ZFS.

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Ars Technica's WWDC '08 Live Coverage

We’re at Moscone West for the first ever sold out WWDC in history. We will be live updating this post when the keynote starts, so check back with us at 10:00am Pacific Time for all the goods.

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WWDC 2008

Today marks the start of Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference for 2008. The Keynote starts at 10:00 am (Pacific) and always requires extra attention, but this year’s iPhone, Mac, and Information Technology tracks should provide some great information as well.

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Introduction to Subversion Screencast

While on the topic of Subversion, I highly suggest that those just getting started with it or needing a quick refresher go watch Mike Zornek’s excellent screencast.

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Subversion on Leopard Server

[H]ere is how I got my subversion repository up and running with the built in Apache 2 and OpenDirectory.

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Unplanned Downtime; Tiger Server to Leopard Server Migration

I had planned the migration from Tiger Server to Leopard Server for this week, but hadn’t intended to do it today nor during daytime hours. Unfortunately, a DOS attack on UNNA prompted me to go ahead and upgrade so that I could work on alleviating that issue.

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Connect360 Version 3.34

To follow up on Monday’s initial impressions of Connect360 version 3.31, specifically the following note I added after attempting to upgrade to version 3.33 which they released later that day:

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Connect360 Version 3.31

Also while I was out of town, Nullriver released version 3.31 of Connect360, their Xbox 360 media streaming app for Mac OS X, on April 24th. This new version has the following changes:

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Connect360 Updated for Fall 2007 Dashboard Update

Nullriver’s always been quick to support upgrades to Connect360 whenever Microsoft releases an update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard, and this time is no exception. On Tuesday, they released the Fall 2007 Dashboard Update, yesterday I touched on my initial impressions of said update, and sometime thereafter Nullriver released Connect360 3.2.

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2007 Xbox 360 Dashboard Fall Update Initial Impressions

Yesterday marked the release of Microsoft’s Fall (2007) Dashboard Update for the Xbox 360. While it it’s not exactly, or even technically, Fall anymore, I still welcome updates to the Xbox 360 Dashboard since they only offer them up twice per year.

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An AppleScript to Launch Front Row

A friend wanted to Launch Front row by pressing the programmable button on his new LaCie D2 Quadra hard drive, but the software wasn’t letting him program a keystroke, so I whipped up the following AppleScript to press Command-Escape for him and so launch Front Row. I’m sure there are plenty of other solutions out there or maybe even this same one, but here it is anyway:

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Less Is More (Or, The Master Plan)

While I subscribe to the "Less is more" philosophy, I’m actually pretty poor at adhering to it. I have a major case of information overload in my digital life and junk clutters up both my digital and anolog lives. I’ve been pretty good with the RSS feeds that I subscribe to, I’ve slimmed down this site, and I’ve started attacking the piles of unused computer gear in my apartment.

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Regarding 'Mail Pro'

There has been an an ongoing discussion regarding a better e-mail application for Mac OS X.

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A Minor Sysmon Startup Item Update

I’ve released another minor update to my Sysmon StartupItem.

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Sysmon Startup Item Update

It’s odd that I’ve done this seven months, to the day, since the initial release, but today I’ve released a minor update to my Sysmon StartupItem.

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Classic Mac Collection

I have quite a [messy] collection1 of Apple hardware and paraphernalia taking up much of my old bedroom at my parents house2 that I would love to still have available to show off and to play with occasionally. Some of the collection is actually scattered throughout the closets of our current apartment, but my Color Classic still sits out since I still tinker with it frequently.

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On The Possibility of the Mac Tablet

Update: Wow, I’m really kicking myself right now!
The following is a rough post that I wrote on January 7th, but held of posting for a little spit and polish. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to clean it up last night (I was planning to do it somewhat Chandan-style and actually provide a little description of the technology behind it, including comparisons between iChat & Starfire). Well, with Steve Jobs’ announcement of the iPhone — which, honestly, I was extremely skeptical about — you can really see why I should really have just made it live. Doh!

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Cookbook: OpenPBX RC2 on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) Server

Quick instructions for building OpenPBX RC2 (a VoIP PBX) on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and Tiger Server.

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Newton Connection for Mac OS X

Simon Bell, developer of some excellent Newton software such as Mail V, has released a pre-beta of his previously-unannounced Newton Connection for Mac OS X software (or “NCX”, for short). It’s basically the Mac OS X functional (and visual, although modernized) equivalent of Apple’s Newton Connection Utilities which ran on Mac OS 9.x and earlier.

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Cookbook: Asterisk 1.2 on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) Server

Note: This cookbook is based on building Asterisk 1.2.10 on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) Server somewhere as of August 15th, 2006. It should work for Tiger client as well, but I definitely won’t guarantee it.

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Cookbook: MRTG 2.14 on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)

Note: This cookbook is based on building MRTG 2.14.7 on Mac OS X 10.4.8 (Tiger) client as of October 31st, 2006. It should work for Tiger Server as well, but you’ll want to check to see if libpng is pre-installed or not.

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Sysmon Startup Item for Darwin/Mac OS X

I’ve created a basic Darwin/Mac OS X Startup Item for the Sysmon (version 0.92.2, as of this writing) server monitoring and failure notification daemon.

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To [Marathon] Infinity And Beyond!

I recently decided that it’s time to give up on my PSP. I definitely don’t play games on it and I rarely even use it for music in my car anymore. It’s time to replace it with something a little more practical and a lot more fun: my ‘Mystic’ Macintosh Color Classic. Oh, yes!

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Apple's New "Get a Mac" Ad Campaign

Apple has launched a new Get a Mac campaign, including six new funny TV Ads.

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SubEthaEdit on MacZOT

I picked up on MacZot within a couple days of them going live, but there hasn’t been much that I’ve wanted (or needed) until this past week.

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Wireless with Verizon Wireless

Written for and published in Issue #18 (“Connect to the Internet with your Cellphone, PlayStation Portable”; April 4th, 2005) of Small Dog Electronics’ Best In Showroom email newsletter.

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Classic Mac Workshop

My first personal web project: a website supporting users of Classic Macs (early Apple Macintosh computers).

www.classicmacworkshop.com

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