Don’t like the fact that the new MacBook’s lack a FireWire port or that the new Pro’s lack a Matte screen option?
I hate most of the VPNs out there; unfortunately most of the time, each single firewall/router/whatever requires a particular client software which is of course incompatible with its cousins.
I was about to create the usual Windows virtual machine to use a new amazing VPN client required by one of my customers, then I discovered a little gem for OSX called VPN Tracker Professional.
So far I managed to connect my MacBook to more than ten different VPNs, and I can’t believe how it works well; it’s not cheap, but if you need to manage many connections be sure to check out the trial version.
Another good alternative is IPSecuritas (free); if you want to try it out alongside VPN Tracker, I advise you to unload the VPN Tracker kernel extension, as simple as:
su kextunload -b com.equinux.VPNTracker
The VPN Tracker kernel extension will be reloaded at the next program launch.
A box with RHEL5 or Centos5 and SElinux enabled could make duplicity fail with this error:
ImportError: /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/duplicity/_librsync.so: cannot restore segment prot after reloc: Permission denied
To fix it, run the following command:
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/duplicity/_librsync.so
Sometimes I need to to some DNS related work, and usually OS X pisses me off by seemingly keeping a cache of recently resolved names .
To clear this cache, simply execute this command in a terminal:
On older OSX versions, the correct command is:
I’ve changed the primary url of this blog to http://fabio.corneti.com; in case you were wondering, my name is Fabio Corneti .
One of my favourite OS X applications just got better; check out the latest release of Cocoa Remote Desktop, 0.4 beta 1.
Here’s a quick list of the most relevant changes, please refer to announcement for more details:
- Clipboard support: text can now be copied and pasted between active sessions and OS X
- Save screen capture to file
- Quick connect: connect to a server by just typing the address into the toolbar and hitting enter
- Third mouse button recognized (usually middle-click)
- Throttled mouse events, which should speed up sessions on very slow bandwidth connections
I would happily help the author in finding bugs, but at the moment I have yet to see one , kudos to arcadiclife.
Out of the box, the OS X mail client is pretty functional and useful; using the following extensions I’ve got it to cover all of my needs:
- Mail Tags 2.0:this is the best mail tagging system that I’ve ever seen, it even supports saving tags in message headers, a must for IMAP users.
- GPGMail:a featureful plugin for GPG/PGP users.
- Growl with mail.app notification:Growl is extremely useful on its own and together with the GrowlMail plugi-in provides a nice notification system for incoming messages.
Tikouka.net offers a comprehensive listing of mail.app plugins, check them out.
I am currently using my Apple keyboard with my Ubuntu workstation; if you use this kind of setup, you probably would like to remap the Apple key and make it behave like the left Alt key.
To make this happen, simply create an .xmodmap file in your home folder and put the following lines into it:
keycode 115 = Alt_L Meta_L
add mod1 = Alt_L Meta_L
Then, execute the following command:
Voilà, the Apple key has become a left Alt key, enjoy