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The definitive guide to font management in OS X

2009 August 9
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2008 October 17
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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?

Click here!

Amazing VPN software for OSX

2008 July 14
by admin

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.

Note to self: SElinux and duplicity

2008 March 22

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

Clear the OS X dns cache

2007 May 8
by admin

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:

dscacheutil -flushcache

On older OSX versions, the correct command is:

lookupd -flushcache

Blog primary URL changed

2007 May 8
by admin

I’ve changed the primary url of this blog to http://fabio.corneti.com; in case you were wondering, my name is Fabio Corneti :) .

Cocoa Remote Desktop 0.4 in beta

2007 May 7
by admin

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.

Mail.app extensions

2007 May 7
by admin

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.

Quick tip for Apple keyboard under Ubuntu

2007 May 2
by admin

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:


xmodmap ~/.xmodmap

VoilĂ , the Apple key has become a left Alt key, enjoy :)

CoRD progress

2007 April 20
by admin

Cocoa Remote Desktop is progressing very quickly; if you’re feeling brave, checkout the latest alpha at Arcadiclife.com; I cannot stress how much I like this project since I got my MacBook, it’s really set to make RDP pleasant again under OS X.