Quickly Backup a Site Through FTP with wget

Apr 4, 2011 - 4 Comments

If you want to quickly backup an entire website through FTP, the absolute easiest way to do this is through the command line using the wget command. In fact, you can backup an entire site (or whatever else is on the entire FTP server) with a single command string.

Boot into Mac OS X Verbose Mode

Mar 31, 2011 - 3 Comments

Booting a Mac with Verbose Mode can be a helpful troubleshooting trick for some obscure situations where users are trying to determine what is going wrong with a Mac during the system boot process. Just as it sounds, verbose mode is verbose, meaning it lists everything going on behind the scenes, and you’ll watch as … Read More

Remove an Agent from launchd

Mar 8, 2011 - 35 Comments

The vast majority of Mac users won’t need to manually tweak launchd and launchctl, but there are times when you uninstall or stop using an app in Mac OS X and a service agent continues to needlessly load in launchd. This is annoying, but these rogue agents are easy to remove via the command line, … Read More

Change & Set the Default crontab Editor

Mar 7, 2011 - 15 Comments

Want to change the crontab editor on the Mac? You can do that! We’ll show you how to use a different crontab editor on a selective per-edit basis, and also how to change the default crontab text editor. You can use vi, emacs, nano, or whatever else you’d like. Most hardcore command line users and … Read More

3 Ways to Get Gmail Notifications on Mac OS X Desktop

Feb 19, 2011 - 12 Comments

With all the new tools like Twitter for Mac, it’s easy to forget that email is still a dominant form of communication online. I use Gmail constantly and I like to be alerted to new messages coming in without having a dedicated window open at all times, so with this in mind here are three … Read More

Print and Query Command History to Find Specific Past Commands

Feb 6, 2011 - 7 Comments
Terminal in macOS

If you’re trying to remember an exact command you executed via the Terminal but can’t quite come up with it, you can query your command line history to discover old commands that have been run or executed in the past. This trick to find and retrieve prior commands executed in the command line works on … Read More

XCode Keyboard Shortcut Cheatsheet

Jan 24, 2011 - 5 Comments

Xcode has a lot of keyboard shortcuts available, wouldn’t it be nice to have a handy reference chart for them all? You’re in luck if you have thought that same thing, because Colin Wheeler is a Cocoa Developer that has created a really handy XCode keyboard shortcut cheatsheet, it’s a great resource for anyone who … Read More

The 5 Phases of iOS Marketing and App Development

Jan 22, 2011 - 1 Comment

If you’re thinking about releasing an iOS app, you probably already know that iOS development costs are quite high, so you want to be sure you get the most bang for your buck. With that in mind there’s a detailed and extremely helpful iOS development and marketing checklist from the experienced developer MindJuice. It’s focused … Read More

How to Password Protect your Mac

Jan 21, 2011 - 7 Comments

There are several steps to password protect a Mac, we’ll cover the essentials so that if someone is to turn on your Mac, wake it from a screensaver, or wake from sleep, they will be required to enter a password in order to use the computer.

Check and Install Mac OS X Software Updates from Terminal

Jan 13, 2011 - 19 Comments

Want to update Mac OS software from the Terminal? You can check for available updates, ignore packages, and install any or all Mac OS X Software Updates directly from the command line. To see what updates are available for a Mac, or to install a software update from the Terminal of Mac OS X, amongst … Read More

Fix Terminal Gibberish with reset Command in OS X

Jan 10, 2011 - 1 Comment
Terminal in macOS

If you’ve ever accidentally used cat on a binary file, you’ll have seen the gibberish that results and how it can totally screw up your Terminal window with loads of weird characters. Of course there are many other ways to bork up your command line prompt which seems to become unrecoverable through the typical clear … Read More

Split Terminal in Mac OS X with iTerm2

Jan 3, 2011 - 13 Comments

One of my complaints with the default Mac OS X Terminal app is that you can’t split the Terminal screen, instead you have to open two windows. Well, this must have annoyed some other developers too because iTerm2 aims to address this problem. iTerm2 is a fork of the original iTerm project for Mac OS … Read More

sIFR Flash – How to Display sIFR Flash Text with a Flash Block Plugin Installed

Dec 29, 2010 - 3 Comments

Usually when people complain about Flash it’s regarding the abysmal performance (particularly on Mac OS X) when playing Flash elements, games, and videos. The easiest solution for Mac users is to just install a Flash blocker plugin like ClickToFlash so that Flash files are not automatically loaded. Unfortunately by using a Flash blocker you may … Read More

How to Set a Static IP Address on a Mac

Dec 17, 2010 - 8 Comments

If you want to set your Mac to always have the same IP address (also known as a static IP address), you can easily configure this to be set in the Network settings of OS X. This can be valid for both wi-fi networks and wired ethernet networks, and it can also be set under … Read More

Disable the Sudden Motion Sensor on a Mac

Dec 16, 2010 - 6 Comments

The Sudden Motion Sensor is designed to protect your Macs hard drive in the event of a computer being dropped or an unusually strong vibration. Essentially what it does is park the hard drive head when movement is detected, which prevents it from potentially scooting across the disk surface and scratching or otherwise damaging the … Read More

Forgot a Wireless Password? Here’s How to Recover Wi-Fi Router Passwords on Mac

Dec 10, 2010 - 41 Comments

If you have ever forgotten a wireless router password, whether it’s your own network or another, you certainly aren’t alone. Typically you just have to enter the password once, save it to your keychain, and you can forget about it, right? Well that’s only true until you actually do need the password again, whether it’s … Read More

Command Line MP3 Player in Mac OS X

Dec 7, 2010 - 9 Comments

You don’t need to use iTunes to play music on your Mac, particularly if you just want to play an audio document. Mac OS X comes with an included command line audio player that you can use to play most audio files with. In this example we’re going to use an MP3 file as the … Read More

How to Block Facebook

Nov 21, 2010 - 32 Comments

Facebook is a great way to stay connected to people and has plenty of benefits, but that’s not why we’re here, we’re here to block access to Facebook. Why? Well, there are many reasons to block the site, companies often block the site to prevent employees from accessing it on company time, and parents may … Read More

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