Category Archives: Apple / OSX

Items of interest about Mac OS X, Apple, XServe, and Mac OSX Server

Backups

It was once common for newspapers to reprint an important article from time to time. Of course, this was before Google and in those days it wasn’t all that easy to lay your hands on an article that you just … Continue reading

Posted in Apple / OSX, General, Security

New Chrome beta for Mac

The latest Google chrome browser beta is making me rethink my ‘default browser’ choice.  Two reasons: 1) The new V8 javascript engine is very quick.  In fact, it wins this race on the SunSpider JavaScript Benchmarks easily (smaller number is … Continue reading

Posted in Apple / OSX, Desktop Software

MarsEdit 3.0

This is just a short post…really nothing more than an excuse to try out the latest version of my blog editor of preference: MarsEdit 3.0. Released today, MarsEdit 3 adds several important features (e.g., a rich text editor and integration with … Continue reading

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OCR, Image/Text PDFs and the Mac

This week I’ve been staring at a collection of just over 29,000 PDFs. Image-only copies of thousands of documents created with “..the software that came with the scanner.” My task? Figuring out the right tools and workflow to get these … Continue reading

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Javascript speed

I’ve long thought that if you wanted the fastest browser experience on a Mac, you went with the nightly Webkit build from http://nightly.webkit.org/. So I was surprised today when I happened on the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark site and put several … Continue reading

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Fix it till it breaks – into 64 bits

I like to fix things till they break. Today’s post is a cautionary tale for that admittedly small niche of sysadmins running OSX server on XServes upgraded in place from Leopard to Snow Leopard… For the past few weeks I’ve … Continue reading

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MARS update (final)

Completed upgrading the new MARS (DSpace) server to from 10.5.8 to 10.6 (Snow Leopard Server). Went very smoothly. Here’s the sequence: run SuperDuper to clone boot drive to second drive in XServe shutdown server, pull boot drive and set aside … Continue reading

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