Ben Hamilton

Find Process to Kill Process

Need to find a process so you can kill it? Find the process first, replace NAMEOFPROCESS with the name or part thereof of the process you’re trying to find: ps -ax | grep NAMEOFPROCESS The first column lists the process id. Then kill the process, replacing PROCESSID with the actual number of the process: kill […]

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Encrypt and decrypt .zip files on Mac OS X

I just needed to compress and encrypt some files on Mac OS X. The following command does that: zip -ejr TARGET SOURCEFOLDER This will ask for a password (twice to confirm it), encrypt and compress the sourcefolder and put it into a file named target (and auto add the .zip extension). To unzip it do […]

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How to get Hazel to run rules in subfolders

This article here describes how to get Hazel to run rules in sub folders, very handy. I’m using this to move any screenshots taken on the iPhone out of the photo folder into a separate folder.

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Show hidden files/folders in the File Open dialog box on Mac OSX

I was needing to navigate to a file that was in a ‘hidden’ folder, but the File Open dialog box won’t show the hidden folder. The answer was found here: Press Command, Shift, Period keys together, the hidden folders/files will appear.

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Backup because only the paranoid survive

I first heard the quote “only the paranoid survive” about 1999 or 2000. But it’s only recently I’ve heard the full quote. Which is: Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. For more Quotes from Andy Grove visit this quote page. This thinking applies to so many things, but one I often […]

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Apple Mac Firewall

I do use the Apple Mac builtin firewall, I’ve started with the default settings and only changed what I need when I need.

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Do you use the Apple FireVault to encrypt your drive?

Do you use the Apple Mac FireVault? I’m not. At least, not yet. Given the warning it gives prior to turning it on I’ve not yet turned it on. Should I? or should I not? This is the warning that appears: WARNING: You will need your login password or a recovery key to access your […]

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So you bought an Apple computer…

I know two people who have just bought themselves new Apple Mac computers, one a behemoth desktop, the other a 15″ MacBook Pro. Both have been immersed in “Windows World” and are essentially new to the Mac OS (one did have a Mac years ago). So, where to start? Here are my initial tips: Be […]

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The Perfect Web Development Environment for Your New Mac

The Perfect Web Development Environment for Your New Mac. Great set of instructions, worked for me.

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Quick and easy graphs on Mac OS using GraphSketcher

Quick and easy graphs on Mac OS using GraphSketcher. Now open source.

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Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

As a recent convert to the Mac OS X platform (I bought a Mac Book Pro), I’m loving OmniOutliner for creating outlines and documents, with one small annoyance. The default keyboard shortcut isn’t easy enough for me to use to move items up and down the outline list. So when I found this article¬†Alternative Options […]

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