Category Archives: Operating Systems

Six Steps For Troubleshooting Instability, Crashes and Freezes In Lion

My primary home machine as of this writing is a 2008 model MacBook Pro, and every since I have upgraded it to MacOS X Lion, I’ve have had nothing but problems with it. I held of on upgrading until iOS … Continue reading

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Hot Corners Stopped Working on Mac OS X

Like many Mac users, I use hot corners to start my password protected screensaver when I’m ready to walk away from my desk. Seemingly out of the blue, I was unable to use hot corners any longer. I tried changing … Continue reading

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Running Jetty 7 on Port 80 With Maven

I think Jetty is one of the best kept secrets in the Java world, in particular for getting a quick container up and running with full integration with Maven for local testing of Java based web applications. I was doing … Continue reading

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Fixing Remote Desktop in Snow Leopard

After upgrading to Snow Leopard on my MacBook Pro, I only found a couple of minor issues which were easily fixed. One of them was Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Client crashing at startup when I ran it. Luckily the fix was … Continue reading

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How To Install Dig in Ubuntu Linux

One tool I’m used to having without installing (it’s included by default in FreeBSD) is Dig (which is short for Domain Information Groper). Dig is a really handy tool for checking and troubleshooting DNS related issues once you learn how … Continue reading

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How To Fix Sound Problems In Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy on Dell Computers

Currently, my main workstation at home is a Dell Dimension E520 which primarily runs Ubuntu 7.10, but I also dual boot into Windows XP for my photography hobby. One problem I had after upgrading to Ubuntu 7.10 from the default … Continue reading

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How To Display Which Processes Are Using What Ports

This is just a quick entry on how to see which software is using which ports. This comes in handy when trying to install an application server, web server, etc, and are getting errors like “port is in use”. Basically … Continue reading

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News Flash: Apple Finally Released Java 6 for MacOS X!

UPDATE: I was up too late, and didn’t notice that it’s update 6 for Java, not Java 6. This is just another update for Java 5… *sigh* I’ve been up pretty late doing a little work and tying-up some last … Continue reading

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Java 6 for Developers on MacOS X: SoyLatte Reaches 1.0

For those many of you (including myself) who have been waiting almost a year now for Java 6 to be properly supported on the Mac, the wait is over if you’re a developer– Landon Fuller has released SoyLatte 1.0, which … Continue reading

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How To Stop The Creation of .DS_Store Files

At the request of a reader, I went ahead and researched what .DS_Store Files are, and how prevent MacOS X from creating them. In a nutshell, .DS_Store files are created by Finder to store preferences: .DS_Store (Desktop Services Store) is … Continue reading

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