Category Archives: Tips, Hacks, & Tricks

Helpful hints to enhance your geekery experience.

Maven: Including Axis2 Artifacts into EAR’s

I’m going to skip over a rant about how much Axis2 sucks in order to pass a tip on how to include Axis2 artifacts (AAR’s, MAR’s, etc) into an EAR file using the Maven plugin to package EAR files, maven-ear-plugin. … 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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Advice For Managing Your Career: 50+ Resources For Programmers & Software Engineers

Having came across several interesting stories within the past week or two which were all career related, it reminded me of all of the good resources I’ve came across over the past few years related to the craft of Software … 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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Interesting Details About the Space Shuttle Operating System

One great thing about the blogowebs is that you never know what sorts of posts you might run across, and this post about self-modifying code and the Space Shuttle OS is a prime example of that: And it reminded me … Continue reading

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How To Show Hidden and Protected Files in OS X Finder

One of my few complaints about MacOS X is that at times I feel like it treats you with kids gloves– many options for power users either require some sort of hacking, or simply don’t exist. One such thing which … Continue reading

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Development in Mac OS X: How To Fix the Lame Default Font in Eclipse

The default Eclipse for Mac OS X font is kind of annoying since it’s way too big and reminds me of MS Comic Sans. If you try to replace it with one of the wonderful ProggyFonts without tweaking them first, … Continue reading

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How To Repair User Permissions In Mac OS X

I’m in the process of setting-up a new Apple MacBook Pro today, and during the process of trying to import and get some old SSH keys working correctly I accidently changed the permissions on my home directory. Even after scrolling … Continue reading

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How To Display Linux VPS Memory Usage

In my experience, the hardest thing to work around when using a VPS for hosting is limited memory. It’s definitely a challenge to try and tune a database, web server, and application server for load under the constraints of a … Continue reading

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Installing A Dell 1100 Laser Printer in Ubuntu Linux

I’ve had an Dell 1100 laser printer for several years which has been both cost-effective and dependable for my low volume printing needs (coursework, maps, shopping lists, etc.). Trying to find how to get it to work on Linux wasn’t … Continue reading

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