How to Earn the ACSP (Apple Certified Support Professional) Mavericks

Interested in becoming an Apple Certified Support Professional?  I’ll tell you how I have passed it for the last three versions of OS X (Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks). Continue reading “How to Earn the ACSP (Apple Certified Support Professional) Mavericks”

Rickroll Your Terminal with the Power of the Force

Type this into Terminial:

traceroute -m 254 -q1 obiwan.scrye.net

traceroute  is a command line utility that displays each router on the path to a final destination.  The clever person who named each one deserves some credit!  After a few hops, you will see some familiar words: Continue reading “Rickroll Your Terminal with the Power of the Force”

Best OS X Shortcuts to Learn Before Yosemite is Released: Spotlight

Now that OS X Yosemite has put Spotlight “into the spotlight,” so to say, here are some keyboard shortcuts that will help you dominate your Mac with incredible speed. Continue reading “Best OS X Shortcuts to Learn Before Yosemite is Released: Spotlight”

Casper Imaging in the Recovery HD and A Lightweight Netboot Image

[UPDATE] JAMF has set the feature request for this as under review

OS X Netboot images can be many GigaBytes in size, which is not great when multiple client computers are trying to download that image from the network, especially if the infrastructure is not there to support it.

I wanted to create a lightweight netboot image to run Casper Imaging.  Not only would this save network bandwidth, but it would also be faster, which means you could image more computers in a shorter amount of time.  In addition, this could even be used to replace the existing Recovery HD so the computer could be imaged without netbooting at all. Continue reading “Casper Imaging in the Recovery HD and A Lightweight Netboot Image”

Read Quora Forums First Answer Without An Account

Some sites like Quora prompt for you to sign in before reading the first answer.  These posts appear in Google searches.  Rather than signing up for an account, you can use AdBlock plus to read the post. Continue reading “Read Quora Forums First Answer Without An Account”

OS X Yosemite and osascript: Enabling Access to Assistive Devices

I love automating things, so I also wrote a command line utility that you can use to add items into the accessibility database (located at /Library/Application Support/com.apple.TCC/tcc.db ). Continue reading “OS X Yosemite and osascript: Enabling Access to Assistive Devices”

OS X: Instant Alpha Using Preview

Use Preview’s Instant Alpha feature to erase backgrounds in images or make certain parts transparent.

Start with a base image.  In this example, I use a picture of the Minneapolis skyline and will try to remove the fog/clouds on top of the building.

Open your image in Preview.  Click the Edit button and then the Instant Alpha button. Continue reading “OS X: Instant Alpha Using Preview”

OS X: Sign PDF Documents Using Your Real Signature Using Preview

You can add your signature to PDFs using your Mac.  Sign official documents using your own hand-written signautre.  Sign business letters, tax forms, or any other document requiring your signature.

I rarely have access to a fax machine and have found that most places will accept my documents when signed using this method. Continue reading “OS X: Sign PDF Documents Using Your Real Signature Using Preview”