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Scripting Pearson’s TestNav: Safari and Java Exception Lists

[UPDATE 2015-05-13]: Pearson is getting DDoS’d again. Pearson experienced intermittent issues with PearsonAccess and TestNav beginning at 7:13 a.m. this morning. These issues continue to occur. Pearson has confirmed that a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack to Pearson?s firewall is causing degraded performance issues.  Pearson is actively monitoring the issue and working to resolve.

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Übersicht Has More Style Than GeekTool

GeekTool has a lot of capabilities and I have used it for a lot of things: showing administration information detecting remote connections changing the Apple logo to a colored on

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Create a Set of Scripts to Say “No” Digitally

Saying “no” nicely is effective, but it’s more fun to do it digitally.  Just run these commands from Terminal or save them as a .sh  file.

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Roll-you-own Ventir Trojan Detector for OS X

Get Alerted If Your Computer Gets Infected With The Ventir Trojan With this trick, you can get alerted if your system gets infected and then take steps to manually neutralize it.  The Ventir Trojan is a keylogger, which means all of your keystrokes are recorded.

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OS X Yosemite: Enable Access for Assistive Devices Command Line

There are apps that require access to assistive devices in Yosemite.  A perfect example of this is TextExpander 4.  It needs the ability to type text on the user’s behalf.  The easiest way to enable access for these items is to drag-and-drop them into the Accessibility section under the Privacy tab in the Security and […]

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Folder Actions On Yosemite Broken? Use launchd Instead

My roll-your-own malware detection has been having troubles in OS X Yosemite.  It appears that it increases CPU usage to abnormal amounts.  I have come up with two alternative solutions that you may want to try. To detect many pieces of malware, you will want to monitor these folders: /Library/LaunchAgents /Library/LaunchDaemons /Users/your_user/LaunchAgents There are other folders to […]

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OS X’s Native 5-finger, 5-minute System Diagnosis

Quickly gather a ton of system information on any Mac with a five-key keyboard shortcut! Control-Option-Command-Shift-Period After triggering the keyboard shortcut, it may look like nothing happened (on Yosemite, the screen briefly flashes white), but if you open up /var/tmp , you will see a sysdiagnose folder (it won’t actually finish until the folder is transformed […]

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OS X Yosemite: Annotate Photos in Preview with Loupes, Speech Bubbles, and More

Preview is one of those under-recognized apps designed by Apple.  It is the default PDF reader for OS X, which many people end up replacing with Adobe Reader. Preview has a lot of features many people don’t know about.  I’ve written before about Instant Alpha and signing PDFs with your real signature.  Some new features in […]

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Roll-your-own LastPass Premium

Use your LastPass usernames and passwords in Safari on your iOS device without paying for a LastPass Premium subscription.  Using a bit of scripting, you can roll-your-own Last Pass freemium without paying a dime! That said, it is far from perfect (see caveats below), but it is a great way to have access to your LastPass passwords on iOS without […]

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Roll-your-own Defense Against Mac.BackDoor.iWorm

[UPDATE]: Advanced settings added below Get Alerted If Your Computer Gets Infected When the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware gets installed via pirated software, your computer and becomes part of a botnet.  While you may not be able to stop it from getting there, you can be alerted when it does and then take steps to manually neutralize it.