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17 Unique Pranks For OS X: April Fool’s Day 2015

Here are some fun things you can do on your Mac for April Fool’s day 2015. Make Siri Endlessly Speak Nonsensical Sentences curl -s horseebooksipsum.com/api/v1/ | say -v “Samantha”

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OS X Yosemite Notification Center Command Line Utility For Scripting And More

Download NCutil.py – Mavericks and Yosemite Use Case OS X administrators can appreciate a good command line utility.  In enterprise environments, it is useful to be able to send out settings to multiple computers at once.  This is part of the reason I started NCutil.py.  I wanted to be able to change the Notification Center alert […]

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De Java Vu: Java 8 Update 40–again!

Java has been messing with MN’s testing software TestNav 7.5 by Pearson, which I have written about in detail.  Oracle’s latest update makes things more challenging.  There is also other states having issues with Pearson.

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Find Out What Sites Paid To Be Whitelisted From AdBlock Plus

AdBlock Plus has a public whitelist, which is considered to be “non-intrusive” or “acceptable” advertising.  However, it seems there is also a private list of Websites that pay to be whitelisted. I cannot verify those posts and I am definitely not an expert in the subject, but there are clues out there to support these claims  This […]

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Windows: Uninstall Programs Via Command Line (Sudo Control Panel > Programs and Features > Uninstall)

I love when Windows command line tools are actually useful and friendly.  wmic  is a rare one that fits the bill.  I use the following command to uninstall programs silently (using Java as an example). Find The Program Name Run this command first to get the list of programs you can uninstall: wmic product get […]

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I Really Felt Like Myself (127.0.0.1) Today

I pulled into work today and really felt like myself for some strange reason…

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Send Commands To All Installed Printers

Using a simple for  loop, you can send a PJL command to all of the printers installed on your machine.  For instance, if you wanted to change the display message on all your networked HP printers, you could loop through all the IP addresses and send it a command.

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Altiris: Fix Error 1618: Another Installation Is Already In Progress

I’m still stuck using Altiris 6.9DS.  It works, but it’s also finicky.  I often run into error 1618, which means another install is in progress (download the full error list here).  This is not always the case, but sometimes, other jobs can make it seem this way.  I run a simple command to clear out […]

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Like cloc-work: Counting Lines Of Code Is An Easy Way To Get Information On Shell Scripts

It is sometimes useful to know how many lines of code your script is.  I enjoy using it as a reference to illustrate how writing a few lines of code can save you a lot of time that you would normally do manually.  I have always used cat someScript.sh | wc -l or cat someScript.sh […]

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Java

Oracle, please stop the madness.