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OS X Recovery Partition: Customizing With Different Apps

Originally, I wanted to use Casper Imaging  from the Recovery partition.  So this post is based off of this article and this feature request on JAMF Nation.  At the end, I realized I probably wouldn’t be able to add this app to the Recovery HD until JAMF updates it to 64-bit.  However, this process seems to […]

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OS X: Roll-your-own Malware Detection

[UPDATE 2014-10-20]: This tricks seems to cause high CPU usage in Yosemite, try using launchd instead. [UPDATE 2014-10-02]: defend yourself from becoming a zombie courtesy of Mac.BackDoor.iWorm [UPDATE]: Use this trick to fend off the new malware XLSCmd Macs are not immune to malware.  Authors of malicious software often try to get a LaunchDaemon or LaunchAgent […]

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Automator: Scale Down Large Images From the Contextual-menu

Automator seems to be one of those unknown or ignored Apple-made apps.  But it is very powerful and can save you a lot of time.  It has also been part of OS X for a long time. Purpose To save time by automatically scaling down images (while keeping the original file) to a pre-set size as opposed […]

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Enabling SSH in Single-user Mode on OS X

In my testing, I have found a way to enable SSH in Single-user mode (SUM).  So far, I have only been able to make outbound connections.  Even though the SSH service is on and the ports show as LISTENING , I still am not able to remote in from another machine.  But I can use the […]

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Single-user Mode on OS X: Intrusion Detection System: An EFI Password Alternative

  My Single-user Mode Intrusion Detection system works in two parts: a local script is deployed to all client machines a script runs via GeekTool every two seconds

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OS X Scripting: How-to Script A Mouse Click At X-Y Coordinate

Automate annoying and repetitive mouse clicks with this great trick!

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Raspberry Pi and the “Say” Command from OSX: How-to Make Your Pi Speak-at-will

This Trick No Longer Works Google has added a captcha to this service so it will no longer work.