Using a VPS for email hosting

There’s a number of reasons you might want to how your own email server.  For me, it’s mostly about control.  I want to make sure I always have access to all my information.  And having lived through the early days of the Internet back in the early 90’s, I’ve lived through many transitions away from […]

Web Server Optimization

The following is a jumbled list of things to keep in mind when optimizing websites: HTTP Server Configuration On HTTP Compression: See the HTML5 boilerplate .htaccess file: Free Web Server Performance Scanning Services GTmetrix cleanly shows areas of improvement, grades, and offers detailed suggestions for improvement based on your code. PingDom offers a free slick website […]

The big RAID mistake

You come back from lunch one day and  get back onto your computer only to find it unresponsive.  After some time of fiddling with cables and making sure your coworkers aren’t playing a prank on you, the sinking feeling starts to settle in.  Your hard disk has crashed and you’ve lost all your data. Maybe […]

Mac Software for Developers

Here’s some great software for developers: (more detail and links to follow) Free MacVim – Vim for Mac Time Tracker – Keep track of how much time you spend on projects Xcode – (duh!) Mac Ports – Great way to get common open source utilities on  your Mac Reducticon – Makes it easier to create iOS App Icons XQuartz […]

Paid Mac Software

Here’s a list of commercial Mac Software that I recommend: (more detail and links to follow) Pages – Word Processing + Graphic design, the way everyone actually wants to use it! Numbers – Caters to the way real people actually use spreadsheets Keynote – Create beautiful presentations easily! Aperture – Think iPhoto for power users iBank – […]

Free Mac Software

Below is a list of freely available software that I would recommend for all Mac users. Must Haves Alfred – If you install nothing else, install this.  Alfred makes it easy for typers to find applications, folders, etc. Utilities f.lux – Save your eyes at night OmniDiskSweeper – A simple utility to find where you’re using all […]

Problem with OS X Discovering Linux Printers

Apparently recent version of Linux (including Fedora 13 and Ubuntu 10.10) running CUPS 1.4.x have a problem discovering Linux printers.  This appears to be a problem with the CUPS implementation on Linux.  As a temporary workaround, you can run the following command on your OSX system: cupsctl BrowseRemoteProtocols=cups Your printers should then immediately appear. Sources: […]