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Server Management for New Business Website

It has taken a lot of work and dedication from a couple of my employees, but the new website for our company is finally ready to be launched. It is a day that I have looked forward to, because this has been a long time in the making and I have worried that it would not turn out as intended. We need to hire server management for the new website though, because I do not want my employees to have to worry about keeping the website running. They have other things to attend to, and I feel like too much of their time has already been devoted to this project, to expect them to put more time into it going forward.

The real vision of the new website was what took so much effort to develop. (more…)

Change MAC Address on Mac OS X

Changing your MAC address can be useful in main situations. If you’re reading this page, you’re already likely aware of why it’s useful so let me get straight to the details.

Disassociate from an Access Point (AP) without turning off AirPort

nobody@nobody:~$ sudo ln -s /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/airport /usr/sbin/airport
nobody@nobody:~$ sudo airport -z

Change the MAC address

nobody@nobody:~$ sudo ifconfig en1 ether 00:11:22:33:44:55

Enjoy!

One Time Password Protocol Using Your Email

Do you ever have a login that needs to be secure but you don’t want to create and remember a new random and cryptic password? I do all the time, especially for things that I don’t log in to frequently but still need to be secure. Remembering tons of 12+ random password, even with key store is a pain.

So I created a one time password protocol that I use all the time with popular sites like Twitter

The Protocol
  1. On computer @ site to login, click the “Forgot Password” link – enter the email you registered with the site
  2. Generate a random 12+ (100+ if you wanted!) alphanumeric/special char password using a random password generator (they’re all over online)
  3. Highlight and copy the password (CTRL-C/CMD-C)
  4. Log in to the email address, click the “Reset Your Password” link in the email you received from the site.
  5. Paste and submit the new password @ the reset screen
  6. Return to site login, enter username, paste password
  7. Copy something random back into the clipboard — like a space
  8. Forget

Disable VirtualBox Menu Bar OSX

I frequently use Linux in VirtualBox as a testing and hacking environment. It got really annoying when I would go to the Gnome menu bar and the OSX Menu bar would pop up overtop of the Gnome menu bar!

Luckily, the guys (or gals) over at Eternal Storms Software have an awesome app called PresentYourApps. Once you’ve installed it, set VirtualBox VM to “Remove Menu Bar and Dock”

Then, restart VirtualBox — no more Menu Bar!

Mac OS X Eclipse CDT Missing Binaries

I was hoping to do some code samples in C from the book tonight but unfortunately I ran into a snag. After installing Eclipse CDT to Eclipse Helios I thought I was good to go. For some reason though, after explicitly building my project with ⌘B no Binaries menu would shows up in Eclipse

Without no Binaries menu, that means that Eclipse can’t run your project and spits out an error.

I made sure I was choosing the MacOSX GCC but binaries still wouldn’t show up. I searched around for a while and others had similar problems when Eclipse didn’t have support for a 64 bit Mach-O parser. However looking at my project properties Eclipse shows a Mach-O 64 Parser.

I was stumped at this point since all the suggestions mentioned to make sure your Mach-O Parser was checked or add “-arch i386″.

I really wanted to compile in 64 bit so I played around a little more and figured out that if your Binaries menu is missing from Eclipse, try checking and unchecking the Mach-O 64 Parser then click OK. After doing that – success! I can now see the Binaries menu and Eclipse doesn’t give me “Launch Failed. Binary not found.” error.

 

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