How tos


The Summer Server Project – Part One: Introduction

Introduction Let me start this article with a not so profound claim: I know nothing about networking. Well, nothing might be overstating things but if I had to pick one area where I lack any semblance of detailed knowledge, all things networking would be my impulse answer. This became really… Read More

Learning the Commandline – Looking at files

By now you should know your way around the file system and how to move around (if you don’t, go back and read the other articles. This is a series after all ). You may have wondered, “I have all these files, how do I see what’s inside them in… Read More

Learning the Command Line – Editing files

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In this session we are going to learn one way of editing text files in Terminal. Back in the day there was pico. This was the editor part of the Pine mail program used in *nix. It was a very simple plain text editor used to create mail and text… Read More

Learning the Command Line – Bash Prompts (1)

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NOTE: This article assumes you have been following the other articles in this series. Another Note: I can’t take credit for this. I got it from a now defunct website called I don’t remember who the original author was and I’ve edited it to suit me. I won’t be… Read More

Learning the Command Line – File Permissions

Ever have a file you can’t do anything with? Can’t change it, can’t delete it, can’t even look at it? We’re going to find out why. FreeBSD, and by extension, OS X (which is loosely based on FreeBSD), uses file permissions. This lets the system control access to files and… Read More

Learning the Command Line – File System


Last time we learned how to list files, now let’s see where those files are. All your files reside on your hard drive, either internal, external or SSD. These drives have files and folders scattered throughout the drive but most are in certain places and are required for the system… Read More

Learning the Command Line – Listing Files


This is the second article in the command line series. The first article by vansmith can be found here: This time we will be discussing file management commands. Some of these commands might look strange to you. That’s because most Terminal commands have the vowels and sometimes consonants removed… Read More

OS X Lion Server Part 01 – What Type of Server

The Server for everyone

Preamble OS X Server, the server for everyone. Well, nearly right because it is and it isn’t. OSX Server is certainly one of the most user friendly server installs out there, but it’s still a server, and setting it up has its own pitfalls that you can easily fall into.… Read More

Choosing a Digital Camera

Sensor Sizes Compared

Macs have long been a favorite of Graphics Professionals; so it is no surprise that “Switchers” first priority is often photography. We see many questions like, “I just got my new Mac and I love it . . . What software do I need for photos?” or “How do I get my pictures from my camera into iPhoto?”, or even “I need a new camera; what should I buy?” Read More

Learning the Command Line (Part One)

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You may have stumbled across the Terminal application, having little knowledge of what it was for, you ignored it. I don’t blame you – for 98% of Mac users, it is of little value. Or is it? Read More