Mac OS X

Do You Have a Backup – #2: What do I back up?

In the previous blog post on backups, we talked about the kinds of backups that might be used, including simply copying important files to somewhere, using backup software to copy both files and configuration settings, and making a full backup of everything on the internal drive that might even be… Read More

Mac Mini saves the day — for a Windows user

I live in a house divided. I use both Mac and Windows, but my spouse is strictly Windows. Recently, I upgraded her aging PC with a new video card for better Windows 10 support. All seemed to go well — until I realized I’d booted the system but not plugged… 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… Read More

Learning the Command Line – Editing files

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)

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 dotfiles.com. 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