Installing OS X 10.11 El Capitan inside Parallels Desktop

This is actually surprisingly straightforward, once you know the hoops to jump through. Essentially there are 4 main things we need to do: Download El Capitan from the App Store Prepare an install image Create a virtual machine Install El Capitan So let’s take a look at those, one by one… Step 1: Download El Capitan […]

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Removing stuck Finder sidebar items in OS X Lion and Snow Leopard

Having trouble removing some pesky icons that have gotten stuck in the Finder’s sidebar? If you’re on Lion or Snow Leopard, the solution is easy: Click on the folder and drag it away from the sidebar Before you let go of the mouse button, hold down the Command (⌘) key Now that you’re holding down […]

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Certificate Assistant says certificate already exists

Just over a year ago, I created a bunch of SSL certs following the instructions here: http://www.devklog.net/2008/05/25/generating-ssl-certificates-that-will-make-firefox-3-happy/ I’m having some interesting problems creating a new certificate to replace an expired one. When I created a new certificate (as a leaf of a self-signed CA cert), to replace the expired leaf, I got a message saying that […]

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Fixing CPAN on Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6)

I ran into some problems with Perl’s CPAN installer on Snow Leopard, notably, it didn’t work once Bundle::CPAN was installed. Every time I tried to install a package I’d end up with an error like this: Catching error: ‘Can\’t call method “value” on an undefined value at /System/Library/Perl/5.10.0/darwin-thread-multi-2level/IO/Uncompress/RawInflate.pm line 64. ‘ at /System/Library/Perl/5.10.0/CPAN.pm line 281 […]

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Lock down SFTP without restricting SSH on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

If you’re running a Linux, Mac OS X or Unix server of any description, SSH is an invaluable tool when it comes to taking control of the machine while you’re not infront of it. In the world of web hosting, it’s also brings with it SFTP; a fantastic alternative to the very insecure FTP. Except […]

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