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Safari / WordPress fix

Posted on 09 January 2008 by Demian Turner

Continuing on the themes of Safari superiority (at least on a Mac) and WordPress, anyone who wants to use this browser for wysiwyg editing of the latest WordPress release (2.3.2) should check out this fix:


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X11 probs with os x 10.5 Leopard

Posted on 30 October 2007 by Demian Turner

In a word, Leopard is amazing and makes the Mac even more fun to use. And probably more productive too, but I guess that comes after you have fun with it. But there is one small issue to do with x11 not working properly. A bit of googling brings up this post:


But the relevant info is here, about 10k words down the page 😉

I reinstall X11 form the original leopard image. All the package X11User.pkg (hidden in /Volumes/Mac OS X Install DVD/System/Installation/Packages), X11Documentation.pkg and X11SDK.pkg from /Volumes/Mac OS X Install DVD/Optional Installs/Xcode Tools/Packages.

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Setting up PGP in Mail.app

Posted on 13 July 2007 by Demian Turner

It’s pretty straightforward to setup PGP signing and encryption in OS X’s Mail program:

  • install PGP on your machine
  • install the PGP keychain access app
  • create yourself a public/private key pair with the above app – I chose the default 1024 bit encyption and it took a few seconds to generate, Tom chose 4096 and it took > 5 mins on his Quad Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz
  • install the Mail.app PGP plugin and restart the program

After that you get a box to tick if you want to sign your messages, which prompts you for your passphrase if you don’t set your Preferences to remember it. And for any addressee whose public key you’ve imported into your keychain access app, you can send an encrypted message.

UPDATE: I regret recommending this plugin, as reported by Wes in the comments I also found unread message began to report incorrectly for my IMAP account. Removing the plugin solved the problem. From the author’s FAQ

To uninstall GPGMail, you only need to delete the file GPGMail.mailbundle located in $HOME/Library/Mail/Bundles.

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Regex Widget for OS X

Posted on 11 April 2007 by Demian Turner

One of the few things I’ve been missing since moving to OS X fulltime was a decent interactive regex builder app.  The one in Eclipse is great, but Eclipse is about as anti-Mac as it gets.  Others that I’ve used such as regex buddy and regular expression editor don’t run on the Mac.

Well here’s a widget that does the trick quite well, though interactive highlighting of the target string would be even better.

UPDATE: thanks for mentioning Reggy, this is the one I use regularly now, check it out:

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Browse a Linux Filesystem in the Finder

Posted on 29 March 2007 by Demian Turner

Thanks to Gina Trapani for this hot tip – you can now do on your Mac what is very easy to do on Linux, mount a remote filesystem and browse files in the Finder as you could in Nautilus.

This is thanks to software developed by Google, read the article for setup instructions.

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Getting Zend Debugger Working on a Macbook Pro

Posted on 28 August 2006 by Demian Turner

Okay, there is some considerable hacking involved to get this working, and the solution is only a workaround until "sometime before the end of 2006", which was quoted to me by Zend as the time they expect to get the Zend debugger working for the mactel platform. No rush there guys.

Here’s the steps I took:

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How Does My Site Look On a Mac?

Posted on 25 April 2005 by Demian Turner

UPDATE: it’s back!

UPDATE: looks like this has been taken offline, sorry 🙁

Ever wonder? Unless you’ve got a Mac, or have Linux running

PEAR PC, you’d be hard-pressed to find out. Unless you use this handy tool.

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