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How to set the JAVA_HOME variable in Mac OS X – Snow Leopard (via Decoding the Web)

Duke, the Java Mascot, in the waving pose. Duk...

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Nice instructions. Most people probably won’t have to do this, but often developers use Java.

Recently I had to setup a Java app on my Mac, which was running from the Terminal, and needed the JAVA_HOME variable set. Here’s what had to be done: – Start the Terminal app. – Create/Edit ~/.bash_profile file. Note: I first tried creating and using the ~/.bashrc file, but that didn’t work (Mac OS 10.6.2), while ~/.bash_profile worked as expected. Therefore, $ vi ~/.bash_profile … and paste the following (make it a single line): export JAVA_HO … Read More

via Decoding the Web

Restore hidden files with Apple Mac OS X Time Machine Me in IT

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Restore hidden files with Apple Mac OS X Time Machine Me in IT. Nice instructions. This guy also has a ton of Linux resources and help. Worth taking a look.

Tsunas blog: How to disable Bonjour on OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard – StumbleUpon

Bonjour (software)

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Tsunas blog: How to disable Bonjour on OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard – StumbleUpon. This would be something to add to a list of performance enhancements or to extend battery time on laptops.

Apple’s KB explains how to properly disable those broadcast advertisements:

  1. sudo vim /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
  2. Add<string>-NoMulticastAdvertisements</string>at the end of theProgramArgumentsarray.
  3. Save the file
  4. RestartmDNSResponder:
    sudo launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
    sudo launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

There’s no need to reboot unlike what the KB says, as you long as you restart mDNSResponder.


Font ID Conflicts in Snow Leopard


Kappy has the answer.

Its usually a duplicate font issue. Since Courier Final Draft is not the standard Courier that is installed by OS X I would suggest you remove the font.

via Apple – Support – Discussions – Font ID Conflicts ….


Speed up Mac OS X Leopard Locomotion

A Snow Leopard at the Toronto Zoo.

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Speed up Mac OS X Leopard Locomotion. These tips will work for Snow Leopard as well. This is a shorter and faster way but if this doesn’t help enough, you might benefit from using those other suggestions as well.

Mac 101: Using a scanner Mac OS X v10.6

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Mac 101: Using a scanner Mac OS X v10.6. It has a link to a list of supported scanners from different vendors. Good instructions from Apple knowledge base.


Help not working in Snow Leopard


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Apple – Support – Discussions – Help not working …. Drosser points out the solution.

defaults write WebKitJavaScriptEnabled 1

Macintoshes are still vulnerable to one-click takeovers

TidBITS Safe Computing: Apple’s Security Past Defines Its Future. Concerning isn’t it? The article states:

Just yesterday I saw engineers at security software maker Immunity (in a Web-based demonstration) exploit an up-to-date version of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard via Safari using a new, unpatched, WebKit vulnerability. All it took was a clicking on a single link to give the attacker full control over the Mac.