Category Archives: OS X

OS X: Getting Image-Dimensions on the Command-Line (sips)

If you need to get the dimensions of an image-file via the command-line, let’s say in a script or an AppleScript, then there is a way to do so easily. Enter the scriptable image processing system or short sips. You didn’t know you got that installed on your OS X system alreay? Me neither. Assume, […]

MySQL-Endcoding on OS X Server 10.5.X

Just a quick hint for all the commandline-jockeys: The standard-encoding for new MySQL-Databases on OS X Server 10.5.X is not UTF-8 but latin1. Do not forget to specify the encoding when creating a new database, seriously. I suspect, that this depends on the language the system is installed in. The system that tricked me was […]

My DocBook-Bundle for TextMate

OK, here it is. The TextMate DocBook-bundle (click the link to download) I’m using for production. The emphasis is on I’m using. The bundle contains the entities I need for my daily work. Means, it does not contain all entities which can be used writing books and articles in DocBook. There are no templates, since […]

10.5.2, at last

Everybody fantasized, hoped, longed, [you get the picture] about it: the Leopard 10.5.2 Update is soon to be found on Macs wide and far. No problems so far, none I’m aware of, at least. Don’t forget to repair the permissions before and after the install, though. Seriously. And if you happen to have a recent […]

TCP- and UDP-Ports used by Apple Software

Everyone concerned with administering a network containing Apple-machines should bookmark this link: “Well Known” TCP and UDP ports used by Apple software products I’ve been told, that the document will be updated on a regular basis.

Date-/Time-Calculations using AppleScript

Calculating dates and / or time-values in AppleScript is quite simple, but not that obvious. Here’s how it’s done.

OS X: Restoring Addressbook-Entries with Time Machine

How to restore a single entry in Adressbook with Time Machine.

Leopard 10.5.1 Update

It’s update-day today. First 10.4.11 now 10.5.1. No problems with 10.4.11 so far. I installed the 10.5.1 update via software update first and got a couple of messages while repairing permissions afterwards. A bunch of SUID program … not repaired to be precise. I decided to download the combined patch from Apple’s download section and […]

Tiger Update 10.4.11

Apple released the 10.4.11 Update, it includes the Security Update 2007-008. Based on the information in the links, get it ASAP, seriously. As a bonus, Apple added support for some more cameras: Adds RAW image decoding support for the following cameras: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Leica V-Lux 1, Olympus E-400, Olympus EVOLT E410, Olympus EVOLT E510, […]

TextMate Docbook-Bundle soon

[Update: My TextMate-Bundle for DocBook is online, see My DocBook-Bundle for TextMate. It took me quite a while, I know.] All right, I give up. To all the people who nagged me about my Docbook-Bundle for TextMate: I’ll put it up here in the next couple of days. Be warned though, it’s not full-blown, it […]