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Sync your iPhone's music library in Linux, the wireless way

Linux users are a bit left out in the cold when it comes to the iPhone, but if you're a Linux user who wants to sync your music library with your iPhone, Lifehacker's got a tutorial on how to do just that. Video syncing seems to work as well, but im...

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Here comes your man (viewer)

Man pages have been around since before I was born (circa 1971, actually). The people who will take an interest in this post are most likely familiar with the 'man' documentation format for most UNIX commands. While little has changed in the form a...

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Debian-style installation arrives on iPhone

After typing his fingers to the bone, overworked iPhone developer Jay "Saurik" Freeman has finally finished his long-awaited Cydia release. As Freeman puts it, the iPhone is a 667MHz computer with 128MB RAM and at least 4GB of flash. So why not use i...

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New eBook explains Leopard's permissions

Despite John Gruber's longstanding assertion that "Repair Disk Permissions is voodoo," Brian Tanaka has published "Take Control of Permissions in Leopard" for the Take Control series of eBooks. It's part troubleshooting (how to delete stuck files, fo...

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Cocktail Tiger edition goes to 4.0.1, Leopard edition 4.0.2

Just in case you haven't yet upgraded to Leopard, but still love using Cocktail (that crazy mix of Unix functions for OS X), Maintain has released version 4.0.1 of their Tiger edition. They've fixed some compatibility problems with QuickTime, and add...

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WaterRoof firewall manager

Lots of people know that OS X has a very powerful stateful packet inspection firewall (ipfw) under the shiny hood of the Sharing Preference Pane thanks to its UNIX underpinnings, but actually understanding and controlling that power is something else...

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Unsanctioned patches for Leopard's X11 now available

If you've been running into trouble with the X11 infrastructure in Leopard, you aren't alone; issues including multi-monitor support problems and crashes in bunches have been frustrating those who depend on the MIT-originated tools (apps such as The ...

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Apple releases Darwin 9.0, Unix foundation of Leopard

Back when the Intel Macs first appeared there was a delay from Apple in releasing Darwin 8, the open-source BSD/Unix foundation of Tiger. Crazy theories were adduced, and bad intentions attributed to Apple, but eventually Darwin 8 for Intel Macs was ...

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iPhone BSD package updated

iPhone developer NerveGas has updated his BSD subsystem in preparation for the new iPhone jailbreak. This new release offers tighter code fixes ("less cruft"), a few additions and a few omissions of less useful items. He also removed libarmfp depende...

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Leopard achieves UNIX 03 certification

Not being an enterprise IT guy, this story went a little past me, but it's apparently big news to some. With Leopard, Apple has now joined Sun, IBM, and HP as the only four OS vendors to achieve UNIX 03 certification. This is significant because it o...

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ssh on iPhone

Over at the #iphone channel at irc.osx86.hu, the thoroughly awesome NerveGas has figured out how to enable ssh on the iPhone without using restore mode. The secret lies in overwriting an existing binary and plist to trick the iPhone into calling chm...

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Apple buys CUPS

Big UNIX news this morning. Apple has bought out CUPS, the common UNIX printing system. The name may not sound familiar, but it's part of every Mac OS X installation. CUPS implements a cross-platform printing system based on the Internet Printing Pro...

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FileXaminer: a super "Get Info"

FileXaminer is like the Finder's built-in Get Info (??? - i) on steroids. The features are manifold, allowing you to edit permissions and ownership, dates, type and creator codes and much more. It's particularly handy for editing file attributes that...

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JellyFiSSH: secure shell the easy way

JellyFiSHH is a cool little bookmark manager for automating connections to remote servers over telnet, SSH 1 or 2. SHH (or Secure SHell) is an important tool for creating secure connections across the Internet to a remote machine. By default this ju...

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Phynchronicity: Fink GUI

Everybody knows that at the heart of OS X lies a powerful UNIX/BSD installation, but actually installing UNIX software can be a bit of pain, requiring command line trickery at least, and sometimes even compiling from the source (and dealing with depe...

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Sudos and sudon'ts

I find that I'm visiting RixStep on a regular basis these days. Today I stumbled across this post about using root privileges and thought I'd share it with you. If you want to learn more about using Mac admin privileges, this might not be the best po...

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