Connecting Parallels VMs to your Mac localhost file for testing

I’m currently building a site using a local server on my iMac at work and I needed an accurate way to test it on IE. I’m running Windows 8 on a Parallels (v.8) Virtual Machine and wanted to get it to display the test site I’m developing locally via MAMP. There’s a few sites that […]

Backing Up Your Mac – A Short Course

One question I don’t get asked very often is, “How do I safely back up my data?” You know you need to do it, but like doing your taxes, you’re putting it off until the last minute. Unfortunately, with a disk failure you don’t exactly know when the last minute is. In this post, I’ll boil it all down so you can quickly understand the issues and tell you how I back up my digital files and why I do it the way I do.

Working with RealLegal .ptx files on the Mac

[Note: if this is the first time you’re reading this post, skip down to the 11/2010 update to get the most recent info.] Recently, while doing some research on producing video depositions, I came across RealLegal’s .ptx files. Those in the legal profession will recognize this format is the method not a few court reporters […]

Reference for EVERY Character Key on a Mac

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Know all those odd characters (accents, copyright symbols, em and endashes, degree mark, etc) that are so time consuming to find when you need them? Well the people at liquidcity have put together a handy all in one keyboard shortcut reference in a pdf. You can grab a copy for yourself here.

Adobe CS3 Installer Security Flaw

Macworld recently reported on a security flaw with Adobe’s CS3 installer for Mac OS. It seems the installer automatically disables the firewall in OS X in order to install certain components and then fails to re-enable it, causing a security risk. I was particularly interested in this story since I’ve recently upgraded to the CS3 […]

Make Your Mac More Secure

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While it’s true that Mac OS X is a much more secure operating system than Windows at this point, With time and the increase in popularity of the Mac platfrom there will come a day when some exploit or another will be successful against it. If you use the internet (and you do) and especially […]

Lightroom vs. Aperture

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Since the release of Lightroom 1.0 in February (2007) there has been a renewed comparison between it and Apple’s Aperture. Do you need one of these programs? Which one should you choose?