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Figuring out GPG, SSH and U2F with YubiKey 4

You know your wife is a keeper when she gets you a YubiKey 4 for your birthday! I was really excited about this YubiKey because of its support for storing your GPG private keys and also for an SSH private key, in addition to the U2F (Universal 2nd Factor) support. I've been using earlier versions of the YubiKey for OTP (one-time password) and U2F, but the new version was especially interesting to me because of ...

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Adding Dash support to Komodo IDE

I've recently found and become a fan of the Dash documentation browser for OS X. It has some neat integration with some applications, like Sublime Text and PyCharm (both of which I use), but not for Komodo IDE (which I also use). So this post is to show how easy it is to integrate the two.

Dash uses a URL scheme of dash://[query] that makes it really easy to tie into any application ...

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SSL Certificate Verification failure with fink's Python 2.7.9

Python 2.7.9 was released nearly a month ago and with it came some SSL-related changes (it backported the Python 3.4 ssl module and does HTTPS certificate validation using the system's certificate store). The latter can cause some problems with home-grown CA's, however. On Mac OS X, the CA certificate store is in the Keychain Access application which isn't exposed to commandline tools like Python. This will cause HTTPS certificate validation to ...

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MailMate keyboard shortcuts and Gmail archive handling

So, playing around with MailMate I've found you can create keyboard shortcuts. It comes with a standard keyboard shortcut list, one for Postbox (a Thunderbird-based email client), and Gmail. My main need here to is to map "delete" to "Archive message" because MailMate, unlike Apple's Mail, does not seem to have a setting to turn "delete" into "archive". So when I hit the delete key, my message goes to the trash, rather ...

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Mavericks Mail is Apple's worst Mail yet

To begin with, I liked Apple Mail in Mountain Lion (and Lion also). I've been using Apple Mail for a while now for my personal email on my mac, and mutt for my work email on my Fedora box. It works well, and I've gotten used to using a GUI for my personal email and like it.

But then Mavericks came out and everything changed. Seriously... how do you release a complete ...

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Adventures in AppleRAID

Actually, it's not much of an adventure so much as a reminder. I'm used to doing software RAID on Linux with mdadm and am fully comfortable with the commandline tools -- in fact, I prefer them to any GUI tools that may or may not be out there (for example, if I were to have a choice of using mdadm on the commandline versus using Anaconda to setup a RAID array, I would take ...

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Software Update Service on OS X Lion Server

Software Update Service is part of OS X Lion server (and Mountain Lion server) that allows you to download OS updates and serve them to multiple clients on a local network (similar to Red Hat's Satellite server, for Red Hat Enterprise Linux). I've had to play with this because we're bandwidth-restricted at the church, and there are a lot of macs there, all of which need security and bugfix updates. Attempting to download ...

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USB3 benchmarks on Mac Pro

I recently purchased the HighPoint RocketU 1144AM PCI-E 2.0 x4 Quad-Port USB 3.0 Raid card for my Mac Pro. Since most external drives you buy these days are USB3, and the Mac Pro only has (and perhaps only every will have, if the rumour mill is true) USB2 ports, the only option I had for expansion was a USB3 card. The Mac Pro doesn't have Thunderbolt on it, and the external drives equipped ...

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SSD Speed-ups on Mac Pro

I have an SSD in my Fedora workstation for my rq tool, specifically for the MySQL database. The speed increase there, because it was dealing with huge amounts of data, was very welcome -- not so much for importing (speed there didn't much increase since all the files being operated on were on the HDD), but for querying it is wicked fast. Besides that, and the built-in SSD of my MacBook Air, ...

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Unwanted guest account in OS X 10.7.2

So I was thoroughly annoyed to find a guest account with a sandboxed Safari after I had setup iCloud on OS X 10.7.2. Turns out, this only appears when you have "Find My Mac" enabled, and it does make sense (how can your mac be found if no one is using it?). If you don't like the idea of a guest account on your mac (even if you've disabled the guest account in ...

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