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Fixing Adobe Applescript Errors

Fixing Adobe Applescript Errors

If you are still using an Adobe Photoshop CS3 or CS4, you might have run into some funky Applescript errors. These errors sometimes pop-up as, “Error loading /Library/ScriptingAdditions/Adobe Unit Types.osax”, or “Can’t make 720 into type traditional points”, or something similar.

The fix for this is easy, and is provided straight from Adobe. The error comes from a conflict between the old 32-bit component and the newer 64-bit scripting environment of Mac OS X 10.6+ (Snow Leapard, Lion, and Mountain Lion).

There are three ways to fix the issue, but simplest is to download the updated file and install it into the “/Library/ScriptingAdditions” folder of your Mac, then restart your computer.

Setting Pidgin and Google Talk (GTalk) with A Custom Domain

Pidgin IM LogoPidgin does a great job of connecting all the chat & IM protocols together, and is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux (yeah!), plus it’s open-source and free! Its interface is dead-simple, but sometimes its setup can be confusing for beginners.

If you have a custom email domain for your gmail account, setting up to use Google Talk through Pidgin needs a couple extra tweaks to the settings. Follow these easy steps to get started.

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Mac OS: Making an ISO Image

Many people don’t know that Macs can native make an ISO disk backup without any third-party software – part of the Unix backbone of the operating system. This built-in tool allows anyone to save disc data quickly and reliably. I have included the instructions needed to make a perfect copy of any disc – simple and easy.

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Mac OS: Tweeting using cURL

Termianl-IconThe cURL function, found on most UNIX based systems, including the Mac OS, is one of the cooler functions that is also simple to use and awesomely powerful when used correctly. Check out my introduction to CURL for more information about some cool things you can do with it.

Recently I found out that it is simple and relatively easy to post new status updates to twitter through the Terminal using cURL. This opens up the doors for using Applescript, BASH or other languages to automate postings if needed.

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Mac OS: The killer within Terminal (how to kill a program)

Termianl-IconThere are cases when using the terminal to quit an application is helpful, especially when it’s on a remote computer. I often use this at the office to kick off people who are holding back an update the needs to be done, or who are just playing around and not getting work done. This same action could be done via the Finder, using Screen Sharing, but it is more stealthy to do it via the Terminal.

Three Ways To End It

Let’s say you want to quit the application Safari on your co-worker’s computer, since you can see she is just looking at lolcat images on the other end of the office. You would prefer to not make a scene, so you will just quit the application for her, so she can focus on her work again.

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Mac OS: cURL your way to freedom

 Why cURL?

When we view a website (like this one), your computer’s browser is converting thousands upon thousands of lines of code to display all the images and content you see. Thankfully your browser does all this processing in the background while you wait for a website to load. With modern computers and fiberoptic cable, this is pretty fast. If we didn’t need to convert this code into a visual form for our eyes, just image how much faster a website could load! From there, if we could tell our computer to look at only the data we want, or to perform some automatic task, just think of all the time you could save!

What can it do?

The cURL command, to put it simply, connects your computer to other computers and accesses data using many of the standard file transfer protocols, such as HTTP and FTP. This may not seem like much at first, but apply a few additional commands in conjunction to it to it and you are on your way to taking over the internet.

Continue reading to see how you can use this tool to perform fast multi-site data processing to gather information faster and better.

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Mac Essentials: Mounting Network Drives in Terminal

Termianl-IconSometimes when doing installs or working on remote machines, the use of standard mounting means is not possible. Fortunately we can use Terminal to mount some network drives when needed. It isn’t the easiest way to mount a drive, but it is always available if you have access to a Mac’s Terminal. I have found this to be especially useful when, after booting to a recovery partition, restoring my OS from an image that is saved on a network backup.

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Make Packages with Packages: Beginner’s Introduction

Why use a package?

For backing up documents and photos, you would be better off using a program like Keka and just compress the data. However, if you are making a custom OS install and always need the same files and applications in the same places, building an install package is a faster, easier way to do things. Mac users are lucky to have a great, free program that makes the process simple too.


Packagesas the name would have you guess, is creates packages on the Mac OS. It’s homepage can be found here. It was built using part of the source code from Iceburg, a project by Stéphane Sudre that was used by developers in the pre OSX 10.7 days. Packages’ interface is easy to use for both beginners and advanced users. This introduction will walk through the steps needed to make your first installer package.

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