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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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