Add Spaces to the Dock in OS X

With Spaces
Just quick useful post for separating out your doc items. I’ve had a few coworkers ask how I was able to break the icons in my dock into groups. You can achieve this by entering the following into Terminal.app (or iTerm.app)

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'

Enter the following for however many breaks you want to add, Dont worry they are easy to remove by dragging off the Dock just like any other icon. You won’t see the changes right away and will need kill the Dock before you’ll see the changes, OS X will detect the Dock is no longer running and automatically relaunch it with the new settings. Now simply drag the spaces wherever you want them.

killall Dock

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Pebble Watch

EMAIL AND ALERTS

I’m not a big fan of watches but I may have to pick one of these guys up. Connecting via Bluetooth to your iPhone it gets all kinds of nifty information from your phone and the internet depending on the apps you install to the device.

Pebble can receive simple alerts and notifications from if this then that (ifttt.com) More adventurous developers can use the Pebble SDK, with its Arduino-like abstractions and simple C structure, to gain full control of the watch.

Watchfaces

I should have taken advantage when the Pebble was on Kickstarter they were hoping to raise $100,000 for production and ended up with over $10 Million. By backing them with $99 you essentially preordered a Jet Black watch. If you’d like to pre-order one now you can do so on http://getpebble.com/ but it’s going to cost you $150

The watch allows you to view Incoming Caller ID information, emails, calendar alerts, Facebook messages, Twitter notifications and more.

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Mac App: DVDRemaster

A few months ago I purchased DVD Remaster to rip video from my old DVD’s to copy them onto my iPhone and iPad. I picked it up as part of a bundle and was rather surprised at its usefulness.

DVD Remaster is normally $49.99 but for this weekend only for there introduction to the Mac App Store. they are offering it up for $4.99.

So if your looking for a way to watch your movies on the go this may be an option for you.

 

DVDRemaster - Metakine Inc.

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Nagios check_http

Just a quick and dirty post regarding the Nagios check_http plugin. found a little quirk that kept me scratching my head for some time. I added a new site to my monitoring system and ended up getting a result of

HTTP OK – HTTP/1.1 302 Moved Temporarily – 0.174 second response time |time=0.17

turned out the web hosting provider was redirecting you to the actual content but the check_http plugin does not follow the redirect by default. I corrected the issue by adding “-f follow” switch to the command. This tells the check_http plugin to follow any redirects it encounters.

HTTP OK HTTP/1.1 200 OK – 1.010 second response time |time=1.009625s;;;0.000000 size=12304B;;;0

so your entire command should look like the following:

define service{
use remote-service
host_name [hostname]
service_description HTTP
check_command check_http!-H [domanname] -f follow -s “[String to look for]”
}

The final -s switch is optional but it will help notify you of any unauthorized changes made to the site your monitoring (eg. Hacking attempt).

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WordPress XSS Vulnerability

If you’re a WordPress blogger be sure to update to the latest 3.0.4 build as soon as possible, While no new features have been fixed a major security hole has been patched.
Basicly 3.0.3 allows users to insert comments with malicious code, the 3.0.3 WordPress only sanitizes lowercase HTML allowing a malicious user to pass bad code to obtain cookies of a logged in user.

For now if your still running 3.0.3 check all pending and new comments for base 64 code or JavaScript links and if you see some delete the comment right away.

See http://wordpress.org/ for the complete announcement from the wordpress team.

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