Posts Tagged ‘mac’

The many uses of Dropbox – syncing 1Password and Things data between Macs

April 15th, 2010 7 comments

A couple of weeks ago a lot of my friends (and acquaintances) got spammed by me on purpose: I sent them an invite for Dropbox. The intention was two-fold: 1. to increase my backup space; 1. to get them using a free backup solution. Several people signed up and I hope they are enjoying Dropbox by now.

Thanks to Dropbox, my two all-time favorite applications (1Password for login and general secret management and Things, a neat to-do list manager) have just gotten better. They both have iPhone and now iPad apps, as well and let me tell you, they are wonderful. One of the issues I had was the lack of proper syncing between my Mac Pro and my MacBook Pro. 1Password actually synced properly through the iPhone, but Things items got duplicated and this actually caused me to stop using Things. Then the iPad came out and Things looked beautiful on it, plus now I can enter last-minute items before falling asleep. About a week or two ago I learned that you can sync 1Password to many Macs using Dropbox. Thanks to Twitter I learned today that, indeed you can do the same for Things. So, here’s how this works.

  1. Create a Dropbox account, if you haven’t yet.
  2. Get 1Password, if you haven’t yet (Click on the banner on my site)
  3. Get Things, if you haven’t yet.
  4. Move your Things Library to Dropbox:
    1. Make sure Things is not running
    2. Move ~/Library/Application Support/Cultured Code folder to your Dropbox.
    3. Hold down the OPTION key while starting up Things then point to the Database.xml file at the newly created location.
  5. Move your 1Password keychain to Dropbox:
    1. In 1Password go to /Preferences/General click MOVE
    2. Choose Dropbox as the destination

That’s all. This is how simple it is to have your Things and 1Password libraries stored online in a safe place and have the ability to use them from several Macs. One caveat, however is that you CANNOT have Things or 1Password run on two different computers at the same time, because you’d be reading from/writing to the same data source, which, all my developer friends wold tell you it’s a BIG no-no.

* If you click on the Dropbox links on this page, you WILL generate me extra space. If you are against it, simply go to and bypass me.
** I am an affiliate partner for 1Password.
*** CulturedCode I am not affiliated with by any means.

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Reminder, anyone?

February 17th, 2009 3 comments

There’s a really nifty apple Dashboard Widget called Reminder. That’s exactly what it does: you tell it what you want to be reminded of and when and it will remind you. 2.0 only runs on Leopard, but they have a 1.0 version for Tiger users.

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Having trouble managing domains and websites? DomainBrain will come to the rescue!

February 5th, 2009 No comments

Are you managing your friends websites or are a professional developer managing tons of websites? Do you find it difficult to remember their FTP log in database access, which MySQL table their data stored in? I have just some across this handy application called DomainBrain that will do just that for you and even more. It can even tell you (through a WHOIS query) when you need to renew the domain.

The image below will tell you what type of information you can store in DomainBrain. Then with a mouse click on the arrow icon next to the URLs, it will launch your FTP program (Fetch, e.g.) and log you in automatically. Now, I know, we all have our login information stored in our FTP programs (rather in our Keychain App), bu having everything centralized is worth the exploration.

With the free version you can manage up to 4 domains, or if you have more to handle you can have unlimited domains with a mere $14. It is Mac ONLY.

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Importing Feeds from Google Reader to NetNewsWire

February 4th, 2009 No comments

After reading several articles on Google one would think it’s a horrendous task to get all your feeds from Google Reader to NetNewsWire. But, really, it isn’t. Export your feeds from Google Reader, then import them into NetNewsWire. It’s that simple. You’ll get a folder with the freshly imported feeds, then you can just do a little organization. Then you can sync your feeds with NewsGator and read them on any computer or your iPhone. It’s that simple!

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January 31st, 2009 No comments

Having a little fondness for design, I always feel like I’ve just eaten lemon when I look at somene’s hard work in coding, and the design was just an afterthought. One of these areas that are usually lacking in database development is icons. You can buy icons or download free sets that never really communicate the point. Or you can design your own, but it’s a it of work. Now anymore! I just found this beautiful application for drawing: DrawIt. I will certainly buy it, especially now that the Euro is affordable. For all of those who cannot afford $37 (with today’s conversion rate of 29 Euros), there’s a DrawItLite version for free.

The company’s other application is Fontcase that let’s you view fonts like you’ve never seen them before, preview paragraphs, tag your fonts and even share them on your network, sort of like songs with iTunes, but it let’s you preview and download fonts from another vomputer on the same network. Currently on sale for 35 Euros.

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A New Place to Find Out About Mac Apps

January 31st, 2009 No comments

Envato has been a great place to find all design-related resources. The have given us the,, for tutorials and free graphic downloads, for downloading beautiful themes (see my website:  and now they have launched, a Mac Apps Blog. They introduce you to new and exciting apps, and you can follow them by RSS or on twitter.

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OS X Malware Found in Pirated iWork 09

January 23rd, 2009 No comments

From ZDNet

Researchers at Intego have intercepted a Mac OS X malware threat circulating in pirated copies of Apple’s iWork 09 software.

The malicious file, dubbed OSX.Trojan.iServices.A, was found on BitTorrent trackers and other sites containing links to pirated software.  The booby-trapped version of the iWord 09 productivity suite is complete and functional but the installer contains an additional package called iWorkServices.pkg, Intego said.

When installing iWork 09, the iWorkServices package is installed. The installer for the Trojan horse is launched as soon as a user begins the installation of iWork, following the installer’s request of an administrator password (in older versions of Mac OS X, 10.5.1 or earlier, there will be no password request). This software is installed as a startup item (in /System/Library/StartupItems/iWorkServices, a location reserved normally for Apple startup items), where it has read-write-execute permissions for root. The malicious software connects to a remote server over the Internet; this means that a malicious user will be alerted that this Trojan horse is installed on different Macs, and will have the ability to connect to them and perform various actions remotely. The Trojan horse may also download additional components to an infected Mac.

Now, what’s important to learn from this is no matter how well-protected you think you are (have anti-virus software installed, it is up-to-date, etc.), if you download pirated software, you are exposing yourself to threats. With trojans, the perpetrators can really have access to your computer, and they can do harm. One example would be getting keystrokes from your computer and analyzing them. They will know which bank you visited and your log in information. You don’t need to have a vivid imagination to figure the rest out.

Be prepared; be smart. Don’t try to save money by not paying for a $99 app; you might end up paying $-400 for repair.

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Controlling a Remote Computer

January 15th, 2009 No comments

For all of those out there, who need to connect to a remote computer, I’d like to review some of the different choices that are out there. This article’s purpose is just to give you some ideas about controlling a remote computer.

1. VNC (multi-platform)

VNC has been around for a long time. You can connect from Mac to PC, PC to PC, Mac to Mac and PC to Mac. Connecting to a Mac OS 10 computer (at least Tiger and Leopard) is very easy. All you have to do is enable incoming VNC connections in System Preferences/Sharing.

You can also set your computer up as a VNC Server (whether Mac or PC) and allow incoming connections. The other party wanting to control your computer will have to use an IP address or DNS name and a password.

Do a Google Search for suitable VNC software for your operating system. I like Chicken of the VNC for Mac and some people swear by RealVNC for Windows. Again, there are choices and you can always try one software and if you don’t like it, try another one.

2. Apple Remote Desktop (Mac only)

ARD Client is built into every Tiger and Leopard system, which means that you can connect to a Mac with either the ARD application or a VNC client (if you have it enabled in System Preferences).

Apple Remote Desktop app is not a free program. You’ll have to buy it from Apple or a reseller. If you have to control more than one Mac at a time, issue commands, copy software, etc., it’s worth getting it. It has some really nice features.

3. Remote Desktop Connection(Mac to Windows)

You can control a Windows computer (it might require set-up on the client first) from a Mac by using the Remote Desktop product by Microsoft. They have just released v2 in 2008. There are some improvements over the very simple v1, which include sound from the PC on your Mac, making Mac drives available on the PC and you can even print from the PC to your chosen printer attached to your Mac.

4. iPhone (multi-platform)

You can use Moccha VNC Lite to connect to computers. It’s a very nice free app, and if you are okay viewing large computer screens on an iPhone, you can control computer on the go.

5. LogemeIn (multi-platform)

LogMeIn is a web-based solution for accessing computers. They have free, as well as fee-based services. They even have an iPhone app, that just came out called LogMeIn Ignition. How this one differs from the other solutions listed here is that you have to create an account on their website, download a piece of software to your computer then allow access for different users.

I hope this was helpful.

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