No Rules In Sparrow Mail Client, Saying Goodbye

It was a beautiful fall day on October 2, 2011 and I was itching to change the way I managed my email. That is the day when I purchased Sparrow v1.3.2 and immediately was so happy with it. Sparrow is an email client that is fast, sleek and just looks pretty. There, I said it. But since that beautiful day I have really missed having mail rules. You see, Sparrow doesn’t have rules. It imagines that we all live in a perfect email world without spam. Well no matter how many rules we put on our mail server, some stuff does get through. And because I heavily rely on my email and do not want to miss something important, our rules are not the crazy and overbearing kind. So at this point I really need rules and I’m going to have to stop using Sparrow. I am not sure what application I’ll be going back to at the moment, but it does sadden me to say goodbye to little Sparrow.

If there is something I am missing and there’s actually a way to have rules, please let me know.

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How to disable caps lock on Mac OS X

Do you actually ever use the Caps Lock key? It seems like a key that should be removed from keyboards. No one has a need for it anymore because we’ve all learned it’s not polite to shout, and it doesn’t look good to post a yard sale sign in all caps either. Programmers don’t even use the caps lock key – changes in code are carefully ammended if capital characters are needed. All in all, I can’t think of any benefit to the key. Personally I wanted to turn it off because sometimes I am writing an email, etc. and I touch it accidentally. The bother is not huge, but it would give life two extra seconds if I turned it off. So here’s how to turn it off.

Open up System Preferences and choose Keyboard.

Click Modifier Keys on the lower right corner.

Select your keyboard if there is more than one in the drop down. Then select Caps Lock and set it to No Action. OK and done!

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IRC for Mac OS X, Simplify with Irssi

Too much time has passed since I made a post, so here is a short one on the best way to use IRC on a Mac: Irssi. This client allows you to use IRC via Terminal and it’s super easy to do. Why install something called IRC Duck or ChatWaffle and bloat your system with more apps? You’re not on an iPhone. Let’s keep something holy.

Irssi is a very configurable client and can be adapted to your needs using a wide variety of Perl scripts. Irssi calls their product “the client of the future” which doesn’t make sense to me, honestly. I just think of them as the client. But their slogan might make sense if you think all of the current application bloat will disappear eventually and everyone will go back to their turtle roots of being happy with shells. So with Irssi the future is constant. You could say the transformation is happening already, albeit very slowly. Read More

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Apple OS X 10.6.3 Brings Security to Safari

It’s time yet again for everyone to update Apple OS X to the latest version OS X 10.6.3. If you go to the previous link you can see an entire list of all of the fixes. Most of the applications are ones that I never use while others relate only to Mac OS X Server. With that said, the most important features of the update to me relate to recent security vulnerabilities discovered due to Tipping Point’s Zero Day Initiative:

“Apple’s Safari browser got hacked on both Snow Leopard and the iPhone during the first day of the annual Pwn2Own contest, where security specialists can win the hardware they successfully attack. As CNet reports, security analyst Charlie Miller won $10,000 after remotely exploiting Safari on a MacBook Pro.”

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OS X Terminal Commands, The Basics

If you’re a newbie to using SSH, here’s a quick OS X Terminal command guide. These should help you become less dependent on websites to do domain look ups or change passwords in control panels. Becoming friends with Terminal means an increase in productivity.

Commands for Web Site Management

1. host
If you need to find out the IP of a domain, type
[[email protected] ~]# host cloudsy.com
cloudsy.com has address 66.240.232.17
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How to Install Putty on OS X

Update: I wrote this in 2009! That was, at least, 40 Internet years ago. I’m leaving this article here in an archival state. But please, use Homebrew to install Putty. You don’t have to read the rest of this post. Simply open Terminal, paste this command:

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)

Then type:

brew install putty

And that’s it, PuTTY will be installed on your machine. Easy. That is, if you are running the newest version of OS X, which you certainly should be.

If you have any questions at all, please leave a comment below or use the contact form above. I do answer your emails if they are interesting enough! Show me what you’re working with.

Some people are very used to Putty and they miss it when they are on a Mac. Is there a version for OS X? No, so this post is for those people. This really isn’t an install per se, it’s actually called a port. Putty doesn’t work “naturally” on OS X, so you need to use MacPorts to ‘port’ it to your Mac. When utilizing MacPorts, you can find that there are thousands of programs you can run on your Mac that normally wouldn’t be available. The interfaces may feel or act a bit differently, but it’s better than not having them at all.

Here are the steps to get it geared up:

1) Install MacPorts – Download/instructions for MacPorts (Be sure to pick the correct file for your OS X version.) Read More

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How to Edit the Hosts File Mac OS X Snow Leopard

There are times during DNS changes or other testing that you may want to specify a particular IP for a domain name. To do this, you’ll need to edit your hosts file. This way you can “trick” your computer before DNS actually changes or point a domain to another IP, even a local one. Some of the instructions out there on how to do this are a little too bloated, so I tried to simplify them as much as possible here on DotResults. If you have any questions about this, please leave a comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as we read it. Read More

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PuTTY for OS X? No thanks.

Many folks coming from the Windows world often ask where they can find the PuTTY client for OS X. While I do not wish to undermine the quality of the client (as it is, quite likely, the best for Windows), there is no such need for it on OS X. Why? This is simple – because all of the functionality that PuTTY offers, such as SSH, Telnet and Serial abilities come bundled with your OS X install. Since OS X is based on UNIX, it comes with a massive array of utilities that can be found across most different UNIX based OS’s and SSH and Telnet is no exception. (If you must install PuTTY on your computer, just read our other article How To Install PuTTY On OS X.) Read More

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