How to Convert PPK PuTTY File to PEM on OS X 10.11 or Later

If you don’t have PuTTY installed these days, use Homebrew to do it painlessly. Don’t have Homebrew?

Open Terminal and paste:

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL

Then type the command:

brew install putty

Then PuTTY should just work fine without any hassle. The command for converting a PuTTY Private Key would be:

puttygen privatekey.ppk -O private-openssh -o privatekey.pem


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Battlefield 3 Not Initializing – How to fix

It looks like there’s two main reasons that Battlefield 3 does not start.

1) You need to update your video card drivers manually – do not use any of the Windows walk-through updates
2) Or, you can remove (TM) from the name of the Battlefield 3 folder

Those are the two most popular fixes for the game, which by the way is certainly a beautiful one. Here is one of my favorite reviews of Battlefield 3 from Gamespot:

When it comes to virtual battlefields, nobody does it quite like the Battlefield series. It has a long history of creating sprawling conflict zones where players have an exhilarating range of ways to make powerful contributions to the war effort. The competitive multiplayer mode in Battlefield 3 stays true to tradition, delivering an online combat experience that is amazingly addictive, immersive, and exciting, with refinements and new elements that make the familiar action feel fresh.


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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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