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Updated launchd Property List File for Synergy

After posting my article on running the Synergy server automatically on OS X Lion, a reader added a comment suggesting that it wasn’t recommended to use a shell script to launch a process via launchd. I haven’t been able to find any information to back up that recommendation, but I did create a new launchd property list file that doesn’t require (or use) a shell script to start synergys.

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Spousetivities at EMC World 2012

This year at EMC World 2012 (being held once again in Las Vegas, NV), Spousetivities returns for their second year at EMC’s user conference. As usual, my wife Crystal—who founded and runs Spousetivities—has a great set of activities planned for any spouses, partners, family members, or friends that will be traveling with EMC World conference attendees. (EMC’ers: those of you attending the TC Conference can have your traveling companions attend Spousetivities too!)

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VMware End-User Computing Virtual Conference

VMware is holding an “End User Computing Virtual Conference” next week. Here’s the text of the announcement/invitation that I saw (and yes, I made sure that VMware was OK with me posting it here so that others could attend if interested):

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Running Synergy Server Automatically on OS X Lion

In November of last year, I wrote this article on how I was using Synergy to share a single keyboard and mouse across two Mac laptops and an Ubuntu Linux laptop. At that time, my 13” MacBook Pro was the Synergy server and used ControlPlane to automatically start or stop the Synergy server process. ControlPlane looked at whether the laptop was connected to the 24” LED Cinema Display (which meant I was in my home office); if so, it launched the Synergy server. When it was disconnected from the display, it killed the Synergy server. For the most part, this setup worked reasonably well.

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SRM and Stretched Clusters Webinar

This coming Thursday, April 26, I’ll be participating in an EMC webinar titled “Best Practices: When and How to Use Stretched Clusters.” (I wanted to title it as “Current Recommended Practices,” but the marketing group shot me down.) The webinar starts at 8 AM PT/9 AM MT/11 AM ET.

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Technology Short Take #21

It’s been a while since I published my last Technology Short Take (found here), and in browsing my list of saved links I find that I don’t really have that many to share. Which then leads to me to ask the question, “Why?” I think it’s because I’ve been sharing lots of stuff via my Twitter account.

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8 Things to Help Keep Your Mac Secure

As the recent spate of Mac-specific malware shows, Mac OS X is not immune to security problems. (Not that this is really surprising to anyone.) To be honest, though, I was—until recently—fairly confident that my systems were reasonably secure. However, a Twitter conversation with security guru Christofer Hoff (aka @Beaker) convinced me that I wasn’t doing enough. The appearance of the Flashback.K trojan, which can install itself even without administrative privileges, confirmed that he was right—I wasn’t doing enough. (No, I didn’t get infected.)

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Announcement: VMware vSphere Training Video

In my 2012 projects post, I alluded to some “new projects” that I wasn’t quite ready to discuss. As you can guess by the title of this post, this is one of those new projects! I’m very excited to announce that I am working with Train Signal to create a video training course strictly focused on designing VMware vSphere environments. In fact, the name of the new video training course is “Designing VMware Infrastructure.”

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Setting Up ipfw on Mac OS X

Using multiple layers of security has long been recognized as a useful strategy in hardening your computers against attack or exploit. In this post, I want to explain how to set up and configure the BSD-level ipfw firewall that is present in Mac OS X. While ipfw is certainly not a security panacea, it can be a solid part of a broader security strategy.

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Killing Ads in RSS Feeds in Vienna

Almost five years ago (in mid-2007) I wrote about how to kill ads in RSS feeds in NetNewsWire. That technique has been a lifesaver for me, as I rely heavily upon RSS feeds to stay up-to-date with information and trends.

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