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AppleScript 101: More User Input and a Simulated Conversation

Do you want to continue learning AppleScript? Take a look at this post and I’ll teach you how to use all sorts of AppleScript functions to make interesting and useful scripts! This post focuses on user input and interacting with the computer.

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Remotely Control a Computer: A Basic SSH Tutorial

Have you ever wanted to control your friend’s computer from your own computer at home? This article tells you exactly how to connect to their computer via SSH and then how to execute commands!

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Bash 101: Functions and Variables

In this part of the Bash 101 series, we expand on the very basic basics we touched upon in the first article and introduce the concepts of functions and variables. We’ll build on our previous hello world script and then create a new script to illustrate the concepts further.

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From Standard to Administrator

This article outlines how to give an account on Mac OS X administrator privileges, without previous knowledge of the root or an administrator’s password. We’ll be using Single User Mode (SUM) to gain root access to the computer, which is the diagnostic boot option built into Unix that automatically logs you in as the root user, allowing the usage of unrestricted commands.

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AppleScript 101: If-Then Blocks and Try Blocks

In the first two posts of this series, you learned the basics of AppleScript. This post will now build on those even more by teaching you about if-then blocks, try blocks, and all the fun stuff you can do with them! Here’s what you should remember. From the first post, remember how to: And from [...]

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Hack and Disable The iSight Camera

It’s a question that a great many people are asking, and for a good reason: can people control my iSight camera remotely? It’s a scary answer:Yes. You can log into another Mac with a built-in iSight camera and take pictures remotely. But here’s the good news: you can also disable the iSight camera on the software end, rather than simply taping it up.

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AppleScript 101: Variables and Other Basic Techinques

In the second installment of our AppleScript tutorials, we explore the usage of variables and other basic AppleScript techniques. This lesson builds upon the Getting Started with AppleScript guide, so you’ll want to check out that article first.

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Bash 101: Hello World (and a little further)

This is the first of a series of articles that are designed to ease people into using bash and writing bash scripts. This article will give you a quick overview of some of the commands you will need to use to execute every bash script, and are commands that you should keep close to your heart for the future

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Bash 101: History of Bash and Terminal

This article serves to introduce Bash for our “Learning Bash” series. Today we’ll be giving a quick background on what exactly bash is and it’s origins.

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Getting Started with AppleScript

AppleScript is a scripting language included with all new Apple computers. If your Mac is running OS 9 or later (which it hopefully is) you’ll already have AppleScript installed. Using AppleScript, you can create a script that automates many tasks on your mac, and create simple “applets”. This guide will go into some of the basics of writing AppleScript and some potential uses for it.

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