As newbie Mac OS user I’ve faced problem “where the f**k are page up, page down, etc. keys?“. A little of exploration and here it is (MacBook Pro): fn + arrow down = page down fn + arrow up = page up cmd + arrow down = end cmd + arrow up = home fn + backspace = delete (this is quite annoying that on PC I’ve had one button for that)

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As I have new toy (MacBook), I need new software for it. As I’m a little paranoid about security (yeah, I know, there are no viruses on Mac) I’ve wanted to add some antivirus to my new system. I’ve worked with many such programs in the past, so I know that sometimes (or mostly) it happens that they’re slowing down computer. I’m new to Mac OS and very happy already about it performance, so I don’t want to ruin it.

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I'm a Mac!

Mac macbook pro

Since yesterday I’m happy owner of MacBook Pro! I’ve waited long time and had many other desktops and laptops in the past, but finally I have it:) And it was a good deal, so double win, or like Americans like to say win win. And guess what? Yes, you’re right I’m writing this message from my new Mac! As I’m still a newbie everything keeps amazing me. I’m really surprised what Mac OS offers right out the box.

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Have you ever seen something like it?! Wow! I’m impressed, hope it would find it’s way through market. 10/GUI from C. Miller on Vimeo.

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Amazon Kindle 2 with international gprs service would be available in Europe from October 19th! At last! Count me in as a first buyer. UPDATE: It’s not so sweet as it first looked:( Instead of 279$ Kindle 2 when shipping to Europe (Czech Republic at least) would cost you 359$. It’s not so bad, still pretty cheap as other e-book readers cost more in this part of Europe. But when you’ll add to it the fact that every e-book from amazon would cost you more than your US based friends, then it’s not so good anymore.

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Bruce Schneier is the person well known to everybody interested in IT security. Recently he published blog post about why two-factor authentication is not solving all security problems. For those who don’t know what this term means, two-factor authentication is basically system where first you’re giving your “constant” password (password which doesn’t change), then if you’ve provided correct password system is sending you another one which is generated for you just for this single use (this password can be generated also by some small device provided to you by system admin).

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Today I’ve faced embarrassing situation, I’ve forgot my root password to my Debian VM. I know this is lame. But happened, so I’ve started looking for solution and after viewing few more or less helpful websites I’ve compiled my own solution. To reset root password on Debian (Lenny) do following: 1. During start of PC when there is your boot manager displayed press “e”. 2. Move arrow on the keyboard to highlight “kernel”.

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I’m using VMWare Workstation a lot to virtualize my testing environments. Along with many other OSs that I’m using there are Linux systems and one of the most useful functionality in Linux are (in my opinion) virtual terminals. Virtual terminal is like your another monitor, so when doing many things you can avoid mess by using few “desktops” instead of one. In Linux you’re creating and switching between terminals by pressing CTRL+ALT+F1-12.

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Have you ever seen first digital camera? Here it is: It was developed by Kodak engineer Steve Sasson in December 1975. It was capable of making black/white photos, had 0.01 Megapixel and taking picture took him about 23 seconds. Oh, and it stored your photos on simple magnetic tape, like for Walkman. And now you have a lot better device in your pocket size cell phone, nice.

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