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QuickLookSatellite MAC OS, High CPU Use

QuickLookSatellite MAC OS, High CPU Use. Restarting does not even fix this problem.

Troubleshooting steps:

See if there are any relevant log messages in or /var/log/system.log. Use qlmanage -r to reset Quick Look client’s generator cache. Run sudo opensnoop -n QuickLookSatellite-general to see if the process hangs after accessing some specific files. Or select [...]

Invalid Context? Let me explain, it’s Safari’s Fault!

Well, have you seen this error message in your console log?

10/3/12 11:52:09.869 AM Safari[71558]: CGContextClipToRect: invalid context 0×0

Symptoms can include Safari running slow, showing the spinning beachball of doom for a while, and in some cases Safari just plain crashing…

Well, my investigation points to it being caused by an [...]

How to disable the “Log in to iCloud” nag when logging in to computer lab workstations?

Every time a user logs in to a computer workstation running Mac OS 10.7, the “Log in to iCloud” nag screen appears…. How can I disable this?

Very simply, open the Mac OS X Terminal, and use this command:

defaults write DidSeeCloudSetup -bool TRUE

This will prevent the System Preference / iCloud preferences from [...]

can’t open the terminal? illegal value for shell? can’t open /private/etc/sudoers?

One issue I have heard about, involves the /etc/ folder permissions being set to an “bad” value…

For example, if you set /etc/ to 755, Mac OS X will not allow a shell session (terminal) to be opened… It will report “The Administrator has set your shell to an illegal value“. If you try an [...]

How to uninstall Cisco’s VPN Client on the Macintosh

The following Terminal Commands, will uninstall the Cisco VPN Client. This will work with any version of the Cisco VPN Client, both command line and GUI based….

To uninstall the VPN Client for Mac OS X:

Step 1 Open a terminal window.

Step 2 Run the following command:

sudo /usr/local/bin/vpn_uninstall

Step 3 Enter your password


OS X and iOS are not jails

The Unofficial Apple Weblog, dissect Richard Stallman, and discuss why OS X and iOS are not jails.

How Sandboxing may not be the answer for Mac OS X…

Will Shipley discuss how Sandboxing may not be the security bandaid that Apple is promoting it to be…

The Mac needs to be as secure as the iPhone. The good news is Apple already has the tools. The bad news is they are forcing developers to use the wrong ones.

There are three primary ways [...]

Wozniak Tearfully Remembers His Friend Steve


Make posted an Associated Press Interview of Steve Wozniak (Apple Co-Founder) regarding Steve Jobs death. This was recorded on October 6, 2011.