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I am Josh, a Systems Engineer for Amazon.com. Prior to that I was Chief Technology Officer and the senior software developer for Digital Fruition, LLC. I specialize in PHP, JavaScript, CSS, Ruby, Linux, Mac OS X, VMware and more.

I am an avid Stack Exchange user and a Moderator Pro Tempore on Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange. I sometimes stay in our chat room almost all the time, even if I'm not at my computer. To get my attention, just post a message in chat with @Josh in it, and I'll respond as soon as I can.

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Jun
20
comment How to block internet traffic of an application?
Little Snitch is completely worth the price. Buy it. You will thank me.
Jun
9
comment Full voice control for Mac
Good advice for those of us who live in areas with packs of roaming gigolos... :-)
Jun
9
awarded  Informed
Jun
5
awarded  Notable Question
May
30
comment How do I enable a standard account to SSH in?
You were encouraged properly :-) Don't rewrite builtins. Add a new command E.G. trash and use that. If you switch to a different system (E.G. via SSH) it's much better to get trash: command not found than to accidentally rm a file when you thought you were moving it to the trash!
May
30
comment How to move files to trash from command line?
However, it is good advice to not alias the rm command, as morgant said, because you'll become comfortable with rm not actually removing files and then might accidentally delete something on a system where no such alias has been added. Also, moving a file to the trash is not as simple as just mv {} ~/.Trash. If the file is on a separate volume, for example, this will copy the file to your home directory and delete the original.
May
30
comment How do I prevent the permissions denied message from being displayed when I do a find command?
Great answer patrix! I would have only given 2>/dev/null myself, +1 for being so thorough!
May
20
awarded  Popular Question
May
11
awarded  Excavator
May
11
revised Retrieve Voice Memos from device?
In the latest manual it's page 105 now; added quote
Apr
16
comment How to auto-run disk repair on OS X after each system crash?
That's too bad. Any computer which kernel panics is no fun to use! best of luck solving this!
Apr
15
comment Netboot Image - Where is the user generated data stored
That's much slower than mine. You might want to ask a second question specific to troubleshooting that.
Apr
15
comment Netboot Image - Where is the user generated data stored
I use NFS over a gigabit network (without Jumbo frames) and find the performance to be quite good. Part of the trick I found was getting the Netboot Image to a decent size. We put many applications on a separate AFP share, which made NetBooting faster and also makes it easier to update those apps without having to rebuild the entire NetBoot image. Also, make sure you create the image with System Image Utility. I have had issues with images created by hand being very slow.
Apr
15
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Apr
15
comment Netboot Image - Where is the user generated data stored
That could be why, yes. The second time it was reading from there. Note that those are Sparse Files, so some of the 67GB might be a continuous string of NULL bytes, indicating none of those blocks were actually changed in the file. I forget if HFS+ stores those files efficiently or not though. I think so. (So a 67GB file might only use 3GB of space)
Apr
15
comment How to auto-run disk repair on OS X after each system crash?
You should be asking how to stop your kernel panics :-) have you run the Apple Hardware Test? Sounds like a hardware problem to me.
Apr
15
comment Netboot Image - Where is the user generated data stored
I am very familiar with the NetBoot process, so if this doesn't fully answer your question, please feel free to ask me for more details!
Apr
15
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Apr
15
comment Netboot Image - Where is the user generated data stored
I am motivated and have engineered a system whereby everybody netboots. Their users are in open Directory and their home directories are stored on a fileserver, so that storage is persistent. But every reboot resets the system software and the installed applications (under /Applications) to the default. I find it cheaper and more reliable than other solutions for backup and re-imaging.
Apr
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