SSH Client: Saving Server Configuration (Alias, Port, Username)

There may be occasions where you want to connect to a host with a long host name, for example ssh servername.example.com – now it’s not massive, but it’s not as quick as ssh servername If you’ve been following droptips.com, you’ll have noticed my other post about setting the port number in the SSH config file …

SSH Client: Automatically Connect to a Servers’ Non-Standard Port

If you run an SSH server, or many SSH servers, then you may have set the SSH daemon to run on a non-standard port. SSH normally listens on port 22, but with the large amount of script/bot attacks now on this port, attempting random logins, changing it to something different is a quick way to …

Command Help using Manual Pages (man) (OS X, Linux, BSD)

As you start using the command line, you’ll come across thousands of different commands, all with their own options and ways of taking options.  Every command is different, but help is on hand in the form of man pages. Manual Pages (or man page for short) are the documentation distributed with every command (or, at …

Changing the Default Format Screenshots are Saved As (OS X)

When you take a screenshot in OS X, using the default button combination, you’ll notice that it’s saved in PNG (Portable Network Graphics) format. You may prefer another format, such as JPEG, but it’s not obvious on how to change it. From within a Terminal, you can change it pretty easily: defaults write com.apple.screencapture type …

Enable and Disable the OS X Dashboard Completely

If like me you never use the Dashboard within OS X, you’ll be aware that it’s silentely in the background using up some resources.  You may have removed all of the widgets from the Dashboard, but it’s still there in the background, just not displaying anything. This process definitely works in OS X Leopard (10.5), …