7 Secrets of the Super Organized – Dumb Little Man

„A few years ago, my life was a mess. So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized.

Am I perfect? Of course not, and I don’t aim to be. But I know where everything is, I know what I need to do today, I don’t forget things most of the time, and my house is uncluttered and relatively clean (well, as clean as you can get when you have toddlers and big kids running around).

So what’s the secret? In truth, there aren’t any secrets. There are simple habits that you can develop over time that will get you to where you want to be. These are habits that you can apply to your work, your home, your kids, your hobbies, your life. Instead of giving you specifics for how to organize something specific, like your desk or your closet, I provide principles that you can use over and over in every situation.

Are these obvious principles? Sure, if you stop to think about them. You’ve read them in various other places. But you might not be applying them to your daily life, and that’s where the problem lies. I’m just providing you with a step-by-step guide to what actually works, based on my experience and that of others.

If your life is a mess, like mine was, I don’t recommend trying to get organized all in one shot. It’s overwhelming. Instead, start with the first habit, and work your way down. Do it a little at a time, one area of your life at a time, one area of your home or office at a time. Work on a habit for a month or so, then move on to the next one. Or adopt two or three if you think you can handle it, but don’t do them all at once. I also recommend you set aside some time each day (30 or 60 minutes) for organizing, at least in the beginning, until you are fairly organized and have your system down. Then, you might need 10 minutes a day, just to keep things running smoothly, and every now and then you might need to have a purge session (every 6 months or so) to get rid of accumulated buildup.

So here are the 7 habits:“

7 Secrets of the Super Organized – Dumb Little Man

www.uri.cat – Oriol Ferrer Mesia

„Liquid mac requires a macintosh laptop computer with a sudden motion enabled sensor. This includes MacBook family, MacBook Pro family, and some of the latest PowerBooks. It mimics the behavior of liquid by creating a particle system that reacts to the computer’s orientation.“

www.uri.cat – Oriol Ferrer Mesia

Benjamin Han: UNIX Tips for Mac OS X

„Here is a list of short tips on using various UNIX tools under Mac OS X – some of them might just be reminders for myself. Some of them are also applicable to other flavors of UNIX. Comments are welcome (email address at the bottom).
20060914: (10.3.x+ only) How do I split a PDF file into several from command-line? (updated 20060921)
20060828: (10.4.x+ only) How do I join multiple PDFs into one from command-line? (updated 20060914)
20060601: How do I get my IP address? (updated 20060603)
20060531: Apple: Shell Scripting Primer (external)
20060525: How do I mass-rename file extension? (variable substitution in bash)
20060525: What are all those processes? (external)
20060414: How do I backup my stuff to an external drive using rsync? (updated 20060531)
20060414: How do I find the pid of a process by its name?
20060303: What if the „Open With“ option in Finder gives you duplicate apps or misses some app?
20050718: Reloading Cisco VPN kernel extension
20050713: (10.4.x only) Apple: Prevent .DS_Store file creation over network connections (external)
20040427: Setting environment variables for GUI apps
20040215: Apple: „Well Known“ TCP and UDP Ports Used By Apple Software Products (external)
20031218: Create a disk image file for a folder, using hdiutil
20031208: Tell if a process is still alive (updated 20060414)
20031128: Send an email to a bunch of people from command-line (updated 20060828)
20031128: Clean up .DS_Store files
20031121: Open a file with an app from the command-line
20031117: Make focus follow mouse in Terminal.app
20031117: Apple: do shell script in AppleScript (external)
20031116: How do I avoid automatic launching of Xterm whenever I start Apple’s X11?
20031116: How do I add an alias to an IP address? (updated 20031123)
20031116: How do I change my default shell? (updated 20060519)
20031116: How do I suspend/resume a process (even the GUI ones)? (updated 20060519)
20031116: Building/installing the latest Emacs for OS X (native) from CVS (updated 20060319)
20031116: How do I enable the root account? (updated 20060519)
20031116: Apple: OS X boot process (external, updated 20060414)
20031116: Firewall and iTunes sharing – what ports to open?
20031115: Who are listening to my tunes?

Benjamin Han: UNIX Tips for Mac OS X

advchk [unixgu.ru]

„Advchk is a tool for monitoring the security of installed software. Advisory Check gathers security advisories using RSS / RDF / XML feeds, compares them against a list of known software, and alerts you if you`re vulnerable.

Quite a few CERTs and vendors offer security-relevant feeds. Mailing lists can be monitored using feeds provided by some web archives. Some usenet gateways like Google Groups also offer RSS subscriptions.

Since adding software lists by hand would be quite a boring task, advchk leverages your systems package manager for detecting software. Software installed on remote systems can be monitored using SSH-Update or NMAP-Scans. SSH-Update retrieves package lists by executing the remote package manager as an SSH ForcedCommand using Public-key authentication. Enabling SSH-Update for a vanilla host is as simple as: advchk -A user@host:22 NMAP-Scans can be performed for TCP and/or UDP with given portranges. Enabling tcp-based NMAP-Scans for all ports is as simple as: advchk -A host:tcp:0:65535″

advchk [unixgu.ru]

Useful MySQL Stuff

„dbmon.pl A simple script to monitor MySQL queries and log them into a file for future processing. Optionally will kill long-running queries.

tablesync.pl A fairly complex script to check two tables, and attempt to generate INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements to bring them into sync. Warning: This script needs some work to make it functional in a general MySQL environment but not a lot. I’ll fix it up whenever I next need to use it.

mysqlHammerMe.pl A simple script that inserts a bunch of rows, then randomly deletes many of them. Mostly tests index read speed during the deletes. I urge you not to use this, but wait on Brian Aker’s „mysqlslap“ utility which comes out soon.

diskTest.pl Brad Fitzpatrick of LiveJournal described the concept of a script that tests storage devices to make sure that when they claim some data is on disk, it actually is. After some web searching, I could not find the script, but only a note from Brad that they hadn’t released it due to its being incomplete, so I wrote my own. If your storage device is hooked up to a Linux box, you can use this script to make sure your hardware isn’t lying to you. We used it at Digg to make sure our disks weren’t lying to us.

mysqlDbiSkeleton.pl A Perl MySQL DBI skeleton script. I keep writing these things from scratch. About time I stopped.

keepStartingSlave.pl Sometimes a slave has replication problems after the master goes down, or otherwise sometimes points to a master log location in the past. You want to skip one transaction, keep applying until the slave dies again, then skip one transaction again. Rinse, repeat. This Perl script does that.

LiveJournalScalingPaper.pdf A paper about how LiveJournal scaled up their system. Not just a MySQL paper, but covers a lot of the details you need to know about doing a MySQL-backed high-volume web site.

mysql-internals.pdf Internals of MySQL. I read this once, and I remember it being interesting, but not a lot of it stuck. Probably better for reference.“

Useful MySQL Stuff

Simple OSX WEP and WPA Cracking

„KisMAC, for those who don??t know, is a wireless network discovery tool for Mac OS X. It scans for networks passively to let you know available networks, signal level and encryption type. But KisMAC doesn??t fear encrypted networks.

It is capable of cracking of WEP and WPA keys, both by brute force, and exploiting flaws such as weak scheduling and badly generated keys as well as packet reinjection.

The only problem is that the current complied version doesn??t work with Apple??s latest MacBook and MacBook Pros. We use SVN to compile the application with newly released code to support (in passive mode) the AirPort Exteme wireless cards in MacBook and MacBook Pros.

Download Now“

Simple OSX WEP and WPA Cracking