Wednesday, August 28, 2013
This is not foolproof but I have had it get me out of a jam... Sometimes I will have a web filter that is blocking me from downloading something like an admin/security tool and I either don't have access to the web filter appliance or am tired of trying to make the web filter appliance behave. (They can be really finicky, sometimes!!) One trick I have found that has helped me out when I am in a big hurry is to download a file is to use a URL shortner. Strangely enough, I've seen multiple brands of web filter appliances that weren't smart enough to deal with this. What I will do is simply copy the actual download URL to the file and put it in something like tinyurl.com. Then I use the new URL and quite often, the web filter lets it get by! Joy!
Posted by James Gallagher at 1:01 AM
Monday, August 26, 2013
It's finally clear to me why Macs are better. Because there's a TFTP server built in, of course! This feature is obviously built in for all those more-creative-than-thou types who disdain Windows computers because there isn't a glowing piece of fruit embedded into the chassis. Because those kind of people need a TFTP server, right?
So how do you use Mac OS X Mountain Lion's built in TFTP server? Well, like all things Mac, it's as user friendly as all get out...
1. Turn off the Mac firewall: System Preferences>Security and Privacy>Firewall
2. Copy the file you want to provide to TFTP clients to the default TFTP directory /private/tftpboot/ by using a command like: sudo cp /Users/jdoe/Documents/file.tar /private/tftpboot/file.tar
3. Disable any antivirus/firewall software you may be running (doubtful)
4. Grant read/write permissions on the file to everyone with this command:
sudo chmod 777 /private/tftpboot/[filename]
5. Start the TFTP daemon with these commands:
sudo launchctl load -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist
sudo launchctl start com.apple.tftpd
See? I told you Apple makes everything easy and straightforward on a Mac! So you trendy types be sure to get you a post-it-note with these commands placed on your monitor for easy reference!
Posted by James Gallagher at 2:02 AM