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Terminal Initialization Failure Using OSX Terminal Window

Earlier while trying to SSH to a device from a Terminal windows on my Macbook Pro running OSX version 10.8, also known as Mountain Lion, I received an error when attempting to connect to a 64 Bit Windows 7 Professional server. The error in the Mac Terminal window stated that the terminal failed to initialize. After troubleshooting I realized that the Windows 7 Pro server, which is running WinSSHD as an SSH server, didn’t like the default terminal emulation that the Terminal window, which is xterm-color256, in OSX Mountain Lion uses. Below we describe the error message in more detail and how to resolve this issue within the Terminal window itself or by installing iTerm2.

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Configure KeepNote Helper Applications In Backtrack Linux

I use KeepNote for taking notes in Backtrack. It is important to document progress on projects or simple notes about file locations, specific command switches, or other information that could get lost in the shuffle during a work session. KeepNote provides the functionality necessary to organize notes and search note content as necessary. On Backtrack it is beneficial to configure KeepNote’s Spell Check as well as KeepNote Helper Applications so you can benefit from the full potential of KeepNote. Below we describe some errors you may see when attempting to use certain KeepNote functionality and how to resolve them.

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SVN Mountain Lion

I needed to use SVN on a new installation of Mountain Lion OSX on my Macbook Pro and initially assumed it would be there because I already had Xcode installed however it was not or was not located in my path. After playing around in the Xcode interface for a moment I located the Command Line Tools package available for download which ended up installing svn on the command line. Below I describe how to verify if SVN is installed on OSX and explain how to install it if it does not already exist.

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Modify Word For Mac Image Size Properties From Inches To Pixels

Earlier while creating a instructional document I was inserting some images after I had edited them in Adobe Photoshop. Typically when I edit an image in Photoshop I generate the size of the image using pixels for height and width. I find this the easiest format to not only be universal but also to be the most accurate instead of using something like images. While lining the images up in this Word document I noticed Word uses Inches by default for image width and height. The below information describes how to modify the default measurement in Word for Mac from inches to pixels.