Using secure copy as a backup method

Those of us who manage Linux servers on a daily basis know what a blessing it can be to have a backup at the ready. Whether we're upgrading system files, modifying source code, or removing old archives, we're always one quick rm -rf / away from losing everything. I'm speaking from…

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Using Tapir to add search to your Ghost blog

One of the biggest things I noticed was missing from Ghost 0.3 was the ability to search for posts. My pageview count was always very high prior to moving to Ghost, primarily due to the fact that visitors would search the archives for posts with a similar theme. Luckily…

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Show all hidden files in Mavericks

Sometimes when working in the finder, it becomes necessary to modify certain system files in your user account's Library directory. Unfortunately, the past few iterations of OS X have, by default, hidden this file. Other system files, such as the ./ssh/known-hosts file, can be a pain to edit in…

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Airmail Local Sent and Draft folders revealed

If you've been using Airmail for some time (or even if you're new to the app), you might have noticed some of the funky folders in the lower left-hand corner which give the app a bit of organizational flair. Two of these folders - Local Sent and Local Drafts -…

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Bartender for OS X

Since I'm not a OS X developer (my skills are pretty much limited to the Terminal and some file system nuances), I have to make a mental wish list of apps I like to see in Mavericks. One such idea was a way to extend the Taskbar area so that…

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Open Directory bliss with Airmail... sort of.

For a while now, I've been wondering what the Open Directory feature in Airmail does. I've always left it authenticated to my OS X Server, but never really understood how this enhanced the application. I finally had a moment to contact the developers tonight and they advised me that the…

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Running Ghost as a Service on Ubuntu

I find that running certain things as a service on my VPS is a faster way to admin apps (i.e., start, stop, etc.) from the command line. I ran across a configuration online that worked well, so I thought I'd share. At the Bash prompt: sudo vi /etc/init…

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Fixing Sent Mail folder behavior in Airmail

For the longest time my Sent Mail folder wasn't getting the copies of sent email messages delivered to it like you would expect in every other email client. For some goofy reason, this isn't a default behavior of Airmail. With a little digging through Airmail's preferences, however, I was able…

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Keep your Wordpress permalinks after a Ghost migration

One of the last things that preventing me from migrating to Ghost as my full-time blogging platform was the inability to keep my permalinks intact. Since I have posts going back to 2009, I wanted to ensure that any links showing in Google search results kept people referred to the…

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Email automation goodness with Postmark & Ghost

For a while now, I've been wanting to incorporate Postmark - an email delivery service for web apps - in to my blog operations. I've been wanting to ween myself off of Mailchimp, as it's become a bit of a rathole for my love of design. Luckily, with Ghost I…

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