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Info on managing an Apple Mac, especially an Intel-based Macbook Pro.

Resolve startup issues with disk utility

Testing and repairing a disk or volume

Backup strategies for OS X from Jeff's Mac Support website

Fixing odd startup problem:

Press Command-S during startup: Start up in Single-User mode
type the 'exit' command to shutdown

Startup keys:

Press X during startup: Force Mac OS X startup
Press Option-Command-Shift-Delete during startup: Bypass primary startup volume and seek a different startup volume (such as a CD or external disk)
Press C during startup: Start up from a CD that has a system folder
Press N during startup: Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot)
Press T during startup: Start up in FireWire Target Disk mode
Press Shift during startup: start up in Safe Boot mode and temporarily disable login items and non-essential kernel extension files (Mac OS X 10.2 and later)
Press Command-V during startup: Start up in Verbose mode.
Press Command-S during startup: Start up in Single-User mode

Enabling PHP and Apache in Leopard


  • pico: simple; built into Mac OS
  • TextWrangler: available for free


Leopard has remote screen sharing built in (using vnc). Screen sharing is one of the 'sharing' services, and is off by default. If the machine with the screen to be shared is behind a router, that router must be configured to forward port 5900 to the IP address of that machine. On a Linux machine, xvnc4viewer is a vnc client that can be used to share a Mac screen. To do the reverse, turn on screen sharing in Preferences/Remote Desktop, and use iChat as the vnc client on the Mac.

Installing Windows on a MacBook Pro

BUT: Removal of the internal hard drive is major surgery. And, it is not clear that the install can be done successfully without disconnecting the internal hard drive.

HOWTO: boot xp from USB HD (no internal drive partitioning)

HOWTO: Booting XP from an external USB hard drive

disconnect hard drive

Windows page file

Install Windows to a Macintosh USB drive (without Bootcamp).

How to create a windows install CD that will install to a USB drive; Installing and booting Windows XP from USB drive

rEFIt bootloader