ImageI know there are quite a few customers (and potential customers) that keep an eye on this blog. I thought you might enjoy this article that was recently published about the facilities that we use for Macminicolo.net here in Las Vegas. The facility is quite impressive.

Welcome to Las Vegas – Home of the technology superpower you’ve never heard of

(Thanks to Greg for the heads up on the article.)

ImageWhen I travel with my Mac, I’m continually connecting to different wifi hot spots to check back on the data center and work with any support emails. As you can imagine, doing these two things, I’ve tried to be very careful not to use terribly private passwords and URL’s. You just never know if you can trust the network you’re using.

A couple months ago, I set up an SSH tunnel using these instructions. This allows for me to send all traffic encrypted to my Mac mini in the data center. This keeps things safe.

If you find yourself traveling often, perhaps this will be of use to you as well.

ImageIt used to be that to have remote control ability on Mac OS X it took third party applications. In Tiger they introduced a built in VNC server which is convenient. Now in Leopard, they include a built in VNC client called “Screen Sharing.”

This is actually the application that is used for “Back To My Mac” or to “Share Screen” with local machines on your network. But, it can also be used as a VNC client to any machine. It’s probably most convenient if you take the app and put it in your Dock. It’s located in /System/Library/CoreServices/Screen Sharing.

There are also other ways to open the app on demand.

In Safari, you can type “vnc://ip_address” in the URL bar, replacing “ip_address” with the actual address of the remote Mac.

In Finder, you can “Connect To Server” (Commank+K” and type it there as well.

Doing either of these things will open the application, begin the connection, and return asking for your login.

(Of course, to have any of this to work, you’ll need to be sure to have either “Screen Sharing” or “Remote Management” activated in your System Preferences -> Sharing panel.)

ImageAjaxterm is a web based terminal. It is incredibly easy to install it’s great to have in a bind.

For instance, if you were to lock yourself out of your server, you could re-enable screen sharing with this terminal. It’s also useful for when you don’t have a computer near that has a Terminal application but you need to do some quick work on your server.

AjaxTerm is free and can be downloade here.

(Thanks Nicholas for the heads up.)

ImageNoobproof provides a very simple front-end for ipfw. It takes just five steps to setup a rule.

The program is free and can be downloaded here.