July Mac Update Roundup

Mac Update Roundup
When Apple makes an update its totally goes with a bang.
Update 1: Yesterday the Mac OS X Lion got release with a hefty 4G download and tagged at $29.99 from the Mac App Store.
My rig is ready and I got the latest versions of Snow Leopard but still hesitant with this kind of OS updates Im not an early adopter, I’ll wait it out for another week to see user reviews and most definitely Im sure that there are some bugs to work out.

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Setup EC2 and FileZilla with PPK file on Mac OS X

Coming from a Windows platform where I have tools like Putty to connect via SSH to our EC2 (Elastic Cloud Compute) instance on Amazon web services(AWS) and a tool like Pageant where I can load a .ppk key to allow me to connect my Filezilla client to connect via SFTP.

I had  to do the same on Mac OS X which eventually took me a bit of time to figure out. So I’m writing this short tutorial to document how I got it configured, so I can refer to it in the future and also help out those having a hard time setting it up. This tutorial is basically for those users who connect to Ec2 from a Windows platform and then moved to a Mac OS X platform.

1. On Windows using a telnet application like Putty to connect via SSH, you require a .ppk key. So first thing is to locate your PPK key in Windows.

2. Next you need to convert the PPK key to an OpenSSH format. Using PuttyGen load the .ppk file and then save the .ssh file generated. (eg. files aws_rsa.ppk and aws_rsa.ssh)

3. Copy the .ssh file and the original .ppk file over to your Mac directory like the Documents folder

4. Next open up Terminal on your Mac and create a new directory

# mkdir ~/.ec2

5. Copy the .ssh file to the ~/.ec2 directory

#mv /Users/myUser/Documents/aws_rsa.ssh ~/.ec2/aws_rsa.ssh

6. Change the file permission

# sudo chmod 600 aws_rsa.ssh

7. Finally connect to your instance.

# ssh -i aws_rsa.ssh root@ec2-xxx-xx-xxx-xxx.compute-1.amazonaws.com

Replace ec2-xxx-xx-xxx-xxx.compute-1.amazonaws.com with your EC2 public address.

Hopefully you should be able to connect to your server instance then.

Next is straightforward, this is for using a GUI like FileZilla to connect to your instance.

1. Open up FileZilla then go to Preferences

2. Go under SFTP and click on Add Key

3. Browse over to your Documents folder where you saved your .ppk file

4. Create a new site and add the public address for the host and protocol as SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol), user as root and password leave as blank.

That should be it you should be it. You could now SSH using the Terminal or connect via SFTP using FileZilla. Happy cloud computing.

Transfer Analog MiniDV to a MacBook Pro with Firewire 800

If your like me who still uses an Analog miniDV to capture videos on special events, since early 2008 the MacBook Pro now uses a Firewire 800 and went away with the Firewire 400. You would need special cable or adapter to get the job done.

The last MacBook Pro I used which was issued to me when I was working for the local government was an older model around (2007) not the new unibody. Port available to me back then was the  Firewire 400.  The cable I used was a 4pin to 6 pin to convert my analog miniDV to digital.

Here is my Sony HC 32 cradle for my analog miniDV  where I hook up the 4 pin to the second slot marked DV.

So you can either get an adapter that converts Firewire 400 to Firewire 800.

Or  get a 4pin to 9 pin Firewire cable.

I got the 4pin to 9pin cable which cost P900( around $21-$22) in a store I found in SM Megamall.

Now I started to convert all those analog miniDVs I have collected and planning to get a digital camcorder in the future or a point and shoot camera that shoots HD videos.

How to Setup PHP, MySQL and phpMyAdmin on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

My previous working setup was on WAMP( Windows, Apache, MySQL and PHP). On Windows I used a bundled app WampServer that did the job, just install the executable and your all set.

On Mac it kinda needs a bit of work but basically you have to configure PHP, download-install MySQL and phpMyAdmin.
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My Fresh MacBook Pro

Finally after a long wait, which was also a good thing as the MacBook Pro line got a total refresh that is truly significant than the last one. New processor, new graphics card, bigger RAM and storage, the new technology for 10GB transfer called Thunderbolt. Plus some Facetime  HD which records in 720p HD.

I got my MBP last Saturday at Power Mac Center at Trinoma. I actually tried preordering it on a local reseller here in Pampanga particularly Switch in Marquee Mall since last week of Feb, but everytime I make a followup their staff seems clueless and gives excuses that it maybe 2 to 3 months before it arrives etc. So decided to search for contacts numbers for Power Mac Center and when it was available we hurriedly made a short trip to Manila.

I got myself 13 inch as I feel this is more portable and lightweight, I had a chance to use the 15 inch(2008)  edition and it was pretty lumpy.

Here are the specs of my 13inch MBP.

13-inch Configurations

2.3GHz MacBook Pro
(MC700LL/A)
2.7GHz MacBook Pro
(MC724LL/A)
Enclosure Precision aluminum unibody
Processor 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
L3 cache 3MB shared 4MB shared
Memory 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 8GB
Hard drive6 320GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm 500GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm
Slot-loading optical drive 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory5
Video FaceTime HD camera; Thunderbolt port with support for DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and HDMI (requires adapters, sold separately)
Display 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1280-by-800 resolution
Expansion One Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps), one FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps), two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps), SDXC card slot
Audio Stereo speakers with subwoofer, omnidirectional microphone, combined headphone/line in (supports digital output)
Networking 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet
Wireless Wi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n specification)2; Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
Hardware accessories 60W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, power cord
Limited warranty
and service
Your MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase theAppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple support or call 800-823-2775.
Apple and the global
environment
Learn more about Apple’s dedication to reducing the environmental impact of our products and processes. The Apple Product Environmental Specification details the environmental attributes of our products.
Recycling Apple takes a holistic view of materials management and waste minimization. Learn more about how to recycle your Mac.

And took some unboxing photos:

Total Verdict: It was worth the wait,  still expensive as it gets for a laptop  but personally for quality, slick design, all aluminum case  form  and now with the extra juice bump from core duo to core i5 plus the other goodies it’s totally worth every penny. With just having it for a few days, I can say that it is superfast.