Securing an external (flash/usb) drive in mac OS X

Being the typical nerd that I am, I tend to have several different Thumb drives and some of them have confidential data on them. I try to never loose them but let’s face it, sometimes those little critters just get lost. The question is do you really want the data you keep on those drives out in the hands of the general public? I have a few different drives. A few I just use to throw junk on and transfer between computers, but I do have drives that I keep confidential data on that I use as a backup from my computer. So I faced the issue of if that drive came up missing not freaking out that my data is in the hands of someone who might use it maliciously.
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Dell 3115cn Scanner Support for OSX Lion

Several requests about getting the scanner working on their OSX Lion install with the Dell 3115cn have made me write this post. Some have had trouble getting it to work through SMB. So here goes instructions on how to get your scanner working with OSX Lion via FTP. Please note that this doesn’t actually work the way one might first expect. When most people think of connecting a scanner to a computer they think of the computer doing the work by prompting the scanner to do the scanning. This isn’t actually the case with the 3115cn. It has the ability to do a scan server which is how we will set this up.
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Dell 3115cn on OSx 10.6+

Many people have contacted me about a 3115cn printer driver for OS X 10.6+. Unfortunately Dell hasn’t released a driver for it, and the old installer packet required Rosetta even in Snow Leopard. On a developer box I installed the driver and then created an install for the 3115cn to work on OSX Lion. I hope I have everything included, but please let me know if you are having trouble with the installer package.   The package is older so it does require you to restart your computer on install.  It also might ask you to repair the printer when created.  Just do it and it’ll print fine.

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**UPDATE – Youtube Video showing install of printer ***

Getting Dell 5100cn to work with OS X 10.7+

OS X 10.7+ Driver for Dell 5100cn. With the discontinued support of Rosetta the Dell 5100cn OSX driver fails to load. This was always an issue in Snow Leopard as well because I really hated installing Rosetta just for a printer to be installed.

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**Update – After installing this on El Capitan it will ask you to repair permissions the first time you print but it does work. **

Safari Tip: Open targeted links in a new tab

Before I got my Mac I was a die hard firefox user. I used firefox for almost 99% of my web browsing. Even before I was a firefox user I was a die hard keyboarder (I hate slowing myself down by using a mouse). When I got my Mac Book Pro in 2007 for the Webmaster Jam Session, I soon found that maybe safari was a better choice for my keyboarding habbits. While firefox (in many ways) works the same on all operating systems, one little thing drives me crazy about it on the mac. It skips over several form elements while using the tab key (Drop Downs, checkboxes, radio buttons). This is what drove me to use Safari.

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