Remove PDF Password

From How to crack password-protected PDF’s, $ pdftops original.pdf cracked.ps $ pstopdf cracked.ps cracked.pdf It does lose the TOC, though that can be restored with JPDFBookmarks, $ jpdfbookmarks_cli original.pdf –dump –out bookmarks.txt $ jpdfbookmarks_cli cracked.pdf –apply bookmarks.txt –out crackedWithBookmarks.pdf  Too easy.

Loose MacBook Headphone Jack

The slightest movement of my cable on my headphones causes the connection to fail and the MacBook reverts to the internal speaker. Most annoying. It’s been like this for a long time, years, maybe the whole time I’ve had the laptop. It turns out that this is a common complaint, and the solution is to […]

Snow Leopard horizontal mouse scroll

For some time I’ve been unable to scroll horizontally with a mouse. The fix was to uninstall USB OverDrive 3.0.1. — The lack of horizontal scrolling usually isn’t a problem, but with my recent standing desk I’ve been using my laptop attached to an Apple keyboard and mouse. The mouse is a MightyMouse that has a […]

10.6.8 Upgrade fail

Failed with the following console messages, 11/07/2011 09:52:08 installd[5068] /var/folders/zz/zzzivhrRnAmviuee+++++++++++/Cleanup At Startup/PKInstallSandbox-tmp/Root/private/etc/rc.deferred_install: set times: Operation not permitted 11/07/2011 09:52:08 installd[5068] PackageKit: Install Failed: (null) Error Domain=PKInstallErrorDomain Code=114 UserInfo=0x1049a7c10 “An error occurred while setting up files for deferred installation.” Underlying Error=(Error Domain=NSCocoaErrorDomain Code=513 UserInfo=0x104c03d50 “You don’t have permission to save the file “rc.deferred_install” in the folder […]