Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!
You may occasionally get into a situation where the DNS on your Mac needs to be flushed from the system in order for a new server or some other DNS address change to be recognized by your computer. Usually you don't need to worry about this unless you're a systems/network administrator or if you're a web developer, but there may be other network issues that can be solved with a simple DNS cache flush. In those situations, you can use the command in this how-to without even having to restart your Mac.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
If you are in the domain name procurement business, or if you just want to find out who owns a particular domain name, then you’ll probably want to utilize the Terminal command called WHOIS. Pronounced “who is," this tool lets you instantly look up the domain name record by querying the databases that store that information. This tool can also be beneficial for verifying your own domain name information stored by WHOIS servers.
Apple's offered the gift of Lion Server to anyone who's willing to drop an extra $50. Previously, you could only get OS X Server bundled on your Mac mini Server or Mac Pro, or pay $499 for the Snow Leopard Server install discs. By lowering the price, more end users can afford Apple’s server offering. In this article, we’ll show you how to download and set up Lion server on your Mac.