Access Local Mac Dev Environment from VM

Testing my web development in IE is the bane of my existence. Since I run Apache and MYSQL on my local host on my Mac it was always a trick to view my work though my Windows VM until my friend Mike Farmer showed me an easy way to access my development environment on my Mac from my virtual machine.

Steps:

  1. Get default gateway of VM machine
  2. Use that address the same way you would “localhost” on your Mac

Example:

Get IP address of VM

Get IP address of VM

Local Mac development environment

Local Mac development environment

Dev environment from VM

Dev environment from VM

Firefox Search Keyboard Shortcut

firefox_search_shortcut

Set cursor focus in Firefox to search box -> cmd + K
Set cursor focus in most Mac OS X browsers -> cmd + L

Two of my most used and most useful keyboard shortcuts while browsing the web using Firefox on Mac OS X

My good friend Mike showed me the keyboard shortcut to jump to the Firefox search box after he accidentally stumbled upon it. Thanks Mike!

Shortcut to jump focus to address bar in Safari

SafariEver since I have started hating the mouse and loving the keyboard more I always tab through everything in my browser. One thing that I have found annoying that I have to use the mouse to click back up into the address bar to type in a new address. My fingers finally convinced me to do a google search for a keyboard shortcut to jump to the address bar in Safari. Surprise! There is a shortcut and it is **drumroll** …….. cmd + L

And my fingers and the keyboard lived happily ever after. : )

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Resources

Smith, Dori. Safari Shortcuts. dori.com. URL: http://www.dori.com/safariShortcuts.html . Accessed: 2009-3-13. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5g1DV8KDe)

Bring Down IE 6 !!!!!!

It is time to bring IE 6 to rest. The guys over at .net magazine have put together a campaign to bring awareness to everyone and we all hope that you will join up in the fight. If you are not sure if you are using the latest browser please just download the latest version of any one of the following browesers. Installing a new browser may be out of your comfort zone but it is something that just needs to be done because more and more websites aren’t looking the way they should because you are using an old browser (if you are using and old browser). And for those of you who are reading this who don’t know what a browser is… it is the program/ application you are viewing this webpage with.

This Warning applies to you if you are using an old browser!!

Time to upgrade your browser

If you’re reading this, you’re surfing using Internet Explorer 6, an eight-year-old browser that cannot cope with the demands of the modern internet. For the best web experience, we strongly recommend upgrading to Firefox, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome, or a more recent version of Internet Explorer.

http://www.bringdownie6.com/

Check out the bring down IE 6 campaign over at http://www.bringdownie6.com/