Resize iTunes to fit screen

I run both a macbook and a macpro and periodically synchronize between the two of them.

Unfortunately as the screen on the macpro is considerably bigger than the macbook 13″. Occasionally I open an application only to find the window is bigger than the screen so using the mouse I cannot minimise. Help is at hand (with iTunes as least).

Press the [ALT] key and the click the green (+) at the top left hand corner of the window at the same time sends the window full screen at the current resolution.


Web Tunnelling over SSH

Not new information but all the same useful for either secure traffic or bypassing web cache restrictions.

First example is a socks proxy to allow you to secure web traffic over a wifi link or just avoiding web caching filters.

From unix, linux, *BSD or MacOSX type in :

ssh -N name@ssh_server -D 9999

or from windows download plink.exe from (putty.exe is also a must). The command from windows is :

plink -N -D 9999 name@ssh_server

What this does it to open an encrypted tunnel with an entry point of Localhost:9999.

Once the connection is established you then configure your web browser to use a socks proxy of Localhost port 9999. You web traffic will be tunneled over an encrypted link to the server ssh_server.

An additional security step you can use from Firefox is to get the dns resolution of the site done at the remote end instead of locally. In this way you can browse intra-net web sites over the SSH link.

For Firefox in the about:config page change network.proxy.socks_remote_dns to true

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