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Sysadmin: how to test your web site before switching DNS

How to test your web site after moving it to the new location, before switching DNS and “going live” there? This situation happens every day, even multiple times a day with single page placeholder sites and huge complicated web portals. I thought I’ll just put together simple instruction to refer people to it instead of explaining it over and over every time.
So, in order to test your web site on the new server, before switching DNS settings to the new location you will need to fool your desktop browser to look into new IP location. Here is how to do it.
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OSX: PPTP VPN networking problem solved with custom MTU

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I had an interesting complain the other day – customer experienced connectivity problems trying to access some web sites while on PPTP VPN connection. The VPN server was running on Linux and also under our control so troubleshooting the situation was pretty easy. All MS Windows based clients didn’t have this problem, only OSX based clients.
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How to revert Mac OSX Leopard to “Welcome” screen: quick recap

Mac-OS-X-welcome-screen-animationSometimes you just need to “start from the the clean slate”. Or pass your old trusted Macbook to your little brother, or even sell it. But you are really not in the mood for reinstalling the OS and don’t even remember where are these OSX DVDs that came with the Macbook about couple of lifetimes ago.
There is a way to reset OSX back to “Welcome” screen wiping out your user account and everything that was in it (not sure about installed application – I think only your personal preferences will go).
The majority information is taken from here – I just summarized it so somebody else or I can find it again when needed.
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