Mac OS X Single User Mode Password Reset

*Update* This article is out of date.  The new instructions for Lion and Mountain Lion are here.

Have you ever needed to get into a mac but didn’t know the password. Maybe you forgot it. Maybe your roommate changed it and headed off for christmas break. Maybe you stole it in an airport and now want to use it. Whatever the situation, you need in but don’t have the credentials. I’m here to help.

In Mac OS X there are at least two methods for resetting a password. And it does require resetting. This isn’t windows, you can’t just boot off a cd and automatically crack the password. Apple decided to used modern encryption techniques 10 years ago that were probably 10 years old then to protect your passwords. Microsoft still hasn’t.

Method number 1: Follow the instructions here to boot off a disc and reset your password the apple way.

Method number 2: Follow my instructions below and reset it the “cool” way.

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Dropdown Menu’s

As anyone who follows me on twitter knows, I have added drop down menu’s to this site. Its nice, check it out, hover over the “About Me” link up there. Yeah, not bad. Also known by twitter users is the fact that i did not come up with the css, etc. that goes into this. All credit, copyright, whatever goes to @bradkovach ( I have access to the themes he made for the sites and i just copied and pasted from there without permission. So i’d like to thank him for his generous lack of anger/suing me.

Now the reason i wanted drop down menu’s in the first place is for semantic organization. Hover over about me and you get contact info, etc., stuff that belongs under about. It also allows me to have more static content while still using this theme. I rather like this theme/don’t feel like looking for another and would prefer to keep it. Now i can.

Sometime in the future i will be adding things like contact info and actual content. If you have any suggestions/hate, please use the contact page to let me know.

A kitten prank.

Earlier today, i was sitting down, watching tv with my brother. We were both on laptops doing other things at the same time. He started watching an episode of loaded featuring 50 cent. I do not like 50 cent. After several minutes of the god-awful, talentless, garbage, i got sick of it. Did I go the pansy route and ask him to change it? No! I took the high road and made a few changed to my dns server causing all sites he tried to go to, to instead, go to I’ll show you how i did it.

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Google apps, jabber.

As very few of you know, (maybe i should actually put something in the about me section) i started this little website as a project to learn linux better and to learn to manage a webserver. Since then, this little project has turned into something i actually care about and take a measure of pride in. This is due in no small part to the miracle that is google apps for your domain.

I like managing a webserver. I like manually managing bind and apache from the command line. I like the sense of control i feel when i am able to make any changes i want any time i want. What i don’t like though, is email. Email is evil. Go ahead, take a look at the configuration files for sendmail sometime. Try postfix, not much better. I don’t want to do email but i want to get email. So what did i do? I went with google apps for your domain.

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