Remotely log into unresponsive Mac and kill processes

This post was published more than a few years ago (on 2016-08-22) and may contain inaccurate technical information, outmoded thoughts, or cringe takes. Proceed at your own risk.

A few months ago, I was drawing in Adobe Illustrator for an animation we were producing, and I was having trouble with my laptop bogging down and becoming completely unresponsive when Illustrator threw up its hands at copying or pasting the hundreds of tiny switches and buttons I had drawn on a .

When that happened, my options were basically to wait 10–15 minutes for Illustrator to get itself together and return control, or log in remotely and kill the process. Thankfully, Gil showed me how to do the latter. Here are the instructions, in case I need them again: