Customize the Command Line by Adding Emoji Icons to the Bash Prompt

Apr 8, 2013 - 11 Comments
Add Emoji icons to the Terminal prompt

A very unique and amusing way to customize the bash prompt appearance is to add one of Mac OS X’s Emoji icons to transform the appearance of the prompt itself. This isn’t going to be the most practical tweak in the world on it’s own, but it is entertaining and because it’s using traditional methods … Read More

Rickroll the Terminal with curl

Apr 1, 2013 - 7 Comments
Rick Roll the Terminal

Ever wished you could find a new creative way to rickroll your particularly tech savvy friends? Just about nobody is fooled by the random YouTube links anymore, and URL shorteners alone aren’t always enough, but now you can bring the persistently annoying rickrolling to the Terminal of OS X and Linux by running a simple … Read More

Mac Setup: The Studio of a Multimedia Producer

Mar 17, 2013 - 4 Comments
Multimedia Producers desk

This weeks great Mac studio setup comes to us from Keith B., a professional visual designer and multimedia producer who uses his hardware to do everything from branding work to graphic design. Hardware shown in the picture includes: iMac 21.5″ – 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo, 16GB RAM, 2 1TB HDDs, 512MB video card Korg PadKontrol … Read More

Mac Setups: Desk of an Electrical Engineer & Amateur Photographer

Mar 10, 2013 - 12 Comments
Amateur Photographers Mac setup

This weeks great Mac setup comes to us from Bob C., an Electrical Design Engineer and amateur photographer who uses his Mac setup for image editing and management. There’s a fair amount of audio equipment mixed in as well: MacBook Pro 15″ Retina – Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Apple Cinema Display 24″ … Read More

Mac Setup: The Mac Pro Desk of a President

Mar 3, 2013 - 38 Comments
The Mac Pro setup of a CEO

This weeks awesome Mac setup is truly that, awesome. Coming to us from Ben K., he is the president of a company and uses all the power shown in this triple-screened Mac Pro workstation to get the job done.

Mac Setups: Workstation of a Professional Videographer & Photographer

Feb 24, 2013 - 7 Comments
Videographer's Mac workstation

This weeks great Mac workstation comes to us from Corey S., a professional videographer and photographer based out of Dallas, TX who uses a bunch of great Apple gear to get the job done. Studio hardware shown in this setup picture includes the following gear: iMac 27″ – 3.4GHz Core i7 CPU, 12GB RAM, 1TB … Read More

Kill All Processes Belonging to a User with pkill

Feb 18, 2013 - 3 Comments
Kill all processes belonging to a user

Activity Monitor and the traditional ‘kill’ command line tool are able to handle most process termination needs, but if you’ve ever needed to target and kill all processes belonging to a single user account, you know it can be a frustrating task. Though Activity Monitor allows you to sort “Other User Processes” and select multiple … Read More

Mac Setups: Photographer’s iMac

Feb 16, 2013 - 10 Comments
Photographers iMac setup

This weeks Mac setup comes to us from photographer Paulo A., a recent PC-to-Mac switcher who uses an iMac to process images from his Nikon D600. Hardware used to get the job done includes: iMac 21″ – Core i3 3.2GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB HD Wacom Bamboo tablet Apple Magic Mouse Apple wireless keyboard Creative External … Read More

Mac Setups: The Mac Pro Workstation of a Musician

Feb 10, 2013 - 17 Comments
The Mac desk of a musician

This weeks great Mac setup comes to us from Luca D., a musician, who as you may have guessed from looking at the set up picture, uses his Apple gear to create music. Hardware shown includes: Mac Pro 4,1 – 2.9GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, ATI HD6870 Video Card Dual 24″ HP LA2405 … Read More

How to Run GUI Apps as root in Mac OS X

Feb 6, 2013 - 10 Comments
Launch a GUI application as root in Mac OS X

Those familiar with the command line know that running things with super user privileges is typically just a matter of using the sudo command. That still holds true with launching GUI apps into the OS X with root privileges, but it’s not just a matter of prepending sudo to the otherwise useful open command, because … Read More

Simple Tricks to Improve the Terminal Appearance in Mac OS X

Feb 5, 2013 - 53 Comments
Improve the Terminal appearance

The standard terminal appearance is just boring old black text on a white background. Apple included a few nice preset themes too, but to really make your terminals appearance stand out you’ll want to take the time to customize it yourself. While some of these tweaks are admittedly pure eye candy, others genuinely improve the … Read More

Use Option as Meta Key in Mac OS X Terminal

Feb 1, 2013 - 6 Comments
Meta key in Mac OS X Terminal

By turning Option into the Meta key, you will be able to use familiar meta commands to jump around and navigate text in places like Emacs or bash shell without twisting your fingers around to poke at Esc. This won’t be applicable or useful to everyone, but it’s one of those must-use tricks for frequent … Read More

Take a Photo with FaceTime Camera After a Task Finishes in Mac Command Line

Jan 31, 2013 - 3 Comments

If you’ve ever wanted to document your reaction to an event, task, or specific command execution, now is your chance to get started. With the help of a fun little app called ImageSnap, you can snap pictures with the FaceTime or iSight cameras from the command line. That can be good enough on it’s own … Read More

How to List All Files and Subdirectory Contents in a Folder on Mac

Jan 29, 2013 - 7 Comments
Expand subfolders in OS X Finder

Ever wanted to see not only every file in a given directory, but all files within that directories buried subdirectories? If you’re looking for what is basically a recursive listing of files in a given folder, we’ll show a great trick for the Mac OS Finder that allows you to do just that, and also … Read More

Mac Setups: Photographer’s Workstation

Jan 26, 2013 - 7 Comments
Mac photographers desk setup

This weeks great Mac setup comes to us from Ivo P., a wedding and lifestyle photographer who uses the following hardware to handle the images and process his work: MacBook Pro 15″ (2011) – 2.2Ghz Intel i7 – 8GB DDR 1333 DDR3 – Matte Screen at 1680×1050 Dell U2412M 24″ 1920×1080 (connected to the MBP) … Read More

Is Your Mac Slow to Wake from Sleep? Try this pmset Workaround

Jan 21, 2013 - 11 Comments
Fixing Slow Wake on a Mac

If your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air feels slow to wake from sleep after it’s been sleeping for a while, there may be a fairly simple cause: standby mode. Standby mode allows a Mac to potentially have up to 30 days of ‘standby’ time, meaning it can sit in a prolonged sleep state for that … Read More

Mac Setups: Audio Production Hackintosh with Triple Displays

Jan 19, 2013 - 12 Comments
Hackintosh setup of an Audio Producer

This weeks awesome Mac setup comes to us from Gil P., it’s used primarily for audio production, and as you’ll see it’s quite a whopper with some amazing hardware with perhaps a tad bit of cheating because the desktop Mac is actually a custom built Hackintosh that dual boots OS X and Windows 7! Everything … Read More

Add Weather & Other Dashboard Widgets to the Desktop in Mac OS X

Jan 18, 2013 - 12 Comments
Turn off Dashboard as a space

A fun way to customize the Mac desktop is to add floating widgets for things like weather, ski conditions, stocks, and time. These widgets are actually from Dashboard, a largely forgotten feature of Mac OS X that can be made useful again by bringing them more to the forefront of your desktop experience. This is … Read More

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