Take a Photo with FaceTime Camera After a Task Finishes in OS X 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

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 X Finder that allows you to do just that, and … 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 - 9 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 OS X that can be made useful again by bringing them more to the forefront of your desktop experience. This is different … Read More

Access the Root Directory in Mac OS X in 4 Ways Quickly

Jan 17, 2013 - 8 Comments
Go to the Root Directory / in Mac OS X

Like other forms of unix, the root directory of Mac OS X is simply /, but from the Finder it also takes the name of your primary hard drive. By default that is “Macintosh HD”, and newer versions of OS X have started to hide the root folder from users because most users simply don’t … Read More

Batch Image Conversion in Mac OS X the Easy Way with Preview

Jan 16, 2013 - 10 Comments
Batch convert image files in Mac OS X with Preview

Preview is a greatly under-appreciated app that has been bundled along with Mac OS X since the beginning, getting better and better with each OS X release. One quiet feature that has been around for a while is the ability to mass convert a group of pictures from one file type to another, often referred … Read More

Change the Browser User Agent in Chrome, Safari, & Firefox

Jan 16, 2013 - 5 Comments
Change the User Agent in Safari

A web browsers user agent is how a website knows what type of computer, operating system, and browsing app you are using. Some sites serve different themes, CSS, content, or even different sites to different browsers and OS’s, and many developers often need to change their own user agent to be able to test these … Read More

Turn TextEdit Into an HTML Source Viewer with a Simple Settings Change

Jan 14, 2013 - 2 Comments
View HTML Source with TextEdit

TextEdit is a reasonably decent text editing app that has been bundled along with just about every version of OS X since the beginning. If you’ve ever opened an HTML file with TextEdit you have probably discovered the app actually renders the HTML code, displaying the formatted text, rather than displaying the source itself. This … Read More

Set MTU Size from the Command Line of Mac OS X

Jan 14, 2013 - 15 Comments
Set the MTU size in Mac OS X

MTU stands for Maximum Transmission Unit, and a larger MTU size generally increases efficiency of a network connection because each packet carries more data, but sometimes the default MTU sizes (often 1500) will cause issues with some networks and needs adjusting. Changing the MTU size has been a solution to some dropping wi-fi connections in … Read More

Mac Setups: Amateur Video Producers Desk

Jan 12, 2013 - 16 Comments
MacBook Air - amateur video production setup

This weeks great Apple setup comes from Fletcher C. in the UK. He’s got a pretty snazzy desk and uses his Mac and other gear for video production and amateur photography, the hardware shown in the shot includes: MacBook Air (2012) – 1.8GHz Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Acer 23″ S235HL external display connected … Read More

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