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Use QuickLook Inside Open File Dialogs

Oct 2, 2009 - 2 Comments
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You can use QuickLook from inside ‘Open File’ dialogue boxes in any application! Try it out yourself, go to File -> Open File and hit the Spacebar (or whatever hot-key you assigned QuickLook) on an image or text file, and like magic QuickLook opens the file in preview mode so that you can be sure … Read More

Enable root User in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Sep 28, 2009 - 3 Comments

There are two ways to enable the root super user account in Snow Leopard, the first is probably the quickest. Launch the Terminal and type the following command: sudo passwd root You’ll be asked for the admin password, then you’ll have to set a password for the root account. When you’re finished, the root account … Read More

Apple releases Grand Central Dispatch into the Open Source community

Sep 27, 2009 - Leave a Comment

In a move that has surprised many, Apple has decided to open source their multiprocessor task management technology known as Grand Central Dispatch. This comes as a surprise because the technology has barely gotten into the hands of customers through 10.6 Snow Leopard, and it’s widely considered to be a competitive advantage. So why would … Read More

Check if your Mac is 64 bit Compatible via Command Line

Sep 23, 2009 - 5 Comments

While geeking around I discovered another way to check if your Mac is 64 bit compatible by using the command line. Launch terminal and type “sysctl hw |grep 64bit” Here’s me using the command on my MacBook which does not have a 64 bit processor: $ sysctl hw |grep 64bit hw.cpu64bit_capable: 0 on my friends … Read More

Disable Spotlight in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Sep 20, 2009 - 42 Comments

Disabling Spotlight in Snow Leopard is pretty easy, launch the Terminal and type the following command: sudo mdutil -a -i off This tells the Spotlight manager to disable all indexing on all volumes, the command will require your administrative password to execute. Re-enabling Spotlight in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is just as easy, … Read More

Developer Examples, API Docs, and Other Things Removed in Snow Leopard

Sep 16, 2009 - Leave a Comment
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We know that Snow Leopard added some features to Mac OS X, but what about the things that Snow Leopard took away? Waffle has an updated list of things known to be removed from Snow Leopard, and there’s some interesting stuff on there. Here’s what I found to be most interesting (and surprising) that was … Read More

Force Snow Leopard to Use 64 Bit Kernel

Sep 10, 2009 - 21 Comments

By default, Mac OS X Snow Leopard boots using a 32 bit kernel. You can force Snow Leopard 10.6 to use the 64 bit kernel by holding down the “6” and “4” keys during system boot. Likewise, you can switch back to the 32 bit kernel by holding down “3” and “2” during system boot. … Read More

iTunes 9 brings sleek and refined GUI – sign of things to come for Mac OS X?

Sep 9, 2009 - 7 Comments
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Last week we wrote that some people thought of Snow Leopard as a disappointing upgrade because there wasn’t a new GUI included in it, specifically the ‘marble’ interface that has been speculated to exist for a while now. Those of us that have installed iTunes 9 may have noticed that the new iTunes application features … Read More

How I Got an Ultra-Portable 2.5lbs Mac OS X Netbook with a 10″ LCD for $204

Sep 8, 2009 - 11 Comments
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So you want a small lightweight portable Mac OS X machine, the closest thing Apple has in this area is the MacBook Air which is $1600 or more. No doubt about it, the MacBook Air is a great machine but I don’t want to spend anywhere near $1600 for another laptop when I already have … Read More

How to Ignore Mac Software Update Packages in Snow Leopard

Sep 8, 2009 - 5 Comments
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Apple certainly means well with the Software Updates, but sometimes I get update notifications I just don’t care about, or just don’t want to install for whatever reason. If you’re in this situation and you have a version of OS X before the App Store that ran exclusively in a native Software Update window, like … Read More

How to tell if you’re running the 32 bit or 64 bit kernel in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Sep 7, 2009 - 19 Comments

Snow Leopard 10.6 is the first Mac OS X version to ship with a 64 bit kernel, and obviously your Mac has to have a 64 bit processor to utilize that kernel, but some 64 bit Mac’s are not defaulting to the 64 bit kernel. So how do you know which kernel version your machine … Read More

Snow Leopard Desktop Background Pictures

Sep 6, 2009 - Leave a Comment
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If you haven’t installed Snow Leopard yet but you want to share in the nice eye candy, try downloading some full resolution background pics! You can click on the thumbnail to the left to download the full version of the default Snow Leopard background, and you can get the rest at Uneasy Silence. The desktop … Read More

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