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Combine ping and traceroute with MTR

Aug 5, 2010 - 1 Comment

I came across an excellent alternative to the command line ‘ping’ and ‘traceroute’ tools recently. It’s a utility called mtr, which combines the statistics and prints their functionality into a single network diagnostic tool, reporting details on the network connection between your host machine and whatever the destination host is, determining the address of each … Read More

IPFW GUI front end for Mac OS X: WaterRoof

Aug 4, 2010 - 1 Comment

I was recently looking around for a Mac OS X GUI to IPFW and came across WaterRoof. If you’re looking for a nice powerful GUI frontend for Mac OS X’s built in firewall IPFW, look no further, WaterRoof is free and simple to use. Using WaterRoof you an easily add, build, and modify ipfw rules … Read More

Enterprise iPhone Management & Setup Tool

Jul 26, 2010 - 4 Comments

If you’re looking to deploy the iPhone in an enterprise utility, don’t miss out on Apple’s iPhone Configuration Utility, which makes enterprise iPhone management a snap. Apple describes the tool as follows: iPhone Configuration Utility lets you easily create, maintain, encrypt, and install configuration profiles, track and install provisioning profiles and authorized applications, and capture … Read More

Open the current Finder window in the Terminal with cdto

Jul 15, 2010 - 6 Comments

Need to access the current Finder directory immediately within the Terminal? Get cdto, it’s one of those must-have apps for anyone who’s constantly switching between the command line and the Finder. Installing cdto is simple, just download the app and place it somewhere in your Applications or Utilities folder, then drag the app directly into … Read More

Use iPhone, iPad, or iPod as a USB flash hard disk drive in Mac OS X

Jul 9, 2010 - 12 Comments

Want to use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod as a mounted USB flash disk? No sweat, thanks to this nifty program from MacroPlant. It’s called Phone Disk, and it’s actually free to download until September 1st, so get it sooner than later. Here are the features of the app: Open, copy, and save files directly … Read More

Get new desktop wallpaper automatically with DeskLickr

Jun 27, 2010 - Leave a Comment

DeskLickr is a fun little app that sits in your menubar and pulls images from Flickr to set them as your desktop picture. Basically you just specify how often you want your wallpaper changed, and a couple search tags, and DeskLickr does it’s job quietly in the background. This is great for anyone who gets … Read More

Eliminate distractions on your Mac with SelfControl

Jun 17, 2010 - 3 Comments

There’s nothing that kills productivity more than distractions, and while it’s hard to minimize some, there’s tools available to help prevent some digital distractions. Social networking sites, email, Twitter, Google News, there’s endless things that can distract your focus and waste your time if you don’t stop them. SelfControl is a utility that aids in … Read More

Bring back the classic Safari refresh button

Jun 10, 2010 - 4 Comments

As many loyal Safari users already know, the dedicated “refresh” button was removed from the browser’s toolbar starting with the release of Safari 4. It seems that Apple decided it would be better placed at the end of the location bar. The “new” format also includes a much smaller button which quite frankly is much … Read More

Kill Mac OS X Mouse Acceleration from the command line

Jun 2, 2010 - 38 Comments

You might be asking yourself, what’s mouse acceleration? Essentially mouse acceleration is an algorithm that is deployed in an attempt to make mouse movements feel “natural”.  For many PC users, when you first use a Mac, it becomes quite obvious that the mouse is behaving very differently.  It will feel sluggish, unpredictable and unresponsive (to varying degrees depending … Read More

Greatly improve the functionality of your Magic Mouse with MagicPrefs

May 25, 2010 - 5 Comments

MagicPrefs is an amazing free utility that dramatically improves the functionality of your multi-touch Magic Mouse. Other than allowing for increased control over the touch sensitivity and tracking speed, you get practically full access to the multi-touch capabilities of the device. With MagicPrefs you can bind various gestures, swipes, pinches, and taps to different functions. … Read More

Show the date and calendar on your Mac desktop with Dateline

May 24, 2010 - Leave a Comment

Dateline is a nice little utility that places a transparent linear calendar on your Mac desktop. It’s pretty customizable so if you want the dates to be horizontal or vertical, or the text color or their background colors to be different it’s just an easy couple of tweaks away. Perhaps the best part about Dateline … Read More

Change the Gmail Notifier mail check frequency

May 19, 2010 - 4 Comments

You can adjust Gmail Notifier’s mail checking frequency interval by accessing an advanced preference in the application. In this example we will change the email check interval to 3 minutes. * Click the Gmail Notifier menubar icon * Hold down Command+Option keys and click on “Preferences” in the drop down menu * Enter the following … Read More

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