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Switch Mac Function Keys to Work as Standard Function Keys

May 12, 2010 - 12 Comments

I’ve always preferred the way the original MacBook and MacBook Pro’s handled the function keys, in particularly the way F9, F10, and F11 are used to enter into Expose and Mission Control. For a while now the function keys have changed, they default to playing music, adjusting keyboard backlighting, and adjusting volume levels, I like … Read More

Use Property List Editor to Edit plist Files in Mac OS X for Free

May 12, 2010 - 12 Comments

Property List files, or more commonly known as plist files, are basically Mac application specific preference files. They contain information and settings for various applications and are usually in the easily identifiable format of com.developer.Application.plist and located within the /Library/Preferences/ directories at the system and user level. If you simply want to view a plist … Read More

NameChanger Will Batch Rename Files for Free in Mac OS

May 11, 2010 - 12 Comments

NameChanger is a free app solution to quickly and easily batch rename files in Mac OS X. It has all the features you’d expect in a batch renaming app, and you can replace occurrences of text in filenames, use wildcards, append text or characters, add dates, make files sequential, and even remove characters, just select … Read More

How to Manually Switch Graphics Cards on MacBook Pro

May 8, 2010 - 1 Comment

You can now keep track of which GPU is in use and then manually switch between the two graphics cards included within the MacBook Pro series, all you need to do is download a utility called gfxCardStatus.

Switch and Manage Multiple Hosts Files with Gas Mask

Apr 29, 2010 - 4 Comments

Gas Mask is a simple hosts file manager that sits in your menubar and allows you to easily edit and switch between multiple hosts files. With support for syntax highlighting, Growl, and hotkey hosts switching, it’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to deal with multiple hosts files on a Mac. Gas Mask is … Read More

Mount NTFS volumes in Mac OS X easily with NTFS Mounter

Apr 26, 2010 - 10 Comments

NTFS Mounter is a simple utility that sits in your menubar and lets you select NTFS volumes to mount and write to. Interestingly enough, Mac OS X has been able to mount NTFS volumes with read and write support as of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, although this is not officially supported or sanctioned … Read More

The Best MySQL Database Manager for Mac OS X? SequelPro Might Be It

Apr 19, 2010 - 6 Comments

I’ve long been looking for a good MySQL manager for Mac OS X since I’m not a big fan of phpMyAdmin and the other tools out there. Yes there’s always the command line too, but sometimes it’s nice to have a GUI for such tasks. Then I came across SequelPro recently and I think it … Read More

The Easiest Way to Delete Flash Cookies on the Mac

Apr 13, 2010 - 2 Comments

LSO’s are pesky Flash cookies that can potentially track your activity on the web long after you’ve left the site that set the cookie, and unfortunately there’s no easy way to tell what cookies track where. If you are concerned about this, your best bet is to just delete them completely. We’ve discussed ways to … Read More

iStumbler updated for Snow Leopard

Apr 10, 2010 - 1 Comment

iStumbler has long been one of my favorite tools in Mac OS X to discover available wireless networks, and the new version adds support for Snow Leopard (10.6.2 or later). Other than 10.6 support, there’s a neat new GPS location feature, and the usual support for Bluetooth and Bonjour, and various bug fixes. My only … Read More

Get rounded corners back on your Mac’s screen

Apr 8, 2010 - 2 Comments

Prior to Mac OS X 10.5, your Mac’s desktop had rounded screen corners. Now you can bring those smooth rounded corners back with Displaperture (say that ten times fast). The developer jokingly notes “enjoy CRT nostalgia” but I think the rounded corners are actually kind of nice looking with the rest of the Mac OS … Read More

Add a second menubar to a Macs external display

Apr 6, 2010 - 4 Comments

Using multiple monitors is an easy way to dramatically increase your productivity, but I’ve often heard complaints that when the secondary monitor needs to have the menubar to make it even more useful. SecondBar solves that problem. This nifty little app just duplicates the menubar across multiple displays, letting you have full access to the … Read More

Download Google Books

Mar 11, 2010 - 13 Comments

Google Books is a pretty amazing virtual library filled with who knows how many books, magazines, periodicals, and whatever else you might expect to find in a brick and mortar library. Some of the books can be downloaded and saved as a PDF with just a click, others are restricted, but thats where Google Book … Read More

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