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Require a password on waking from sleep, but not when screensaver is active

Apr 26, 2009 - 9 Comments

Have you ever wanted to have your Mac require a password on waking from system sleep, but not ask for a password when the screensaver is on or the screen was locked? Well, me neither, but someone out there might and it’s kind of a nifty customization tip. Here’s how to do it: Launch the … Read More

Show Hidden Files in Mac OS X

Feb 25, 2009 - 47 Comments

If you find yourself needing to access hidden files on your Mac, like an .htaccess file you downloaded, a .bash_profile, a .svn directory, – literally anything preceded with a ‘.’ indicating it is invisible by default – you can run the below command from the terminal to toggle hidden files to become visible. For some … Read More

Show Full Directory Path in Mac OS X Finder Window Title Bars

Dec 2, 2007 - 35 Comments

The geekier amongst us and those familiar with Unix should really like this trick. You can have Mac OS X display the full directory path in the Finder window title bar by issuing a simple command from the Terminal. defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES Then you’ll want to kill the Finder for changes to … Read More

How to Completely Disable Dashboard in Mac OS X

Mar 14, 2007 - 13 Comments

Dashboard is the kind of thing you either love or hate, using the widgets constantly or not at all. How much use you get out of Dashboard will probably determine if you want the feature to stick around in Mac OS X or not. As regular readers may recall, we have discussed how unused Dashboard … Read More

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