Wireless dropping problems with Mac OS 10.6.3 update, a simple fix

Apr 2, 2010 - 39 Comments

The recent 10.6.3 update is said to include a few Airport/wireless updates that improve reliability: * general reliability for wireless connections. * improvements to 802.1X reliability, including closed network connections, and WPA2. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case with the update on my machine, my wireless connection started having problems immediately after the 10.6.3 update. If … Read More

Mac OS X 10.6.3 update released

Mar 29, 2010 - 27 Comments

Check your Software Updates! Mac OS X 10.6.3 update has been released and is recommended to install for all Mac OS X Snow Leopard users. The amount of fixes is pretty substantial, here’s the main list provided in the Software Update panel: * improve the reliability and compatibility of QuickTime X * address compatibility issues … Read More

When and How to Reset Mac SMC (System Management Controller)

Mar 24, 2010 - 167 Comments
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“Ahhhh my Mac isn’t working! I need to reset the SMC!” You have tried rebooting, you’ve reset the PRAM, you’ve done it all, but your Mac is still behaving strangely. What next? In certain circumstances, resetting your Mac System Management Controller (SMC) can be a solution. This is sometimes necessary to restore normal lower level … Read More

Compare Two Files with FileMerge in Mac OS X

Mar 4, 2010 - 11 Comments

FileMerge lets you select any two files and it will compare the two, pointing out any differences between the files. If you’re a developer you already know why this is wildly useful, as it makes tracking down major and minor code changes remarkably easy. Apparently FileMerge is a survivor from the days of NeXTStep, and … Read More

Minimize App Windows Into Dock Icons with a defaults String in OS X

Mar 2, 2010 - 8 Comments

If you’re tired of having your Mac Dock full of thumbnailed versions of minimized windows, you can change the Dock’s minimize behavior with a simple Terminal command that will minimize windows into the parent applications Dock icon. You can then tell which windows are minimized by looking for the diamond next to the window name … Read More

iPad GUI designers take note: iPad GUI element set in a layered PSD file!

Mar 1, 2010 - 1 Comment

If you plan on developing or designing for the iPad this could be very valuable to you, the folks over at teehan+lax have created a fantastic PSD file of the iPad’s GUI elements, all arranged quite well. The elements are created using vectors so they’re completely scalable, and the files resolution and design is set … Read More

TTYtter, the command line Twitter client

Feb 17, 2010 - Leave a Comment

TTYtter is a rather fun command line based Twitter client. Written in Perl, it’s got all the essential ingredients needed for basic Twitter needs without ever leaving a Terminal window. Running TTYtter is easy enough, it just needs your login information and off it goes. You can either run it through perl with: perl /path/to/ttytter.pl … Read More

Change the Delay When Dragging Windows Within Spaces on Mac

Feb 10, 2010 - 8 Comments

Spaces is a really nice feature of Mac OS X that lets you place different windows and applications within their own workspace. Dragging a window to a new Space is just a matter of holding onto the window and pulling it towards the end of the screen. You may have noticed that there’s a delay … Read More

Go Back to the Previous Directory via Command Line

Feb 9, 2010 - 5 Comments

It’s easy to accidentally change directories to something you weren’t intending to (say, accidentally hitting cd and returning home, thus losing your place in a complicated directory structure seep in the file system somewhere), but thankfully there’s a command that will immediately take you back to the previous directory, regardless of what it was. The … Read More

Lock the Dock in Mac OS X

Feb 8, 2010 - 11 Comments

If you need to prevent the Dock icons from changing or being modified on a Mac, you can use defaults command strings to lock down the OS X Dock and prevent any adjustments or changes to how it appears on screen.

Enable Syntax Highlighting of Source Code in Quick Look for OS X

Feb 2, 2010 - 3 Comments

I use the OS X Quick Look feature constantly for everything from quickly viewing pictures, movies, text files, and of course, source code. Source can be a pain to view in QuickLook because there’s no syntax highlighting by default though, but this excellent Mac plugin changes that.

Track an Applications Usage in Mac OS X with opensnoop

Jan 27, 2010 - 4 Comments

Using the command line tool ‘opensnoop’ you can track any Mac applications (or system process) usage of the file system. This is a very handy tool for administrators and troubleshooting! The simplest way to use it is as follows:

Inspect Mac .pkg Package Installer Files

Jan 26, 2010 - 3 Comments

I just came across a really useful QuickLook plugin called SuspiciousPackage that lets you inspect those .pkg package installer files that so many Mac apps and downloads come in. Using this plugin, you can determine if an admin password is required, how many install scripts are in the package file, where the installation locations of … Read More

Use your Mac as a Psychotherapist

Jan 23, 2010 - 8 Comments

Need a therapy session? Your Mac has you covered. Yes, you read that right. You can use your Mac as a psychotherapist from the Terminal, thanks to emacs the text editor. Say what? If you’re confused don’t be, it’s an easter egg that has long existed and it’s easy to access.

Get a free copy of Mac OS X Server for evaluation

Jan 22, 2010 - 2 Comments

Mac OS X Server is infinitely better equipped, more stable, and just generally more pleasant than any of Windows offerings (yes I am biased, but it’s true), if you’re needing a server I highly recommend checking out Apple’s offering. Instead of shelling out the $499 for a copy though, you can get a free evaluation … Read More

Use quotation marks with Spotlight to search for a phrase within a document

Jan 15, 2010 - Leave a Comment

If you know a phrase that is contained within a document, but can’t remember the document file name, try searching for the phrase that you know appears within the document. Make this phrase search even more precise by putting the phrase itself within quotation marks, for example “all rights reserved” will find all files that … Read More

Improve Spotlight Searches with Search Operators in Mac OS X

Jan 6, 2010 - 12 Comments

If you know some specific attributes of a file, application, or item you are looking for on a Mac, you can use Spotlight Search Operators to dramatically narrow down your returned results in the Mac OS search feature. For example, if the file type of a document you are looking for is a PDF, you … Read More

The Ultimate Mac Repair & Disassembly Instructions Resource

Dec 24, 2009 - Leave a Comment

Looking to repair your Mac? Troubleshooting hardware problems on your Mac? Planning a do-it-yourself battery replacement with a Unibody MacBook Pro? How do you change the harddrive on a 20″ aluminum iMac? If it involves dissembling a Mac and putting it back together, there is no better resource than iFixIt, who has the single most … Read More

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