How to Schedule Sleep and Wake Events from Terminal in Mac OS X

Dec 18, 2009 - 6 Comments
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Like many of us, I’m often busy and out of the home, leaving my Mac on a desk. I regularly use my home machine as a local fileserver though and other people in the household are dependent on it being up and running. Now here’s the situation I’m presented with: I leave town earlier than … Read More

Reset your lost Mac OS X password

Dec 14, 2009 - 6 Comments

You can reset a lost Administrator (the original account you created) password in Mac OS X by utilizing a Mac OS X installation DVD, here’s how:

Accessing the OS X Clipboard from the Command Line

Dec 9, 2009 - 6 Comments

With the pbcopy and pbpaste commands, you can use the command line to manipulate clipboard contents but also access your Mac OS X clipboard directly through the Terminal. Yes, that means you can access what you copied in a GUI app and use it in the command line seamlessly, and vice versa. We’ve shown a … Read More

Schedule a Mac to Startup via Command Line with pmset

Nov 28, 2009 - 5 Comments
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Most Mac users who want to schedule a Mac to startup at a specific time will use the Energy Saver schedule tool in System Preferences, but for the more technically savvy, another option is to schedule the boot time of a Mac through the command line. We’ll show you how to use the pmset command … Read More

Run Google Chrome OS within Mac OS X

Nov 21, 2009 - 11 Comments

The last few days the tech world has been blazing about Google’s latest creation, Chrome OS, which is a lightweight and free Linux-based operating system intended to run on Netbooks and, eventually, Desktops. It’s basically just the Chrome web browser with some other features unique to the OS itself, which makes it very fast and … Read More

Silently Adjust Sound Volume Level by Holding Down the Shift Key

Nov 20, 2009 - 7 Comments
Adjust the Sound Silently in Mac OS X - No Quack!

You can adjust your Mac’s sound volume level silently by holding down the Shift key and then pressing the volume up or volume down keys. This complete silences the audio feedback of quacking and beeping as the sound goes up and down, allowing you to change the volume without creating a bunch of noise. Remember, … Read More

XSS Exploit found on Apple iTunes site… again

Nov 18, 2009 - 2 Comments

Update: Apple has fixed the exploit, the below link is preserved for posterity but no longer works to display anything abnormal. A few weeks ago, there was an active XSS Exploit on with their iTunes site. Well, a tipster sent us the exact same cross site scripting exploit found again on the Apple iTunes … Read More XSS Exploit found on iTunes site

Nov 3, 2009 - 8 Comments

Update: Apple has fixed the exploit! I imagine this will get fixed relatively quickly, but you can do some funny (and potentially scary) things with’s iTunes Affiliate sites just by modifying the URL parameters. The modified URL is formed as follows: Click here for the version of the XSS exploit on … Read More

Quick Guide to Bash Shell Scripting

Oct 30, 2009 - 5 Comments

Shell scripting is wildly useful and a powerful way to manipulate a lot of files and to automate behind-the-scenes tasks in Mac OS X. This guide is intended for Linux users but the Bash shell is also used in Mac OS X, and as far as I can tell everything in this bash shell scripting … Read More

Setup WordPress in MAMP

Oct 29, 2009 - Leave a Comment

As you may know by now, MAMP is a really useful instant webserver for your Mac that requires practically no setup or installation, you run the app and click “Start” – yes it’s that simple. I use MAMP a lot for local web development and really like it, it’s probably the easiest way to develop … Read More

Set a Local Domain to Ease Local Development

Oct 28, 2009 - 8 Comments
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If you’re a web developer you probably do a fair amount of development on your local machine using either the built-in Mac OS X Apache server or, in my case, something like MAMP. Because a local web server like this is really handy for testing this, you can make your local development life a bit … Read More

Quickly find the largest files in a directory

Oct 26, 2009 - 4 Comments

From the Terminal, if you want to quickly find out what the largest files are in a directory, try this variation of the ls command: ls -lShr the l flag will display the items in a list, the S flag sorts by size, and h makes it readable in MB/GB (human readable), with r reversing … Read More

Quickly tell if a file has been modified by looking at the red Close window button

Oct 23, 2009 - Leave a Comment

Here’s a nifty Mac trick: Do you see the little black dot inside the red ‘close’ window button in that screenshot? That means the file has been modified!

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Oct 15, 2009 - 2 Comments

Do you come here and read OSXDaily often? You should! So, keep in touch. There are many ways to do this. How about subscribing to our RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter! Both feeds will give you up to date posts directly from OS X Daily, so check them out. And of course, we’re … Read More

What is MD5?

Oct 15, 2009 - 1 Comment
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Ever heard of MD5 and not sure what it was or what that meant? You’re likely not alone, but MD5 is important, and, with a little explaining, easy to understand. Let’s explain a bit about MD5, MD5 checksums, what it is, and why you should know about it.

Make your MacBook Pro Keyboard Lights Dance to Music!

Oct 15, 2009 - 56 Comments

Have you ever wanted to make your MacBook or MacBook Pro’s keyboard lights dance to the music you are listening to? Has the thought never crossed your mind? Well me neither, but once I saw someone using this iTunes plugin on their MacBook Pro I was instantly hooked on the novelty. iSpazz is the name … Read More

Check MD5 Hash on your Mac

Oct 13, 2009 - 19 Comments
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You can easily check the MD5 Hash of any file on your Mac, all you need to do is launch the Terminal and type the ‘md5’ command and point it at the file you wish to check the md5 has for. How to Check MD5 Hash of a File on Mac First launch the Terminal … Read More

Warning! Obscure Snow Leopard bug deletes entire user accounts!

Oct 13, 2009 - 2 Comments

This is a warning to all Snow Leopard users, be aware that a somewhat obscure Snow Leopard bug deletes ALL DATA from a user account, yikes! This will likely NOT effect you, but if you’re a Snow Leopard user you should understand the bug and the consequences. According to CNET: “when logging into the guest … Read More

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