Monthly Archives: February 2012

Lion and apps like Preview reopening files

Are you sick of Preview reopening previously-closed windows from the previous time you fired up the app? You can turn this behaviour off – although only for all apps at once. It’s in the System Preferences –> General pane, near … Continue reading

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iCal Dupe Deleter

Wanna delete duplicates from your iCal? There are apps for that. One of them is iCal Dupe Deleter PS: it initially seemed as if this didn’t work. Except that I realized I still had MobileMe activated on my Lion install. … Continue reading

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Safari and .torrent files

Know why Safari won’t activate Transmission the second you click on a .torrent file even if you already told OS X to open .torrent files with Transmission? By default, Safari doesn’t consider .torrent files safe and hence will only download … Continue reading

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Torrent automation on Mac

Ever wanted your TV shows to download THEMSELVES to your Mac? Here is your automation app alive and well in 2012: TVShows 2 (open source, donationware). Download it from http://tvshowsapp.com/ (hat tip to @Dakota_ONeill on twitter)

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du and Grand Perspective

Sometimes you want a precise handle on what’s using up your disk space. After several go-arounds, I have two recommendations: Visual approach: Grand Perspective app. Command line approach: du -h -d 2 gives you human-readable disk usage data at depth … Continue reading

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Changing the message under the Lion login icons

Via http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/index_files/customize-login-screen-lion.php :- Before Lion, displaying a message on the login screen was a complicated process that involved entering commands into the Terminal. Luckily, Apple have now added an easy way to set a message using System Preferences. To do … Continue reading

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Customizing Lion login background

Personally, I think the “linen” background for logging in to Mac OS X Lion looks cheap and Windows-y. If you want to change the background, here are the instructions, via http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/index_files/customize-login-screen-lion.php In Lion, the background used for the login screen … Continue reading

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git

Read this introduction: http://progit.org/book/ch1-3.html After you’ve installed Xcode 4 under OS X Lion (free from the Mac App Store), you will find git located inside /Developer/usr/bin, along with gcc, make and some other goodies. Follow the ample instructions at http://help.github.com/mac-set-up-git/ … Continue reading

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mdfind

Mmmmmm mmmm useful. > mdfind -name combattans

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CCCloner under Lion

CCCloner will now do encryption under FileVault2 – but it is restricted to Lion-only. Developer notes at http://help.bombich.com/kb/advanced-strategies/the-disk-center#fde . N.B.: in order for CCCloner to be able to encrypt your backed-up partition, you will need to have originally partitioned the … Continue reading

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